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post #46591 of 70273
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Originally Posted by MrG View Post

Why doesn't this surprise me?

I wonder how L'Inc would feel about it now.

I don't know what the norms are in econ, but a student couldn't get a B+ in my courses without ever showing up. I'd just add that the strategy of doing the rock bottom minimum might sometimes yield okay results in university, but it is not well received at all in the world outside university. I think riotior will do very well to break that habit.

I had horrible attendance in one of my classes this year, probably because it started at 4:30. At any rate, I have a lot of students who are going to get Ds or Fs. Some of these students, who've missed a good half of the classes, are now e-mailing me to see if they can do some extra credit to get their grades up. It's hard to understand the mindset of people like that; clearly they want good grades, but why didn't that motivate them to come to class throughout the semester? It's like religious people who live shitty lives and then think they can make it all good with the Lord on their deathbeds.
post #46592 of 70273
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Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post

I don't know what the norms are in econ, but a student couldn't get a B+ in my courses without ever showing up. I'd just add that the strategy of doing the rock bottom minimum might sometimes yield okay results in university, but it is not well received at all in the world outside university. I think riotior will do very well to break that habit.

I had horrible attendance in one of my classes this year, probably because it started at 4:30. At any rate, I have a lot of students who are going to get Ds or Fs. Some of these students, who've missed a good half of the classes, are now e-mailing me to see if they can do some extra credit to get their grades up. It's hard to understand the mindset of people like that; clearly they want good grades, but why didn't that motivate them to come to class throughout the semester? It's like religious people who live shitty lives and then think they can make it all good with the Lord on their deathbeds.

Had one kid who routinely missed class, showed up late, didn't do the (graded) homework, etc. He got most of the way through the class and realized he was doing very poorly. Came to class 45 minutes late and immediately raised his hand to ask a question. He ended up openly asking me to raise his grade (in front of the whole class). His logic was that he "really didn't need this class and thought it was going to be an easy A", so I should apparently reward his sloth with an unearned grade. Flawless, really. I shot him down and he walked out.
post #46593 of 70273
Jesus, is there anyone who could possibly have any worse luck relating to cars than GreenFrog? My failures in life combined over the years are nothing compared to his car-based bad luck.

Got a really good story, can't use it, now no one else is talking. At least one of my stories from Monday set the agenda for the past few days.
post #46594 of 70273
Aaaand the tax office won't title my car because the previous owner's lien release form isn't signed by a bank rep.

FUCK

And I just curbed a wheel omg
Edited by GreenFrog - 5/2/13 at 8:11am
post #46595 of 70273
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Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post

I had horrible attendance in one of my classes this year, probably because it started at 4:30. At any rate, I have a lot of students who are going to get Ds or Fs. Some of these students, who've missed a good half of the classes, are now e-mailing me to see if they can do some extra credit to get their grades up. It's hard to understand the mindset of people like that; clearly they want good grades, but why didn't that motivate them to come to class throughout the semester? It's like religious people who live shitty lives and then think they can make it all good with the Lord on their deathbeds.

often its just because they are young and distracted and have misguided priorities, and do not realize the mistakes they are making.

i think the shitty religious people you refer to are of a different midset. similar idea, but not quite the same, imho.
post #46596 of 70273
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Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post

I don't know what the norms are in econ, but a student couldn't get a B+ in my courses without ever showing up. I'd just add that the strategy of doing the rock bottom minimum might sometimes yield okay results in university, but it is not well received at all in the world outside university. I think riotior will do very well to break that habit.

I had horrible attendance in one of my classes this year, probably because it started at 4:30. At any rate, I have a lot of students who are going to get Ds or Fs. Some of these students, who've missed a good half of the classes, are now e-mailing me to see if they can do some extra credit to get their grades up. It's hard to understand the mindset of people like that; clearly they want good grades, but why didn't that motivate them to come to class throughout the semester? It's like religious people who live shitty lives and then think they can make it all good with the Lord on their deathbeds.

It's safe to believe that these same students, or parents of, are paying to miss the class? I don't want to laugh but these kids are not the kind of people I'd want to hire.
post #46597 of 70273
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Originally Posted by Kid Nickels View Post


the best of those weird vids is the "how to get any girl into bed" trick.... you know, just flashing the junk doesn't always works lol8[1].gif



WHAT????!!!!!!

