Practicum journal

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I’m really quite proud of myself for the way that I’ve been working all semester at my Practicum journal. I don’t think I’ve ever been so consistent at working away at a small task on a weekly basis.

I remember every once in a while, through grade school, there would be an assignment for a class where I have to make journal entries or something like that, every week over the course of the year, and invariably, I would fail to even think about the journal assignment until the last week of the class, when I would put together a bunch of entries, look up dates for when the entries should have been made, and do a generally bad job of it.

This time, and probably for the first time ever for this type of assignment, I actually did do the work incrementally. The assignment was to write 3 things that we learned from each class in a journal to be handed in on the last class. I’m just figuring out what to write for my last journal entry now, then I’ll print it, and that’s all I have to do. No furious scrambling through my old notes. No forging of dates with my calendar. Just type-type-type, command-P, enter.

If only I had developed this skill of working steadily throughout the year in grade 7. It would have made my French cahier a much less stressful piece of work.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2010-705,
    title = {Practicum journal},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2010-04-3,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/04/03/practicum-journal/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Practicum journal" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 03 Apr 2010. Web. 19 Jan 2019. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/04/03/practicum-journal/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2010, Apr 03). Practicum journal [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/04/03/practicum-journal/

Bell technicians

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Today, I finally got the intercom for my apartment fixed. The internet too! It has been a long and frustrating fight, but I finally won, and it didn’t cost me any money.

I called the people from my apartment, and they told me to try plugging the phone into different phone jacks around the house. That didn’t work. So I tried calling Bell, and they sent a technician to fix it, along with the internet, which was also struggling at the time. The technician came, fiddled around with the wires, and eventually left, having given up on fixing anything. So I called Bell a second time, and they sent another technician, who split the internet line from the intercom line, and now they both work.

Now, when I receive packages in the post, the delivery person can call up to my apartment, and I don’t have to chase them all over Québec. It’s really quite fantastic. I’m expecting some books soon, and I’m excited to think that they may actually arrive at my apartment.

Here’s a strange bit of trivia that you might not have been able to guess: From this experience, I’ve learned that Bell technicians spend a lot of time muttering under their breath about the Tabernacle.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2010-655,
    title = {Bell technicians},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2010-02-28,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/02/28/bell-technicians/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Bell technicians" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 28 Feb 2010. Web. 19 Jan 2019. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/02/28/bell-technicians/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2010, Feb 28). Bell technicians [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/02/28/bell-technicians/

Jewish General Hospital

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Which one would you have gone to?

Which one would you have gone to?

Here’s a nifty home experiment that you can do without a grown-up! Try a Google Maps search for “Jewish General Hospital, Montréal.” You’ll get two results. Try to guess which one is the real Jewish General hospital. I’ll give you a hint: It’s not the one labelled “A. Jewish General Hospital.” The real one is clear on the other side of the city, and kind of near my home.

So this morning I had an appointment with the ethicist at the Jewish General Hospital. I looked up the location of the hospital, and when I got the Google Maps result, I thought that there were maybe two “Jewish General Hospitals”—one that was the Jewish General simpliciter, and one that was the Sir Mortimer Jewish General. Since no one had ever mentioned to me that I was going to Sir Mortimer Hospital, I figured that I should go to the other one.

A 35-minute Métro ride and a 5-minute bus ride later, I was at the hospital right on time, at 9 o’clock sharp. I was at the Notre-Dame hospital. It turns out that the first address that’s given as a result in that Google Maps search is actually a completely different hospital that doesn’t have “Jewish” in its name at all. Quelle surprise.

I called everyone that I could think of who was in Montréal, but no one was picking up at 9h on a lundi. I thought about hailing a taxi, but then I remembered that I didn’t have any money. I walked back to the Sherbrooke Métro and called Info Santé. For those of you in Ontario, it’s the Québec equivalent of TeleHealth. She was able to tell me where the Jewish General Hospital was. I found a map of the city in the Métro and looked for a hospital on Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catharine, and the nearest Métro stop.

Turns out there are two hospitals on that street, Sainte-Justine and Jewish General. I went to the wrong one first. Fortunately, they weren’t too far apart.

