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 on: Today at 05:38:13 pm 
Started by sign7676 - Last post by randomusername
Another thing I'll have to decide is whether to prioritise living in easy transit to the airport, or living close to my new workplace. I'll might try to split the difference, though that would put me in an expensive part of town.

Prioritize the daily commute to the workplace over the couple times/month commute to the airport.  You're doing the workplace commute every day.  I've had periods where I was flying round-trip several times a month and the commute to the airport (about an hour) never felt like a chore until I was doing it every day to support a project near the airport.  My normal work site is about 5 miles from home by bicycle and is a very pleasant commute.  I'm back to flying a few times/month, and the airport trip is quite tolerable when it's that infrequent. You can probably also arrange the airport travel times to be off-peak hours.

 on: Today at 04:41:26 pm 
Started by tuxedo_cat - Last post by systeme_d_
Anyway, poor kitty was shivering in the very back corner of her hiding closet. I hope it'll be a fast roof job, and it might be less stressful once they're installing the new roof tomorrow rather than ripping off the old one. I almost wonder if I should find her a home with a friend for a few days, but that would probably be even more stressful?

So sorry for your sweet little kitty.  But you're likely right -- better to hide in a familiar place at home than to deal with the disorientation of a new place.  I hope things quiet down soon!

 on: Today at 04:37:43 pm 
Started by acrimone - Last post by systeme_d_
Many tiny schools find themselves in a situation where they cannot legally touch most of the endowment for current needs and new gifts come with strings so they also can't use them for current needs. 
Big schools too.  Most of our donations can only be used to buy hookers for athletes. - DvF

 on: Today at 03:46:16 pm 
Started by mouseman - Last post by citrine
Oh, a party!   

How soon can we start drinking?

We were supposed to have stopped?

 on: Today at 03:45:31 pm 
Started by tenured_cat - Last post by Catmom2017
thanks wanna_writemore! the fact is that for the last two hours of the day (10-12pm), my mom is usually already in bed. But it will be too early for me to go to bed. Hence I can choose to go to bed at the same time with her, or go to do some reading. Other than that she usually gets up at 8:30ish in the morning. i do the same, and prepare simple breakfast and lunch, and arrive at school at 9:30. So 9:30-5pm works as my research time. after 5:00 and sometimes until 9:30 or 10, is family time, i.e., cooking, chatting, 1-hr exercise and TV watching. Weekends usually involves excursions to out of town places.

My problem is that I try to do some family-related things during my day-time research hours. Hence the reduced efficiency.

Can you only work between 9:30 and 5 while family is visiting?

 on: Today at 03:45:04 pm 
Started by rose_fingered_dawn - Last post by inkmally
That is wonderful, greyscale!  I've been thinking about ways to get a body double/work partner for certain types of tasks myself, as I find it enormously helfpul for all sorts of tasks.  I first heard of task rabbit a bunch of years back but I haven't been able to make use of it since it's not available in my area.  I've found writing meetups and various other study groups really helpful in the meantime.

I may look into meds for the anxiety down the road...I go for long periods where it really isn't too bad, though, it just flares up sometimes for a few weeks, maybe longer, at a time.  Even though it hasn't stopped the anxiety, meditating has helped, I think...I'm at least able to recognize what is going on and practice some self-compassion rather than letting the anxiety spiral into depression like I would have done in the past. 

 on: Today at 03:23:13 pm 
Started by LoganC - Last post by systeme_d_
No, HR does not consult with candidates.  
But you should have absolutely no worries in your case, because what newuser2017 has posted is spot-on.

I would add only two things:
1) if you are applying for an administrative job that involves the handling of money, convictions that involve fraud or theft will also get you booted from consideration. 
2) In your particular case, you have been arrested, but not convicted. Please stop worrying.

 on: Today at 03:07:50 pm 
Started by rowan1 - Last post by professor_pat
OK, I decided to grade each paper based only on the parts (sentences/paragraphs) that were relevant to our course topic. In the case of DisStu, enough of the remaining text of her paper was relevant so that she earned a 60 instead of nothing - but she submitted it late, so her final paper grade will be 40. With ChangedTopicStu, there was almost nothing there, so she'll end up with a 20, slightly generous but not inappropriately so.

 on: Today at 03:05:33 pm 
Started by tenured_cat - Last post by wanna_writemore
Can you only work between 9:30 and 5 while family is visiting?

 on: Today at 03:01:35 pm 
Started by zuzu_ - Last post by scotia
So the evals are in. Mid-semester, due to the fact that I never got more than 4.0 on the quick graded tests turnaround question in previous semesters despite always bringing them back the very next lecture, I told the students to appreciate the fact that there is no possible way I can bring the tests back sooner than that. Now, I can't rule out other confounding factors, but this partial score has gone up to 4.7.

This was the low-hanging fruit. Time to tackle the next one.


Does anyone have any suggestions on how to stop students complaining that I do not post PowerPoint slides for a problem solving come discussion class ....in which I do not use any PowerPoint slides? It is only a handful of students, but the same complaint comes up year after year. This year one student described it as "unbelievable that in the 21st Century we do not get PowerPoint slides".

I explain in the first class that there won't be PowerPoint slides and that students are expected to read and take notes on the relevant chapter before class and then take their own notes on what we discuss in class (I use the whiteboard to help in structuring problem analysis and discussion). It is written in the syllabus (page 1, second paragraph, in bold) that this class is run as a workshop and there will not be slides. This semester I sent an email welcoming students to the class, explaining the format for each week and that there would not be PowerPoints.

And still they come.....

I should add that most of the comments are positive, but this is the most consistent negative that could be regarded as within my control (the temperature in the classroom is not in my control and one I am totally sympathetic to).

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