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2018-02-09 12:47:01 PM  

gonegirl: So . . . there's an opening for an adjunct position?


Trust me, it's a thankless job.
 
2018-02-09 12:47:47 PM  

nekom: In my mind Australia is a country on the continent of Oceania.


Oceania is a region, with a few continents involved.   Australia is a continent, New Zealand actually has it's own sunken continent (there's something Tolkienesque about that).   The islands in the eastern part are on the Pacific plate.   The Philippine plate (Palau).   If you include Easter Island (culturally Polynesian/Oceanic) you're getting into Nazca Plate territory, though I'm a bit fuzzy if it's considered it's own microplate.
 
2018-02-09 12:48:21 PM  

MrBallou: The teacher is a PhD in Philosophy.

My favorite academic philosophy joke:

Q: What is the difference between a mathematician and a philosopher?

A: The mathematician only needs paper, pencil, and a waste basket for his work - the philosopher doesn't need the waste basket.


Philosophy is a discipline in which you can think deep thoughts without really knowing very much.

///philosophy major
 
2018-02-09 12:50:14 PM  

Bowen: edmo: Get a real degree from a real school.

This is the thing that I don't understand about places like SNUH or U of Phx - if you live in Idaho why not just get a degree from the U of Idaho? They have online courses too.


You have to have a HS diploma or GED, and SAT or ACT scores to get into most state schools. The PE teacher at my school in used to "teach" Spanish for University of Phoenix at a high school campus. A 3-day weekend course in Spanish was 3 credits. You just had to have the money to pay for it. What a joke.
 
2018-02-09 12:50:25 PM  

Raoul Eaton: MrBallou: The teacher is a PhD in Philosophy.

My favorite academic philosophy joke:

Q: What is the difference between a mathematician and a philosopher?

A: The mathematician only needs paper, pencil, and a waste basket for his work - the philosopher doesn't need the waste basket.

Philosophy is a discipline in which you can think deep thoughts without really knowing very much.

///philosophy major


Isn't a Doctorate of Philosophy in Philosophy a bit redundant redundant?
 
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2018-02-09 12:50:28 PM  

Plant Rights Activist: swamp_of_dumb: Student learned that PhDs are usually pretty intelligent in their own field, are mouthbreathing morons outside of it.

/an important lesson

half correct


I work with PhDs and there are some who you don't have any problem solving ability at all.  I am assuming they are OK in their own field, but I do know of many who have pretty much leached all the works off of grad students and post docs starting on the day they received their own.  Basically you have the same range of people who are PhDs as you have in every field.
 
2018-02-09 12:50:59 PM  

MrBallou: The teacher is a PhD in Philosophy.

My favorite academic philosophy joke:

Q: What is the difference between a mathematician and a philosopher?

A: The mathematician only needs paper, pencil, and a waste basket for his work - the philosopher doesn't need the waste basket.


A PhD in Philosophy???

So they really are qualified to wonder if i would like fries with that
 
2018-02-09 12:51:09 PM  

swamp_of_dumb: Student learned that PhDs are usually pretty intelligent in their own field, are mouthbreathing morons outside of it.

/an important lesson


User name checks out.
 
2018-02-09 12:55:13 PM  
Does it seem to anyone else that the professor didn't actually do it by mistake and it was really intending to punish the student? It's ludicrous for us to be expected to believe this professor was confused.
 
2018-02-09 12:57:01 PM  
All I can say is, she showed a lot of restraint in those emails.  The amount of acerbity in the email I would have written would have dissolved my professors computer into a puddle of hydrocarbons.
 
2018-02-09 12:58:16 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: feckingmorons: Five bucks says it is an adjunct.

It's SNHU. I'm not saying "diploma mill", but...


She was getting a degree in sociology, so...
 
2018-02-09 12:59:01 PM  
So i flew to Australia recently & the customs official at the airport asked me if i had a criminal record.
I replied "I didnt know that was still required!"

--Alexi Sayle
 
2018-02-09 12:59:11 PM  
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I wonder what these Australians think about this?
 
2018-02-09 12:59:20 PM  
You think that's bad, they were even worse to me when I did my paper on Robonia.
 
2018-02-09 12:59:48 PM  

Loose_Cannon: FlashHarry: Jesus farking Christ. This Trumpian inability to admit fault is just insane.

Sorry, I read the entire article, but failed to see the correlation between this brain dead professor and Trump.

