Wednesday, 18 February 2009

My lecturer was so boring I started another knitting project

Yesterday I went to this lecture which was so boring I decided to start a new knitting project especially for the occasion.

The lecture was of the kind where the lecturer is really condescending towards the students at the same time as reeling off direct quotes from his powerpoint slides, which he clearly hasn't updated in years. And the powerpoint slides? Taken directly from the support web site of the main course text. Like we couldn't have read that for ourselves.. He totally discourages debate in class and cuts short any answers he doesn't like with a "that's wrong!". How ironic that he should be lecturing in psychology..

This morning, only about a third of my class showed up. This is really unusual. It is difficult to get into my course, and the people who do get in are really conscientious and usually always attend.

The lecturer actually remarked on it, saying "so, there aren't very many of you. Is anyone expecting anyone else?"

Nobody said anything, but I really wanted to raise my hand and say that actually, people couldn't be arsed going out in the crappy weather because your lectures are shit and you treat the students with complete disrespect.

Of course I said nothing, but instead protested by knitting through most of the class in plain view. It was really satisfying, though I also dutifully took notes so didn't get that much done as you can see.

I am trying this new technique where you knit the knit stitches "backwards" to create an extra loop on them. Apparently this makes the ribbing more elastic? I have no idea, but I like this wool.


The story of the wool is that I spotted a lady knitting it, label-less, on a train to London just before I left England. I had to ask her what she was knitting, and then I made J go on an excursion to buy me some before one of his visits.

J went to his fave store, John Lewis, and picked out three lovely aubergine and pink colors. So I guess I should knit him something for his troubles, but I don't see him wearing pink, so might as well knit something nice for myself!

Tomorrow I am boycotting the lecturer completely and doing some data entry instead. And probably some knitting..

6 comments:

  1. I'm all for knitting through boring events, I used to knit during dull meetings at work, calming yet productive. And what is it with PowerPoint, people put up slides then read them out to you having already given you handouts of the whole presentation. Information overload for the hard of understanding?

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  2. Couldn't agree more.. We students these days, you know, too stupid to read on our own, really..

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  3. From the sounds of it you have the same psychology instructor as I do!I totally hear what you are saying about the power point presentations!I could spend three solid hours learning on my own and not waste my valuable time in class where I walk out shaking my head wondering what the heck just happened there!
    So knitting you say eh? I just might have to check that out! Lots of luck in that class, I know that if I didn't do my work outside of the classroom, ALL of the work on my own, I'd sure need the luck as well!

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  4. There's nothing like multitasking!

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  5. Wow, maybe he can be in several places at once! Hopefully we'll learn how to do that some time next semester, it would really come in handy!!

    And the knitting: Studies have apparently been done showing that knitters retain more information if they knit while listening (though I'm unable to come up with the actual reference). So no reason to hold back!

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