It’s… Friday… Friday…

Ok, I really hated this song when I first heard it – it was and still is a dumb song. On the other hand, I love the Glee version of this song. Oh Glee, why must you convince me otherwise. But I digress. In one of my classes, we’ve been teaching our students how to write academic research papers. This week, I was focusing on how to write up results — generating charts using MS Excel, word clouds using Wordle, diversity of visualizations seen on Many Eyes, etc.

My students are funny. On Mondays, they’re tired because it’s Monday. Wednesdays they are tired because it’s Wednesdays. Tuesdays and Thursdays they are tired because it’s not Monday or Wednesday. And I don’t teach on Fridays. But I’m sure if I did, they’d be tired because it’s Friday. This song was an homage to my classes ongoing discussion about the best day of the week + at the same time teaching them how word clouds work. Nerdy Newbie Academic fun. 🙂

It’s been a long week. I have a growing pile of papers on my desk — and that pile is just going to keep growing from here on out. Here I got through about half the papers…

The upside? It’s finally here. What? Do you see it? The 1M x 2M white board I got for passing on an office upgrade. My co-workers think I’m a little fixated on this whole white board thing, but really, the projects are piling up and I multi-task way better mapping things out on a white board.

Thankful for little things. And now it’s snowing. I love snow. 🙂


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