I’m trying to avoid grading these days and doing far too good of a job of it to be honest.
I’m not that far behind, all things considered. I’m actually caught up in four of my five classes right now, and only one assignment from being caught up in the other one, which is pretty good for the twelfth week of classes. It’s just that I really cannot deal with another online discussion post no matter how well written it is (and most of the students who are still turning in work at this point in the semester have pretty much gotten things down by now). It’s been cold and grey and unusually wintry this month and mostly I just want to climb under the nice warm covers and not come out until some indeterminate time in the future and then only to make more tea and continue reading my distinctly non-academic book.
This does however conflict with my desire to retain my job and continue paying my bills, so grading it is. Most of the time.
The rest of the time I find other things to do, such as randomly plink around the internet looking at articles that are scientifically designed to rot my synapses.
No, not the political ones. Those are scientifically designed to enrage any thinking patriotic American and spur calls for the wholesale removal of the squatter regime currently metastasizing all over the capital, preferably on a rail. If anything that sort of thing sharpens the mind, which is why I don’t have much patience for the der Sturmtrumper’s defenders. I don’t put up with Stupid much these days, and I have never responded well to sleaze in the first place.
No, the brain damaging things are all pop culture or random memes or some such. My favorite meme this week involves someone who tried to use a food dehydrator to dry out some catnip and invented a kitty vape that left all of her cats stoned out of their minds because I have cats and I can just see this happening here, particularly if I go out and buy a food dehydrator which I am now tempted to do.
Somehow this evening I found myself on one of those click-bait aggregators looking at photographs of some of the artists attending the American Music Awards, which were apparently held sometime not that long ago. All these attractive young people in their frighteningly ugly clothing! My, but high fashion never changes that way, does it? Those poor beautiful people would have been better off just showing up in their jeans and sweatpants, really.
There were maybe two dozen photographs of such people, smiling gamely for the cameras – people who are, in theory, famous enough to justify being invited to an awards show and having their pictures taken in their fashionable frumpery. I scrolled down to find people whose music I knew. Then I went back to see if I could find people whose music I had ever heard of. Finally I gave up and started looking for people whose names I recognized from any context whatsoever.
There was Taylor Swift, who seems to be ubiquitous these days and should probably be running for office with that kind of name recognition. She'd probably win. I'd pay money to see the State of the Union Address she gives, if only to watch the faces of the Representatives in the audience.
There was also Selena Gomez, who last I saw was the witch on Waverly Place. She seems older now.
And then there was … um … well, mostly there was just an ever-increasing amount of evidence that I am old and out of touch with the youth of today despite having created two of them.
I suppose I should not be surprised by this, since it pretty much confirms everything I already know about myself. But still. It is kind of a drag to have it pointed out so definitively on a nice Sunday evening.
Perhaps I will climb under my nice warm covers now.