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Offline arosesg

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Re: On your Marks, Get the Coffee set up, Desk Warm!
« Reply #540 on: February 14, 2013, 02:46:31 PM »

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Re: On your Marks, Get the Coffee set up, Desk Warm!
« Reply #541 on: February 14, 2013, 02:53:09 PM »
Napped, read, planned my vacation, ate a load of M&Ms...napped some more. Luckily tomorrow is my last day desk warming  :laugh:

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Re: On your Marks, Get the Coffee set up, Desk Warm!
« Reply #542 on: February 14, 2013, 02:55:51 PM »
My 'English Zone' is nice and secluded, warm and with surround sound so I blast music insanely loud or watch movies on the big TV. The main issue is getting food though, there's a CU Mart nearby and that's about it, a bosintang joint, a 'Chinese' place and a dwaeji guk bap with stray dogs always hanging around outside it - I don't count those places as 'food I want to actually eat' though.

With all this deskwarming, I've been thinking that I'd make a pretty good security guard in the future. Korea has basically chosen my career path for me.

Thank you, Korea.

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Re: On your Marks, Get the Coffee set up, Desk Warm!
« Reply #543 on: February 14, 2013, 03:02:50 PM »
I'm on my 7th consecutive week of deskwarming. So far, I've:
* Drank dozens of gallons of coffee
* Read most of the best science fiction books according to reddit
* Started pre-studying for my Master's degree
* Daydreamed about leaving Korea (3 more Weeks!)
* Spent entirely too much time on internet forums

Honestly though, it hasn't been so bad. The only part that sucks us that we aren't allowed to have computers, and browsing the Web on a phone screen gets annoying after awhile. Still, I do enjoy being paid for doing nothing. :P

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Re: On your Marks, Get the Coffee set up, Desk Warm!
« Reply #544 on: February 14, 2013, 03:22:41 PM »
I'm on my 7th consecutive week of deskwarming. So far, I've:
* Drank dozens of gallons of coffee
* Read most of the best science fiction books according to reddit
* Started pre-studying for my Master's degree
* Daydreamed about leaving Korea (3 more Weeks!)
* Spent entirely too much time on internet forums

Honestly though, it hasn't been so bad. The only part that sucks us that we aren't allowed to have computers, and browsing the Web on a phone screen gets annoying after awhile. Still, I do enjoy being paid for doing nothing. :P

7 weeks.... how to utilise your NET's effectively Korean style.

BOGGLES THE MIND.
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Re: On your Marks, Get the Coffee set up, Desk Warm!
« Reply #545 on: February 14, 2013, 03:30:11 PM »
I'm on my 7th consecutive week of deskwarming. So far, I've:
* Drank dozens of gallons of coffee
* Read most of the best science fiction books according to reddit
* Started pre-studying for my Master's degree
* Daydreamed about leaving Korea (3 more Weeks!)
* Spent entirely too much time on internet forums

Honestly though, it hasn't been so bad. The only part that sucks us that we aren't allowed to have computers, and browsing the Web on a phone screen gets annoying after awhile. Still, I do enjoy being paid for doing nothing. :P

7 weeks.... how to utilise your NET's effectively Korean style.

BOGGLES THE MIND.

I was just about to say the same thing.

Mycena, that would have done my head in!

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Re: On your Marks, Get the Coffee set up, Desk Warm!
« Reply #546 on: February 15, 2013, 09:02:31 AM »
Am I the only guy who sits in a bigger office where people choose not to sit on either side of me if they can help it?   :laugh:  It's just on the subway, but with people who actually KNOW you're not a threat! 
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Re: On your Marks, Get the Coffee set up, Desk Warm!
« Reply #547 on: February 15, 2013, 09:12:54 AM »
I think I would jump out our window from the 5th floor if I had to do this for 7 weeks straight, but I have co-teachers in the same office so I can't really watch movies or relax...

...Have you tried to?

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Re: On your Marks, Get the Coffee set up, Desk Warm!
« Reply #548 on: February 15, 2013, 09:39:57 AM »
I would watch tv and listen to music but I work in the English Zone which is also the only classroom that is heated.  That means a ton of meetings are held in here while I cower at my desk.

