I R SCHOLARLY DAMNIT - Tactical Ninja
Feb. 1st, 2012
09:13 am - I R SCHOLARLY DAMNIT
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