I arrived a bit over an hour late, and missed the appointment. I was still able to talk to the ethicist afterward, explain what happened, and attend another meeting, but it was a less-than-promising start to today.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2010-651,
    title = {Jewish General Hospital},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2010-02-23,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/02/23/jewish-general-hospital/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Jewish General Hospital" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 23 Feb 2010. Web. 19 Jan 2019. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/02/23/jewish-general-hospital/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2010, Feb 23). Jewish General Hospital [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/02/23/jewish-general-hospital/

Fixing my pants

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My hulking-out pants

My hulking-out pants

So for a couple years now, whenever I went to the gym, I wore this old pair of sweaty pants that had a small hole on the right side. It was along the outside of the leg, so you couldn’t see anything, but it was immediately below the pocket, and slowly getting bigger.

Since I haven’t been feeling well lately, I’ve been stuck inside, and so I finally got around to fixing it.

I couldn’t find the end of the black thread, so I used the red thread instead. I figure, they’re hulking-out pants, not fashion pants. And I did a terrible job with the stitching, so it won’t last. But that’s okay, because it’s red stitching, so it was bad to begin with.

But on the upside, when I’m feeling better, there won’t be a giant hole in my pants when I go to work out. :)

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2010-606,
    title = {Fixing my pants},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2010-01-11,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/01/11/fixing-my-pants/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Fixing my pants" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 11 Jan 2010. Web. 19 Jan 2019. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/01/11/fixing-my-pants/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2010, Jan 11). Fixing my pants [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/01/11/fixing-my-pants/

A rant regarding synonyms for the word “use”

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While marking papers, I was inspired to rant a little bit about one of my favourite pet peeves. Here are two words that you should never ever use to replace the word “use.”

Number 1: “Utilise.”

There is no situation in which you should ever write or say the word “utilise.” Every time you are tempted to write or say this word, you should replace it with “use.” When you write “utilise,” you sound pompous and self -important. There is no distinction in meaning between “use” and “utilise.” There is no time when “utilise” expresses some meaning that “use” lacks. It’s just that when you say or write “utilise,” it makes you sound like you want to be smart, but aren’t.

Remove the word “utilise” from your vocabulary right now and join me in mocking those who use it.

Number 2: Even worse than “utilise” is the word “operationalise.”

Why would you think that replacing “use” with “operationalise” would make you look smarter? It doesn’t! It makes you look even more pompous and self-important than the people who write “utilise” instead of “use.”

And what makes it even worse is that “operationalise” isn’t even a synonym for “use.” To operationalise something is to “define an abstract concept in such a way that it can be practically measured.” You can’t replace “use” with “operationalise.” No seriously, you can’t.

And no, don’t give me the “our language is evolving, so who’s to say what a word’s proper use is” excuse. It’s lame. You just used a word wrong. Admit it.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2009-516,
    title = {A rant regarding synonyms for the word “use”},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2009-12-14,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/12/14/a-rant-regarding-synonyms-for-the-word-use/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "A rant regarding synonyms for the word “use”" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 14 Dec 2009. Web. 19 Jan 2019. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/12/14/a-rant-regarding-synonyms-for-the-word-use/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2009, Dec 14). A rant regarding synonyms for the word “use” [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/12/14/a-rant-regarding-synonyms-for-the-word-use/

Tip for surviving major life crises

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Here is a helpful hint on how to survive a series of life crises: Turn your classmates from enemies, into friends!

By nature, your classmates are your mortal enemies. As my grade 12 geometry teacher once told me with a straight face, “It is in your best interest for your peers to do poorly.” Your relationship with your classmates is like an academic version of Hobbes’ State of Nature—a war of all against all, which of course, explains why so many academics are nasty brutish and short. It’s a bad joke, I know, but who can resist making a “nasty brutish and short” joke when discussing Hobbes? Every course of study is a zero-sum game, and every mark your classmate gets is one that you didn’t get. Remember that, next time you see a classmate.

However, contrary to these commonly-held intuitions, it is possible to make friends with your classmates. And I think I have done it. :)

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2009-477,
    title = {Tip for surviving major life crises},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2009-11-27,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/11/27/tip-for-surviving-major-life-crises/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Tip for surviving major life crises" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 27 Nov 2009. Web. 19 Jan 2019. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/11/27/tip-for-surviving-major-life-crises/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2009, Nov 27). Tip for surviving major life crises [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/11/27/tip-for-surviving-major-life-crises/

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