I’m almost halfway through my first exam session. More students have stopped by than usual, probably because class was cancelled last Friday.
It’s been rougher than usual at NKU this semester. I’m hoping 2014 works out better.
My Saturday morning class is the final non-exam period class of 2013. Because the weather was so bad, last night I sent out an email telling students that attendance was optional but that I would be here if they needed help with the final paper (my wife took two hours to get home last night and passed multiple accidents on the way).
So how many students show up to a cold December class at nine in the morning when they don’t have to? If you guessed, one, you’d be off by a margin of a student.
It looks like I’m alone for a few hours after grading all night. Part of me wishes that I had brought the final papers to grade. Most of me is glad that I didn’t.
Update: Three students tried to get in the building but apparently maintenance locked all the doors since I’ve been in here. That makes me feel maybe a little more wanted but no better overall.
Well, this is a first. Today was supposed to be my last class at NKU but, due to the weather (which doesn’t seem to be that bad), campus was closed. Wednesday was our last class without anyone knowing it.
This is going to make exam week a nightmare but I guess I should count my blessings today.
Today was the last day of regular classes for my Tuesday/Thursday class at UC Clermont. It was too early for me to get to campus on time after getting Devilboy to school, so the whole semester was rushed and nothing went smoothly.
Still, it was a very good group of students. I wish I had more time in the morning to get everything prepared but it was a learning experience for me. If my schedule is this tight ever again, I’ll adapt a little better.
Tomorrow is the last day of regular classes at NKU and Saturday is my final last class for my weekend course at Clermont. Then comes exam week and it all starts over again.
Here’s a few of John Lloyd, John Mitchinson, and James Harkin’s 1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off (2013). For citation, click this: Www.qi.com/US1227
1/3 of Russians believe the Sun revolves around the Earth (7)
46% of Americans believe the Earth is less than 10,000 years old (7)
46% of Americans can’t read well enough to understand the label on prescription medicine (7)
January 8, 1835 – the only day the US had no national debt (8)
Abulia – inability to make decisions (19)
Astasia – inability to stand up (19)
Aprosexia – inability to concentrate on anything (19)
Apodysophilia – desire to rip your clothes off (19)
Peruvians eat 60 million guinea pigs a year (23)
Charette – intense burst of activity to finish something by deadline (27)
Nikhedonia – the pleasurable anticipation of success before any actual work has been done (27)
Marmalize – to give someone a thrashing (44)
Every sperm cell contains 37.5 MB of information through its DNA. An average ejaculation transfers a combined 15,875 GB of data (68)
Ambisinistrous – opposite of ambidextrous; meaning neither-handed (75)
If a vampire bit one person once a day, turning his victim into a vampire, within one month the entire human population would become vampires (84)
George W. Bush claimed that Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar was his favorite childhood book. It was published when he was 23. (86)
Established writers and artists are 18 times more likely to kill themselves than the general population (99)
Asians eat four million cats a year (106)
Kummerspeck (“grief bacon”) – German for the weight you gain from eating too much while feeling sorry for yourself (169)
Gossypiboma – a surgical sponge accidentally left in a patient’s body (191)
Jentacular – related to breakfast (191)
Meupareunia – sexual activity enjoyed by only one of the participants (191)
Cataglottism – technical term for a French kiss (202)
Hapax legomenon – a word or phrase that has only been used once (230)
The most a person has been stung by bees and survived is 2,443 (250)
Mollynogging – spending time with loose women (259)
Areodjarekput – Inuit word for “exchanging wives for only a few days” (259)
Quantophrenia – obsessive reliance on statistics (272)
Gymnophoria – the feeling that someone is mentally undressing you (281)
Dringle – to waste time in a lazy manner (288)
Vietnam banned hamsters in 2008 (298)
File this under: “And I thought I was crazy!”
Apparently Charlie went to my old high school for a short period. Maybe 25-year-olds have a thing for Walnut Hills alumni.
Or maybe as Mark Olshaker wrote:
Now, if I wanted to be cynical – which I don’t – I might say that Star fits into a long tradition of lonely women who have fallen for violent men in prison; that she is a pathetic creature devoid of confidence and self-esteem;who is unprepared for a real relationship and has therefore involved herself with a “safe” partner surrogate with whom she will never have to live; that, like the original Manson family members, she is an outcast loser who is mesmerized by a guru to whom she can sublimate herself; that she is flirting with celebrity and notoriety in the only way she could ever possibly get close to it; that she is sexually turned on by the notion of vicarious violence; and she has figured out a cause – getting Manson freed – for her otherwise empty life that will obviate the need for her ever to think or really figure things out for herself.