Sunday, 12 October 2008

My pencil is blunt

This is just to let you know, those of you who have been following the non-event that is this blog with interest, that as of two minutes ago I have finished marking the batch of essays due back with their august authors tomorrow. That there are another sixty sitting in my office as we speak is a matter only the most malicious mind would bring to my attention. Nurse, pass the chocolate.

7 comments:

vague said...

Congratulations! You absolutely must have the chocolate before you allow yourself even to think about the other essays. I also find alcohol to be helpful at these times.

Alexis, Baron von Harlot said...

Bless you, Vague. I'm too much of a nerd to drink.

kiki said...

don't you just read the introduction and conclusion and base your mark on that?

that's all i ever focused on when i was at school...

Hugo the Hippo said...

And surely you need to calibrate the baronetcy access stairs for standard distribution purposes...

Alexis, Baron von Harlot said...

"Those who can, do; those who can't, throw bundles of essays down stairwells to work out which get the credits" - ?

I'll have you people know that I read every essay from scalp to bunyon, usually at least twice, sometimes at considerable risk to my equanimity.

Hugo the Hippo said...

Call me rash, call me cynical, call me a casual employee, but I'm sticking with gravity-fed marking. Of which I have a pile to embark on tomorrow, which I'll have to haul aloft from my desk on the ground floor. As to which of our respective classes I'd rather be in, well...

eyrie said...

Every essay at least twice and some more than that! Am suddenly almost overcome by guilt.

In any case, I'm sure it's only a matter of time before someone in the university management comes up with the absolutely sterling idea of making all assignments multiple choice and marked by computer. Then, once all the lectures are converted to podcasts, they won't have to employ anyone, casual or otherwise. With the money saved, they may even be able to rip out a staircase or two to make way for their expanded offices.

(Apologies for the dark mood. Sinuses playing up, think the cat may have slept on my head).