What I Hated the Least Today 179/365: Night Owl

I'm a convinced night owl. (Isn't night owl a tautology? Not if there is a day owl, but is there such a thing?) That means, among other dis/advantages, that I get in contact with early birds. (Again, is it a tautology or is there a late bird? And isn't late bird an owl?) I constantly stumble upon early … Continue reading What I Hated the Least Today 179/365: Night Owl

What I Hated the Least Today 154/365: Papers

I spent the last few days doing what existentialists who aren't nihilists (yet) do: persisting in so-called meaningful activities which they know to be meaningless. In other words, I've been pursuing my academic pursuits. (Or, oops, I did it again.) In a matter of four or five days, I churned out two abstracts (as in … Continue reading What I Hated the Least Today 154/365: Papers

What I Hated the Least Today 142/365: Deadpan

I cultivate a deadpan face at all times because I maintain that showing emotion makes one open to abuse. Unfortunately, my deadpan skills cause some confusion when dealing with people who are less dead inside out than me. It's especially difficult to get my humour across with my straight face—though my sense of humour, which … Continue reading What I Hated the Least Today 142/365: Deadpan

What I Hated the Least Today 138/365: Emails from My Students

Throughout the term, my students appeared thoroughly disinterested in their studies. It was all fun and games—and then there was the final test. This excited in my unexcitable students bouts of paranormal activity. This manifested itself in a previously unseen increase in questions, typically of the dumb kind: Will this be on the test? — What will … Continue reading What I Hated the Least Today 138/365: Emails from My Students

What I Hated the Least Today 132/365: High (School) Students

I teach at what calls itself a university but is really an extension of the secondary school. I spent the last three days invigilating cheating students writing tests and subsequently marking their attempts. I wasted more time preparing and marking the tests than any of the students spent on studying for them. My teaching was a … Continue reading What I Hated the Least Today 132/365: High (School) Students

What I Hated the Least Today 83/365: Marking

I hate the work of marking students' tests almost the least. It's not even a work—it's just more or less mindless checking or crossing out as appropriate. If I had a trained monkey, I'd assign it on the job. Alas, I only have an untrained cat. On the upside, I will never cease to be … Continue reading What I Hated the Least Today 83/365: Marking