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Devac  ·  48 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I'm not welcome as a teacher, don't know why.

    Again, I'm sorry to reinforce your existing worries, but I think age and your corresponding position as "student" allows them to feel no moral qualms about leaving you in the dark.

Eh, don't worry. I'm accustomed to it by now, at least more or less. Here's an excerpt from a talk with ThatFanficGuy on the same subject:

23:07 < ThatFanficGuy> Sounds odd that they'd push you away like that.

23:07 < ThatFanficGuy> You tell the story of a good teacher: never late, students enjoying your work...

23:08 < Devac> eh, I had worse. I also never commited any crime worse than jaywalking and yet every policeman I interacted with thinks that I'm either sassing him/her or look/do/seem suspicious

It's just one of those things at this point. Only, as you clearly know, can get to me easier than other problems.

    The folks who treated you right are worth keeping around, and you'll remember which ones they are veryyyyy naturally.

Absolutely. I mean, don't all sane people have their own nice and naughty lists?

    if I watched you lecture, I'd probably just end up feeling even more stupid than I do currently

Nice words coming from someone who accused me of having an impostor syndrome. Twice iirc. :P

    Man, I wish I could be there to see what happens to them when they try to break you, in graduate school.

This might happen earlier than I was thinking. I crunched some numbers and if I play the next semester juuust right I might reduce my maths masters programme to one year (normally it's 3 years of undergrad and 2 years to get to masters). It's as if no-one involved in making our regulations had to ever min-max a fighter for a D&D game. Seriously, there are at least three loopholes about the course selection that apply to me.

    in this instance, you don't need to go through them to lecture. Just set up sessions without directly involving the school, if people are interested. You should teach, it's the best way to learn.

Now that you mention it, university students can requisition any lecture room that isn't scheduled for any further use on a given day. Yess… I will gather the various geeks and nerds und other misfits into a single location and slowly mould them into problem-solving machines that are loyal only to ME!

My former high school will rue this day most dearly!




am_Unition  ·  48 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    I crunched some numbers and if I play the next semester juuust right I might reduce my maths masters programme to one year

See? Part of the program is figuring that out. You're in as much of a rush to get out of school as me, it sounds like. Try to have at least a bit of fun on the way, though, you've earned it.

I have a laundry list of relatively harmless things I'll eventually be following through on. Like spoofing official procedural paperwork placed next to the microwave in the break room, with a new sign enforcing paper documentation of microwave usage, and caution tape stuck to the floor in a perimeter around it all. The document's intro will include a very long section about optimal methods of microwaving various types of food based on water content, geometry and composition of container, mass, initial temperature, power dissipation of microwave, etc., and that'll be no joke. I've conducted... many microwave heating characterizations. But the safety portion of the document is going to see me have a field day with radiation misconceptions.

Keep your creative outlets, they will help you do science better than any formalized instruction ever can. It's great that you still have them, I've seen some art from you on here. My artistic outlets are limited and very lewd, right now.

Devac  ·  47 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    You're in as much of a rush to get out of school as me, it sounds like.

Nah, I like it so far. However, if I could get to the finish faster, then why not make an attempt at it? In my case it works like this: some of the courses that I am eligible to take count both toward my undergrad and to the specialisation I want to take because courses with the exact same codes and material are listed on both of them. On top of it, a lot of the physics courses that qualify for theoretical physics count as valid options for applied maths majors. Other courses, like the Classical Field Theory that I'm doing now, count for both masters programmes and my selection of 'interests topics' during undergrad.

I'm actually minimising my work for maximal ETCS gain by playing around with how the courses are transferred between departments. :P

Plus I'm not going to lie, it would be a cool thing to finally best my brother at something. ;)

    Try to have at least a bit of fun on the way

I do have fun. Maybe not in the 'going to parties' way, but I rarely like how it works for me. Actually, I just came back from one and despite having some good time I grew more and more bored as it progressed. Now I sit in front my laptop with a freshly launched IDE and have a blast working on one of my projects. Perhaps it would be easier for me if I could not taste or smell alcohol, though. ;P

    I have a laundry list of relatively harmless things I'll eventually be following through on. Like spoofing official procedural paperwork placed next to the microwave in the break room, with a new sign enforcing paper documentation of microwave usage, and caution tape stuck to the floor in a perimeter around it all.

Dang! I hope that you'll share it afterwards. Definitely sounds like something I can get behind. Most of the ones here are based on various stickers so it would be a good way to stray from the formula. I'll have to start taking pictures of some of them, one was a really bitchin' parody of the Superman logo where it was changed to δS followed by (not translated literally) "You know the hero by the way he acts". :D