kat_lair: (GEN - a ruiner of things)
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Dear student, 

When you submit your essay 4 days late AND with less than half the required word count, you know what happens? Your mark will actually end up being A NEGATIVE FIGURE due to late penalties. That's not so great now, is it? You'll make better life choices next time, won't you?

Then again... probably not. 

With despair and coffee, 
Your tutor

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Flyby post

Aug. 31st, 2016 06:34 pm
kat_lair: (GEN - unicorn warning)
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Things which are meh:
- Holiday is over
- Marking resit assignments, these have mostly been almost as terrible as OR WORSE than the original failed submissions. Why god, why?
- Still waiting for final MA corrections from my supervisor, WHAT IF THEY ARE NUMEROUS AND DIFFICULT, I DON'T THINK I CAN BRAIN ANYMORE ABOUT THIS!
- A bit of a non-day today. Haven't left the bed because today was 'wrokd from bed' kind of day. Also neighbours had their grandkids visiting, I can't mark shit essays when children run around
- Cat vomit

Things which are yay:
- I have written all the things. No really, a lot. Expect a two-week span of ficlets soon. (thanks [livejournal.com profile] pushkin666)
- I can work from home all week
- I went for 1h walk yesterday, got pleasantly sweaty and tired and found brambles (I really want to go back with a bucket to pick them once they ripen more)

This showed up on the flist (thanks [livejournal.com profile] milly_gal) and tickled me greatly, especially as I'd just watched Thork: The Wraiths Attack Dark World on Monday. Loki was fun, as was Erik, and I still want to take Darcy to bed (and not for sleeping). Everything else was boring. Also, Odin is a dick. Anyway, this made me lol. Also, Mark Ruffalo should get into my pants asap.




Then this also showed on the flist (thanks [livejournal.com profile] spikedluv) which was most fortuitous as I'd just written 2k Adam/Kris fic. Anyway, holy crap that Wicked Games cover gives me the chills



A few more under the cut )


That's it. Now I'm going to write some Loki/Thor fic from Frigga's pov because that's how we be rolling atm. Adios.

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kat_lair: (GEN - cuervo)
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(via [livejournal.com profile] complexlight + dedicated to all the teachers on my flist and beyond, solidarity my sisters and brothers. and tequila when that's not enough.)







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kat_lair: (FUTURAMA - windmills)
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I have marked 15 essays today. I want to cry. The two are causally correlated.

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In other news, I have finally bought a new laptop. And by that I mean, the same laptop I have now except the newer version. It should be here soon. Yes, it was emotionally painful.

However, I am now lusting after a tablet. It must be 10inch because I need to use it for work stuff but otherwise I'm open for recommendations. Oh, and I'd ideally not use more than ~£300 on it.

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I continue to be in love with Lewis fandom! Back in February I left a prompt about Hathaway going on a series of bad dates and then, two months later, two separate but equally awesome fics about that appeared as a complete surprise. Both are excellent stories with great characterisation and oodles of romance and jealousy and pining and oh my heart! Run, don't walk, to read: Not Quite According To Plan by [livejournal.com profile] fortesomniare and The Unfortunate State of My Dates by [livejournal.com profile] wendymr and [livejournal.com profile] paperscribe. <3

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Here are a couple of things gathered via flist that I wanted to share:

  • This Is My Body - a video with some important messages, most universal, although some with US-centric slant as that's where the vid originates from (triggery for sexual harassment/offending and health issues). Because for those of us on the Northern Hemisphere, how many magazine articles and comments have you already seen/received about getting your body 'swimsuit ready'? And really, that's just the tip of the iceberg as you all know.




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And because I wanted to leave you with something light-hearted and silly after that...



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Right, as you were. I'm going to go get some food now and watch 2h of American sit-coms.

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kat_lair: (GEN - books)
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After today's essay tutorials, seeing this on my flist almost reduced me to tears of joy. I want to make all my students watch it. Better than Old Spice Guy for sure :D




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kat_lair: (FUTURAMA - no)
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That's it.

I'm scrapping group presentations for next year.

Cannot deal with the kindergarten level drama and conflict and whining.

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kat_lair: (TNG - jess)
***

I have finished and submitted my PGCLT (post-graduate certificate in teaching and learning) portfolio.

I will now ignore all other work for the rest of the evening and flop in front of the telly with some food and pretty people dancing covered in glitter (cheers Strictly).

