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Me too! I had to take it twice just to keep it from destroying my GPA. The second go-round was much better. I still have an awesome study guide (paperback) that really made the difference for me. I actually enjoyed it once I got my head around it. (or accepted that it just worked, whether or not it actually made sense!) I would have loved to have the resources that students today enjoy...a global library at your fingertips!
I was told by an MBA to remove Standard Deviation from a web page because it was too techy. When I defined the number he said, well, "Change Standard Deviation to Variance it sounds less technical" but he wanted me to keep the standard deviation as the number displayed *rolls eyes*, I changed the field to Variance and the number to Variance, he never noticed.
I once had to explain to an English Major what a "Unreliable Narrator" was. Why this was important in understanding many fantasy, science fiction works both printed and dramatic, and even in modern political discourse.
My wife didn't speak to me for the rest of the day.
Funnily I once had the opposite experience, an ex-GF English BA who was a brilliant writer in terms of vocabulary and imagination, but bad in grammar and punctuation, who positively welcomed my feedback on her output.
Her version of "Once more unto the breach..." paraphrased in the style of Bukowski got her an A, even though they were really asking for an analysis of the original text, because (as the lecturer said) it illustrated a deep understanding of both writers. Remains one of the bluest and entertaining bits of prose I've ever read.
My wife is great in the ideas department, but her mechanics were dreadful. For example, my favorite of her essays was entitled "Horror Fiction: The Most Useful Art Form". It had the thesis that horror fiction was the most valuable form of literature, because it taught the reader survival skills for unusual situations. She got an A, despite the fact that the professor hated genre fiction of all kinds, and horror fiction in particular.
I typed most of her undergraduate papers, and all of them for her master's. At least 0.5 of her GPA is attributable to my editing.
I missed the Stats bit on my Degree and avoided the catch up lectures as I was too bothered I didn't understand Fourier stuff well enough. That being said I did meet the principle at GCSE! Too much of Maths is badly taught so the chances are the Person knew the princple but not the way it was asked, it's Friday afternoon after all! Glenn
Statistics wasn't required at my college, but I chose to take it -- partly because I could rely on my father to help me as needed (he taught it at another college).
I still recall the time during my co-op job when I was asked to rewite a report that was supposed to present the standard deviation -- all it was doing to dividing the average (arithmetic mean) by the size of the population . I have no idea who wrote it originally, but I fixed it good*.
* I chose this wording due to the grammar discussion.
Anyone have any good ideas on compromises between private offices and open office layouts? Private offices are apparently too expensive, and open layouts suck. So I'm looking for some ideas in between that work, or ways to desuckify open office layouts. Note that there will be no agile, XP, pair programming, or any other hippie crap going on.
You cannot argue with agile people so just take the extreme approach and shoot him. :Smile:
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