Author Topic: Random Thoughts Anew  (Read 27618 times)

paultuttle

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 343
Re: Random Thoughts Anew
« Reply #540 on: June 28, 2022, 01:09:02 PM »
Yesterday, after the Big but Brief Storm (tm) came through--the rain was so heavy at times I couldn't see the street, 30 feet from my window--I heard a repeated knocking sound on the side of the house next to my office.

I soon figured out that the refrigerator, air conditioning, and washing machine/dryer noises were persuading a friendly neighborhood woodpecker that there was some food in the walls of this house.

(Fortunately, it gave up the fight after about 15 minutes of not finding anything to eat, but I thought I was in Disney's live-action "101 Dalmations" for a bit.)

Langue_doc

  • Flâneur par excellence
  • Distinguished Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2581
  • "Not all those who wander are lost."
Re: Random Thoughts Anew
« Reply #541 on: June 28, 2022, 02:44:30 PM »
I saw a mustache (on a man) today that I thought had gone out of fashion decades ago. It looked slightly more complicated than the one in the first illustration https://beardstyle.net/french-mustache/

The one I saw was slightly longer and had an extra loop (curl?). I had to try very hard not to stare. An actor perhaps, needing the mustache for his role?

mamselle

  • Use your wit and intelligence to figure out how to be kinder
  • Distinguished Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 7765
  • Wondering, Wandering Sr. Member
  • CHE Posts: 4,618
Re: Random Thoughts Anew
« Reply #542 on: June 28, 2022, 02:52:42 PM »
Or a cosplay partygoer?

;--}

M.
Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

Reprove not a scorner, lest they hate thee: rebuke the wise, and they will love thee.

Give instruction to the wise, and they will be yet wiser: teach the just, and they will increase in learning.

mamselle

  • Use your wit and intelligence to figure out how to be kinder
  • Distinguished Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 7765
  • Wondering, Wandering Sr. Member
  • CHE Posts: 4,618
Re: Random Thoughts Anew
« Reply #543 on: July 08, 2022, 09:17:52 AM »
Double a bit later.

My adult keyboard student has two kids, each with specific ADHD issues, the younger one a bit more rigid and worrying than the older one, who also studies with me.

She divorced their (very difficult) dad a few years ago now, which I think was quite wise, and they're amicably sharing parenting duties. Both are computer/IT/education/media-based workers, she directs online learning programs for her R1 school; and until recently he was doing background IT for a decently-placed but not very exciting corporation that paid well but has no name recognition.

Apparently the dad just took a job with one of the very visible tech-y media corporations, and was bragging about it to his ex-in-laws in the kids' hearing.

They were slightly impressed, the FIL saying, "Well, that's good, you're working at [media giant] and [daughter] is at [R1 school]. Sounds very reliable."

The younger 10-year-old piped up and said, scathingly, "Yeah, but one's a SCHOOL, and the other's a cringe-y CORPORATION, so what's so good about THAT?"

Sometimes it's helpful to have no filters at all....

;--}

M.   
Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

Reprove not a scorner, lest they hate thee: rebuke the wise, and they will love thee.

Give instruction to the wise, and they will be yet wiser: teach the just, and they will increase in learning.

apl68

  • Distinguished Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3204
Re: Random Thoughts Anew
« Reply #544 on: July 08, 2022, 12:46:01 PM »
I see in the news that airports in our state have been awarded something called "Airport Terminal Grants."  Wouldn't it make more sense for the federal government to issue grants to struggling airports before the situation appeared terminal?
When the Son of Man judges, he will say to some, Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you.
For I was hungry and you fed me, a stranger and you took me in, sick and in prison and you visited me. 
If you did this for the least of my brothers, you have done it for me

mamselle

  • Use your wit and intelligence to figure out how to be kinder
  • Distinguished Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 7765
  • Wondering, Wandering Sr. Member
  • CHE Posts: 4,618
Re: Random Thoughts Anew
« Reply #545 on: July 08, 2022, 04:16:05 PM »
;--}

Well done!

M.
Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

Reprove not a scorner, lest they hate thee: rebuke the wise, and they will love thee.

Give instruction to the wise, and they will be yet wiser: teach the just, and they will increase in learning.

secundem_artem

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 557
  • A modest man with much to be modest about.
  • CHE Posts: 2347
Re: Random Thoughts Anew
« Reply #546 on: July 10, 2022, 02:55:30 PM »
Ever stand behind somebody in the checkout line and being amazed/puzzled/horrified at what they were buying?

Today, I had to run a variety of errands.  Upon my return home, I realized I had purchased bullets, beer, and antidepressants.
Funeral by funeral, the academy advances

ciao_yall

  • Distinguished Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2903
Re: Random Thoughts Anew
« Reply #547 on: July 10, 2022, 05:21:12 PM »
Ever stand behind somebody in the checkout line and being amazed/puzzled/horrified at what they were buying?

Today, I had to run a variety of errands.  Upon my return home, I realized I had purchased bullets, beer, and antidepressants.