Besides Trump Derangment Syndrome, which has apparently seized the minds of the left so badly they Trump at fault for this instructors misunderstanding of a pretty well known fact, do you have any other evidence?


I'm pretty sure what FlashHarry  referred to as Trumpian was the professor's inability to admit her fault, not her misunderstanding of a well-known fact.
 
OOF
2018-02-09 01:00:03 PM  
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2018-02-09 01:01:17 PM  

Hollie Maea: It's amazing how many people think the country of Australia and the continent of Australia are "the same". No, they have the same name. The country of Australia is one of three countries on the continent of Australia.


Oh, so "islands" are part of continents nowadays. Is that how it works? Oh, and we have submerged continents? I'm afraid that would revise what I've been taught and graded on.

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2018-02-09 01:03:20 PM  

capt.hollister: Loose_Cannon: FlashHarry: Jesus farking Christ. This Trumpian inability to admit fault is just insane.

Sorry, I read the entire article, but failed to see the correlation between this brain dead professor and Trump.

Besides Trump Derangment Syndrome, which has apparently seized the minds of the left so badly they Trump at fault for this instructors misunderstanding of a pretty well known fact, do you have any other evidence?

I'm pretty sure what FlashHarry  referred to as Trumpian was the professor's inability to admit her fault, not her misunderstanding of a well-known fact.


I'm pretty sure the point still stands: Trump Derangement Syndrome.

We get it. Trump is an idiot. You don't have to work into every conversation to show how virtuous you are.
 
2018-02-09 01:04:10 PM  

feckingmorons: Five bucks says it is an adjunct.


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2018-02-09 01:04:59 PM  
For a class on metallurgy I was given a sample and by looking at the grain structure I was supposed to say how it was formed, if there was any heat treating and if possible what kind of metal it was. My mystery sample was a knife filched from the dining hall. I went through the steps and was able to support that it was stamped 302 ss with no heat treating. I got a zero as the grad student grading the project was unfamiliar with any metals other than AISI designations. Instead of head butting I went to her boss and asked for his help.

You pay for school, you are buying a service if they give you a Trump U reject move up the chain of command.
 
2018-02-09 01:05:33 PM  
So what's the chance the instructor is a farker?
 
2018-02-09 01:06:16 PM  

FlashHarry: Jesus farking Christ. This Trumpian inability to admit fault is just insane.


The professor voted for Hillary.
 
2018-02-09 01:06:23 PM  

bighairyguy: [img.fark.net image 600x433]


Ha ha! You live in Australia!
 
2018-02-09 01:07:01 PM  

Cheron: For a class on metallurgy I was given a sample and by looking at the grain structure I was supposed to say how it was formed, if there was any heat treating and if possible what kind of metal it was. My mystery sample was a knife filched from the dining hall. I went through the steps and was able to support that it was stamped 302 ss with no heat treating. I got a zero as the grad student grading the project was unfamiliar with any metals other than AISI designations. Instead of head butting I went to her boss and asked for his help.

You pay for school, you are buying a service if they give you a Trump U reject move up the chain of command.


Are you saying that he wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer?
 
2018-02-09 01:07:24 PM  

Bowen: feckingmorons: Five bucks says it is an adjunct.

I know someone who went to SNUH (when it was still called New Hampshire College).

Five bucks says she's a 17 year old from Bangalore.


Most of the people who write college textbooks are Ukrainian, so I figured some kind of slav...
 
2018-02-09 01:07:50 PM  

Cheron: For a class on metallurgy I was given a sample and by looking at the grain structure I was supposed to say how it was formed, if there was any heat treating and if possible what kind of metal it was. My mystery sample was a knife filched from the dining hall. I went through the steps and was able to support that it was stamped 302 ss with no heat treating. I got a zero as the grad student grading the project was unfamiliar with any metals other than AISI designations. Instead of head butting I went to her boss and asked for his help.

You pay for school, you are buying a service if they give you a Trump U reject move up the chain of command.


The grad student was likely a vegan liberal who believes that metals can be whatever they identify as emotionally.
 
2018-02-09 01:08:56 PM  
Australia doesn't exist.   I asked google maps how to drive there and got 'No Routes Found' !
 
2018-02-09 01:09:36 PM  

a scientific baby chicken: Bowen: feckingmorons: Five bucks says it is an adjunct.