*face-plants into sofa pillows*

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kat_lair: (GEN - lalala)
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The days before a holiday I find it increasingly difficult to actually motivate myself to do some work. All I've done today and yesterday is wield various emails regarding this conference handbook I'm organising, and copy-paste text around in an effort to put together the skeleton of my next teaching portfolio assignment. Word-count wise I think I'm actually almost 50% there, although it doesn't translate to actual effort still needed for it. But I just can't muster the energy to care. Here are the mental justifications for what is essentially laziness:
1. I am actually more than half done with this teaching portfolio now (nevermind that I still haven't got any formative feedback on it and if that turns out to be not so positive I may very well have to redo stuff)
2. The deadline for this is not until end of October (nevermind that I have conference paper, resit grading, and at least ten lectures to pull out of my ass by then as well)
3. Just because I've got two weeks off and mum is here, doesn't mean I can't do some work. She's got books and crafts with her and doesn't need entertaining 24/7 (nevermind that I was hoping to use such spare time to write my challenge fics and make some icons)
4. All in all I have 10 unused holiday days and no time to take them so surely doing barely half days for a couple of weeks is justified

*handwaves*

Anyway, today and yesterday I've also had some builders around to sort out my bathroom roof and other small things that needed fixing. Which has been another convenient excuse for not getting much work done.  But, at least house things are now fixed.

Tomorrow I have a tutorial with my challenging dissertation student (will she ever finish it? WILL SHE EVER LEAVE? I just don't know) followed by attempt to further my teaching portfolio assignment some more. [livejournal.com profile] pushkin666 is coming for the weekend and may be roped into cleaning the house with me. On Sunday afternoon I'm going to head over to Gatwick airport, stay overnight at the Premier Inn there and pick up mum bright and early Monday morning.

Ugh, right now I think I'm going to go and organise some paperwork in the office and call British Gas about fitting smart meters. That should assuage my guilt of not working a little. But first, a meme I snagged from [livejournal.com profile] beedekka a while back.

Meeeeemeeeeee )


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kat_lair: (GEN - never trust fate)
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*sneezes in greeting* Damn allergies.

Today has been a good day. Attended an inspirational learning and teaching symposium and now am even more excited to experiment on my students. Also, I have been thinking about starting a teaching blog so I think that will happen.

My plans for the weekend include fic writing (two challenge fics to churn out this month...) and possibly making rhubarb jam or chutney as I seem to have more of it.

And. Aaaaaaaaaaaaand. Talking about porn! Consider this a heads up that the Anonymous Porn Meme is happening this weekend, post going up tomorrow. Things to post there, anonymously or logged in, whichever you're comfortable with, include basically anything and everything about porn both fandom and non-fandom, e.g.:
- porn recs: fanfics, original stories, pics, vids
- prompts/requests: looking for a particular flavour of porn but can't find it? Maybe someone can help you. Or, really want a porny fanfic/fanart with a specific characters or kinks? Hey, maybe someone will be inspired to provide it!
- general discussion about porn: what turns you on and what turns you off, good porn, bad porn, porn you'd like to see more of, is porn problematic or exploitative etc.
- write porny ficlets, post porny photos, talk about porny things you'd like to do your favourite characters

Sound exciting? If so then please join in this weekend and invite your flisters to do the same! I'm making a banner to facilitate porny pimping so you can snag that from tomorrow's post!

See you tomorrow for porny goodness!

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*preens*

Jun. 19th, 2013 01:14 pm
kat_lair: (HP - dangerously over-educated)
***

Just got a piece of feedback from a student who called me, and I quote, a "brilliant lecturer".

I'll be over here, preening forever now. *smug*

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ding-dong

May. 22nd, 2013 12:18 am
kat_lair: (GEN - be yourself)
France legalises same-sex marriage.

In the UK, the same-sex marriage bill passes the House of Commons, amidst paranoid fears for some secret agenda of the 'aggressive homosexual community' (hands up if you're a member?) and  Lord Tebbitt's deeply bizarre ravings about 'lesbian queens and artificially inseminated heirs' (bring it on I say) and plans to 'marry his own son to escape inheritance tax'.

Finland's Eurovision entry featuring a same-sex kiss fails to bring a winning vote while Turkey opts for the 'lalalala if I can't see it, it's not happening' approach to the whole thing. It might, however, highlight the fact that Finland is the only remaining Nordic country that has not legalised same-sex marriage and has recently dropped in the LGBT equality index. Yet, a poll suggests over half support same-sex marriage and a citizens' initiative will force the debate back into the parliament.

