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Ok, seriously people…

June 22, 2008

What the hell is this thing???

Ok, ok. It’s clearly some sort of centipede or millipede, what with all the creepy legs. Centipede, since it only has one creepy pair of legs per body segment. Click for a larger image if you want to confirm that. But the more important question here is…


Googling told me that it probably won’t kill me or Elephant, and besides it seems mostly interested in staying the hell away from me anyway, so I’m leaving it alone for now. But this is a really fucking creepy bug. Especially since it moves so fast that I couldn’t capture it under a jar for deportation. Just saying.

my students. they make my brain hurt.

May 12, 2008

Why, how, WHY does this always happen???

Students.  They turn in homeworks, where their answers are clearly copied and pasted from eclipse.  (Which is ok.  Good even!  I encourage running homework problems to check that they work!)  But how the hell do they have syntax errors?  Did they not NOTICE the red underlinies?  Why even bother writing in eclipse if you’re not going to run it or check syntax errors, anyway???

Are they copying and pasting and then adding in syntax errors just to screw with me, to see if I’ll notice?

It doesn’t really matter.  But it makes my brain hurt.  Why???  (Seriously.  If you have some guess as to why they do this, I’d like to hear it.  This happens all the time.)

Everything that’s wrong with America, or not

August 29, 2007

Title stolen from this post at Feministe, which is about the video of Miss Teen South Carolina USA that I’m assuming everyone has seen by now.

What’s completely shocking to me here is the response of feminist blogs (and their commenters). I expect various stupid people on the internet, radio personalities, your average misogynist American, to make fun of the girl, to insult her intelligence, to use the “dumb blonde” stereotype, either explicitly or implicity. I do not however, expect commenters at Pandagon to use words like “moron,” “dumb,” or describe her performance as “an indictment of our education system” (just to pick a few). To be fair, the commenters at Feministe aren’t that bad (yet) , but I’m not happy with what I see at Feministing, either.

I want to briefly respond to the idiocy of insulting her intelligence, but what I’d really like to do is respond to the more subtle problems I see at Feministe, where people aren’t acting like blatant assholes. So, if anyone would bother to do a simple google search and read her bio, they’d know that she’s not just a beauty pageant queen. She plays soccer. She does graphic design. From other sources, she’s a good student, at a good high school (Lexington HS, for the record, is one of the better public schools in South Carolina–I was beaten at many academic competitions once upon a time by honors students from Lexington, which is what she is). Yes, she models too. She’s pretty. She uses the system. And she tried to use the system to get a scholarship from a beauty pageant. So what? Since when does that mean she’s fair game for “feminists” to attack?

Having said that, there are some slightly more complex issues. Read the rest of this entry »