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The Book of Na'Lon

or rather, Inane Ramblings of an Expatriot

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For reasons I can't fathom, I feel really crap today. Maybe part of it is due to being tired and overworked. Maybe it's because I don't feel like I have a hope of getting out of here this year after all. It feels like my life is on hold again on a number of levels, and when I try to get back on track, something else comes up to throw me off... Like the bit where I have to prepare for peer observation on Tuesday pm, but the Accred. Bollox Visit is on Wednesday. Or the bit where I don't even have the time to do any of the reading I need to do for the course I am taking because I am constantly having to read stuff for the courses I am teaching. I had all these plans for creative things: got new art materials for my birthday and all, want to get on with my story and want to get back to the gym... I need a holiday! And it's only week two of the semester.

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Gah, what about Paris? It's not definitely off is it? *worries for you*

I haven't heard from Paris yet. I haven't completely given up hope either. I think maybe I am just going through a patch of: "Argh! I'll rot here until my brain dribbles out of my ears without ever getting my publications done."

It doesn't help that I have to teach a session on my Scripting course (for IT) this afternoon and feel that I won't be able to answer any questions, should the students ask...

Much sympathy. Somehow I doubt that the students will ask any challenging questions, and if they do honesty is the best policy: "I'll get back to you on that one" commands a lot more respect than waffling on with a half-answer (however much I'm personally inclined to do the latter).

Remember: it's February. February always feels like this. Think of it as an extended case of Sixth Week Blues, and work right through it!

Thanks for the sympathy! And the advice about answers to students -- it is actually my usual strategy for exactly the same reason that you espoused: it commands more respect. :-)

As it happens the session went relatively well, if frustratingly for one of my two(!) students: his script wouldn't run, despite all three of us trying to figure out what the problem was. The other student's identical script worked. But hey. I guess that is the mystery of programming (I should say scripting, really!).

Too true about the Sixth Week Blues! I shall keep plugging away like a good little lecturer.

Overworked and tired is pretty good for making one depressed, especially if the nature of the overwork is such that parts of it are interfering with getting the other parts done :( Virtual tea and sympathy...

You're probably right. Today it's just all too much. This has been going on for so long, it's probably taking years off my life-expectancy -- not that I actually care right now. :-( [Glum, glum, me.]

Trying to understand a mostly new load of jargon does nothing to make me feel competent either: I've got to try and know what I mean by CGI, ISAPI, Tcl, arrays, associative arrays, shell scripts and many, many other things, som e of which sound treacherously familiar, like parse tree and variable, but don't mean the same in Computing as in Psychology... Blah.

Yich, I've only ever even heard of CGI and shell scripts!

...or maybe it's because your Evil Twin is absolutely exhausted today and has managed to psychically send some of it to you!


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