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  1. For some reason, this song has been in my mind for the last week. It's become an ear worm...
  2. Focus on your own healing first. I've gone through relationships - and have two divorces to show for it. Get involved with local activities and develop new hobbies. This will increase the number of people you interact with. But do things which interest you. I've taken photography classes, furniture making/restoration classes, cooking and baking classes, and became an annual patron to local zoos and museums. It's amazing how many people you'll find that you have things in common with. But if any love interest happens, you'll have common activities to enjoy together. I did this very thing, not looking for anyone at all after divorce number two. I've now been married for 12 years to my best friend. Met her in a strange set of circumstances, but it did happen and at a time I was emotionally ready for it. Cheers.
  3. Banned for not doing that cynically.
  4. Banned for not using the thread's correct term of "banned."
  5. Huh? Doesn't look blocked to me.
  6. Very unpopular in the U. S. I've gotten some strange looks from people when I ask for mayo for my fries.
  7. Hmmm, unpopular opinions I have... This could definitely get me in trouble, but here goes nothing: Ketchup is better on corn dogs than mustard. French fries and mayo is a better combination than French fries and ketchup. A good salsa sauce is the perfect condiment for nearly everything.
  8. I was told by a university student yesterday that since I "caused" the course textbooks to cost so much, I should buy her the books for my course. I am notorious for using books for courses until the publisher no longer prints the edition and the campus book store cannot carry them any longer. After seven years of using the same world civilization book, I had to change for the Fall 2020 term. The book I changed from - new - was around $45.00/used could be bought on Amazon for $12. And in my introductory emails sent out two weeks before class starts, I include direct links to all the books for the course (there are two) to Amazon and Alibris. Sometimes, students will pay more for the shipping than for the book! This semester, the new textbook costs $83.00. It was the cheapest (and most accurate for the price) I could find. I could have gone with the newer edition of what I was using, but the publishing company has jacked up the price to $15 for an e-edition that a student loses access to at the end of the academic year, or $109 for the actual textbook. For me, that's just too much money for a non-history major to shell out of their pocket for a book they will use one time. So, what really made me mad is it took me half a semester to find a book that had a somewhat reasonable price which would not bankrupt the students, yet to have a student accuse me of price gouging and demanding I buy their books for my class was a bit much.
  9. Yes, folks, please do this. This is perhaps the most important way you can help the KSP development team at @SQUAD is to report your bugs and make a feedback report of features you'd like to see added to KSP (Original). Please do not post your comments or ideas for KSP2 or be rude or ugly to game developers. It's free to sign up and be sure to tell them what platform you use to play KSP. If they need more information they will contact you. And you can further do them a favor by searching the bug tracker for issues similar to what you are experiencing before you make a report. You can always add your own observations, screen shots, and error logs to your comments or your entry. You can access the KSP bug tracker here: Hahaha, if it had realistic aerodynamics, three quarters of the junk we design would never get off the ground, much less, land safely!
  10. I think I only watched one episode of it. Might have to go see if it is on Amazon Prime... Nope. But I can buy the entire series for $35.00 Is it worth it, @razark?
  11. Life on the university campus:
    (Fall semester, 2020: COVID-19, and new problems with traditional lecture courses)

    Ah, yes, it's that time again where I share you what it is like to teach in higher education - I currently teach at both a local community (2-year) college and a traditional university (has programs from the Associates through the Master's level). I've been teaching at this level since 2004. But this semester already seems to be lining up the challenges for the campuses where I teach. Here is some advice for those of you entering into college life:

    If you've registered for an Internet-based course, your computer equipment is NOT my (or your professor's) concern:

    This may sound mean but it isn't meant to be. We are now into the third week on the campuses where I work. And just this week, I had a student registered in an Internet-based course who was wondering where he could pick up his new computer. See, on the syllabus, I have the minimum system requirements needed to run BlackBoard, the system used by both of the places where I work. He was under the impression that just like the public school he attended in high school, the university would provide him a free computer. No, not happening. Not here.

    The first week of class I had a student contact me asking for help in what kind of smartphone she would need for the class. Um, no smartphones and Internet-based courses are NEVER a good match. BlackBoard's app sucks big time. If you are taking a quiz and your phone rings, congratulations, the app will submit your quiz for you - regardless of if you've completed it or not. In fact, anything that generates a notification will trigger the app to submit a quiz. So, as I told her, a smartphone should only be used as a last resort for an Internet-based course.

    Just like with students, faculty members are rarely given new technology. We also have to buy our own - even if we only use it for work. Sure, they issue a computer for us to keep on campus. But by the time they install it, it's already a dinosaur and barely operating.

