People don’t know how to learn – Mango Languages

There aren’t a whole lot of things I can genuinely claim expertise in. For the most part, I am a useless human being. But apparently I am decent at languages. I have been consistently working in language instruction for more than a decade, and I have been consistently learning a second language for a little…

MOOCs suck – A thorough analysis

If my generation feels prematurely old, one only needs to consider the massive amount of changes we have seen in our lives. Shit was different when I was a kid, and when I was a kid wasn’t all that long ago in the grand scheme of things. I truly think that this might be the…

Duolingo’s demise…

I am one of the few people who actually thought Duolingo gave a decent service. It has come to get a bad reputation over the years, but this is largely undeserved. Most of the criticism I have seen of it revolve around some mythical notion of their being a ‘complete’ language learning course. There is…

More adventures in the job hunt – Scams!

The Wild West is an ever shifting frontier. It was once a physical space, but then it had to move. In the 90’s, when I was a wee lad, the Wild West was the internet. And let me tell you, it was fucking Wild. And god damn scary. But now that everyone is on the…

Nothing ever works as intended

I was pretty disheartened to see that I had missed an internet brouhaha. I truly love when an internet subcommunity loses its collective mind because so one expresses an unpleasant opinion. If you don’t take things too seriously, you will actually see a pretty good side of people. Often, people argue with poor points, but…

The job hunt – Eldritch Horror edition

Not too long ago, I compared the job hunt to a few things, a Sisyphean task, and a Hieronymus Bosch painting. Today I would like to share an anecdote that compares it to those Lovecraftian moments when you see something that cannot be unseen, and pay for it with your sanity. TL:DR – I saw…

Seeing old friends – Part 1: Changing

Back in university, there were a group of obnoxious atheists at my school. Mind you, obnoxious was the key word here. If ornithology were relevant to the point I am about to make, I would call these people obnoxious ornithologists. But they were atheists, and at the time I was not1. I was, however, a…

Watching ‘Utopia’ in 2022

One of the biggest difference between myself and my conspiracy believing family is that I am willing to accept that life is going to have a certain amount of serendipity. Between the fact that we tend to see similarities were there are not any and the fact that reality is a number crunching machine that…

I am not an autodidact

The title of this blog post should not be something controversial. It should not be something I even need to bother admitting. I am not an autodidact. Frankly, neither are you. Two things have happened here. One is that the word has had some pretty extensive semantic creep, and poor defining. We think about those…

Set and Setting

I recently remembered that I have a whole section on this blog titled ‘Tales Beyond the Statute of Limitations’, where I was hoping to recount all my past, ehhhmmm, extra-curricular activities. I’ve never actually posted anything there, that I remember. Frankly, my life has been rather on the dull side, and so that would not…

The Sisyphean Job Hunt – Applying for jobs

In last week’s post, I joked that the job hunt was like a Sisyphean task in a Hieronymus Bosch world. I stand by that mix-matched metaphor. However, in that post I mostly gotten into the Bosch of it all – going into how vast and chaotic the space is. So here, let’s talk about the…

The Sisyphean job hunt – Job Websites.

Well, I am looking for a job again. I am still employed, but my job is pretty precarious and I could use a better one. Frankly, that describes my situations since about 2017, and I am starting to realize that I suck at this. But truth be told, I am not sure I want to…