I know someone who went to SNUH (when it was still called New Hampshire College).

Five bucks says she's a 17 year old from Bangalore.

Most of the people who write college textbooks are Ukrainian, so I figured some kind of slav...



They are?

/Half Ukie.
 
2018-02-09 01:09:37 PM  

a scientific baby chicken: feckingmorons: Five bucks says it is an adjunct.

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stirfrybry: capt.hollister: Loose_Cannon: FlashHarry: Jesus farking Christ. This Trumpian inability to admit fault is just insane.

Sorry, I read the entire article, but failed to see the correlation between this brain dead professor and Trump.

Besides Trump Derangment Syndrome, which has apparently seized the minds of the left so badly they Trump at fault for this instructors misunderstanding of a pretty well known fact, do you have any other evidence?

I'm pretty sure what FlashHarry  referred to as Trumpian was the professor's inability to admit her fault, not her misunderstanding of a well-known fact.

I'm pretty sure the point still stands: Trump Derangement Syndrome.

We get it. Trump is an idiot. You don't have to work into every conversation to show how virtuous you are.


It makes them feel good like their opinion matters.  If they didn't have the internet and message boards to make them feel like they matter, they would probably just explode.
 
2018-02-09 01:10:51 PM  
Damn, that girl is cute
 
2018-02-09 01:13:29 PM  
It's just a conspiracy of cartographers?
 
2018-02-09 01:13:50 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: feckingmorons: Five bucks says it is an adjunct.

It's SNHU. I'm not saying "diploma mill", but...


Some extraterrestial theorists say....yesh!
 
2018-02-09 01:13:58 PM  
I'm shocked that a sociology professor at an online college would be so oblivious to basic geography.
 
2018-02-09 01:15:31 PM  
Holy shiat are some people dense. Making a mistake is one thing, but to not even hit Google before responding to the complaint is mind boggling.

/use incognito mode when you're Googling something so farking stupid
 
2018-02-09 01:15:44 PM  

a scientific baby chicken: bighairyguy: [img.fark.net image 600x433]

Ha ha! You live in Australia!


Actually, I did, in the mid 1960's.  Fun place, except for the jellyfish stings.
 
2018-02-09 01:15:55 PM  
So... am I the only one picking up on the irony that, technically, it's America that actually is a continent?
 
2018-02-09 01:16:43 PM  
"Southern New Hampshire University" probably should have been your first clue that the "professors" aren't top quality.
 
2018-02-09 01:17:10 PM  

Destructor: Oh, so "islands" are part of continents nowadays. Is that how it works? Oh, and we have submerged continents? I'm afraid that would revise what I've been taught and graded on.


The word "continent" is a bit fuzzily defined and can mean different things in different contexts.  To a geologist, yes, some islands on the same plate separated form a main landmass by a relatively shallow expanse of water are considered to be on the same continent.  Which is why Papua New Guinea is on the Australian continent, and New Zealand is on its own continent.
 
2018-02-09 01:18:27 PM  
My college girlfriend, a PhD candidate in geology, once argued with me for over an hour that a glass of apple juice would "completely evaporate" if left at room temperature for a long time. I contended, as I still do, that the water in the juice would evaporate and leave behind sugars and whatever else makes apple juice. She tried a number of sciencey-sounding arguments and failed to change my mind.

Some time later she admitted to me that she knew she was wrong right from the start, but couldn't bear the thought of losing the argument to "a liberal arts major."
 
2018-02-09 01:20:32 PM  

MagicBoris: So... am I the only one picking up on the irony that, technically, it's America that actually is a continent?


It's part of a continent. It isn't the whole continent. There's the tiny nation of Canada up there north of us. Or does it not count? Also, Mexico, but since we're about to build a wall to keep them away, it probably doesn't count, either. Although it has North America's most populous city.
 
2018-02-09 01:20:47 PM  

FLMountainMan: I'm shocked that a sociology professor at an online college would be so oblivious to basic geography.



Yes. but does Florida really have mountains?


/I know...I know...Sugarloaf Mountain.
//But it looks like a hill, damn it.
 
2018-02-09 01:21:18 PM  

MrBallou: The teacher is a PhD in Philosophy.

My favorite academic philosophy joke:

Q: What is the difference between a mathematician and a philosopher?

A: The mathematician only needs paper, pencil, and a waste basket for his work - the philosopher doesn't need the waste basket.


