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24 June 2010

Humanoids in Humanities


Ever wondered how a bunch of university instructors absorb themselves during a meeting?

Scenario: three languages; four age groups, five ranks, philosophies as varied as the total number of wrinkles of everyone in attendance and a common bottomline: pay.

Some suffer burnout, others are eager for showtime one minute and ready to bite the academic dust the next, while the rest look forward to hearing the meeting is adjourned. A foreign few had to sit quiet through untranslated speeches. They interact via notes -

1. Crap. Syllabus doesn't match the book. Computer nerdery got messed up or who do we talk to about this?

2. Ah there goes conceptual thinking. Look at the powerpoint

3. I'm so sick of being professionally stagnant.

4. Business guys are paid $$ more per hour than the humanoids in Humanities ....

5. That's fair.

6. ... watched Sex and the City last night. It was funny but soon I was no longer laughing at the film... seatmates had to read the subtitle first and were laughing about six seconds late

7. But hey, they say we are paid tonight for warming our seats.

8. I bloody well hope so.

9. The Council is the deciding party for our case. Our license has been issued under TCT rules ... nothing is written in stone yet.... We either apply for a tourist visa or leave the country.

10. I'm beginning to fancy that conference in Vietnam... hmn...

11 God I need coffee!

12. with rum?

13. laced with sedative.

More T13 here.

5 comments:

  1. Interesting observations.
    So true in most meetings.

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  2. LOL at 11, 12 and 13. Too funny. I can just picture it. Love the theme my friend. :) Glad you are back and I certainly hope that you and CJ are doing well :)

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  3. Indrani, we could have saved energy :D

    Thom, coffee does save the day sometimes. Cj and I are doing well. Thanks.

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  4. Hi Hazel, how are you? Been out for months but i'm back! Will catch up on reading some posts here! :) For the meantime, this post is true. I once had a group meeting and the boss kept talking, and we, the graphic designers, exchanged doodles afterward! That's how boring meetings can be!

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  5. Beth! great to see you back. I've been away too. I will pop by at your place by and by.

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