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Corporate wank
delirium pissed off
My slee pattern is royally screwed. In the last 24 hours, I slept: 04:00-07:00, 13:00-14:00 and 20:00-00:30. Fun.

Having a "careers and communication skills" class at 9am on the first day of the week (Tuesday, since I have mondays off) is quite clearly cruel and unusual punishment. It wouldn't be so bad if it was actually teaching skills related to careers and communication, but judging from yesterday's class a more appropriate name would be "corporate wank".

For starters, the people running it seemed to be acting under the assumption that everyone in the class would want to go off and become junior managers for bluechip companies. How about no. They did mention a couple of times that it didn't matter if we wanted to go off and become academics or join not-for-profit companies, or whatever, because no matter what we did, the skills we'd need would be exactly the same. That would be a no too.

So today I spent two hours of my life that I will never get back playing a stupid board game called "yomp". This is named after a bit of British miltary slang, which means a long forced march, carrying heay kit, popularised after a SNAFU in the Falklands War. The intention in this naming was to demonstrate the long slog from coming up with an idea for a business to actually reaching one's goals, but I'll leave it as an exercise to the reader to figure out in what other ways I found the name appropriate.

I believe that the phrase "teambuilding exercise" was even used at some point in the proceedings, which is never a good sign.

And to add insult to injury, we were actually there for close to 3 hours, rather than just the two hours we were scheduled for. And this is a compulsory class, and it's assessed. Colour me not a happy bunny.

And the corporate wank doesn't even stop there! The online versions of our course notes have been moved, for this year, from the old, sensible system that had been in place for the first two years, to a new, crappier system. The new system is called LUVLE, which is pronounced "lovely" and stands for Lancaster University Virtual Learning Environment. Yes, this is as bad as it sounds. I had two proper non-wanky lectures today, and one of the lecturers was openly critical of the system, and the other was somewhat disparaging in refering to it. Hah.

If we discount these elements of stupidity, I'm very gad to be back. It's nice to see people again, and both the classes I had today (nuclear and particle) seem as if they'll be interesting, and both are taken by lecturers who I like. But oh my god, the wank.