Friday, March 31, 2006

dress me up in white and blue and call me the pillsbury dullboy

My talk at Rutgers was boring. I hate being boring, esp. the kind of boring where I feel like I am inflicting neurologic pain on people who were polite enough to invite me to speak and presumably did so in the belief that I would not so injuriously dull. Somehow I convince myself that if only my graphs are aesthetically pleasant enough it will take the edge off boring. Unsurprising to anyone but my pre-talk-frenetic-graph-making-delusional-self, this is not the case.

My sister is visiting this weekend. She'll be here any minute. So I'll be doing various tourist-y things, amidst having to catch up on various things from my time spent traveling.

7 comments:

A+ said...

I hate that feeling. Happens to me all the time. But hey, maybe they weren't as bored as you thought they were. Sometimes people look bored when they're just thinking.

Anonymous said...

I doubt that you were boring. Compared to what? Certainly not to your writing class, where things probably got quite hilarious.

Have a great time showing your sister around and off. And start to enjoy the budding spring, Dude.

Gwen said...

I hate those moments when I can tell my students are just *hating* a lecture I'm giving. It's painful to me to make other people bored. I don't know what to do about it. I tend to get really stressed and fairly often will freak out and just end class early.

This may just teach them that they should act bored, though.

That being said, I have a hard time imaginging you ever being boring.

Rhymes With Scrabble said...

When I'm thinking, I look pissed off. Or so I've been told. Of course, I'm pretty sure I look pissed off when I AM pissed off, like when I was going to those terrible belly-dancing classes and glowering at the girl who taught them from the front row all the time.

So at least no one was glowering at you, right?

brady said...

So given the title of this post, if I poke you in the stomach the next time I see you, you'll laugh, right? And not, like, punch me or anything?

jeremy said...

More precisely, I'll laugh and then proceed to provide a tedious and only partly intelligible explanation of a brightly-colored graph.

jeremy said...

Ang/Gwen/Anon: I appreciate the vote of confidence, but I know when I'm boring. Oh, only too well. I am enjoying it being spring though, and I otherwise had a great trip to Rutgers.