Thursday, July 11, 2013

#Freaking Out -AND!

Calmly completely freaking out about my move. AND! I quit smoking. I feel this qualifies me to have an opinion on how to do it.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Perhaps this is a little weird...

I'm moving to upstate New York...

Because I have a tenure-track job!!! And my teaching evals were awesome.

So... I have very little idea what happened with my last evals. Last time over half said something like "intense" and "intimidating."

These evals say things like "enthusiastic!" "Charming!" "Made me care about rocks!!!" and "Best professor I've had at UIC!"

I did get a few "This class is really, really hard" complaints. However, I got about an equal number of "Her high expectations helped me succeed"-type comments.

And now I have a job. The contract is signed, and I'm moving.

To upstate New York. Which is weird... hard to describe why, but it is.

This might be one of the last posts on Off the Shore. I think I might be done with whatever this was. Not 100% done with blogging, but I might try something more... cheerful.

From the Wilderness,


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Opening up a can of John Douglas on the situation...

So I got knocked because of my terrible - truly terrible - evals.

I was crying.  I couldn't I believe that my students really felt I was a terrible teacher.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Friday, March 8, 2013

My Sigil

If I lived in the universe of A Song of Ice and Fire, this would be my sigil.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Consider the Sloth, Adoreky and Unnecessarily Complicated Male Gonads...

One of my favorite blogs, Electronic Cerebrectomy, had a cute link on sloths.

Sloths are, in my lexicon, "adoreky."  "Adoreky" is a portmanteau of "adorable" and "freaky."  There are many creatures that are so ugly they're cute - they're adoreky.

A series of YouTube videos that I've become addicted to due to their focus on all things adoreky is "True Facts."

These are simply too funny, particularly the angler fish.  Unnecessarily complicated male gonads, indeed.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Holy Snarks, It's Real!

From the "Wow, did that happen" files: lightening strikes Vatican the day that the Pope resigns:

If this is fake, the BBC doesn't seem to know about it...

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Cruise Control

"F##k you, f##k you, f##k you, you're cool, and f##k you, I'm out!" - Pope Benedict XVI