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 on: Today at 01:12:17 pm 
Started by embitteredhistorian - Last post by San_Joaquin
Your pardon, but the people prefer to be called "metal fastener attachment devices" after the procurement practices of the US military.

 on: Today at 01:10:19 pm 
Started by rowan1 - Last post by San_Joaquin
Occasionally, however, the student is correct. 

I had one frustrated author who swore she couldn't find anything on serial killers.  Whaaaaat??? 

And when I went with her to the library to look, she was right.  It took two hours of detective work to find out that the library keyword for that phenomenon was "repeat homicide", a phrase that was used in one of the hundreds of sources we found with it.

Needle, meet haystack.

 on: Today at 01:06:11 pm 
Started by not_a_gradstudent1 - Last post by barbarian
This is a good conversation, too.  I was teaching one morning and I had forgotten breakfast and I needed something to eat FAST.  I grabbed a granola bar out of my bag (who knows how long it had been in there!) and started eating it during lecture.  I apologized for acting like a starving hyena, but explained that my blood sugar was getting low, etc.  After class, a student came up to me and gave me his apple and breakfast bar, saying he didn't like seeing me starve like that and that I needed it more than he did.  Made my day.

 on: Today at 12:59:24 pm 
Started by rowan1 - Last post by barbarian
I once had a student who said he couldn't find ANY research on the Fourth Amendment.   I said, "none at all?", rather skeptically.  He said, "I know - 'cause that's an important one, right?"  Turns out that he spelled "Fourth" wrong.  It is amazing how much research is NOT done on the Furth Amendment.

 on: Today at 12:53:51 pm 
Started by johnr - Last post by iclaudius
I remember my first computer science class in middle school in Europe. It was an elective conducted in a room full of Commodore 16s (not even C 64s, mind you). It must have been 7th or 8th grade in the mid-1980s.

I also remember writing my senior thesis in high school on a C64 with a very simple program. I had to underline the main title and chapter titles manually with the help of a ruler. My college then had modern PCs with MSWord and Word Perfect installed.

I remember only having three TV channels and no remote control. On order of my father, I had to stand next to the TV switching channels until he had decided what he wanted to see. The next TV then had a remote control but it was connected to the TV with a cable plugged in somehow.

 on: Today at 12:52:31 pm 
Started by larryc - Last post by yellowtractor
Yes, I was trying to be clever by having to break the rule in order to post it in the first place.  It was probably too subtle since it took a few months before someone noticed!

Play the long game.  (Or else the long game plays you.)

 on: Today at 12:51:59 pm 
Started by voxprincipalis - Last post by yellowtractor

I killed the thread!  I killed the thread!

 on: Today at 12:44:20 pm 
Started by johnr - Last post by johnr
My student ID was my Social Security number.  Every term there'd be pages of social security numbers with letter grades written next to them, taped to office and lecture hall doors.

Ha!   That is exactly right. 

 on: Today at 12:41:08 pm 
Started by embitteredhistorian - Last post by yellowtractor
It's really unfair to drag the hammers into this.  (Unfair to the hammers, a quiet, useful people in orderly repose.)

 on: Today at 12:39:37 pm 
Started by skevin - Last post by yellowtractor
Yes, unfortunately this is normal, given the state of university press publishing.  And although I'm normally on the team that considers e-mail more professional than calling, this is definitely a case when calling New Editor would be good.

Presumably she's feeling ambushed by everything she has inherited--you are one of those things.  Calling to introduce yourself, but also to note (carefully, pleasantly, non-snarkily!) that you need to know the status of your project/proposal, is appropriate.

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