Since it's all the rage to ask questions of the blogosphere this week (I'll probably do it soon, 'cause I'm behind the times), here are some questions I'd like to ask of folks who may or may not have blogs.

For IT:
If neither e-mail nor phone calls elicit a response, what method do you suggest I use to contact you to help ensure you understand my questions are not rhetorical?

For my parents:
What makes you think asking the same question I already told you definitively no to will get a different answer if you wait awhile and ask it again?

[ED: actually, this works for other folks. Feel free to ask yourself this question if you've got a situation involving me that's frustrating you. It might help.]

For hiring committees:
What is the minimum you require to demonstrate "teaching excellence"?

For the striking writers in the entertainment industry:
Si se puede! But what can I do to make sure the strike won't interrupt the last season of "Battlestar Galactica" which I'm anticipating the way my mother hopes for grandchildren?


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kermitthefrog said...

Auuugggh. Dr. C, I will now be tied in knots about the future of BG when I could be rejoicing over the fact that Razor comes out in just a week and a half!

November 13, 2007 at 11:39 AM
Dr. Curmudgeon said...

It's good of you to focus on the positive, Kermit. And take heart, odds are the scripts were mostly written for BG awhile back but couldn't be filmed because of commitments by the cast to other things.

I'm trying to focus on BG as a way to avoid the stress that "Heroes" is about to run out of scripts right in mid-season. One of the interesting things about the strike is that some tv shows are going to be hit harder than others. Those shows that rely on weekly cliffhangers are some of the hardest hit because of the writing process (and interestingly, they tend to be some of the biggest hits out there).

November 13, 2007 at 12:14 PM
Dr. Crazy said...

For IT:
Go to the IT office. Wage a campaign of terror that involves refusing to leave the office until you are satisfied and the problems are fixed. This may take approximately 4-6 weeks, and no, you're not allowed to leave for things like sleeping or eating or bathroom breaks or the clock will start over again.

For your parents:
Well, but how are they supposed to know it's a *definitive* no as opposed to just a regular no that might change? (Obviously I'm a fan of asking until people's minds change, and to be honest, usually it really does work.... must remember that you are one of those iron-willed sorts on whom this will not work should I ever be in a position that I'd want to engage this tactic.)

November 13, 2007 at 12:36 PM
kermitthefrog said...

You've eased my anxiety considerably -- pre-written scripts was what I was hoping for. This strike is also clearly why it's important to have backup TV shows to watch on DVD. (e.g. past seasons of The Wire)

November 13, 2007 at 4:23 PM
Dr. Curmudgeon said...

Dr. C+: the trick is that you'd think my parents at least would know me well enough by now to recognize that asking me things over and over in hopes of getting a different answer only irritates me (and that may be the charitable version). Ah, well.

Kermit: I, of course, continued over-thinking the writer's strike and what it would mean for my geekdom, and have since begun to (re)doubt how bad this might get. One of the downsides of the weekly script shows is that they often require on-set revision, so a writer's strike could still hurt. But there is "The Wire" and so far, that's been great.

November 13, 2007 at 9:47 PM
Maggie said...

Re: your previous question on students "friending" you on facebook. I thought this was rather funny:

November 13, 2007 at 10:02 PM
Dr. Curmudgeon said...

Great link - that's "raises, not roses" for the information age.

Thanks for sharing it.

November 13, 2007 at 10:09 PM
Maggie said...

Did you read the comments? They are Hi. Lar. Ious. I *heart* Gawker.

November 13, 2007 at 10:13 PM
Dr. Curmudgeon said...

I did read them. Now I'm trying to figure out how to use the phrase "hell to the no" in class tomorrow. That should get a better look than the confession that I was listening to "Gin and Juice" on the drive in yesterday.

November 13, 2007 at 10:17 PM