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The plot thickens - Tactical Ninja

May. 2nd, 2012

09:32 am - The plot thickens

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So that B+ I got? The one that is the worst mark I've had since I started this university thing? Turns out it was the best mark in the class. Nobody got an A.

I think that makes me feel a bit better about it. I think. Questions were raised in our tutorial yesterday (I had a couple but so did a whole bunch of other people) about this situation, and our feedback is apparently going back to the folks running the course. I'm not sure how I feel now. Knowing that I haven't suddenly lost the ability to tell whether I've done good work or not is nice, I guess?

Also I had to work really hard at not being one of those people who plays with their phone in a tutorial. *cough*


I was really quite surprised how much I got done on my birthday, considering how much of it I spent playing with my phone. I spent the morning sorting out a data plan. Telecom was recommended because of coverage but when I checked, they didn't have good coverage for my kind of phone so I ended up going with 2degrees. That involved buying a simcard and finally retiring my old one that I bought to put in my first ever cellphone in 2001. Then going through all the registration rigmarole, then setting the number migration thing going. Which, incidentally, isn't done yet. '2-3 hours' has turned into nearly 24 and I'm not rapt about that - right now I'm carrying 2 phones so that I can play with the shiny one but am actually using the old one, because that's where my number still lives.

I guess if I get mugged I can hand over the old phone and be done, right?

Anyway, I also went to the gym, then worked on my essay for a couple of hours in the afternoon, then went to my tutorial.

MY VIRTUE, LET ME SHOW YOU IT.

At the tutorial I discovered that some people have not even chosen a topic, with less than a week to go. I am kind of gobsmacked at that. I mean, I know that procrastination is a Thing, but if I had only 6 days left to produce a 2000 word essay and I hadn't picked a topic, I'd be a gibbering mess in the corner - yet these people seemed unperturbed by it. Either they are very zen or they are the reason I do well at university. Or they are incredibly clever and just don't have to work as hard as I do for it. But yeah, WUT.

Then I went to adagio! Wheeeeee! It's been a while, as I've waited for my eyes to heal enough that I'm ok with maybe getting smacked in the face. And that's a good thing. Tiago isn't running this class, Mark is - and while it's pitched as intermediate, he told me at the start that it's actually advanced "But you should be ok." Ha!

We started by doing trust falls, working up to doing them backwards from two-up on Mark's shoulders. Since I've never done two-ups before either, that was new. Then we moved on to some things that they'd covered in the last class that I missed. In this class I don't think I'll be base very much, as there is a considerable size difference between the men and the women. Luckily for me I was partnered with a very strong chap called Tom who proceeded to throw me around like a right pro, and not be bothered that most of the stuff I hadn't done before. We only really fell apart once when he was neckspinning me and I didn't know what to do with my arms and he grabbed one of them instead of my leg and I faceplanted the mat. *spits out bits of carpet*

That is the first time my aikido training has failed me - I might have been able to roll out of it, but it was essentially a really fast piledriver from shoulder height so I'm not sure and I didn't think of that till after. Instead I used a half-pie breakfall that more or less worked - at least, my wrists aren't broken and my nose only just touched the mat. But, next time maybe I'll do something else with my hands.

And then I went home (20 minutes in light rain, quite nice when you've been running around), had tasty tasty food concocted by Dr Wheel, watched some silly media, and went to bed where *censored*

I love my life. In the tutorial the others were all "Whoah, 42!" and being all sympathetic and I was thinking "Wait, what? I have a good job, make good money, have a fantastic partner, own my own home, my education is being paid for, I get to do more or less whatever I want and have the confidence to follow through, my body is working just fine and my strength and stamina has increased since I was a teenager. Don't feel sorry for me, my life is AWESOME!"


So yeah, all you who said you were looking forward to your 42nd birthday, I support this plan. I don't give a crap about HGTG, but I have had a brilliant birthday. It has contained memorable times with friends, good food, new toys, successful study, exercise, trying new things, being thrown around by burly men, faceplanting, and *censored*. Seriously, what more could I ask for?

Also, for those of you who celebrate the cross-quarters, Happy New Year. I note that Wellington's decided it's winter now. (i can tell because my phone tells me what the temperature is)

*squee*

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From:t_c_da
Date:May 1st, 2012 10:19 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you had a Good.Time all day, and Wheee! Shiny!! for the new shoe phone....

Thanks for reminding me what 42 was like! That was, what, 24 years ago, and feels like a whole lifetime back.... I've only added 2 sprogs, 4 outlaws, and 7 grandies to the whanau since then...
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From:tatjna
Date:May 1st, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
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It does LOTS OF STUFF!

Also, I'm not sure my familial additions will be as prolific as yours, in fact I'm pretty sure they won't be. I just produced one that eats enough for a whole large family!
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From:anna_en_route
Date:May 1st, 2012 11:34 pm (UTC)
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Yay for having an awesome life (which from memory was one of your goals for the year?)

No As at all for a second year paper seems a little extreme

my partner was one of the 2000 words in 6 days people through honours,but only cause history honours was a bit of a slog (four papers all demanding 2000 word papers at the same time required some rather extreme short term time management. I think he got away with it because he didn't also have a job)
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From:tatjna
Date:May 2nd, 2012 12:00 am (UTC)
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I guess if I had 6 days of nothing else I had to do, I could bang out a good essay in that time, but I don't think I could do it without having thought a bit about it in the preceding weeks. It'd be.. messy.

Also, yeah. I find it hard to believe everyone's work was that average tbh.
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From:whatifitworks
Date:May 2nd, 2012 12:12 am (UTC)
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I guess it's a question of whether grades are given purely competitively within the group (so you expect the full range of grades covering best to worse) or whether the tutor has a fixed standard from each grade. Personally I'm a fan of the latter so that you and that would make me really keen to find out what the tutor thinks an A-grade paper should look like.
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From:tatjna
Date:May 2nd, 2012 12:17 am (UTC)
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That was my question to the tutor. I'm not a fan of scaling either but my feedback was almost entirely positive and I still didn't get an A - so I've no idea what's expected to achieve the A I want.
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From:anna_en_route
Date:May 2nd, 2012 12:46 am (UTC)
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Were they able to give you an answer?
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From:tatjna
Date:May 2nd, 2012 01:37 am (UTC)
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Only "Bring your paper to see me" - which is probably the best I can hope for. I was planning to do that this week but it's sitting in the pile of other papers that are strewn about the place* at the moment and I forgot it.

* My writing process, let me show you it.
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From:anna_en_route
Date:May 2nd, 2012 01:54 am (UTC)
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At worst you get a set of pointers (although you've been achieving As in 300 level papers so you've clearly beeen doing alright up til now) and at best (and this is what I suspect is likely to happen given you did better than everyone else) they will change your mark.
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From:helianthas
Date:May 2nd, 2012 03:25 am (UTC)
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"I love my life." that is awesome. Good for you!
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From:tatjna
Date:May 2nd, 2012 03:27 am (UTC)
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It's been a while coming but I think the dark patch is finally history. This is reason to celebrate. Also, <3
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