George Takei continues to be awesome while the young age of all the protesters makes me very sad.

Last week I sat at the staff LGBTIQ network meeting and watched one of the young women put on a brave face about coming out to her family.

A few months ago one of my students told me that 'well if they don't tell the police about homophobic hate crime, then what can they do, it's not their responsibility.' Still, two others included transgender people in their assignment on 'gender diversity and policing' as well as 'men and women'.

Idk, I have a lot of feels. I try to stay out of the comments sections in all news articles. I try to talk to my students instead. I try to remember the ones who listen and the ones who never needed telling in the first place, those who just go 'of course' because anything but equality is incomprehensible. Because that's the way it should be.

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Annoyances

Apr. 25th, 2013 09:04 pm
kat_lair: (TBBT - sheldon)
Things that making me sigh and occasionally make the above Sheldon face *points at icon* at the moment

  • Students plagiarising. Students not even plagiarising well. Students plagiarising even though they must know Turnitin will pick up on it. Students plagiarising so incredibly obviously that I am pretty likely forced to smack them with official disciplinary procedures. Plagiarise better students (or, you know, actually do some work) so I'm not caught in the nightmare bureaucracy involved in hauling your asses over the coals. Jesus wept.

  • My ankle and arm (which I twisted and trapped a muscle in, respectively, this spring) are both still... twingy. And sore. And annoying.

  • All the marking, gah. Remind me again who thought it was a good idea to have both essays to be submitted on the same day? Oh yeah, that was me. Mental note: stagger the deadlines you numpty. I'll be marking 24/7 next week, no two ways about it. This is my own fault though as I freely admit slacking on the marking this week by virtue of procrastinating about my ridiculously convoluted teaching study portfolio. No one, and I mean no one, needs 8 different components  within a 4,000 word assignment.

  • I managed to get sun burn the other day whilst sitting in the garden. What is this craziness down South?

  • Ugh BDSM AUs are like crack to me. I cannot not read them. Even when they are awful and full of purple prose and don't actually understand d/s dynamics at all and use 'dominate' as a noun (instead 'dominant') which fucking drives my batshit insane. Also, also, let it be known that in the history of, oh forever,  no person has ever felt their 'dominance swirling around them like dark butterflies' or some such crap. And yet... *goes back to reading*


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Weekend

Mar. 2nd, 2013 12:29 pm
kat_lair: (GEN - medusa)
The only good thing about having to spend entire weekend writing lectures on psychology and sexual offending is the fact that I have a legitimate reason to introduce my students to the Evolutionary Psychology Bingo.

In other news: I cannot get Tricks to swallow the goddamn worming tablet no matter what I try or how I hide it.

Actual update soon. Maybe even tomorrow.

letters

Dec. 21st, 2012 06:13 pm
kat_lair: (TBBT - darth vader)

Dear students,

Contrary to belief, reading essays that reference my lecture notes (instead, you know, proper sources) will not make me happy. It makes me annoyed. Flattery does not work when it's just laziness.

Your lecturer.

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Dear slave S,

That text was a serious miscalculation. Your only saving grace is that you apologised and didn't argue.

Unamused.

***

Dear body,

We do not have time to get sick so knock it off.

Pen-name 'if I ignore the sore throat it will go away'

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Dear everyone,

Lewis Secret Santa has started posting over at [livejournal.com profile] lewis_challenge. Enjoy!

Exhausted Mod

kat_lair: (KINK - cane of thorns)

Steps to a headache:

1. Revamp a module that I have to teach but didn't design and don't like the learning outcomes that I'm stuck with

2. Go through the lecture slides from last year (like, ones done by a colleague)

3. Come across this sentence: "Not all psychopaths are sexual sadists although all sexual sadists are psychopaths"

4. Literally head-desk.

5. Lie there torn between tears and laughter

6. Remember that as a psychopath such an emotional response is not allowed

7. Dammit, failed again

8. Close work files

9. Leave office in search of something alcoholic.

10. Happy Friday?

*______*

Jan. 27th, 2012 09:54 am
kat_lair: (GEN - caffeine)

Hours spent marking so far: 20 (well, about 26 altogether but the last 20 without a break)
Pots of coffee drunk: 2
Sleep: ahahaha. no.
Papers marked: 76 = 228 essays
Papers left to mark: 10 = 30 essays
But why Kat? because I need to get these exams done before the weekend before that's my only chance to clean and prep for the two new courses I'm teaching in a week's time because next week is booked pretty solid with teaching and work-related stuff also
Well it's not like you have other things to do today, right? Oh no, just the electronic submission of my phd and printing and sorting binding. no biggie.
Oooookay then: Yeah. Where's the coffee?


