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post #6076 of 14510
Lately I've had students try to tell me that they turned in their papers to me by e-mail, but for some reason the university e-mail system isn't working and so that's why they didn't get to me. Then I tell them to send me their papers using a non-university address. The papers never show up, to my great surprise. (I should add that students are not supposed to e-mail me their papers in the first place; they are supposed to bring them to class on the due dates.)

Here's what I don't get: do students genuinely believe that this excuse stands a chance? And are there other professors who accept this as a plausible explanation?
post #6077 of 14510
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Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post

This morning I was making a right turn at an intersection. I swear to God, a person making a left turn onto the street I was turning off from came very close to hitting me. I've griped about this before, but why the hell can't people make a left turn at a roughly 90 degree angle? Is it really that difficult? Do they really need that two seconds they're saving by cutting the turn short?

I've complained about this on SF, too. It aggravates me because it's one of those things that people do when they're driving that seems like it's no big deal, but it could actually cause a wreck pretty easily.
post #6078 of 14510
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Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post

Lately I've had students try to tell me that they turned in their papers to me by e-mail, but for some reason the university e-mail system isn't working and so that's why they didn't get to me. Then I tell them to send me their papers using a non-university address. The papers never show up, to my great surprise. (I should add that students are not supposed to e-mail me their papers in the first place; they are supposed to bring them to class on the due dates.)

Here's what I don't get: do students genuinely believe that this excuse stands a chance? And are there other professors who accept this as a plausible explanation?
sry professor the dog ate my poast.
post #6079 of 14510
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Originally Posted by Thomas View Post

sry professor the dog ate my poast.

I had cats all my life...

Couldn't used that one even if once my cat pissed on one of my essay..
post #6080 of 14510
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Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post

Lately I've had students try to tell me that they turned in their papers to me by e-mail, but for some reason the university e-mail system isn't working and so that's why they didn't get to me. Then I tell them to send me their papers using a non-university address. The papers never show up, to my great surprise. (I should add that students are not supposed to e-mail me their papers in the first place; they are supposed to bring them to class on the due dates.)

Here's what I don't get: do students genuinely believe that this excuse stands a chance? And are there other professors who accept this as a plausible explanation?

They're so lazy that even their excuses are bad.
post #6081 of 14510
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Originally Posted by lasbar View Post

I had cats all my life...

Couldn't used that one even if once my cat pissed on one of my essay..

I had the cat decide to bed down on my math homework once as a kid, kneading it with claws and all. I turned it in. My teacher took points off for not copying it onto a fresh sheet of paper, but screw that. The math was still all there, at least if you bent some of the clawed out sections back into place. It's there, it's legible, it was an unimportant problem set. Why the hell would I spend time copying it over?
post #6082 of 14510
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Originally Posted by Gibonius View Post

They're so lazy that even their excuses are bad.

I'm confused, what do they expect to happen?

Can't you only use this ploy to buy more time (say you have a final the next day so you would rather study now and write the paper tomorrow)?

Wtf do they expect they will have to do after saying that it got lost? You've only got a few hour gap after you alert the professor where it is plausible you haven't yet had an opportunity to send another email.
post #6083 of 14510
^^ I think they're hoping against hope that I won't call their bluff. Maybe they're hoping I say that since their e-mail isn't working, they can just bring a hard copy to the next class, which might give them as many as four days.
post #6084 of 14510
So I don't get the passive aggressive road behavior when you try and pass someone and the suddenly decide to speed up making it hard to get by. I had someone today pickup 20 MPH trying to pass, I had to accelerate past 90mph to get thru. Then immediately they went back down to their original speed.
post #6085 of 14510
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Originally Posted by idfnl View Post

So I don't get the passive aggressive road behavior when you try and pass someone and the suddenly decide to speed up making it hard to get by. I had someone today pickup 20 MPH trying to pass, I had to accelerate past 90mph to get thru. Then immediately they went back down to their original speed.
I don't get this either, and I experience it often.
post #6086 of 14510
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Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post

Lately I've had students try to tell me that they turned in their papers to me by e-mail, but for some reason the university e-mail system isn't working and so that's why they didn't get to me. Then I tell them to send me their papers using a non-university address. The papers never show up, to my great surprise. (I should add that students are not supposed to e-mail me their papers in the first place; they are supposed to bring them to class on the due dates.)

Here's what I don't get: do students genuinely believe that this excuse stands a chance? And are there other professors who accept this as a plausible explanation?



Please do not damage the self esteem of those precious and unique little snowflakes.
post #6087 of 14510
I thought I got this but realize now that I may not -

Psy. I thought he was internetily famous for purposes of ridicule. But now I am starting to think that people actually like him in the conventional way confused.gif
post #6088 of 14510
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Originally Posted by idfnl View Post

So I don't get the passive aggressive road behavior when you try and pass someone and the suddenly decide to speed up making it hard to get by. I had someone today pickup 20 MPH trying to pass, I had to accelerate past 90mph to get thru. Then immediately they went back down to their original speed.

 

Interesting. I thought that only backwoods wheat farmers did this. I encounter it almost every time I pass someone on WA-195 (which is the only road in and out of my town). In our SUV, it's no biggie but in my wife little ass car it can be a death defying experience.

post #6089 of 14510
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Originally Posted by upthewazzu View Post

Interesting. I thought that only backwoods wheat farmers did this. I encounter it almost every time I pass someone on WA-195 (which is the only road in and out of my town).

I'm also in rural Washington and see it all the time... in its most benign form it's just a half-asleep old person realizing they were driving too slowly, in its most malicious it's an insecure redneck or other dipshit that thinks being passed is an affront to their dignity. The latter tend to have the 'I was going a reasonable speed, I'm in front' mentality that plagues much of North American driving.

Another form of this is when a road suddenly gets an extra lane and then everybody speeds up, only to invariably slow down again once the lane disappears, nobody having passed anyone. Occurs all over fucking i-5.
post #6090 of 14510
I've noticed people with cell phones tend to be bad about pacing people or speeding up when you go to pass. I think they are not paying enough attention to the road and are using other cars to gauge their speed. If they're in the lead they slow down as they're TALKING ON THE FUCKING PHONE INSTEAD OF DRIVING.

I still, for the life of me, cannot fathom what all these people are talking about while they drive.
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