January 18th, 2011

lolcat: science

This is my solemn face.

Much as I enjoy teaching, especially demonstrating in lab, I do not love marking student work. I don't think anyone does. It has to be done in one (or two) great big whacks of concentrated effort, and it is tedious.

I'm nearly finished marking 20+ lab reports. (I'm presently avoiding one that was printed in 7-point font in order to remain within the 5-page limit. I checked our specs for the reports. Minimum font size is not among them. Next year, it will be.) It's been an emotional rollercoaster. For example, I recall last night. I marked two above-average but painfully wrought reports. I wanted to hug those reports and tell them to relax and stop trying so hard, and they would be much better. Then there were three brilliant ones in a row, elevating my opinion of humanity to Elysian fields, after which I was tempted to quit because I knew it could only get worse. This was followed by four mediocre reports and one diabolically bad one. I wanted to stab everything, so I had a bath and some hot chocolate and went to bed, still grumpy.

Tonight, I shall choose to remember only this most excellent red-pen moment. Student X wrote: "Infinite frequency contributions imply a proper sampling rate of at least 2 x ∞, which is clearly ludicrous."

I responded with: "Not as ludicrous as 3 x ∞."

And now, for a very important poll.

Poll #1669430 Zaphod Beeblecat

How many paws would Zaphod Beeblecat have?


Are you a hoopy frood?

I know where my towel is, baby.