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cc_alan
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« Reply #6180 on: April 12, 2012, 11:03:02 PM »

Student: So, you don't think I'll be able to finish next year?

<vibrates with aniticipation>

Well? WELL????!!!!

What the heck did you tell her?! I'm very upset that you didn't tell us how this worked out!

Please don't leave me hanging! I need to know

(shoot, I'm all out of exclamation points)

Alan
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« Reply #6181 on: April 13, 2012, 12:06:08 AM »

And we complain that our students don't have focus.
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« Reply #6182 on: April 13, 2012, 7:38:57 AM »

And we complain that our students don't have focus.

And what the heck does that

SQUIRREL

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« Reply #6183 on: April 13, 2012, 11:09:29 AM »

^ Story of my career.
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« Reply #6184 on: April 13, 2012, 10:33:26 PM »

I spent an hour with a student needing help on lots of things.  She is a pretty hard worker overall.  Anyway, she led with this:  “Oh!  My boyfriend and I were having a debate about you last night.  He had you a long time ago.  Stewart McRandom?  Anyway, we were wondering if you were a Dr. or not.  So we started googling you…Now I feel like a stalker.  But it’s not like that.  You went to some really hard schools!  And you had some crazy jobs!  Like a nuclear something or other.  And a climate guy or something.  It was like you knew about everything.  And you went to schools that were hard to get into.  We either thought you were this super genius or…something…I don’t know.  This is weird.  I’m sorry.  And then Stewart was telling me that once you had this big cart full of rocks and some piece of equipment in the elevator and he was in there with you.  He said the cord was hanging off the cart and the elevator door closed with the cord outside.  Ha!  He said you FREAKED OUT!  He said you said all sorts of curse words and thought you were going to break the elevator.  He said he just reached up and calmly pushed the “door open” button and you pulled the cord in.  That’s funny!” 

Now, I'm not a super genius.  I would think the elevator incident would display that nicely.  I don't remember the elevator issue at all, but it sounds exactly like me.  I'm sure it went down. 
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« Reply #6185 on: April 14, 2012, 12:00:34 AM »

I'm guessing that the student did not realize that not every item that comes up when googling your name is necessarily about you?

Chemystery, who lives in at least three states and is an EMT in at least one of them.  That's pretty awesome of me, since it's more than a thousand miles from the state I think I live in.
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« Reply #6186 on: April 14, 2012, 2:19:35 AM »

You didn't interrupt that three sentences in?  No wonder the meeting took an hour of your life that is now lost forever.
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« Reply #6187 on: April 14, 2012, 8:57:06 AM »

I'm guessing that the student did not realize that not every item that comes up when googling your name is necessarily about you?

This depends on how common the name is.  For example, everything that comes up with my name is me, which is why I refrain from all Facebook activities and imposed on some family members to take down unflattering pictures during my job search.
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« Reply #6188 on: April 14, 2012, 9:01:52 AM »

She's a good student overall and has this really boisterous personality.  I found it supremely entertaining.  I was laughing to myself about it for a while after she left. 
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« Reply #6189 on: April 14, 2012, 4:04:08 PM »

I'm guessing that the student did not realize that not every item that comes up when googling your name is necessarily about you?

Chemystery, who lives in at least three states and is an EMT in at least one of them.  That's pretty awesome of me, since it's more than a thousand miles from the state I think I live in.

I didn't think my name was very common but have twice run into another person with the same name in a medical setting (i.e. getting our charts confused) in two different states. And on facebook, about eight folks have the same name. It's creepy...
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« Reply #6190 on: April 14, 2012, 8:30:22 PM »

I'm guessing that the student did not realize that not every item that comes up when googling your name is necessarily about you?

Chemystery, who lives in at least three states and is an EMT in at least one of them.  That's pretty awesome of me, since it's more than a thousand miles from the state I think I live in.

I didn't think my name was very common but have twice run into another person with the same name in a medical setting (i.e. getting our charts confused) in two different states. And on facebook, about eight folks have the same name. It's creepy...

Around here, we have to spell our last name constantly because there aren't any others. At home? There are five people with my first and last name. As far as the whole country is concerned, my home state is THIRD in numbers of people with my name, behind Texas and California.
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« Reply #6191 on: April 14, 2012, 8:35:31 PM »

I'm guessing that the student did not realize that not every item that comes up when googling your name is necessarily about you?

Wait, so was all of it about you or not, isotope?  I took the original post as a comment on how little our students tend to understand how insanely qualified we all are.

And on the other issue: I'm the only person who shows up in a Google search of my name, which is very, very unfortunate.  Stupid things I said while still in high school get displayed very prominently, as well as some stupid photos of me from the same age which some old acquaintance has posted.
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« Reply #6192 on: April 14, 2012, 11:41:13 PM »

I'm guessing that the student did not realize that not every item that comes up when googling your name is necessarily about you?

Wait, so was all of it about you or not, isotope?  I took the original post as a comment on how little our students tend to understand how insanely qualified we all are.

And on the other issue: I'm the only person who shows up in a Google search of my name, which is very, very unfortunate.  Stupid things I said while still in high school get displayed very prominently, as well as some stupid photos of me from the same age which some old acquaintance has posted.

You need to work your online presence, then, so other, better things will rise to the top!
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« Reply #6193 on: April 15, 2012, 2:07:25 AM »

Well the first three or four pages of Google matches are dominated by positive things to do with my career so far, but the stupid thing from high school is still number one or two on the first page.  This isn't merely a stupid thing, but a thing that makes it appear that I don't know how to think (because it comes from a period when I was still deeply affected by my upbringing inside a fundamentalist bubble).

Right now it's simply a matter of that website being favored by Google's algorithm for whatever reason.  I've already contacted the people who run it, but they've claimed they are unable to remove my name.
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« Reply #6194 on: April 15, 2012, 8:52:05 AM »

Wait, so was all of it about you or not, isotope?  I took the original post as a comment on how little our students tend to understand how insanely qualified we all are.

Yes, all of it was more or less correct.  I do sound far more impressive than I am.  I have a good understanding of all things Earth, but I'm still 70% idiot.

There are a few others out there with my name.  I have a lot of marathon times attributed to me around the midwest and east coast. 
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