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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 2:14 pm 
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A student I'm supposed to work with on Tuesday left his twenty-page senior thesis in my mailbox so I can read it before our appointment. I've started skimming it and it needs...an awful lot of work. Like, I don't even know where to start. I'm feeling really out of my depth and whine whine whine, etc.


One approach would be to focus on just one or two pages and point out what isn't working there and have the student extrapolate that to the rest of it.


This is a great suggestion. My senior thesis advisor had all of his advisees print off one page of thesis, then come in and go over it with him. Usually the same types of writing mistakes are being made throughout the paper.

As for my FWPs. . . I have to go to my [relatively pleasant, relatively easy, relatively well-paying] job later. I'm closing, which means that I have to be there until midnight, which means that I'll probably drink lots of coffee. Also, the coffee at work isn't that great, so I'll probably add lots of sugar to make it taste better (for the record, I love drinking overly-sugared coffee, and don't really mind having an excuse to drink lots of it).

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 Post subject: Re: First World Problems
PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 11:57 am 
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My carbon monoxide alarm was running out of batteries, so to warn me of this impending apocalypse it let out a loud, high pitched squeal every five minutes after 1 a.m. I was just tired enough not to be able to figure out what was going on. Still, it kept on waking me up and now I feel like I was hit by a truck. I'm so exhausted. And have to go to work in forty five minutes.

Also, the internet I'm mooching from an unsuspecting neighbor hasn't been working for the last twenty four hours. So I've been having to go to the library to get my PPK fix.


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 Post subject: Re: First World Problems
PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:31 pm 
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Also, the internet I'm mooching from an unsuspecting neighbor hasn't been working for the last twenty four hours. So I've been having to go to the library to get my PPK fix.


At first I read this as ". . . the internet I'm nooching. . . " That's how I know I've been spending too much time PPK-ing.

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 Post subject: Re: First World Problems
PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:36 pm 
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My carbon monoxide alarm was running out of batteries, so to warn me of this impending apocalypse it let out a loud, high pitched squeal every five minutes after 1 a.m. I was just tired enough not to be able to figure out what was going on. Still, it kept on waking me up and now I feel like I was hit by a truck. I'm so exhausted. And have to go to work in forty five minutes.

Also, the internet I'm mooching from an unsuspecting neighbor hasn't been working for the last twenty four hours. So I've been having to go to the library to get my PPK fix.


I'm pretty sure your neighbors hate you now. This happened to a neighbor's smoke alarm over a school break and our complex took a full day to send maintenance over. We had to leave or go insane.

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 Post subject: Re: First World Problems
PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 4:45 pm 
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~Sz wrote:
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A student I'm supposed to work with on Tuesday left his twenty-page senior thesis in my mailbox so I can read it before our appointment. I've started skimming it and it needs...an awful lot of work. Like, I don't even know where to start. I'm feeling really out of my depth and whine whine whine, etc.


One approach would be to focus on just one or two pages and point out what isn't working there and have the student extrapolate that to the rest of it.


This is a great suggestion. My senior thesis advisor had all of his advisees print off one page of thesis, then come in and go over it with him. Usually the same types of writing mistakes are being made throughout the paper.

Yeah, this is what I ended up trying to do. Unfortunately some of the problems are so...well...his thesis isn't really strong enough for a paper this long and it doesn't match his argument. I told him so, but I don't think he's going to change either. Bah. (Note: I'm not an instructor or anything, I'm a peer tutor, so if a student doesn't want to follow my suggestions there's nothing I can do.)

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 Post subject: Re: First World Problems
PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 4:53 pm 
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kilgore trout wrote:
his thesis isn't really strong enough for a paper this long and it doesn't match his argument.


This is vital advice. You planted a seed! So, either the fellow student can heed and succeed or learn from his mistake. Your work is done there!

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 Post subject: Re: First World Problems
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My supervisor is going to buy me a desktop capable of doing my thesis work. He told me to look at desktops online and decide what to get and then gave me a budget so big that I don't know what to do with it :(


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 Post subject: Re: First World Problems
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My supervisor is going to buy me a desktop capable of doing my thesis work. He told me to look at desktops online and decide what to get and then gave me a budget so big that I don't know what to do with it :(


Haha. In my department this meant the biggest Cinema screen array that the Apple store had to offer.

You could a make a thread listing what you need to do, what software to run, and your budget. And get a really nice monitor or two. A second monitor can be really useful.

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 Post subject: Re: First World Problems
PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:00 pm 
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My carbon monoxide alarm was running out of batteries, so to warn me of this impending apocalypse it let out a loud, high pitched squeal every five minutes after 1 a.m. I was just tired enough not to be able to figure out what was going on. Still, it kept on waking me up and now I feel like I was hit by a truck. I'm so exhausted. And have to go to work in forty five minutes.

Also, the internet I'm mooching from an unsuspecting neighbor hasn't been working for the last twenty four hours. So I've been having to go to the library to get my PPK fix.


I'm pretty sure your neighbors hate you now.


Yeah, I feel bad about it!