It's called The Walmart Game. Buy 3 things from Walmart that would freak out people in line.

Looks like you had a winner right there!

downer

  • Distinguished Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1884
  • This heaven gives me migraine.
  • CHE Posts: 7500
Re: Random Thoughts Anew
« Reply #548 on: July 18, 2022, 09:38:37 AM »
Looking at the course description of a course I'm teaching in the fall, I see that it includes 6 major topics to be covered. I am only covering 3 of those. (I don't think the 3 I am not covering are particularly relevant to the students, and I'm covering topics that I think are more relevant instead.) I wonder if the dept chair will notice. I doubt it.
“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”—Sinclair Lewis

downer

  • Distinguished Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1884
  • This heaven gives me migraine.
  • CHE Posts: 7500
Re: Random Thoughts Anew
« Reply #549 on: July 21, 2022, 01:45:47 PM »
Do you ever look at a course description for a course you are teaching and wonder how it passed the approval committees? Looking at this one right now, it is ungrammatical, doesn't make much sense, and seems to be written by someone unfamiliar with the topic.
“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”—Sinclair Lewis

ergative

  • Distinguished Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1205
  • CHE Posts: 1949
Re: Random Thoughts Anew
« Reply #550 on: July 22, 2022, 01:12:23 AM »
Looking at the course description of a course I'm teaching in the fall, I see that it includes 6 major topics to be covered. I am only covering 3 of those. (I don't think the 3 I am not covering are particularly relevant to the students, and I'm covering topics that I think are more relevant instead.) I wonder if the dept chair will notice. I doubt it.

I recently discovered that I'd been teaching a cross-listed Undergrad/grad class entirely wrong for something like four years. Grad students were supposed to have X specialized sessions in addition to Y shared sessions with undergrads, and instead I'd been doing Z specialized sessions and no shared sessions.  We only discovered it because the person in charge of scheduling changed, and the new person looked at the course specification rather than rolling over 'how it's always been done' to next year. Oops.

Actually, I think the correct way of doing it would be better, anyway (probably why I wrote the proposal that way in the first place!) so it's just as well someone caught it.

downer

  • Distinguished Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1884
  • This heaven gives me migraine.
  • CHE Posts: 7500
Re: Random Thoughts Anew
« Reply #551 on: August 04, 2022, 04:35:53 AM »
Interesting job description in the ad for President of Ocean County College, NJ.

Quote
Innovate and expand programs and services to increase enrollment, retention, and completion.
Engage all constituents to further a culture of trust, transparency, and belonging, and inspire faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders to work together to collaboratively address the needs of the College and the Ocean County community.
Appreciate the importance of effective strategies supporting, at a high level, the value of diversity in the community and the student body.
Continue to advance college-wide, state-of-the-art technology to deliver in-demand programs and services through traditional, hybrid, online, and HyFlex modalities.
Advocate for OCC by communicating the value of higher education and increasing local, regional, and global outreach to further OCC’s status as a college of first choice with a 34% yield from County high schools.
Continue to generate new sources of enrollment and revenue in a time of decreasing traditional resources by collaborating with regional, national, and international businesses, industries, and academic partners to meet the workforce needs of the community, energize potential donors who are generous with their philanthropy, and build upon the $24 million currently held in the College Foundation, which distributes nearly $1 million in gifts and scholarships annually.
Understand the impact of the COVID pandemic on students, the community, and the College, and envision strategies to use a wide variety of resources to assist the College, its students, and the general community to successfully meet these challenges.
Expand on the College’s pioneering work to bring American community college education to the Middle East.
https://www.ocean.edu/about-us/board-of-trustees/presidential-search/#Position

It doesn't specify what time schedule they have for those aims.
Bruce Springsteen is an alumnus.
“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”—Sinclair Lewis

Langue_doc

  • Flâneur par excellence
  • Distinguished Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2581
  • "Not all those who wander are lost."
Re: Random Thoughts Anew
« Reply #552 on: August 04, 2022, 06:48:19 AM »
Do any of you check under the hood to make sure that there aren't any critters living there? I'm tempted to do so because we in the city apparently have a rat infestation.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/03/nyregion/new-york-rats-cars.html

downer

  • Distinguished Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1884
  • This heaven gives me migraine.
  • CHE Posts: 7500
Re: Random Thoughts Anew
« Reply #553 on: August 04, 2022, 07:05:09 AM »
Do any of you check under the hood to make sure that there aren't any critters living there? I'm tempted to do so because we in the city apparently have a rat infestation.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/03/nyregion/new-york-rats-cars.html

A friend of mine had rats chewing through wires, which cost a bunch to repair. He blames the outdoor dining areas, which give rats a lot more space to live.
“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”—Sinclair Lewis

AmLitHist

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 663
Re: Random Thoughts Anew
« Reply #554 on: August 04, 2022, 07:09:46 AM »
A bunny was sitting and munching on clover in the front yard in the rain this morning. (Looked like a young one, from this year's "crop" of rabbits.)