I stopped at Starbucks on the way to work this morning, and while I'm putting cream and sugar in my coffee, this random dude next to me strikes up a conversation:

Random Dude at Starbucks: "So, any big plans for the weekend?"
Me: "No, not really. I'll be grading finals all weekend, actually."
RDAS: "Oh, what grade do you teach?"
Me: "I teach at UT, actually. Have a huge stack of calculus finals to grade this weekend."
RDAS: *makes a face* "Ugh, calculus. Sounds ugly and boring."
Me: "Um, well, I hope not. I try to make it interesting."
RDAS: "It's just a bunch of stuff they'll never need to know anyway."
Me: "Ummm..."
RDAS: "Oh, but college isn't trade school, right? It's all about *makes finger quotes* broadening your mind."
Me: 0_o
What I thought: "So what do you do for a living? I'd like a chance to insult your career too."

But what I did was laugh it off and leave. The mature response, to be sure, but deep down I really wanted to tell him what an asshole he was. :-P
jenn_unplugged: (Resistance is futile)
Saw this at the grocery store today. You might be a redneck if... )
These posts on various blogs have this morning made me alternately boggle, headdesk, and then weep for the future. Okay, I pointed and laughed a little in between, but still.

1. Young evangelical men explain how women wearing anything other than baggy sweats are at the root of all sin. Seriously, it's pretty clear that these guys think young women are their father's current and some husband's future property, and not much more.

Quote: "When critically examining a woman’s get-up, I consider the following: Could she get down on the floor and play with a group of toddlers without losing several articles of clothing? Could she get away from a threatening situation without spraining an ankle? Could she prepare and maintain a house and its members easily? Could she be the Proverbs 31 woman dressed like that?"

o_0 I mean seriously, WTF? Of course, as one commenter there pointed out, you can do all of those things while naked...

2. Army recruiter engages in abusive email tirade when she finds out a man she was trying to recruit is gay. Includes screencaps of the actual emails the recruiter sent, in all their badly-spelled, capslocked, ignorant glory. Oh, yes -- your tax dollars at work! :-P

3. Texas Bill would pay women $500 to carry a pregnancy to term.

Quote: "The 'Adoption Incentive Program' -- otherwise known as the Texas Baby Purchasing Act of 2007 -- would offer women $500 for forgoing abortion, giving birth and then signing away their parental rights. It does not apply to women who choose to keep their children or to women who choose adoption without first visiting an abortion provider, and it's being billed as an anti-abortion measure."

So that's what the value of bringing a life into the world is, huh? Funny, I would've thought the anti-abortion folks would price it higher than that. Nice to know that's what a woman's body and health is really worth. Oh, and if you decide to be a responsible parent and raise your child, screw you, apparently. :-P

4. Teaching girls how their cycles work is apparently a Bad Thing. Because hey, a little knowledge is dangerous in the wrong hands.

Quote: "Unsurprisingly, abstinence-only crusaders object to any efforts to actually teach girls about sexuality and their bodies, and believe it’s 'inappropriate' to tell them that there’s anything other than an empty mysterious void between their belly-button and their knees."
jenn_unplugged: (Resistance is futile)
I'm currently in Irvine, CA at the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators conference. My talk was this morning first thing, so I have the rest of the time here to go to talks and meet people and stuff.

It's funny that I can be weirdly anti-social sometimes, though. I just came out of the plenary talk and was in this huge swarm of people who were heading to the room where dinner was, and all I could think about was how much I wanted to just go to my room and be alone. Surf the internet, watch TV in my pajamas, order room service -- it sounded like the ideal evening all of a sudden. This despite the fact that there are old friends here and people I only see at conferences like this, people I need to catch up with and talk to.

So I came up to my room to give myself a short break, and I'm about to go back down. I'm not a shy person, and I can even be pretty extroverted at times. But I can also be pretty introverted, and I can't ever predict when one or the other will happen. The thought of heading back down to a roomful of 500 people and finding a place to sit and talking to strangers (with whom I have a lot in common and who will most likely turn out to be very interesting) makes me feel a little panicky. But the funny thing is, once I get down there, I will be happy and engaged in conversation and everything will be cool. I just have to get my ass down there.

