• Dear campus security, Don’t send sketchy looking emails with links embedded offering the chance to win an ipad if you click on the link and take an online security test.  I’m fairly sure that our online training told us to delete emails that look like yours, and I’m surprised to find that yours is legit.
  • Dear Cardamom producers, Please figure stuff out and get back to growing and selling and distributing cardamom.   The folks at Penzey’s thought perhaps the problem was in the middle east, but wikipedia tells me that Guatemala is the leading producer with India second.
  • Dear California, Can’t you figure out how to grow cardamom?
  • Dear Self, You should know that the risks of stopping by your chair’s office include getting put on another committee.
  • Dear Jury service people, I just served on a jury LAST MONTH.  Why are you doing this to me?
  • Dear stupid state that I live in.  Other states won’t let you be summoned twice in the same year.  What is UP with you?
  • Dear internet: to “peak” someone’s curiosity is not the same as to pique it…. ow.
  • Dear job market candidate:  Prezi SUCKS.  If you don’t like Powerpoint, use Beamer. Or in a pinch, Adobe.  Did you know that Prezi is a migraine trigger?  True story!  (Irony:  googling migraine trigger prezi brings up prezi presentations on how to avoid migraine triggers.  Hint:  don’t use Prezi!)  Also, seems like only people who are completely unable to think linearly use Prezi, which makes for a pretty terrible presentation even if it wasn’t making people motion sick.
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27 Responses to “Dear RBOC”

  1. Foscavista Says:

    What do you use cardamom for?

  2. Holly@ClubThrifty Says:

    I also get called to jury duty all the time, although it always gets cancelled before I actually get called in! It’s still stressful to try to plan for it.
    I think that once per year is more than enough. You deserve a break! =/

  3. Bardiac Says:

    OMG, someone else who doesn’t think Prezi is the be all and end all of presentation wonderfulness!

    The first image that takes time to float around on the screen and I’m done. Done. Don’t float words across, don’t slow fade in and out, don’t think that I want to sit through that any more than I wanted to sit through floating [bleep] on Powerpoints.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Prezi is terrible. It is literally dangerous to some audience members. It is completely and totally irresponsible and a jerky impolite thing to do. Completely unnecessary in social science.

      Maybe if you’re in an arts field and you need to show your portfolio in a creative way and you’ve put a warning for epileptic triggers and motion sickness.

    • Leah Says:

      I don’t get the Prezi love either. Some teachers at my school have banned ppt and only let kids use Prezis. Ugh. I far prefer teaching my students to make epically good ppts.

  4. Debbie M Says:

    “Dear stupid state that I live in. Other states won’t let you be summoned twice in the same year. What is UP with you?”

    Well if your state is like my state, the problem with such a policy is that you would have to be able to do stuff like measure periods of time and maybe even count.

    Actually might your state have such a policy and then all you have to do is tell them that you’ve already been summoned?

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      It does not have such a policy. Believe me, I checked. I have benefited from that policy previously in other states and made sure to keep my “you did jury duty” certificate the past 2 times I did jury service here. But no avail.

      • Debbie M Says:

        Oy. You have my condolences. Those things are so scary–you must do it exactly when we say no matter what flights you already have booked, what’s going on at work, etc.

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        Last month’s was one of those: show up on this day at this time, no excuses. This month’s is one where they let put it off to a day that’s convenient for you within reason. Though I think this one can last longer than just a day. (Last month’s was a traffic citation! This month’s includes things like divorce hearings and custody disputes… yuck. Of course, the one before that as a child neglect case… and DH was on the jury for a rape case about 10 years ago. *sigh* I much prefer traffic citations in which nobody has been hurt.)

  5. becca Says:

    Financial time said the price of cardamon is skyrocketing (demand increasing, supply stagnant for now). Its probably getting trendy (like truffle oil of a couple of seasons ago), and I bet your Vanguard funds are speculating in the market and driving up costs.

  6. rented life Says:

    I don’t get too many people who use anything other than powerpoint for presentations. I HATE powerpoint, and well, most presentation “aids.” Too many people use it as a crutch but can’t present their way out of a paper bag without being able to read off some presentation tool. When I teach public speaking, I try to discourage that. I’ve only seen Prezi used once and it didn’t make me sick, but I think that was because I couldn’t believe that someone actual had visuals in their presentation and not endless lists of bullets.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Bad presentations would be even worse without powerpoint. It isn’t powerpoint’s fault someone can’t present.

      Not everybody gets sick with Prezi, but enough people do that it shouldn’t be used except in rare instances and with advance warning.

    • Leah Says:

      I literally limit my students in bullet points, length of sentence, etc (to the extent that I will sometimes get emails asking if there’s any way they can use a 7th bullet — I usually look at their slide and suggest how they could split to two slides). I require pictures, and I encourage slides which are just a picture or a picture with a title. I give a little talk with a horrible ppt, and that helps too (google “worst powerpoint” and you’ll find plenty of examples).

      I do let my students have scripts. They’re still reading, but at least they’re not reading off the screen. I think that’s pretty good for sophomores in high school.

  7. chacha1 Says:

    Jury duty: I reliably get summoned every year. Actually got put on a jury last year and – alors! – no summons this year. So they were paying attention.

    Meanwhile, mi esposo who almost NEVER gets summoned, actually did get one this year.

    There are two courts I get summoned to, both in downtown LA. One is in a food desert with nary a tree … very depressing area. The other is adjacent to Grand Park, the Music Center, etc. They can summon me there any old time (my employer pays unlimited jury days).

  8. Melinda Manning Says:

    According to my friends in the disability and access community, Prezi isn’t accessible so they have banned it from all their conferences.

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