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This is my solemn face. [20110118|21:41]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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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?

Three
2(5.9%)
Four
1(2.9%)
Five
24(70.6%)
Six
7(20.6%)

Are you a hoopy frood?

I know where my towel is, baby.
32(97.0%)
What?
1(3.0%)
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[User Picture]From: bryangb
2011-01-18 22:00 (UTC)
Feet aren't paws - not to a humanoid, anyway!!
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[User Picture]From: helpful_mammal
2011-01-18 23:07 (UTC)

Trillian's white mice

'No, Zaphod, no! Do not eat the intrusions into our dimensions of those vast multi-dimensional beings!'

'Miaow?' *Om nom nom*

'Ah well, looks like we can let the Vogons blow it up, after all'.

Edited at 2011-01-19 01:03 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-01-22 18:20 (UTC)
I doubt they would have had to worry about the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal, either. It would probably foolishly evolve into a piece of string. Or a laser pointer.
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[User Picture]From: angelcityblues
2011-01-18 23:12 (UTC)
I really need to reread those...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-01-22 18:19 (UTC)
Yes! Or listen to the radio broadcasts. I have large sections of those memorized.
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[User Picture]From: feylike
2011-01-19 06:25 (UTC)
if you specify a minimum font size, might they get even more creative with typographical text compression? negative letter-spacing or leading might make quite a headache. (as would narrow margins) i love the "infinite frequency" anecdote.
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[User Picture]From: chibaraki
2011-01-19 22:02 (UTC)
I find that "Minimum font size is X. Use a normal font like Times Roman or something. Don't screw with things to make it fit, WE'LL KNOW," tends to mostly get the point across to undergraduates where I am. There's generally a few you just cannot get through to, alas.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-01-22 18:17 (UTC)
I like your approach. I may lift that verbatim, if you don't mind.
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[User Picture]From: chibaraki
2011-01-22 20:09 (UTC)
It's actually just a summary of what appears on the syllabi for classes with undergrads at my school, but lift away! They are adults, they know they're screwing around and they know they shouldn't.
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2011-01-19 15:33 (UTC)
Unfortunately I don't think the dolphins would say "So long and thanks for all the fish" with Zaphod Beeblecat around.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-01-22 18:18 (UTC)
I think they might, just from a very, very safe distance.
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