Isn't that weird?

Oh, and my period is starting, which means it's time for the IVF cycle! I'm excited. :-)

WTF???

May. 10th, 2006 07:38 pm
jenn_unplugged: (Resistance is futile)
I just got an email from a colleague I'll be seeing at a conference this weekend here in town. We're working on a project together, and he said, why don't we get together after your talk on Friday? And I was like, I'm giving a talk?

I pulled up the schedule, and sure enough, I'm on it! I'm scheduled to give an untitled talk on Friday from 12:45-1:30. They NEVER told me anything about this! No one from the conference organizing committee asked me. No one even mentioned it. I just went through my emails, and there is NOTHING from them between the announcement of the conference and the final schedule that got sent out a week ago. And I hadn't looked closely at the schedule, either -- I've been out of town and crazy busy, and I was just going to pop in when I could.

I have no idea what I'm going to do.

??

Apr. 13th, 2006 07:47 am
jenn_unplugged: (teacher)
This was posted last night on [livejournal.com profile] teaching_math:

Hello all. I am a middle school math teacher taking a class for my masters. I have an assignment to do, and all I have to do is submit a lesson plan on how to develop the concept/definition of the derivative. Does anyone have any premade lesson plans they can forward to me? I'd grealy appreciate it. :)

My response: No offense, but isn't this the internet equivalent of "Will someone let me copy their homework?"

Okay, I went on to give her some ideas for where she might look, but still. WTF?

0_o

Dec. 6th, 2005 10:34 pm
When I got home from work today, there was a little orange plastic football in my front yard. It had the local high school's logo on it -- you know, the sort cheerleaders toss out at football games. Except someone had taken a black marker and wrote "Jews suck" on it, and had drawn a swastika on it. And left it in my yard.

Now, we're not Jewish, but that's beside the point. It could just be a weird coincidence. Some neo-Nazis could have been tossing a small football around in my cul-de-sac and left their little toy behind in my yard by accident. Of course, my house happens to be the only one on the cul-de-sac that's not bedecked with Christmas lights.

I'm not sure what to think. I'm not sure if I should just brush it off, or if I should do something about it. Of course, I'm not sure what exactly I would do. I suppose I could show it to all my neighbors, but what would I say? "Any chance you dropped this in my yard? Hey, nice hood!"

Seriously -- what would you do?

0_o

Dec. 5th, 2005 03:25 pm
jenn_unplugged: (teacher)
I just poked my head in the admin's door to ask her a question.

Her: I have a question for you about [student name].
Me: Who?
Her: [student name]. You're listed as the supervisor for her Master's thesis.
Me: Huh? What? I don't even know who that is!
Her: Hmmm. That's not good.
Me: I can't believe I would have forgotten about a Masters student. Wouldn't I have had to sign a paper to be listed as her advisor?
Her: No, I don't think so. But I don't know why she would list you if you weren't her advisor.
Me: I just can't believe I would have forgotten about a Masters student. She certainly hasn't contacted me recently, which doesn't bode well.
Her: Yeah -- I'll send her an email.

So I'm thinking that if your Master's thesis advisor doesn't know who the hell you are right before you're supposed to graduate, you lose at grad school.

WTF?

Oct. 12th, 2005 05:43 pm
jenn_unplugged: (Resistance is futile)
I got a nasty letter from the University's parking office today. I quote: "PTS records indicate that a citation issued to a vehicle registered to you has unpaid charges for parking and traffic violations that are at least 12 days old. [...] If you are a faculty/staff member, you may face disciplinary action. Payment of all accumulated charges must be made immediately to prevent further action."

And down at the bottom of the page, it says, "Total Balance Due: $0.00." Cause I paid that parking ticket ages ago.

I'm not sure if I need to call them or not. Will they really take disciplinary action if I don't pay them $0.00 immediately? At this place, I wouldn't put it past them.

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