July 20th, 2012

QI!

Honestly, not trying to sound accusatory, just curious...

Does anyone reading this unironically use pairing smush-names? I'm going to try really hard not to judge you if you explain to me why. Why do you do this? Is it super quick? Is it because it engenders a feeling of community? Is it because everyone else does? Is it simply because it makes tagging and whatnot easier on the interwebs? I have never really understood.
Loz Cola

I should have been asleep many hours ago, ugh... still in holiday mode...

I want to marry John Finnemore's brain and always have it beside me forever and ever, because it is glorious.

Which reminds me of a joke Simon Amstell made about how his type is basically him --- but much, much better. Which would be fine, except that it really relies on the intended's type being themselves, but considerably worse.

(Namely: I always fall for people who say things I do and would say, believe things I do and would believe, act in ways I wish I had the strength for, and are generally awesome in all the ways I long to be awesome.)
Background 3

This is my job, and it's fine, it's where I spend the vast majority of my time...

It turns out you do need more than three hours sleep in order to successfully teach. So many things went wrong today. Not even adding 'so many things' in capitals properly conveys the abundant ways today went wrong. I thought I was perfectly organised. And I was, really. I had everything I needed to have. I thought I gave my instructions clearly --- but this is where everything went to hell. And this happened in both English and Maths.

... I did make the mistake of trying to do two new super-interactive tasks during both sessions. It's like I don't know any better. ('But Loz', my inner demon voice said, 'you're so organised! You have everything you need to have!') Except, of course, students who listen. There was one point I was so frustrated, there was one of the girls looking at me all worried and disappointed in herself, and I properly said, "yes! yes you should be looking ashamed! because I was standing here telling you exactly what you needed to do and you didn't listen!" Way to go, Loz.

There is a reason people in this profession: a) regularly have vocal breakdowns, b) regularly have mental breakdowns.