I admit that I have been out of circulation for several decades due to being married...but this statement, if actually true, shakes the very foundation of my existence.
post #46598 of 70273
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

It is a weird marketing scheme. A coworker and I have been talking about it for about a year. It is always a "Weird" trick and such. Sometimes they will use pictures of random things on the internet (for example, the power companies hated some guy because he discovered a "weird" trick and the picture was of an electric vehicle battery stolen from a company who manufactures them)

If you actually click on the ads it links you to a site where you can buy random goods. So bizarre.


I have never clicked on one but if I were selling online basic science classes I think the "Weird Trick to Slash Your Electricity Bill" ad would find my audience. Maybe not so much the ones who would buy the classes, but definitely the ones who need them.
post #46599 of 70273
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Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post


I don't know what the norms are in econ, but a student couldn't get a B+ in my courses without ever showing up. I'd just add that the strategy of doing the rock bottom minimum might sometimes yield okay results in university, but it is not well received at all in the world outside university. I think riotior will do very well to break that habit.

I had horrible attendance in one of my classes this year, probably because it started at 4:30. At any rate, I have a lot of students who are going to get Ds or Fs. Some of these students, who've missed a good half of the classes, are now e-mailing me to see if they can do some extra credit to get their grades up. It's hard to understand the mindset of people like that; clearly they want good grades, but why didn't that motivate them to come to class throughout the semester? It's like religious people who live shitty lives and then think they can make it all good with the Lord on their deathbeds.

Going from school where I had lessons 9-4 five days a week, homework every day, two or three essays to write a week, to university where I had 8 contact hours a week (less in second and third years), maybe two or three essays to write a term, made university seem a breeze. The idea of not turning up to those 8 hours (as many of my colleagues did) just seemed stupid to me - it's not like they were demanding much from us.

I did the rock bottom needed to achieve the best grade. This basically meant turning up each week having read and thought about the required reading, which took perhaps a day. Could not believe how many people couldn't be bothered to do that much.
post #46600 of 70273
I hated school. I slept through all my classes. I estimate having attended >10% of my college classes. Most courses, including science and math courses, I would not do a single assignment, skip papers, and then have a frantic week before exams. The worst was multivariable calc, a class that met 3 times a week for 12 weeks, with a problem set due every week, a midterm, and a final. I skipped the midterm and never turned in a single problem set. I opened the book for the first time the night before the final. C-. I made it through 3 years of college this way, hating every minute, before finally flunking out.

By contrast, I love work. I have no problem working long hours and applying myself.

School is such a solitary, self-interested pursuit. Not that working doesn't have a lot of self-interest tied up in it, but I am far more energized and motivated by a social setting and responsibility to others. Working alone would drive me nuts.
post #46601 of 70273
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Originally Posted by Douglas View Post

. I estimate having attended >10% of my college classes.

In one of those math classes, they probably talked about the proper use of "=", ">" and "<". wink.gif
post #46602 of 70273
lol
post #46603 of 70273
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Originally Posted by FLMountainMan View Post

Dumb Threads. Outside of the GIF, Funny Picture, and Redhead threads, it's fucking awful.

Would you Wife it
Potentially Vaguely Racist Observations
Manton's courtship advice thread

those are solid,

the WDWV had a moment but the rest are bad.
post #46604 of 70273
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Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post

I don't know what the norms are in econ, but a student couldn't get a B+ in my courses without ever showing up. I'd just add that the strategy of doing the rock bottom minimum might sometimes yield okay results in university, but it is not well received at all in the world outside university. I think riotior will do very well to break that habit.

I had horrible attendance in one of my classes this year, probably because it started at 4:30. At any rate, I have a lot of students who are going to get Ds or Fs. Some of these students, who've missed a good half of the classes, are now e-mailing me to see if they can do some extra credit to get their grades up. It's hard to understand the mindset of people like that; clearly they want good grades, but why didn't that motivate them to come to class throughout the semester? It's like religious people who live shitty lives and then think they can make it all good with the Lord on their deathbeds.
Econ math classes are different. I took two this semester. On the first day of class, both professors said that they did not care how frequently students attend class or even how hard we tried (both said that our performance would be less of a function of effort and much more of a function of natural ability - these classes are pretty hard), and that our grade would be based entirely on how much economics we were able to learn in relation to our classmates. A fairly substantial number of students necessarily get D's or F's, and the only reason to attend class is if you think that it would help your grade. I go to a very very competitive school, especially for finance recruiting.
post #46605 of 70273
^^ Yeah, I guessed something like that might be the case. In philosophy (which is what I teach), that doesn't work. But I've heard similar stories about business and econ classes, among others.
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