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ilex  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 15, 2020

I have extremely conflicted feelings about it but at least this way it won't keep eating up my energy so I can spend it on things I want to do instead like graduating

My wife proposed! I taught her how to use the lathe and helped her make the rings. She is really fun to work with — she's got the clever ideas and the art skills and the enthusiasm and I have the planning skills and fine motor control and the patience for picky detail work.

ilex  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 15, 2020

Lion's settled in with his new flock and everyone seems to be getting along quite well!

I'm not talking to my parents anymore because they're trying to pass off shitty behavior as respect!

The spring semester starts next week!

My wife's engaged! I have to get downstairs and take pictures of their rings so I have something to post in kingmudsy's next craftski thread.

ilex  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 8, 2020


We said goodbye to Bertha on Sunday. She got all the Forbidden Snacks, cuddles, sunshine, and dirt she wanted. I'm honored to have had her in my life and happy that she can rest easy without pain or discomfort.

Lion, our rooster, moved to my metamour's sister-in-law's flock of easter egger hens Monday night. I spent all Monday with him and even though we had a nice time I could tell he was already lonely. Now he has a rooster man job to do and another family that adores him :) We'll definitely visit, if nothing else to make friends with all their hens.

My wife pointed out that we actually gave a pet to a big farm upstate with lots of friends and space to run around and no phone service.

Unfortunately, this is the last regular chicken update for a while. We will definitely keep birds in the future, but we are going to wait until we move somewhere slightly more permanent than our rental. Life feels weird and empty without them. I'm such a different person than I was before we got them.

Everything else

I've spent so much time on chickens these last couple weeks that I've done basically nothing else. My wife and I have gotten some time in on the lathe making jewelry from scavenged oak tree branches and trunks she found in the woods behind our house. I made a nice round medallion for a necklace that I'll post pictures of when I get the finish on it, and maybe I'll do a post about some of the other stuff we've been making. Next in line is I think pushing one of my project cars into the basement so we can start fixing it up.

ilex  ·  17 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: It Was a Good Run
ilex  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: It Was a Good Run

    Ironically, the one cohort that utterly failed to benefit from the boom times was the professors, who are really the only people adding value and remain vastly underpaid. When the cuts come, they won’t come for the administration or the diversity staff. Academic programs will be the first to go, which raises some interesting questions about what the purpose of a university is.

This is a big reason I want out of academia. It sucks to really care about something, put a ton of work into it, and get all of jack and squat in return because the higher-ups don't give a fuck and are only interested in making numbers get bigger.

ilex  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 1, 2020

Well, just got her blood work back and she has, at best, a malfunctioning liver. So, we'll do our best to take care of her as long as she wants to stay and if she gets better i'll be the happiest girl alive.

"New study shows involuntary exposure to trigonometry not correlated with academic performance of college students"

ilex  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 1, 2020

Last week, Bertha's abdomen started swelling up. At first we thought it was a side effect of bumblefoot or maybe she just ate a bunch of pine shavings and got constipated. It didn't improve after a couple of days so we did some reading and figured out that there are many reasons this happens to chickens — old age, cancer, organ failure, un-laid eggs, infections...not great news. She was still alive and eating at that point so we could rule out some of the worst possibilities. We took her to a vet to get x-rays and bloodwork done. The x-rays were pretty inconclusive — there's something in there that's squishing up on her lungs and organs, but we still don't know what it is and if it's fluid or mass. The vet gave us some antibiotics for her while we wait for bloodwork to come back.

She's a tough little bird. Even though breathing is not easy for her and she kinda waddles when she runs, she's still running around, pecking for snacks, hopping up on perches and laps, preening — all those good chicken things. This morning she feels a little less swollen so hopefully that's good news.

And, regardless of how long she has left, my metamour's sister-in-law keeps chickens and has had a lifelong dream of having an easter egger rooster, so when the time comes our little man will have a good home too.

At the vet:

This morning Lion ran up to me like he was going to peck my feet, then stopped and looked up at me — his way of asking for a hug. He's a little new to the whole affection thing but he's starting to figure out that head skritches feel nice.

Happy new year, y'all. May you more than survive this upcoming year!

Yeah, it is slowly working its way up the course hierarchy. Although I did this in fucking remedial trig at a state university and nobody complained and my classes did just as well as the ones taught by faculty, so who knows.

On the other hand, when I teach I call roll the first week of class and that's about it. If you don't show up to any of those lectures, you get an email, and if you don't reply, you get dropped a couple weeks in when the university sends instructors the form for doing that. That sorts out anyone who forgot the class, misread their schedule, switched sections and didn't say, etc.

Other than that, I don't really care if you show up? Quizzes happen at scheduled times and I send a note if there's an in-class activity that's graded, but that's it.

And, yeah, other than the shitty bluetooth hardware, SpotterEDU is basically selling you a fancy button that pulls router logs and dumps them into a csv. Universities love that shit, though, because it is yet another expensive data aggregation tool that provosts can use to feel important.

'Good' students learn well by sitting in a large lecture and doing homework. Getting a number back on a homework assignment is sufficient feedback for students to learn from their mistakes. Every student's knowledge is equally evaluatable by exams. Student success in a class can be meaningfully categorized into a single letter grade. Students all have the appropriate prerequisite knowledge and remember it well. Students can all grasp the material at about the same rate, and certainly within one semester. Students feel comfortable talking one on one to professors or TAs during office hours.

Certainly this works well enough for many students. But it absolutely does not work for many others who are otherwise bright, capable individuals. Some people have extenuating personal circumstances — family that need support, relationship troubles, kids, poverty. An increasing number of people have anxiety problems. A lot of people have not had a good pre-college education to draw on and struggle to make that up whilst 'good' students get better grades because they had a better upbringing.

I think some of the best learning I've done is sitting down with a friend or two and a book and working through it at our own pace until we're satisfied we know what's going on. No exams, no answer key — we do the exercises and discuss our approaches until we agree on what 'the' answer is.

ilex  ·  21 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Please share buggy Hubski things here.

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