Well, if I were REALLY a smart geek, I would know better than to count on technology working properly when I REALLY need it to. I dutifully turned on my computer a few minutes before 7:30 tonight, only to find out that our course management server was down, and I had no way to contact the students. AAAGGGHHHH!
Now do I postpone the midterm to make up for not being able to have this office hour? What a mess!
Speaking of messes, I’m battling another computer problem…I’m a program chair for a big engineering education conference, and I’m supposed to be assigning reviewers for the approximately 100 abstracts I anticipate receiving by Friday. Problem is that there’s something wrong with the online review system such that the reviewers cannot submit their reviews. So I reported that bug to HQ, and e-mailed the reviewers I had already assigned, but some apparently didn’t get or read my message, so I’m still getting e-mails asking me about it…
I decided to stop assigning reviewers until the problem is fixed…but that puts a lot of pressure on me and them to get things done in a more compressed time frame. Then I find out the guy in charge of the system is going to be gone this week, and he never got back to me to tell me when the thing is going to be fixed….AAAGGHHH again!!
Then the final straw…I was composing an e-mail to this guy’s boss to explain the situation to her, because it really needs to be fixed right away. Wouldn’t you know…my computer decided to freeze up on me and I had to kill power to get it going again…of course, I lost the e-mail I was composing…I GIVE UP!! Time to call it a night. Hopefully the telephone will work tomorrow…
Maybe God’s trying to get my attention somehow…so I’m going to turn this machine off and listen for a while before I go to bed.
Have a great week!