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Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

well, until today it was "hold any meetings you can over the phone or zoom, but classes are still on" but now all classes are cancelled until at least april. sign me up for the wfh crew :toot:

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Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

🍺🦠

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

yeah this is just a run-of-the-mill bat cold that mutated enough to infect pangolins and then jumped to humans when people ground up the pangolins and snorted them.

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

today all the classes were cancelled but faculty and staff were still expected to be in to learn how to transition their courses online. this news was taken, uh, not especially well.

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

chmods please posted:

we got an all-hands email today saying that if we wfh we should always use video conferencing and always dress as if we were going to the office even for internal calls

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

DuckConference posted:

thanks to breaking up with my gf and her wanting to rotate sharing our apartment I'm

uhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

if you have water, coffee grounds, a metal container, and a source of heat you can make coffee.

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

i have spent the entire day today trying to train a pile of people nearly twice my age how to use Zoom.

we got through "downloading the desktop app" and "scheduling a meeting" and "sending the link to participants" but bogged down in such advanced features as raising your hand, mass muting/unmuting and creating breakout rooms.

i tried several times to teach them the real power-user "hold spacebar to temporarily unmute, like a radio PTT button" feature but woooooooosh

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

Broken Machine posted:

teaching a bunch of old career academics with egos to match how to use technology sounds like its own special hell. thank you for your service :patriot:

it's literally service, too, since the IT department is already swamped and no one else around here is doing it/capable of doing it. i already use zoom to share my screen during software classes so the kids don't have to squint at the icons from across the room, so i volunteered. oops

two people have already said "this online course stuff isn't in my contract so you can't make me do it." real team players

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

Good Sphere posted:

e: antibiotics don't work for this coronavirus

from world health organization:

I really hope that echi, who is a pharmacist, knows this and is just hoarding the antibiotics to sell after the apocalypse. otherwise that's a big old :whitewater:

In other news I liberated a bottle of hand sanitizer from work last week and now Amazon is telling me it's worth ninety dollars.

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

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amen

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

eh there are some parts of biology i like


birbs :3:

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

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CRIP EATIN BREAD posted:

well you just declared it, 1 week

Under. I bet it's already happened

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

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MononcQc posted:

I'm only saying this because I see lots of gig economy news now that I work for one, but uber, lyft, instacart and doordash all have some form of "we can pay up to 2 weeks if you had an actual diagnosis, for the next month or so".

oh, nice. so you just go and get yourself one of those tests done and

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

Penisface posted:

France closed all except grocery stores pharmacies gas stations and gov buildings

apparently it’s a stage 3 epidemic


is this bad?

well, it's worse than a stage 2 but not quite as bad as a stage 4.

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

well i'm still staying inside so i took it upon myself to watch the entire extended editions of the lord of the rings movies. (NOT the hobbit)

back when they came out i was like "holy gently caress who's gonna watch a four and a half hour movie" but now, in the days of netflix miniserieses, it actually feels about right for a story of this depth

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

apparently all it takes to clean up the venice canals is for people to quit running boats in them for 5 days :unsmith:




like how chernobyl is now a giant fertile wildlife preserve because the radiation is far less disruptive to the environment than just a bunch of people stomping around and doing people things. humans loving suck

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

Joementum posted:

my biggest annoyance with wfh so far is that my work laptop's processor isn't good enough to use this feature without a green screen

me too. most disappointing thing ever. i wanna be in space


Agile Vector posted:

im curious if it really needs to be a green screen or if i can pin a blue blanket behind me and itll chromakey on that as well

oo that's a good point. i have a bright red fleece blanket that i might be able to use

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

In case anyone is interested, the "locks" on institutional toilet paper dispensers can be pried open with any small flat object like a motorcycle key

No particular reason that I know this, just a factoid

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

lol the university just decided we're teaching online for the rest of the semester (third week of may). that's gonna work just great for wood shop and cnc machining and all that poo poo.

just call the school year over already. this poo poo is hosed

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

President Beep posted:

“dear professor sagebrush,

please stop sending your students to the bookstore to ask for EDMs”

the bookstore asked me years ago "hey, we're expanding our offerings of class supplies and equipment beyond just stationery and lab notebooks, is there anything you'd like us to keep in stock?" and i was like HELL YEAH it would be great if the students didn't have to go to these specialty tooling suppliers, please buy 50 of these tungsten carbide end mills and a whole pile of sandpaper and body filler and they were like :chloe: and i never heard back.