*jitters* somebody hold me?

kat_lair: (LEWIS - partners)

- After a week of rain, there's now sunshine. MY LAUNDRY MAY DRY YET!

- Just got an email from my sort-of-line-manager about the tutor training next week, asking if I was prepared to take the steering hand in the Q&A session with the new intake. My totally automatic reply which I sent without thinking about it at all: 'no worries, I'm always prepared to take a steering hand' ... Well. It's not untrue. It's also probably good that I've worked with this person for several years now. \o?

- Ugh so broke at the moment, waiting on the money mum's sending me because she's awesome like that. Creative grocery shopping this afternoon.

- [livejournal.com profile] northwest_fen meet-up this Saturday, yay!

- Anyone want to do a quick beta on a ~1,000 Lewis fic, barely pre-slash, includes dragons. My beta has had unexpected RL issues so I'm kind of in need of a pinch hit here... Pretty please?

kat_lair: (BANDOM - let's swap body fluids)

O HAI!

I've had a week off from teaching/thesis work so actually opening the thesis chapter draft today counts for something, right? Granted, most I've done today is copy-paste some paragraphs around and feel detached about the whole concept of academia. Submitting PhD thesis before Christmas? Pfft, piece of cake. Presenting a conference paper that I haven't yet written in three weeks? Whatever, I'm sure it'll be fine.

This, ladies and gents, is what I like to call happy-go-lucky-denial. It's awesome.

It also leads to rambly updates.

So, I had a very relaxing week off. [livejournal.com profile] pushkin666 and I spent a rainy weekend in the country, drank wine, ate lots of awesome food, watched the Eurovision (I wanted Moldova to win, but was also hugely fond of Italy), and talked about writing (though did not get much actual writing done). On Monday we came back to Manchester, collected [livejournal.com profile] dreamersdare from the train station and spent the evening rocking out to Panic! At The Disco.


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No, I cannot be bothered to cut, pull your finger out of your arse and scroll past if you're not interested.


Panic @ Manchester Academy, 16th of May

Dude. Duuuuuuuuuuude, it was amazing. Academy's refurbishment has paid off and the venue is so much better now than three years ago when pushkin666 and I first saw the band there.

Speaking of, this was a very... different gig than the one three years ago. A different band, yes, but what really stuck out for me was how different Brendon was. He fucking owned that stage. Yes, part of it is growing up I'm sure, gaining more experience and confidence, but I think it was more than that. Three years ago it felt like Brendon was playing a part in someone else's band. Now, it felt like it really was Brendon on stage, fronting his own band, not a role he put on. And damn, it was hot. I approve the braces and bowtie combo hard.

You know what else was hot? Spencer Smith with a microphone. Throughout the show Brendon kept turning toward Spencer and playing to him, showing off and seeking approval like a good sub which gave me lots of special feelings. Yes it did.

This person had the best quality vids of the show, so have I Write Sins as a taster, beautifully illustrating Brendon's attitude, Spencer's fiersomeness, and Dallon and Ian's willingness to indulge in some delicious stage-gay.

Brendon wants us to sweat together:



You should also check out her/his vids of Mona Lisa and Nine In the Afternoon. (Oh, and filmed by someone else, here's the cover of Billie Jean they did. )

I cannot, however, not post this one. As SPN fans, [livejournal.com profile] dreamersdare, [livejournal.com profile] pushkin666 and I were ecstatic that the boys played Carry On My Wayward Son as one of the encores. This is like 6 minutes of guitar porn. Check out also Spencer being hot stuff on the drums, which the rest of the band rightfully acknowledge.



Yeah, it was good for me too, believe it.


***

On Tuesday I poured [livejournal.com profile] dreamersdare and [livejournal.com profile] pushkin666 into their respective trains and then ambled over to the Northern Quarter to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] neppu and her friend who were in town for a gig. Got to introduce them to one of my favourite places in Manchester, Oklahoma cafe, and give tips of other places worth a visit.

Yesterday was at uni,  spending quality time with Turnitin software (plagiarism detection) and today I have pretended to do some work at home.

Tonight I have a poetry reading again and I'm currently trying to decide which of my old poems to read because haven't written anything new over the last couple of weeks. I've narrowed it down to either in babylon they laugh with broken teeth or Such Mercy, second opinions appreciated.

