I have not been idle.
Some highlights from the days of preparing to move all University classes on line, getting staff to work from home, and generally settling into what is the new “normal.”
–One teaching assistant had a computer whose microphone didn’t work. but only with the virtual meeting program she needed to teach. It was fine otherwise.
–One teaching assistant is incommunicado and failed to “show up” to stream her lab section. Cue scrambling to email all the students the link to enter another teacher’s lab section meeting at the same time.
–The human female’s Prep Staff and some of the Lab Instructors have been frantically videotaping experiments, dissections, living creatures, and microscope slides before they are banned banned from being up on campus and not just banned. When they tried to upload two labs’ worth of material, they discovered the memory card in the camera was empty.
–The video meeting software on the human female’s laptop works, but it refuses to acknowledge the existence of her University email program. She can schedule a meeting and send the invites with her home email program, but that’s Unprofessional, so she has to copy all of the info out of one email message, open the other program, and send it that way.
–She cannot also click a link in an email and join a meeting. She’s got to get the video program running and then cut and paste the code in.
–Sometimes there’s a lag on receiving virtual meeting invitations. The first day, the human female got one two hours after the meeting was over. People are texting one another the meeting invite codes as insurance.
–But since text messages are also delayed, well…
–The human female’s building is without reverse osmosis water, critical for watering plants and animals. Prep Staff had to haul two carboys from the second floor of a different building in order to have enough to last a while. Construction in the building (scarcely begun and now to languish for who knows how long) is suspected of causing the outage. (But we know who’s really to blame.)
–The final shipment of live material never arrived. No explanation, no apology, just no Hydra, no Planaria, and no centipedes. I’m thinking of having the invoice show up, though… Or maybe I’ll make it impossible to cancel the PO. Ever. I haven’t decided which yet…
–And then there’s the ice machine. Ah, the long saga of the ice machine. More on that anon…