Can I just take a moment to list all the verious technological failures I had today? One of my new duties at work involves teaching a 90-person lecture class. This is an entirely new thing for me, as I’ve only ever taught small, 20-30 person classes before. One has to re-think a lot of things, and so far it’s involved a lot of new technology. Technology that all decided to take a dive today.
First, the projector that shows my presentation materials wouldn’t come on. Then, the student-response system (a little remote control thing that lets them take paperless quizzes and respond to polls in class) would not work on the right frequency. Then, the batteries in my clip-on microphone died and I had to shout the rest of the lecture. Finally, when I got back to my office, the quiz and polling results from the student-response system were not saved where they were supposed to be and are still, as of now, missing.
Quite the day, and I cannot even blame Mercury Retrograde, because it ended earlier this month. It’s not just the technology that’s all wrong, either: there was also a huge coffee spill at the front of the classroom, left from the previous class, around which I had to navigate so I didn’t slip and fall during my perambulations. JUST TO MAKE IT MORE FUN. You know, amidst all the shouting, apologizing, and general incompetent clicking of various buttons. It’s safe to say I’ve made a great impression on my students.
And be jealous, friends: I capped off the wonderful workday with a faculty meeting. [Hypothetical remainder of this paragraph pre-emptively redacted. Predacted? I don’t know; IT’S A PARADOX.]
The one thing working correctly right now, thank dog, is my home air conditioner. All summer long it’s been dying on me — I’ve called the maintenance folks for repairs at least 3-4 times, and it will work again after they come out and then it will die again a few days or weeks later. They finally decided I needed a new unit, which they installed for me on Monday. Thank heavens, it is now in working order and my apartment is at a tolerable temperature*. Because, you know, it is still 90º here in Alabama and will likely be for quite some time. Lest I worry I’d have nothing else to complain about.
*I.e., 77-80º. I bet you think if you were a guest in my home you’d be sweltering, but never fear. I bump it down to a chilly 74 when I have company. I am just that goddamn gracious a host.