Sorry, guys: I accidentally forgot to create a new comments thread yesterday. If you want to see the comments people have so far left on the Monday comic, go to the previous thread. Is this confusing? Yes, it is. Why am I doing it? There is probably something wrong with me. I have been marking for months and can’t tell.
November 27, 2012
November 14, 2012
I’m behind on the comics, but I’m slowly catching up. Marking is making my head hurt constantly. What…fun.
November 9, 2012
I’m going to be at SFContario this Saturday and Sunday (I have a conflict on Friday). I’ll probably be carrying around a tiny computer so that I can mark in spare moments or, more pertinently, so that I can convince myself that I’m going to mark in spare moments. However, I’m also in panels and concerts and stuff. Here’s my schedule for anyone who’s interested:
- The Music of Fandom
- The most commonly known music of fandom (for many of us older fans, that is) is filk music. But there are many more choices today – found filk, Wizard Rock, Geek Music – and probably many more that are unknown to this individual. Come and listen (and contribute) to a discussion of some of the many fine examples – by some of the composers and musicians themselves.
- Kari Maaren, Debs & Errol, Phil Mills, Jane Garthson (M)
- Saturday 2:00 PM Ballroom BC
- Science Fiction in Pop Music
- Pop singers, like Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Nicki Manji, and even Taylor Swift, have all incorporated science fictional imagery and themes into their songs and music videos. SF is no longer a quietly ignored sub-genre of entertainment. How do these huge pop music culture uses impact the science fiction being produced today? Is it easier to identify as an SF fan today … or is it just annoying to see our subculture being capitalized on?
- (Kathryn Allan(M), Christopher J Garcia, Kari Maaren, John Zaniol)
- Saturday 3:00 PM, Gardenview
- (This blurb, unlike the other ones, isn’t from the programme; I’ve written it all by myself.)
- Have you ever wondered what thousand-year-old vampires think of the Twilight generation? Or what happens when you try to be too much like Batman? Or how a robot occupation would play out if it happened in Vancouver? Or just how the monster living under your bed is going to terrorise you tonight? I shall be answering all these questions…in song.
- Saturday 6:00 PM, Ballroom BC
- Uke Jam
- As far as I know, this will start the open filk at 9:00 PM in the Courtyard.
- The Future of Privacy
- Fourteen years ago, on The West Wing, Sam Seaborn opined “The next two decades are going to be (about) privacy.” Technology has made it easier for people to find and share information. Yet in our increasingly online world it has become much more challenging to protect privacy. Is privacy a right to be protected our an outmoded concept? Will the future bring a further erosion of personal privacy?
- (Kari Maaren, Michael Mattheson(M), Matt Moore, Peter Watts)
- Sunday 2:00 PM, Courtyard
November 5, 2012
I skipped the last two weeks’ worth of Rants, and I can see myself skipping next week’s too, so I’d better get this week’s in here somewhere. The truth of the matter is that I’ve bitten off a wee bit more than I can chew.
The Official Sessional Instructor Mantra is: take the work when it’s available, since you can’t know when it won’t be. This is true, and it’s all very well, but it doesn’t take into account the fact that the work takes actual time. I have five classes this term. Three of them are for the same course; the other two are for two different courses. Of the three courses I’m teaching, two are ones I’ve never taught before. That means that I have to put together two three-hours lectures from scratch every week. In addition, I have to mark for five classes, three of which are on essay writing and thus involve more assignments than usual. It’s got to the point where I’m marking the essay-writing class’s third assignment second because I don’t have time to do the second assignment and the third assignment, the latter of which is an essay proposal that is going to need to be handed back to the students this week.
The only reason I’ve been able to keep up with my comic is that I do need to take breaks occasionally, and on those breaks, I draw. I haven’t mailed out the prizes I owe people from this summer. I haven’t done some increasingly urgent late marking of summer assignments. I haven’t cleaned my apartment in forever. I’ve somehow managed to record an album, but I’m still not sure when that happened. I have a concert at a convention on Saturday, as well as a small performance with my band on Friday, and all I can think about is how much trouble I’m going to be in if I spend all weekend not marking.
I have heard that “full-time work” is supposed to involve, you know, free evenings and stuff. I laugh in the face of that assumption. I’m sitting here surrounded by essay proposals and wondering just when I’m going to find half an hour to mail my nephew’s birthday present. I also have to reapply for my job at some point very soon. I don’t understand how people do NaNoWriMo in November. November is appalling. It needs to be cancelled.
At any rate, I’ll Rant when I can, but the only reason I’m able to Rant tonight is that I’m on a break from marking twenty-five essay proposals in a single day. I have ten to go. I also practised with my band for two hours today. When the guitarist asked why we couldn’t meet twice more this week, I nearly punched him in the eye.