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

no one wants to come out and admit it but the rumbling behind the scenes is that the 2019-20 k-12 school year is just over. it only had three months left anyway and 2 of those at least are gonna be shot.

it's theoretically a bit different for post-secondary because college students at least in theory can sit through an online course but idk. idk

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

Stereotype posted:

the treatment regimen is the same as the flu (lay in bed and feel like poo poo till your body defeats it) except when you stop being able to breathe, in which case it is a ventilator. There might never be a vaccine and we need to act like there wont ever be one.

i've been sore and had a sporadic headache for the last few days and idk if it's just the stress and sitting around on my rear end or if i've got the plague and am one of those (nearly) asymptomatic carriers

CLASS 2 PERVERSION posted:

yeah this is really true. I swear I used to be able to go weeks without human contact but now I can't do 48 hours

same. if you'd told me in seventh grade that when i grew up i would need to be around people to stay happy i would have said you were insane. but after years of teaching and just general maturity, yeah, i go stir crazy if i sit around at home for more than a weekend. summer vacation can be surprisingly rough

Sagebrush fucked around with this message at 23:18 on Mar 17, 2020

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

what are we gonna call this disease when it becomes an annual thing? according to china we can't use catchy names like wuhan flu any more and it's not even clear whether it came from bats or what so we can't call it bat flu. i'm guessing we'll just drop the -19 and start treating it like a word and it will be "oh, grandma died of covid back in '21"

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

it's actually pretty nice how quiet it is. i had my back door open all day today and for most of it all i heard was wind in the leaves.

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

if nothing else, the brand will be held up by chuds holding corona parties specifically to stick it to the doctors

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

SmokaDustbowl posted:

lol you can't say boomer remover in gbs

Lol what the gently caress

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

Jonny 290 posted:

it still blows my loving mind that everybody hasn't normalized on slack and zoom.

about half of the professors here have started using slack to coordinate stuff that would normally happen in person and it's working well

the other half of the professors have hit the roof because they don't want to use slack but knowing that other people are talking about stuff in it makes them feel excluded, so now they're insisting that no one should be permitted to discuss university business in any channel they don't want to use (and are coming up with bullshit justifications like "security" and "the contract")

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

also i'm really tortured about whether i should require students to have video on during our "class" sessions.

i don't want to invade their privacy, and i know that many of them are in uncertain living situations right now, may not have fast internet, might have to share space with family members, etc.

but

it's so much better when everyone can see each other. a disembodied voice and a list of names is not a replacement for a classroom. people are already socially isolated and it's just getting worse and people need to talk to one another and feel like they're still connected. i am getting like 10% of the student engagement that i normally get in person; nobody asks questions any more, people can't chat with one another on the side. plus i hate lecturing to a blank screen in my apartment.

it blows

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

rotor posted:

"video is recommended but not required," then briefly summarize your reasons for asking video to be on. There, i have solved your problems.

yeah, i did already figure that one out. just venting. some of the classes seem to like video and some don't. idk.

it would be great if there was a way in zoom that they could have a big room where they all talk to each other in a mess while watching and listening to me, but i don't get to hear what they're saying. i think that would be excellent for community-building. like maybe they should all join a discord at the same time.

can zoom do that? send your audio among the group while the presenter can't hear it?

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

i'll absolutely hold my classes in an FPS as long as i get to pick the game. show em how we used to do it

the virgin fortnite vs. the chad descent 2

"professor, can you stop triple chording for a minute, i have to barf"

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

sounds like they're sending the USNS Mercy hospital ship up here, and the Comfort to NYC :toot:

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

except for getting groceries i haven't left my apartment since they announced the shelter-in-place on friday and i'm starting to go nuts

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

yeah i think i'm gonna ride my bike down to the beach or something. be one of those young people the boomers are yelling at on the news for going out.

cohsae posted:

I can't believe that gen z refuses to give up their way of life just because boomers might die, I'm sure things would be different if the situation were reversed.

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

i watched an infectious disease researcher talk about the coronavirus on the joe rogan show. i had never seen a joe rogan show before. it was very enlightening.

joe rogan is a stupid man, yes? not like mean or malicious or anything. just... extremely credulous and very dumb

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

fart simpson posted:

joe rogan is basically like, a curious version of a normal guy who interviews people by asking really obvious and basic questions. some of his interviews are worth watching for that reason

that's a good way of putting it. the questions he asks are like what a college freshman might ask, or a keen high schooler.

"is it true that the virus can be killed by being in a sauna? i heard that the 180 degree air kills the virus. what, not even if it's like, just the virus in your mouth? even then?"
"have you heard about this deer wasting disease that deer get? is it anything like that? my friend hunts and he says there's a really bad deer virus out there."
"oh man i saw this picture of two kids, one with smallpox and one who was vaccinated and it was like, wow, one is totally sick and the other one is totally fine"


Kazinsal posted:

joe rogan is an MMA guy who got hit in the head a bunch, became a commentator, started smoking ridiculous amounts of weed, tried psychadelics, and started a podcast. he is not smart, but it's unfair to call him stupid because a lot of it is probably chronic TBIs

fair enough

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

good news: the astrologers have determined that COVID-19 won't be so bad, because neptune is not in pisces (which is a prerequisite for any great plague)

also the economy thing is just caused by a saturn-pluto conjunction and it will turn around once they move apart.

everyone can relax

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

i chose Earth Defense Force 5

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

I rode my bike to the beach today and stayed six feet away from everybody and it was real nice and good

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Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

Well, actually...

i'm 3d printing all the things

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