Wednesday, September 12, 2007

One week...

...until next Wednesday. But also one week (roughly) since the beginning of school for the entire Ricardipus clan, except for me. Been there, done that, got a couple of diplomas and no, I don't have to teach medical students any more, thank goodness. Been there and done that too, for five years of graduate school. My sole investment in the new school year, apart from shuttling various and assorted Junior Ricardipi here and there, is in avoiding all of the frosh (translation: freshmen, first-year students) trampling around the downtown campus these days.

But now that Mrs. Ricardipus is off at teacher's college, our home seems to be filling up with binders, exercise books, various important-looking notices and other assorted bits of paper, and textbooks with titles like Engaging Minds: Learning and Teaching in a Complex World, Elementary and Middle School Mathematics, Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation, and the odd novel like Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, which I might actually read myself. Oh, and American Born Chinese, by Gene Luen Yang, which is also apparently part of the curriculum. It's a graphic novel featuring, among other things, a farting monkey. People who read it may, one day, be teaching your children, you know.

And me? Well, apart from unfortunately having discovered the shoot-em-up fun that is Cube, I'm just plugging away at the usual slog, helping people with grant applications for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (due Monday; thank goodness that will soon be over) and generally failing to answer Black Knight's confusing question about DNA splice junctions (oh, go look it up - actually, don't bother, it's probably not worth it). All in a day's work, really.

13 comments:

BK said...

/BK looks up Cube
/BK sees 'MacOS Universal'

You utter, utter bastard, R'pus.

Ricardipus said...

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!

The AssaultCube mod/make-over looks good too, although a bit lacking in single-player levels (i.e., none).

Blame WikiPedia and its thrice-damned Listing of Freeware Games.


"ppdjduil" - the noise one of those weird pig things makes when it explodes

BK said...

Then permit me to return the favour.

Google flight sim


"whxm" - what we do in FPSs.

Ricardipus said...

Oh, buggery. Thanks a lot.

Ooo, do you know of any good WWI flight sims? Used to play Red Baron but it looks a bit old and clunky these days.

The Wrath of Dawn said...

Why are you counting down to my daughter's move to Edmonton?

uxakge - the age at which everything begins to go "ux."

I think I've hit it.

Ricardipus said...

Didn't your daughter move to Edmonton already?

Oh, and you're close... very close...

wonderferret said...

What Bk said.... and

"Damn your eyes Mr Ricardipus."

I have wasted 2 nights playing cube

Ricardipus said...

Yes, good innit?

"pnpnebt" - me flapping my tongue at you derisively.

Rik said...

Microsoft Combat Flight Sim can come with a mission to even be the Red Baron.

ihovbtb: The noise you make when shot out of the sky by a Hurricane Mark XII

Ricardipus said...

rik - ta. I'm too cheap to *buy* anything though...

Used to have fun with Aces of the Pacific and its sequel, too... and Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe, which wasn't as good but had its own charm as well.

Rik said...

R'pus: If you could get into an IM system, we could arrange your acquirement *cough* of a CD of it.

The Wrath of Dawn said...

Older daughter is in Calgary. Younger is about to move to Edmonton.

BK said...

"Hurricane Mark XII"?

I beg you to reconsider, sir.