Futility and Frustration


I will now perform your performance evaluation using only interpretative dance

Performance evaluations will now be given in the form of interpretive dance.

This is my second blog of the day.

I wrote an entire post this morning and pressed the “Save Draft” button and it disappeared like it had never existed. Perhaps it is somewhere, out in the internet ether, doomed to wander, punished by a vengeful god, waiting for the planets to align, at which point it will magically incarnate on some distant Scottish moor like Blogadoon.

Perhaps you’re thinking: “Well, that’s frustrating, but not newsworthy. Welcome to the age of technology in which hours of your hard work can vanish in the ethereal flicker of ones into zeroes.”

Ah, but wait- my story gets better. Not only did my writing disappear, but it was about my writing disappearing. How meta is that? I had just written an entire post in a fit of pique because I’d spent my morning trying to fill out Course Evaluations for my classes from the past semester. Course Evaluations Are Taken Very Seriously. We are reminded this every day from the day they become available online until the last day before final exams. Based on the frequency and urgency of the pleas that we receive to fill out the Course Evaluations I have to believe that the University uses them to rank professors before sending them into a Hunger Games style arena to battle for funds.

May the odds be ever in your favor.

At any rate, Course Evaluations aren’t meant to take a long time. For a normal class, with one professor, it takes all of fifteen minutes to finish a thoughtful, meaningful evaluation using complete sentences and proper punctuation. But being in production means taking a class with five professors to cover Producing, Directing, Cinematography, Editing, and Sound. All five professors are included on the same Course Evaluation. I spent an hour (I know because I had a timer set to remind me to take the laundry out of the dryer) to make it through four of the five. Then I went to get my laundry. Then I came back and discovered that the session had timed out and an hour’s work was gone as if it had never existed.

Then I blogged about it. Then the blog disappeared as if it had never existed. And that brings us all up to date. So this is my second attempt at a blog and my third attempt to battle the internet for possession of my time and sanity.

May the odds be ever in my favor.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on May 2, 2014.

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