The second week begins

One week of the semester done, now to march on into the second. Unfortunately, every week has to have a worst day, and this semester it’s Wednesday. I’ve got back-to-back lecture and lab this afternoon, which means I’m going to have to talk non-stop for about 3 hours, and that means I plan to go home and sit in sweet silence this evening. Expect occasional imprecations hurled at Wotan in the future.

You know what else is annoying about Wednesday? We get three and even four day weekends now and then, and the workdays that get wiped out are usually a Friday or Monday, or even a Thursday (Thanksgiving!) or a Tuesday (Fall break!), but Wednesdays are always inviolate, standing alone and untouched. It’s going to be a whole semester of Wednesdays, undefeated, until 8 December.


  1. Oggie: Mathom says

    which means I’m going to have to talk non-stop for about 3 hours

    Back when I was a Park Ranger, I found myself, one weekend, assigned, for the entire day (1/2 hour lunch in there somewhere) at a steam locomotive that had been cut open. And because the sectioned steam locomotive is right next to the place where the short train rides board, I found myself giving an almost continuous programme regarding ‘how a steam locomotive works’ for an audience that kept flowing past me very slowly.

    I, of course, have had lots of practice (when I was in first grade, my report card included a note that “Oggie is very verbal”) in being very verbal, so . . .

    I understand. If you are not used to it, it ain’t easy. And getting older doesn’t make it easier.

  2. consciousness razor says

    — Become a Wodenist and declare every Wednesday sacred. Easy and remarkably effective.
    — This year, Yom Kippur is Wednesday, October 5. Atonement party!
    — All Souls Day is Wednesday, November 2. Those souls aren’t going to pray for themselves, you know (because they don’t exist).
    — Looking ahead, Ash Wednesday is a guaranteed win for the spring semester every year. Also, Raksha Bandhan will be Wednesday, August 30 next year.

    You can totally make that work. Just a bit of Catholic-Jewish-Hindu syncretism for the next year or so would do it, or there’s always Wodenism of course.

    (The winter solstice this year and summer solstice next year will also be Wednesdays, but those are less helpful.)

  3. Reginald Selkirk says

    Expect occasional imprecations hurled at Wotan in the future.

    This needs to be done while banging a gong. The process is known as a Wotan Clang.

  4. birgerjohansson says

    Wotan… and Ukko.
    If you are a Ankh-Morpork Golem, you can announce pretty any day you want is a holy day, there is no one alive that remembers the religions that existed when the golems were made.
    “talk non-stop for three hours”.
    Slip out in an orthogonal time dimension for a break.
    September first is WWII start day, maybe the opposite of a holy day if there is such a thing.

  5. wajim says

    Hey, just quit my job at my college. Time to actually live what’s left, says I. And you?

  6. René says

    PZ, it should be easy to get rid of Wodansdays. Just have every free friday’s schedule move to the next non-free monday or tuesday, then any free monday to the next tuesday, and so on. It would mean a very (I’d say undulating) agenda, and a lot of meetings convincing your (alledgadly) stoopid administrators.
    I can think of other scenarios.

  7. rrhain says

    Completely off topic, but did PZ see the college rankings from Washington Monthly?

    Since 2005, the Washington Monthly has ranked colleges based on what they do for the country. It’s our answer to U.S News & World Report, which relies on crude and easily manipulated measures of wealth, exclusivity, and prestige. We rank liberal arts colleges—four-year institutions that award almost exclusively bachelor’s degrees and that focus on arts and sciences rather than professional programs—based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research, and promoting public service.

    Rank 35
    Name University of MN–Morris (MN)*
    8-year graduation rate 60%
    Number of Pell graduates 102
    Net price of attendance for families below $75,000 income 5048
    % of loan principal remaining 5 years later 50%
    Predicted principal remaining 50%
    Social mobility rank 25
    Research rank 84
    Service rank 57