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I R SCHOLARLY DAMNIT - Tactical Ninja

Feb. 1st, 2012

09:13 am - I R SCHOLARLY DAMNIT

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Last night I dreamed about fart lighting. But not your normal fart lighting, oh no! This was high tech fart lighting in which a small tube with a pressurising tap was employed to allow you to turn your fart into a mini flame thrower at will!

Oddly, it morphed into a dream where I was the oh-so-grown-up teacher of Wayward Girls in the same Home For Wayward Girls that pombagira and I had been sent to for crimes unknown the night before. And something about a guy wearing lots of pairs of hakama on top of each other and trying to walk up Pirie St.

Cos I'm that mature.


I paid my last lot of fees for my degree this morning. It's always a bit owie doing that, but work reimburses me pretty quickly (as long as I pass) which is nice. Some people have asked me what my field of study has to do with my job, and I guess that's fair enough - but really, the stuff I've been learning can be applied anywhere and my job has changed to fit the things I've learned because, well, not to put too fine a point on it, I'm kind of good at it and my employers would be a bit silly to keep me doing things that don't utilise my education, eh?

So rather than paying me to learn X, they've been smart about it and gone "Tats is a fairly bright cookie, it doesn't matter what we educate her in, Educated Tats will be even more useful to us." Which means they are also smart cookies eh? ;-D

And in more direct usefulness, the stuff I learned about presentation of complex interrelated information from the stuff about modelling climate change is already helping with presentation of complex interrelated information about the state of work-based education in New Zealand. Nyah.

In other job-related weirdness, this year the Youth of Today has decided to drop one of his more cerebral courses and try his hand at Carpentry. There are lots of reasons behind this, but the most relevant are:

- he doesn't know what he wants to do yet so sees university as a bit money-time wasting

- he enjoys making things, being physical and working with his hands

- he thinks getting an apprenticeship after school (this is his last year) would be a good way to 'fill the gap' by making money and gaining skills while he works out what to do next.

So yeah, he has dropped physics and will do Carpentry instead. The weird part comes in when I looked at his curriculum and the standards he will be assessed against and realised that I wrote them! o.O Kind of makes my job personal in a way I haven't experienced before.


I'm finishing up my essay for the climate change course. It has to be about something related to the poster we made. Our poster was about green technology, and the essay is about issues relating to the implementation of green technology fully and widely enough to mitigate climate change*. It doesn't have a lot of science in it, because the issues with developing and implementing technology are less to do with science than they are to do with policy and economics. I've come to believe that the climate change problem is one of economics but unlike some people *cough* I'm not quite up for an Economics degree right now so I'll stick with policy and hopefully get my sustainable fingers in lots of policy pies that way.

Anyway, it's being marked by a scientist so I hope that works out OK eh?

* Where 'mitigate' actually means have a hope of preventing the global average temperature rising to more than moderately dangerous levels

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From:tatjna
Date:January 31st, 2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
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He is about 17 months of being a legal adult in all ways.

I found it a bit worrying that when the school contacted me about sorting his courses, he wasn't copied in. I was all "But he needs to learn to make decisions for his future, plz let him do that!"

Luckily once we got face to face they were better about it.

But yeah, I'm glad he's made that decision too. I understand from my own experience how self-esteem destroying university can be if you're not ready for it.
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From:t_c_da
Date:January 31st, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
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Yeah for bumping into your own work in an apparently unrelated area! I trust YoT will know who to talk to about best meeting those standards, eh?
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From:tatjna
Date:January 31st, 2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
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I fear that he will tell his teacher I wrote them and I will cop all the frustrations inherent in using unit standards in schools. ;-/

However, we should get some garden furniture out of it! ;-)
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From:tatjna
Date:January 31st, 2012 09:51 pm (UTC)
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Well, yes - and that's how it looks in my essay. In my blog, I get to be cavalier with words. And technology will not reduce or avoid climate change. It might delay it, I guess, but that's the last word I would think of to replace 'mitigate' - especially when I've defined mitigate to clarify exactly what I'm trying to express.

Mlur.
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From:anna_en_route
Date:January 31st, 2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations on finding your work elsewhere =).

Good on the YoT for trying things out (my little brother also took woodwork all through high-school, he's currently working as a programmer but he was able to make his girlfriend a gorgeous set of shelves...yay for multi-skilled people).
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From:pombagira
Date:February 1st, 2012 12:33 am (UTC)
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gosh wayward girls you say.. O.O werid i have been a wayward girl to day by completely destroying any chances of getting the job i was interviewing for.. so now am not so pleasantly beating myself over the head with the idiocy of it all..and a big stick, in the shape of a cup of tea..

carpentry.. good skills to have for the zombie apocalypse to.. *smiles* yay for getting all the school stuff sorted for all the peoples..
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From:tatjna
Date:February 2nd, 2012 09:10 am (UTC)
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Nah, it's totally right. As long as they're your farts.
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From:plantgirl
Date:February 15th, 2012 08:58 am (UTC)
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I don't know. Do you want it to look like a sparkly unicorn chainsaw, too?
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