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What kind of crazy?

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What kind of crazy woman wants to take massively open online courses at the same time she’s doing online graduate work? {me, me!}

Pre-digital and post-digital

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Not gonna lie. Pretty stressed out over the last few days. Too many deadlines coalescing tomorrow.

But I managed to get a haircut and henna my hair today, in between working on my important documents. And to get gas for the drive tomorrow. And to pick up some vegan candies for throwing out to the workshop attendees for good questions.

I also found out, after two days of going back and forth with the registrar and the IT department at my old college, that I graduated too long ago for them to be able to generate an unofficial transcript—they claim it was “pre-digital.” Come on, we were using computers then—I worked in the Admissions office! And they’re not allowed to tell me what my GPA was. Or give me any information from it, in any form. {Like I can remember my GPA. I can see not revealing it to a third party, but to the party herself who can positively identify herself?} Anyway, all of the magical information will be revealed in an official transcript that I must order {and pay for}—presumably in digital format. So… Nice to see that my old college still has its act together.

Tonight I also snuck in two extra things that I didn’t have time for: part of an education symposium on new hybrid online / in person course technology, and a visit with a NW Veg friend from Portland. I love it when people from out of town find themselves in Bend for whatever reason (this time it was work)—and then look us up!

Reading my (old) Kindle in the bath

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So after last night’s blog post, I got brave and fixed up my older Kindle with a couple of large ziplock bags and read it in the bath last night. It worked pretty well, although the plastic was uncomfortable to hold as it made my hands sweaty, so I kept trying to awkwardly hold it with a washcloth. Also, I double-bagged it with the second bag up-side-down, so it was a bit bulky. I think ideally there would be a way to secure the Kindle on a tray that swings across the top of the bath of something, so it could be hands-free, except for page turning. 

I would never try this with my newer Kindle Fire, because it’s just not worth the risk. Every once in a while I put my Fire on its stand next to the bath, set very far back. I’m lucky that my tub has a big lip and a wide tile shelf all the way around, so it’s pretty safe that way. Unfortunately, the speakers in my Fire suck badly, so I can’t watch a movie without headphones, otherwise it would be a good option for that. This is a serious flaw that I heard a lot of people complaining about when the Fire first came out. I don’t know if the problem ever got addressed—it seems to differ from Kindle to Kindle—even in this house. The kids don’t have a problem with the volume on their Kindle Fires when watching videos, etc. I almost wish I had complained to Amazon.com right after purchasing it and asked for a replacement. Oh well. I’m still very grateful to have it.