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The Rewards of Teaching [20110527|22:04]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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The other day I popped down to the first-year lab to check up on my students who have built a working theremin from scratch. Well, a circuit diagram I gave them, but they've modified it heavily through experimentation, clever chaps.

They were playing around with various resistors while I poked at the oscilloscope and babbled at them when another student walked in from the adjacent lab. Tall&Oblivious was carrying an infrared temperature sensor. He told one of my students, whom I shall call The Blond One, to stand up.

The Blond One stood up. Tall&Oblivious pointed the sensor at his head and then at his crotch.

"There's a six-degree temperature difference between your brain and your cock," he concluded.

"Ahem," I said.

Tall&Oblivious started, as if he'd only just seen me. Which was, in fact, the case. The Blond One, who was now an interesting shade of magenta, began scrabbling through a box of components.

"That's exactly the information he always needed," I said. "Now shoo!"

He went.

[User Picture]From: bryangb
2011-05-27 22:28 (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-05-28 06:36 (UTC)
Sometimes I forget that they're still teenagers. And then they remind me.
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[User Picture]From: shadowdaddy
2011-05-28 00:19 (UTC)
I always thought the collegiate science-geek world of Real Genius was a hugely exaggerated joke, but now I begin to wonder...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-05-28 07:17 (UTC)
Exaggerated, yes, but I wouldn't say hugely. This is partly why I can't watch The Big Bang Theory, which everyone insisted I would find hilarious. I don't.
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2011-05-28 01:04 (UTC)
Hmm. I dunno; if anyone told me to stand so they could aim an instrument at my head & junk, I dunno that I'd be so docile. Which is missing the point entirely, I know. But.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-05-28 07:15 (UTC)
He's British. He's more instinctively obedient. ;D
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From: pbristow
2011-05-28 14:44 (UTC)
We still have some instinctively obedient kids out there? Thank God! I was beginning to think I was the last one ever produced...
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2011-05-28 15:11 (UTC)
For science!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-05-29 08:18 (UTC)
Especially anthropology!
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[User Picture]From: giles
2011-05-29 14:48 (UTC)
I've been trying to figure out the Kevin Bacon joke for this for days, but I'm officially giving up.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-05-30 16:59 (UTC)
As in an Animal House joke, or a six-degrees-of-separation joke?
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[User Picture]From: becala
2011-06-02 00:06 (UTC)
Reason #3435345 I would make a terrible instructor: I would giggle at this as well. In fact, I probably would have been the one taking the measurement in the first place. At my age, yes.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-06-03 10:44 (UTC)
I may have left out the part of the story where I guffawed loudly. Because that would have spoilt my attempt to project a sense of gravitas.
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