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Re: An Open Letter to ...
« Reply #1290 on: December 11, 2014, 04:56:42 PM »
Why do people pay money to fail at something? At least go to a casino, it's way more fun!
Something I ask myself every quarter!  :-\

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Re: An Open Letter to ...
« Reply #1291 on: December 11, 2014, 05:02:55 PM »
I wish someone would pay for me to take your class. They can have the credits, I'll keep the knowledge. :)

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Re: An Open Letter to ...
« Reply #1292 on: December 11, 2014, 05:09:44 PM »
Haha, I'd love to have you in my class. :)

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Re: An Open Letter to ...
« Reply #1293 on: December 11, 2014, 06:22:17 PM »
My students who generally came to class and got all the work done and still didn't do well, I felt bad about that, I felt that maybe I let them down by not being good enough as an instructor. The students who were spotty with attendance and assignments, I marked those bad grades with a certain measure of satisfaction.

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Re: An Open Letter to ...
« Reply #1294 on: December 11, 2014, 09:59:05 PM »
Dear Student,

You've only just now realized that that research project that was worth 50% of your grade, the one you didn't turn in, even with multiple reminders, was going to affect your grade so much?

No, four days now, after the quarter has ended, I will not "give [you] an extension."

Sincerely,
Your Big Meanie Instructor

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Re: An Open Letter to ...
« Reply #1295 on: December 12, 2014, 12:01:22 AM »
My students who generally came to class and got all the work done and still didn't do well, I felt bad about that, I felt that maybe I let them down by not being good enough as an instructor. The students who were spotty with attendance and assignments, I marked those bad grades with a certain measure of satisfaction.
Yeah, this student falls in the latter category, so I really don't feel sorry for her.  Her grade is fair, and I gave her every opportunity to do better while there was time.  I do hope it's a bit of a wake up call though - she's a bright kid and could do so much better if she just wanted to.


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Re: An Open Letter to ...
« Reply #1296 on: June 16, 2015, 03:15:03 PM »
Dear audiences at comedy shows,

Your job is to laugh. Please do not speak unless spoken to. Heckling is the worst. You are not helping the show. You are not impressing your date. You are not showing anyone that you belong to be onstage. What's that? You were completely sober when it happened. Dear heavens... You're a monster.

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Me
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« Reply #1297 on: June 16, 2015, 03:34:39 PM »
I went to a show with Stewart Lee, who might not be known outside the UK. He was heckled and went into this long rant about how the heckling had actually ruined his act. How since he appeared on TV the audience had changed, how he wished for those earlier audiences even if he now made loads of money at bigger venues. Eventually he started spieling on how comedians led a lonely life and they committed suicide like Robin Williams; how comedy made them sensitive. At all these turns people were laughing while he stayed dead serious and had a go at the audience for being insensitive. Sometimes people clapped instead and he would say that was the sort of audience he wanted. Basically he making people laugh and then ranting about them laughing.

It was so intricate repeatedly bouncing off how the original heckle had caused all of it. In short it was a genius riff on the nature of comedy itself. A hell of a challenge daring people not to laugh, making them laugh at the most sensitive personal things and then screaming at people's insensitivities. People getting up to go to the loo as he was eulogising Robin Williams and he would melt down in rage.
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Re: An Open Letter to ...
« Reply #1298 on: June 16, 2015, 03:41:25 PM »
I went to a show with Stewart Lee, who might not be known outside the UK.

He is.  Not on the level of, say, Eddie Izzard, but he's definitely known.
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« Reply #1299 on: June 16, 2015, 04:19:26 PM »
I'm glad because talk about challenging art.
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