Monday, January 16, 2006

Some People Just Don't Learn

Despite my posting on the basic tenets of grad student etiquette, I've had people continue to ask me such appalling questions as "Did you get your readings done?" and "Does laying your head down on your books count as studying?" I have therefore decided to outline definitively what does and does not constitute "work"

  1. Entering the library, even if solely for the purposes of checking email, shall be deemed research
  2. Incessantly hitting "refresh" on your browser when at the BBC News website, even though the page automatically refreshes on its own every several minutes, shall be deemed research
  3. Bumping into a classmate and then proceding to get coffee/a drink/dinner together shall be considered "peer review"
  4. Drinking, eating, watching downloaded shows/movies, web-surfing, MSN-ing and the like shall all be deemed diversions necessary for maximizing productivity in the long term by provided badly needed respite from the aformentioned forms of "work" (see paragraphs 1, 2 and 3)
So there you have it, no I must go perform #2 on the list.


At 8:39 AM, Blogger Janice said...

5. Drinking copious amounts of booze and using your books as a coaster, so that through osmosis, you are really interacting with the material.

At 2:27 AM, Blogger omar said...

what part of the Grad School experience does blogging fall under? Studying, research or drinking?

At 7:07 AM, Blogger The Bedouin Project said...

hmmm, good question omar. I think blogging falls under the sub-category of "human interaction via digital interface" in the broader category of "peer review"


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