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 Post subject: Re: First World Problems
PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:27 pm 
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I went to three stores tonight and not one had cacao powder. I want to make the Lower Fat Deep Chocolate Bundt Cake from V'Con for work on Friday and I wasn't planning on leaving the house tomorrow so I wanted to get all the ingredients tonight. Each store had hot chocolate mix but no plain unsweetened cacao. I'll have to see if I feel like putting on actual clothes and leaving the house tomorrow in search of it, or if I'll just blow off making the cake. (No one's expecting cake. It's standard practice here to bring cake or other treats to work on your birthday and since I had the day off on my actual birthday, I thought it would be nice to bring cake when I go back to work.)

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 Post subject: Re: First World Problems
PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:30 pm 
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I've never made a bundt cake, I found a decent sale online, should I buy a bundt pan?

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 Post subject: Re: First World Problems
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I've never made a bundt cake, I found a decent sale online, should I buy a bundt pan?


I splurged and got a Nordic Ware pan and it's like a whole new world. Cakes come out perfectly like magic. If its a nice quality pan, definitely go for it--Bundt cakes are awesome. We like that they are usually less fussy and not as sweet.

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 Post subject: Re: First World Problems
PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:35 pm 
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Do it, linanil! I loves me some bundt! They look all fancy!

Lavawitch, I splurged and got a Nordic Ware pan too, but I haven't used it yet. I can't wait to see how it turns out. (If only I had the cacao!)

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You will love it!

I had a crappy $10 pan and it never came out quite right. The fancy one is always perfect and painless. The bad thing is that now I want to upgrade all my bakeware.

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 Post subject: Re: First World Problems
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I've never been invited to a Thanksgiving dinner. Sure, it's because I'm Australian and we don't do Thanksgiving in Australia but I still want to get invited to a vegan Thanksgiving.


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 Post subject: Re: First World Problems
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why is it impossible for me to find a vegan version of the mary janes i want?! UGH.

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 Post subject: Re: First World Problems
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I was hired as a contractor at this grooming place a little over a month ago, but only working two days per week. The owner can be kind of conservative annoying about tattoos and stuff (legally, she shouldn't be able to enforce a dress code for contractors), but overall I really like the place. When I was hired, I told the owner that I would continue looking for full-time work. After being there a couple weeks and realizing how much money I was making in just two days, I told her that if she could give me one more day, I could just focus on that shop and stop looking for another job.

Fast forward to yesterday, I signed a contract for a full-time position at another place, starting part-time and phasing out my contract with the first place, and now she's offering to give me another day if I'll stay until December. Arrrghhhh.

First world problem, because I know I'm lucky to even have a job right now. But it's still balls.


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I just had a really nice, comforting lunch (tofurky sammich with cranberry sauce, mayo, and baby spinach, split pea soup, and a cookie) and now I want to take a nap, but I have to work for the rest of the day!!

ETA: And the cookie was supposed to be an afternoon snack, but I already ate it! Now I'll have to eat carrots and hummus for a snack!

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I just brought some coffee "creamer" to work and put it in the fridge (unopened - never used - obviously new!) and the cleaning staff "cleaned the fridge" (aka - threw EVERYTHING away). There was no notice that this was going to happen. They have never cleaned the fridge in the year and a half I have worked here. So no delicous coffee for me. (plus it was a kind I had never tried before and had to get at my not usual grocery store :( so sad)


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I just brought some coffee "creamer" to work and put it in the fridge (unopened - never used - obviously new!) and the cleaning staff "cleaned the fridge" (aka - threw EVERYTHING away). There was no notice that this was going to happen. They have never cleaned the fridge in the year and a half I have worked here. So no delicous coffee for me. (plus it was a kind I had never tried before and had to get at my not usual grocery store :( so sad)


I'd be so annoyed if that happened!

My FWP is that I can't find the belt for my dressing gown :(

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I got my hair cut today and my sis used too short a guard on her clippers, so my hair is way too short in the back. I have a choir concert in a week... Sigh.

I don't like my head shaved when I don't go in intending to shave my head.


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I got my hair cut today and my sis used too short a guard on her clippers, so my hair is way too short in the back. I have a choir concert in a week... Sigh.

I don't like my head shaved when I don't go in intending to shave my head.


OMG, a couple of years ago I had a friend cut my hair and we didn't realize we even had to use a guard. My head was shaved to the skin. It was AWFUL.


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I got my hair cut today and my sis used too short a guard on her clippers, so my hair is way too short in the back. I have a choir concert in a week... Sigh.

I don't like my head shaved when I don't go in intending to shave my head.


OMG, a couple of years ago I had a friend cut my hair and we didn't realize we even had to use a guard. My head was shaved to the skin. It was AWFUL.


I've done that to a friend before!!
It was okay, because I was giving her wonky asymmetrical hair for a Delirium cosplay, and it meant we could draw on her scalp, but that's not a mistake I want to make again.


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I just brought some coffee "creamer" to work and put it in the fridge (unopened - never used - obviously new!) and the cleaning staff "cleaned the fridge" (aka - threw EVERYTHING away). There was no notice that this was going to happen. They have never cleaned the fridge in the year and a half I have worked here. So no delicous coffee for me. (plus it was a kind I had never tried before and had to get at my not usual grocery store :( so sad)


Okay maybe like 7 months ago this exact same thing happened to me and I still haven't forgotten or forgiven. Now when I see stuff sit in there for a few weeks at a time I get extra angry. YOU GUYS THREW AWAY AN UNOPENED CREAMER BUT THAT FROSTY BAG OF BROCCOLI THAT'S BEEN IN THERE FOR A MONTH GETS TO STAY?!

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