on betterment

Imagine attending a couple of lectures on a Sunday night. That’s what I  did after having spent the day, the weekend, on Skype and Viber. Not that I regret it. It could also serve as my excuse if shit goes south: one gots to talk to family and friends, regardless of how many deadlines for assignments and exam dates are looming.

Our teacher recorded lectures for when he went out of town and I must say I really enjoyed the lectures and learned a lot (more than the in class ones.) Let’s face it: sitting in class is boring. I feel sorry for my former students for what I had put them through. Consider it an epiphany of sorts. If I sit in class for hours, when it’s finally time to read the notes for exam if I go “did we really learn this in class? “መቼም ታምር አያልቅ!” and having gone through this experience, I subject my students to the same kind of shit, where then is the “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” in me?

I am looking forward to the day when I would be recording decent videos for my students to learn from at their leisure. I would still enjoy strutting my stuff in class but in the words of Ludacris, my pimpin’ would be in 3-D, or 2-D or whatever. And for my students, the name of the game is going to be:

Whatever happened to Craig David?

I admit I was a bit skeptical of the benefits and the practicality when they were pushing Moodle back at AAU. Did not pay heed to Sami’s advice that I should make a podcast of my lecture notes. Now I see how all those things could come in handy. I just had to be the lab rat myself.


Maybe all this excitement is coming from gorging on an old favorite:


From Crime and Punishment:

‘Well then, drop her!’

‘But I can’t drop her like that!’

‘Why can’t you?’

‘Well, I can’t, that’s all about it! There’s an element of attraction here, brother.’

‘Then why have you fascinated her?’

‘I haven’t fascinated her; perhaps I was fascinated myself in my folly. But she won’t care a straw whether it’s you or I, so long as somebody sits beside her, sighing…. I can’t explain the position, brother … look here, you are good at mathematics, and working at it now … begin teaching her the integral calculus; upon my soul, I’m not joking, I’m in earnest, it’ll be just the same to her. She will gaze at you and sigh for a whole year together. I talked to her once for two days at a time about the Prussian House of Lords (for one must talk of something)—she just sighed and perspired! And you mustn’t talk of love—she’s bashful to hysterics—but just let her see you can’t tear yourself away—that’s enough. It’s fearfully comfortable; you’re quite at home, you can read, sit, lie about, write. You may even venture on a kiss, if you’re careful.’

You might even get some  booty 🙂

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. getere
    Mar 08, 2015 @ 11:21:13

    you know me too well 😀


  2. getere
    Mar 07, 2015 @ 16:23:46

    deg arek family and friends are more important 😉 I read that book but I have now forgotten all of it. Isn’t it nice when you forget the plot of a good book you have read? It means you can go enjoy it all over again. There are a few good films too I wish I could forget….


    • tibebe
      Mar 07, 2015 @ 23:23:17

      you are an enabler 🙂

      እድሜ ተጫጫነህ ማለት ነው? አጠቃላዩን ስትረሳ But I know where you are going with this. You want to forget Battlestar Galactica, is it not? 😛


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