novapsyche: a young girl sitting with her fist up to her chin, her face turned away, ringed by a blue crescent (crescentgirl)
Made steak for lunch.

Fumed at Comcast for connectivity issues.

Got caught in a torrential downpour.

Got a job.

Overall, pretty decent day.

Long day

May. 14th, 2014 09:42 pm
novapsyche: a young girl sitting with her fist up to her chin, her face turned away, ringed by a blue crescent (crescentgirl)
Went back to work today for a five-week project (if I make the cut).

One of the first things that happened to me today: I lost my favorite hat.

One of the last things: my former editor, at tonight's poetry meeting, accepted "Aftermath" for Third Wednesday.

Overall, leaning toward the good.
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If you didn't know, I work for a scoring facility. We score the tests of middle- & high-school students across the country. The season is not long but it is intense.

We scorers are sworn to absolute secrecy as to the nature of questions, even to the methodology of scoring methods. The entire industry is cloaked in secrecy.

So who is it that broke security to take these pictures for this National Review story? Either it involved administrators, students, or scorers. No other subgroup exists. (Oh, also, parents. These pics may have occurred during homework time instead of proctor time. *sigh*)

The sad thing about the story is that, given just maybe 30 seconds, it becomes clear what logic is needed to address the question. Yes, Common Core is going to be a bear for the first two or three years, as curricula catches up, but beyond that students should be able to adjust. The only item I can't figure out at first glance is "doubles +1", because a relevant portion of the page is missing.
novapsyche: a young girl sitting with her fist up to her chin, her face turned away, ringed by a blue crescent (crescentgirl)
So the scoring facility called me about three weeks ago, offering me a position for the upcoming project as a scorer.

Then they called about a week & a half ago, requesting that I be a team leader. I would have accepted, but the bus would not get me there on time, as I'd have to arrive early. The extra week of work would have been nice, but I knew I could not accept. I asked them to keep me in mind for future projects.

Then just now I received a call, asking that I do a concurrent project beginning Nov. 6. It's a more specialized project that few folks get called for. It lasts just as long as the first, so I decided to accept. If I do well with this, I may get called in the future for similar projects that land between the major ones.

Ultimately, this is good news. :) They're thinking of my skills in broader terms & for broader applications. I know I can't stay with the scoring facility exclusively indefinitely--I simply do not make enough annually--but it's nice to be appreciated.
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I'm on a completely different question/project (but still scoring the same population of students). I'm really concerned now about the good number of Michigan middle schoolers who have no idea that slavery and the Jim Crow era are different. One child actually believes that MLK and Lincoln were contemporaries. Another thought Harriet Tubman lived in the 1920s.

I want to write a letter, but I don't know to whom. In public school there were no history electives--I took only what the state required. Still, I came out with a chronologically accurate timeline of race relations in America. Somehow, somewhen, someone stopped teaching these students. If no one at higher levels of administration even know about these gaping holes in students' knowledge, how can anyone address the problem?
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It really disturbs me to think that more than one Michigan sixth grader thinks that Martin Luther King freed the slaves.
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My supervisor has tasked me with finding pictures (one each of a male and female bird) for the Powerpoint presentation I'm working on.

What's your favorite type of bird?

Edit: So he wants a large bird, where the two sexes are easily differentiated by sight. This is proving to be more difficult than I'd expected. I was going to go for the emu, but he didn't seem too keen on that. Penguins are similarly out.

2nd Edit: Don't let my assignment keep you from letting me know what bird you like best.
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Don't tell the interviewer how much you need a job because you're behind on your bills. This is a thought you should keep to yourself.
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[livejournal.com profile] netmouse held a writer's workshop in her home on the Fourth, and I had a wonderful time with her, [livejournal.com profile] eposia, [livejournal.com profile] rikhei, and [livejournal.com profile] atdt1991. Later there was a huge dinner (a banquet, really). Also, [livejournal.com profile] matt_arnold introduced me to the first two episodes of Invader Zim.

Also, I've had some good games with [livejournal.com profile] dionysus1999, [livejournal.com profile] sarahmichigan and [livejournal.com profile] simianpower. Last night, [livejournal.com profile] chimalis dropped in, and she joined us for a star-formation game. As I've been telling myself for a month, I really need to build new decks, but I haven't gotten around to it.

Tonight is my monthly poetry meeting at Barnes & Noble in Ann Arbor. (If anyone in the area is interested in attending, the meeting starts at 7:30.)

And I've been fairly productive at work lately. I've transitioned from my boss' invitations to the work of hiring and firing. That's what HR is all about, right?
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My supervisor complimented me on my haircut before I told her it was due to a mistake. (She reiterated her sentiment after my revelation.)
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Yesterday was so slow, and today the phone has been off the hook! Jeez.

On the upside, I'm definitely more productive today than I had been yesterday. This is a Good Thing(tm).
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After getting sporadic sleep at the con and only 90 minutes of sleep last night, I am understandably dragging ass this morning.

I think the afternoon should be better, though.
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FOX Poll: Gloomy Economic Views; Bush Approval at New Low

Today I went out to pick up lunch for a coworker and myself. As I got everything out of my car, a man was also getting out of his car. We greeted each other. He saw that I had my hands full, so he ran up from behind me and opened the door to my office building, which apparently he worked at, too. I thanked him and asked him how he was, and he said, "Better than you." I took this to mean my juggling a sack of food, a purse, and a drink carrier. Then he said, "You have on your car that you need a better president?" I laughed over my shoulder and said, "We all do."

"I think he's a great man," he said, still trailing after me.

"Well, we all have our differences of opinion," I said as we tromped up the staircase. "Most of us don't put them on bumper stickers," he said.

"I've had that since our last election." He made a gruff noise, and I continued, "I generally tend to vote... leaning that way."

"That's too bad."

"Again, we all have our differences of opinion," I said as I turned the corner toward my office.

(He works in the only other business on our floor. All I know about him, other than how he feels about my bumper sticker, is that he's probably an engineer, as the company is an engineering consulting firm, if I'm not mistaken.)
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When writing a cover letter, how do you know when you've crossed the line from being confident to being cocky?
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It disturbs me that all of the flowers that have been in the office have crinkled up in less than a week.

My supervisor thinks it's due to bad air, perhaps fumes from the new carpet. Formaldehyde and other such loveliness.

The hyacinth my boss moved into the receptionist area was bright purple and fragrant Thursday. Now its blooms have withered into dark stars with no scent.

Help?

Mar. 30th, 2006 02:21 pm
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I'm hoping [livejournal.com profile] vaxjedi or someone could help with a problem a coworker is having here in the office.

She's trying to download Adobe Reader (the free version), but every time she does a dialog box comes up that says, "Download information missing. Try your download again from the web site." But we are trying to download from the website. So we're confused. What are we missing? Is there some component she may need to install beforehand?
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We just lost our phones! I can't get an outside line.

My coworker thinks it's the wind.

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