Dole Office Clerk: Occupation?
Comicus: Stand-up philosopher.
Dole Office Clerk: What?
Comicus: Stand-up philosopher. I coalesce the vapors of human experience into a viable and meaningful comprehension.
Dole Office Clerk: Oh, a *bullshiat* artist!
Comicus: *Grumble*...
Dole Office Clerk: Did you bullshiat last week?
Comicus: No.
Dole Office Clerk: Did you *try* to bullshiat last week?
Comicus: Yes!
 
2018-02-09 01:22:29 PM  

The Yattering: My college girlfriend, a PhD candidate in geology, once argued with me for over an hour that a glass of apple juice would "completely evaporate" if left at room temperature for a long time. I contended, as I still do, that the water in the juice would evaporate and leave behind sugars and whatever else makes apple juice. She tried a number of sciencey-sounding arguments and failed to change my mind.

Some time later she admitted to me that she knew she was wrong right from the start, but couldn't bear the thought of losing the argument to "a liberal arts major."



I once made $20 in college because this moron thought helium was flammable....easiest money I ever made.
 
2018-02-09 01:24:41 PM  

The_Sponge: FLMountainMan: I'm shocked that a sociology professor at an online college would be so oblivious to basic geography.


Yes. but does Florida really have mountains?


/I know...I know...Sugarloaf Mountain.
//But it looks like a hill, damn it.


Splash Mountain
Thunder Mountain
Mt. Dora
Mons Venus

C'mon, this is basic geography.
 
2018-02-09 01:26:17 PM  

Z-clipped: All I can say is, she showed a lot of restraint in those emails.  The amount of acerbity in the email I would have written would have dissolved my professors computer into a puddle of hydrocarbons.


I'm sorry she didn't rip the prof a new one. There a few things in life more annoying than a display of aggressive ignorance.
 
2018-02-09 01:27:06 PM  

Smelly Pirate Hooker: MagicBoris: So... am I the only one picking up on the irony that, technically, it's America that actually is a continent?

It's part of a continent. It isn't the whole continent. There's the tiny nation of Canada up there north of us. Or does it not count? Also, Mexico, but since we're about to build a wall to keep them away, it probably doesn't count, either. Although it has North America's most populous city.


These nations are also technically "American" (North American), usage has devolved to calling only the residents of the United States of America, Americans.   But being called a United Stater doesn't have the same ring to it.
 
2018-02-09 01:30:38 PM  

Dewey Fidalgo: Smelly Pirate Hooker: MagicBoris: So... am I the only one picking up on the irony that, technically, it's America that actually is a continent?

It's part of a continent. It isn't the whole continent. There's the tiny nation of Canada up there north of us. Or does it not count? Also, Mexico, but since we're about to build a wall to keep them away, it probably doesn't count, either. Although it has North America's most populous city.

These nations are also technically "American" (North American), usage has devolved to calling only the residents of the United States of America, Americans.   But being called a United Stater doesn't have the same ring to it.


Yeah, I get it, but that doesn't change the fact that all 3 countries are part of the continent of North America. It could have just as easily been called New Canadia or New Mexia, but as Americans, we (typically) think everything is all about us.
 
2018-02-09 01:31:04 PM  
America isn't just a country, either.

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It's two continents
 
2018-02-09 01:33:07 PM  

Raoul Eaton: MrBallou: The teacher is a PhD in Philosophy.

My favorite academic philosophy joke:

Q: What is the difference between a mathematician and a philosopher?

A: The mathematician only needs paper, pencil, and a waste basket for his work - the philosopher doesn't need the waste basket.

Philosophy is a discipline in which you can think deep thoughts without really knowing very much.

///philosophy major


Like the fact that Fark Law dictates you can't jump right to a triple slashie
////and the quad slashie is just blasphemy
 
2018-02-09 01:33:52 PM  

Dewey Fidalgo: Smelly Pirate Hooker: MagicBoris: So... am I the only one picking up on the irony that, technically, it's America that actually is a continent?

It's part of a continent. It isn't the whole continent. There's the tiny nation of Canada up there north of us. Or does it not count? Also, Mexico, but since we're about to build a wall to keep them away, it probably doesn't count, either. Although it has North America's most populous city.

These nations are also technically "American" (North American), usage has devolved to calling only the residents of the United States of America, Americans.   But being called a United Stater doesn't have the same ring to it.


The correct term is Usonian.
 
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