    COVID-19 issues (a few general musings):

    Both campuses I work on have a policy that if you do not wear a mask, you don't get to be on campus and in a classroom. Sure, yes. I have health factors which it has been strongly recommended for me not to wear a mask. But I do so anyway because the academic needs of the students who need an actual person-to-person class is of equal importance. Sure, masks increase the level of migraines I get; I have them daily. And I have been diagnosed with chronic hemiplegic migraines. Luckily for me, I am only in the classroom for about an hour and a half Monday through Thursday. If I can do this, then it is the least students can do to wear a mask in the building for the duration of the course. 

    For both my Internet-based courses and my traditional lecture courses, I give students my cell phone number. But I ask students to only call my phone without a scheduled appointment when emergencies occur. Just this week, I had a student who didn't have an emergency, but kept calling me while I was assisting another student over the phone. Rather than leaving a message, after four attempts to contact me, immediately called the dean of student affairs to let her know "I was not answering her phone calls." So, as the dean and I talked later, she discovered the student didn't bother to read the syllabus where I tell students to leave a voice mail if it is an emergency and I will call them back. If it isn't an emergency, then they can email me ad schedule a time for a conference telephone or video-conference. What was this student's emergency? She ordered the wrong book and wanted to know the hours to the campus' bookstore.

    The COVID-19 crisis, and I do use that term loosely, has brought out the best and worst of university campus life. There are a lot of improvisations happening to solve the many problems COVID-19 has created. While Internet-based classes have largely been unchanged, students who prefer traditional lecture format courses have had a difficult time adjusting to the changes.

    COVID-19: New problems with traditional lecture courses:

    The mask mandate on campuses needs to be rethought because the way it is now is impractical. To "reduce" the confusion, one of the campuses where I teach adopted a 100% masks when you're out of your car. The other campus says you only have to wear your mask when you cannot keep at least 6" (2m) between you and the next person OR when you are indoors. The public water fountains are now closed and the main door to restrooms are pinned open to prevent spread of the virus from touching the door in the event someone didn't wash their hands first.

    We now have a "sanitation kit" in each classroom. Students are asked to take one of the disinfectant wipes and clean the desk area before they sit down and then again, before they leave. I'm expected to similarly clean the instructor area of the classroom, too. This effectively removes ten minutes of lecture time from each course. One of the rooms I teach in (my Tuesday/Thursday course) can only hold 10 students - so ten come on Tuesday and the other ten come on Thursday. Already I am seeing the fallacy of this plan and am trying new strategies to compensate for the loss of lecture time.

    Students have been asked to leave the campus over refusing to wear masks in the classroom or inside the buildings. Excuses I have heard from some of the ones asked to leave include not wanting to mess up makeup, not wanting to mess up hair, can't stand smelling their own bad breath, and other assorted reasons. The rules are the rules - and just like with anything else in life, you are free to either follow them or not. And whichever you choose, you accept the consequences for that choice.

    I've had students tell me they need more time to complete assignments because of COVID-19. There are also students who are having to complete the assignments as they would in an Internet-based course because of being in a home where someone has been quarantined. But as I have told students, the theme for this semester is flexibility. Both faculty, administrators, staff, and students must be flexible and willing to work with each other. Demanding the faculty bend over backwards to help you, yet not being willing to extend the same courtesy to the faculty is simply demonstrating poor understanding and judgment.

    I offer podcasts of lectures, available through download or streaming through Blackboard. Not every professor does this. So, don't compare what Professor X does to what Professor Y doesn't do. Each one of us are different in our abilities and comfort zones. We each approach issues differently. Why don't I use a video recording? Because I do not want to have to get waivers from students in the class since they can be identified by sight. But with audio only, I do not have to worry about waivers. It's not worth the drama. But again, Professor Y may have no problems having students sign a waiver.

    Well that's all for this rant, er, installment. :) 

    1. Mikenike


      Some students have the nerve to make their professors mad, and don't do their work. Then turn around and wonder why they failed the courses.

  12. I dunno about all that... Hmmm...
  13. I'm already taking it. 100mg am and pm (yes, I am at the maximum of 200mg per day). I do not have the severest migraines (the ones where I look and sound like a stroke victim) as much, but I still have them. And often.
  14. I have been diagnosed with chronic hemiplegic migraines. When I do something, I do it well... It's reached the point in life where it is seriously easier to count my pain-free days than the days affected by migraines. Yes, I am still fully employed but there are triggers I cannot avoid and as I get older, I just find it harder to cope with. Perfumes, aftershaves, and colognes, certain cleaning products and air fresheners, and these new LED lights in all the classrooms and lecture halls do not help. I'm tired all the time, I fight depression caused by the duration of the migraines (on average, about four days in duration), and discovered when I hit 45 I could actually have two migraines - one on the left and one on the right side of the brain at the same time. I have anywhere from seven to ten migraines a month. I am also allergic to aspirin and ibuprofen which means I cannot take nearly 3/4 of currently prescribed migraine medications. Sorry if I became a downer in this conversation.
  15. excuuuuse me? Isn't Harry Potter about some guy named Harry who runs around potting plants in pots?