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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Worrisome Signs
Perhaps I should talk to my brother about changing majors again. I have to worry about the UNL Psych department when one of their students creates a survey which features a question featuring "Choose A OR B" and (paraphrased slightly):
A. I prefer to have relationships with people who are physically exciting.
B. I would rather date people who share my values.

I love how that suggests that the only people who agree with you are ugly, and, by implication, you are ugly too. It is evidently too much to ask that someone be good looking and not fight with me over every little thing. Best survey question ever. An awful lot of them were sort of like that. You could tell the student was trying ever so hard, but the questions tended to either broadcast things (if that survey wasn't trying to tie drug use to low self-esteem, I'll eat my keyboard) or were just poorly written. Many of the supposedly diametric "A or B" questions ended up written so hypothetically that they really needed a third option for if you had actually experienced it. Like the "I would like to know homosexuals" one which had no option for "I already know some" and would be very awkward to answer for someone who actually was gay. It was a nice source of some hilarity though (the questions read like they were written by a straight-edger or something, I've never considered drinking liquor to be any way to get high, but it was mentioned as such in the same breath as smoking marijuana).

It was nice to have something to laugh at (especially UNL, since I'm UNO and am bound by school regs to mock UNL, just like being CENG and CSCI requires me to make fun of MIS majors. It's right there in the graduation requirements.) I've been stuck trying to make two things work: multiple master MySQL database replication, which is a bit harder than one would imagine, and a VPN. VPN's are the purest black magic technology I have ever seen. It's not like Flash, which is refined and designed to steal away your soul. A VPN is raw, unfiltered black magic. It began to work inexplicably one night. The next morning, it just quit working, also without any sort of explanation. This has been the most frustrating two and a half weeks I have had at work for a long time. Probably since reforging the tables in the Flash monstrosity into spreadsheet-looking things.

1 Comments:

  • At 10:57 AM, July 17, 2006, Anonymous Mal said…

    From what I've seen, the Psych department is pretty good, it's just that a large proportion of the students are dumbasses.
    I've heard some hilarious stories about people attempting to cheat and failing miserably (both at cheating and at the course).

     

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