Tuesday, April 26, 2005

More Disobedience

What have local politicians got against me? First Rocky swerves in front of me like Evel Kinevel playing quidditch (see 7 April's entry, and notice how the story is already getting more exaggerated), now this. Cate had taken the car that she and I share over to her friend's house. Then the Mayor of Cottonwood Heights backed out of his driveway and ran into our Subaru (which I have named Tijuana). Poor Tijuana.





I mean seriously.
When will the persecution end?

Actually he was really cool about it, and it's all fixed now. You should all vote for him based on his honesty and incredibly precise haircut.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Applause

I took an amazing class this semester which I would recommend to anyone. It was called Mind and Nature. If you are not a student at the U and/or you don't want to pay extortionary rates to take classes here, you can get the gist of the course by reading the Curtain of Dawn essays.

Anyway we had our last day of class on Thursday. Our professor, who was one of the best I have ever had, read a poem at the end of class and by the time he finished he was near tears. He folded up his paper, looked up, and said thank you. Before he was finished people had already begun standing up and filing out of the room.

I felt a little unsatisfied with us as a class giving that sort of response and felt like something was missing. It wasn't until later in the day that I realized what it was. We should have applauded. Should students applaud for their teachers if they liked the course?

Monday, April 18, 2005

Re-do-over

So I have a paper due tomorrow that is worth 25% of my grade in that class. Which means that its importance rivals (but does not supersede) this blog post.

Let me help you get a feeling for my situation. This paper is actually a rewrite. The original grade was a 'C' which, when you consider grade inflation, is quite a crappy grade. So of course the main question on my mind is "what can I do to improve it?" The obvious solution is to read the teacher's comments throughout the paper and follow them. Just one slight hang-up with that though. At the end of my paper, he writes, "Everything you said in this paper argues against thesis...you seem to have your whole argument backwards."

Wait, this might be really simple. Maybe I forgot to put the word "not" somewhere in my first paragraph. Let me check...Damn! No such luck. That means there is only one other explanation. My brain must be wired incorrectly, such that my whole process of logical thinking is the opposite of what it should be (or least the opposite of the professor's).

A quick fix: change my thesis to the opposite position. So I asked my professor if I could "alter my thesis slighty". His answer, "if it is only slightly, yes, but I want you to really try and stick to your original thesis."

D'oh.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Civil [Servant] Disobedience


Don't you just love stories about famous people doing bad things? I have one for you.

Okay, he's not famous, and this isn't really bad, but yesterday as I was walking past the UMFA, I saw Mayor Rocky turn into the parking lot WITHOUT USING HIS TURN SIGNAL!

Before you think to yourself that I only thought it was Rocky, I watched him then pull into a parking space labeled "RESERVED FOR MAYOR ANDERSON".


And yes, not using your turn signal is a minor thing, but this is funny just because it was Rocky.