Right, enough of rambling. Later my beauties!

kat_lair: (BANDOM - let's swap body fluids)

O HAI!

I've had a week off from teaching/thesis work so actually opening the thesis chapter draft today counts for something, right? Granted, most I've done today is copy-paste some paragraphs around and feel detached about the whole concept of academia. Submitting PhD thesis before Christmas? Pfft, piece of cake. Presenting a conference paper that I haven't yet written in three weeks? Whatever, I'm sure it'll be fine.

This, ladies and gents, is what I like to call happy-go-lucky-denial. It's awesome.

It also leads to rambly updates.

So, I had a very relaxing week off. [livejournal.com profile] pushkin666 and I spent a rainy weekend in the country, drank wine, ate lots of awesome food, watched the Eurovision (I wanted Moldova to win, but was also hugely fond of Italy), and talked about writing (though did not get much actual writing done). On Monday we came back to Manchester, collected [livejournal.com profile] dreamersdare from the train station and spent the evening rocking out to Panic! At The Disco.


***

No, I cannot be bothered to cut, pull your finger out of your arse and scroll past if you're not interested.


Panic @ Manchester Academy, 16th of May

Dude. Duuuuuuuuuuude, it was amazing. Academy's refurbishment has paid off and the venue is so much better now than three years ago when pushkin666 and I first saw the band there.

Speaking of, this was a very... different gig than the one three years ago. A different band, yes, but what really stuck out for me was how different Brendon was. He fucking owned that stage. Yes, part of it is growing up I'm sure, gaining more experience and confidence, but I think it was more than that. Three years ago it felt like Brendon was playing a part in someone else's band. Now, it felt like it really was Brendon on stage, fronting his own band, not a role he put on. And damn, it was hot. I approve the braces and bowtie combo hard.

You know what else was hot? Spencer Smith with a microphone. Throughout the show Brendon kept turning toward Spencer and playing to him, showing off and seeking approval like a good sub which gave me lots of special feelings. Yes it did.

This person had the best quality vids of the show, so have I Write Sins as a taster, beautifully illustrating Brendon's attitude, Spencer's fiersomeness, and Dallon and Ian's willingness to indulge in some delicious stage-gay.

Brendon wants us to sweat together:



You should also check out her/his vids of Mona Lisa and Nine In the Afternoon. (Oh, and filmed by someone else, here's the cover of Billie Jean they did. )

I cannot, however, not post this one. As SPN fans, [livejournal.com profile] dreamersdare, [livejournal.com profile] pushkin666 and I were ecstatic that the boys played Carry On My Wayward Son as one of the encores. This is like 6 minutes of guitar porn. Check out also Spencer being hot stuff on the drums, which the rest of the band rightfully acknowledge.



Yeah, it was good for me too, believe it.


***

On Tuesday I poured [livejournal.com profile] dreamersdare and [livejournal.com profile] pushkin666 into their respective trains and then ambled over to the Northern Quarter to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] neppu and her friend who were in town for a gig. Got to introduce them to one of my favourite places in Manchester, Oklahoma cafe, and give tips of other places worth a visit.

Yesterday was at uni,  spending quality time with Turnitin software (plagiarism detection) and today I have pretended to do some work at home.

Tonight I have a poetry reading again and I'm currently trying to decide which of my old poems to read because haven't written anything new over the last couple of weeks. I've narrowed it down to either in babylon they laugh with broken teeth or Such Mercy, second opinions appreciated.

Right, enough of rambling. Later my beauties!

kat_lair: (GEN - so wrong it's right)

Here's the thing. I have... studiously avoided that show (yes, even despite its apparent brilliance and loveable characters) because I fear I'd spend less time enjoying it and more time muttering about empirical validity and making comparisons to the UK approach to profiling. Fandom-academia separation is hard.

However!

I am currently preparing a lecture on police psychology that covers both the FBI approach and the UK approach to profiling, and would be interested in using a Criminal Minds clip to illustrate the former.

So, dearest Criminal Minds fandom: Can you recommend me an episode/scene that effective illustrates the use of Crime Scene Analysis approach to profiling, namely any or all stages of 1) data assimilation, 2) crime classification, 3) crime reconstruction, 4) profile generation. I would also be interested in any scene that explain/uses the organised/disorganised typology or e.g. the various serial killer types (visionary, missionary, hedonistic, power/control).

I don't have the time to start downloading and going through the entire series so would appreciate some tips of any 'stand out' scenes or episodes you remember. Many thanks!

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