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That's what I've been caught up with since October when the academic year started again.

This year, I've finally gotten what I've dreamed of. I've got the 1st year introduction to logic class and the 3rd year advanced logic class. We are having so much fun.

The advanced logic seminar was scheduled at the same time as last year, meaning we have the same conflicts with maths courses, which no one seems to care about resolving. So again I have a split seminar. About 2/3 come to the scheduled time, and the other 1/3 meet at another day/time in my office. Hosting logic seminars in my office is one of my true joys in life.

For my intro students, I set them a take-home exam to do over Christmas break, to ensure that they didn't go 4 weeks without thinking about logic. We finished grading them on Tuesday and I told people they could come by my office hours today to pick up their exams. It's really, really fun handing back work to people when the grade they've gotten is much higher than they expected. (Many of them were expecting the worst.) One of them didn't believe the mark on the front, and when I assured him it was right, said, "I feel like I want to hug you, but that would inappropriately cross bounds." I told him I'd be satisfied with a happy smile. His friend was tremendously impressed by my rocking chair -- which he first identified as a throne. So he was even more impressed when I told him it rocked.

The two of them approved of my choice of music -- Nightwish -- never having been exposed to Finnish operatic metal before. One commented to the other that he could just imagine me kicking back in my throne with my music turned up loud and doing logic.

I'm glad that's the view of logic/logicians my students are getting.

It's been good. It's been busy. I tend not to do much other than teaching during term time.

Date: 2017-02-02 08:11 pm (UTC)
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Which era of Nightwish was playimg? Haggard is a very fun German band - 'Medieval folk metal' is how they describe themselves. They do a lovely rendition of Herr Mannelig, and my personal favourite album is Eppur Si Muove - based on the life and works of Galileo.

Date: 2017-02-02 11:41 pm (UTC)
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ALL the Nightwish.

I'm lucky that since I only came to them in July, I missed all the drama about changing singers. Because youtube will feed you songs indiscriminately, I had unknowingly been exposed to their entire repertoire before I even found out there were different singers, or started sorting songs into who sung what. So I'm an indiscriminate lover of them. :)

Thanks for the Haggard rec! I'll see what I can find of them on youtube.

Date: 2017-02-03 03:17 pm (UTC)
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The only true Nightwish is the one with Diamond Dave as lead singer.

Date: 2017-02-03 08:18 pm (UTC)
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I may have to investigate. :)

Date: 2017-02-02 09:40 pm (UTC)
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I love the glimpses you share of your academic life.

Date: 2017-02-02 11:42 pm (UTC)
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I love to share them, but I'm never quite sure how appropriate it is, so I have to be chary with them. Someday, though, I'll write a memoir, and one chapter in it will be "all the flirting that goes on in logic seminar, and all the terrible logic pick-up lines my students inflicted upon me and each other." It will be the best chapter in the memoir. :)

Date: 2017-02-03 04:56 am (UTC)
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I look forward to that one, and think you should include here an occasional highlight of what will go there.

Date: 2017-02-03 05:06 pm (UTC)
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I totally agree!

Date: 2017-02-03 07:05 pm (UTC)
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I look forward to your posts and have missed them. The perspective on British academic life with a child in their education system is enlightening:-]

Date: 2017-02-03 08:19 pm (UTC)
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I've missed posting them! But November and finishing up the novel really sucked a lot of words out of me, and then we hit December and January, which I've learned over the years (and most especially last year) are nothing other than hibernating months. I get up, I get Gwen to where she needs to be, I go to the office for my eight hours and do my teaching and admin, and then I get Gwen, return home and...turn off. Oh, I may not go to sleep for a few hours, but nothing substantive gets done in the evenings during the darkest months.


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