But seriously, gotta love being paid to do essentially nothing.

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Re: On your Marks, Get the Coffee set up, Desk Warm!
« Reply #549 on: February 15, 2013, 12:59:07 PM »
I've been desk warming for the past four weeks. I spent my time reading countless e-books, watching movies, watching YouTube videos, Skyping with friends and family back home, Catching up with friends on Facebook and killing time on Waygook.

Don't get me wrong, in a way, it's great to be getting paid to do nothing, but deskwarming   really can make you an unproductive human being after a while. I've never felt so lazy as I do when I'm made to sit at a desk for hours on end essentially doing nothing. Luckily, my deskwarming will come to an end in roughly three hours, as this is my final day of work and I'll be departing this place for good on Monday morning.

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Re: On your Marks, Get the Coffee set up, Desk Warm!
« Reply #550 on: February 15, 2013, 01:12:23 PM »
I'm on my 7th consecutive week of deskwarming. So far, I've:
* Drank dozens of gallons of coffee
* Read most of the best science fiction books according to reddit
* Started pre-studying for my Master's degree
* Daydreamed about leaving Korea (3 more Weeks!)
* Spent entirely too much time on internet forums

Honestly though, it hasn't been so bad. The only part that sucks us that we aren't allowed to have computers, and browsing the Web on a phone screen gets annoying after awhile. Still, I do enjoy being paid for doing nothing. :P

Woaaaaah. Why have you been desk warming for so long?! That must be some kind of record surely??? And why don't you have a computer?

Anyhoo, today's my last day. Although most of the Korean staff have left, the kids have all left...yet I'm still here. Apparently I have a meeting soon...but with who? There's no one here!!! 

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Re: On your Marks, Get the Coffee set up, Desk Warm!
« Reply #551 on: February 15, 2013, 02:02:01 PM »
I am starting to lose my mind.

I stared out the window today at our empty school field for almost an hour.

I'd rather teach sixth graders than deskwarm like this.

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Re: On your Marks, Get the Coffee set up, Desk Warm!
« Reply #552 on: February 15, 2013, 02:22:37 PM »
I am starting to lose my mind.

I stared out the window today at our empty school field for almost an hour.

I'd rather teach sixth graders than deskwarm like this.

We'll see if you still feel like that when they return : P.

I've been having a lot of fun with coursera and edx lately.  I've done a few courses from MIT OCW before, but edx and coursera both seem far more polished.  That and...well MIT CS and engineering courses are hard : (.  I find the professors from Stanford, Princeton, Berkeley and Harvard teach a more engaging (and ultimately easier to understand) lecture.  I'll be finishing up my computer science degree when I get back home, so it gives me a chance to brush up on things, and to try new electives and courses that I won't have time to take when I get back to the states.

I dislike the "timed" approach of the sites, but the material and course quality is actually quite good.  Well, as long as you stay away from the University of Toronto's classes (it has a far worse and less rigorous CS course than any other school I've encountered....how is this a globally ranked school o.O ?).  The UK and Australian courses obviously take a bit of a different approach than I'm used to, but the quality seems good.

Anyways, I'd highly encourage anyone who is interested to check them out.  Median salaries for actuaries, engineers and CS degrees range from 80-120 a year.  And with the possible exception of actuaries, hiring demand is quite good : ).

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Re: deskwarming and bored...anyone else?
« Reply #553 on: February 18, 2013, 10:06:48 AM »
Totally bored, hence the increase in my posts!

Waiting for this weeks videos of my coursera course to be uploaded...

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Re: deskwarming and bored...anyone else?
« Reply #554 on: February 18, 2013, 10:12:54 AM »
watch the movies anyway! they know we get bored. I am in the same boat. I just met one of my new coteachers, a man thank God (hopefully someone i can go to the sauna with or womething) the korean teachers play games too. its just natural. as long as you at least have a loose idea of your lessons you are cool. me...

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Re: deskwarming and bored...anyone else?
« Reply #555 on: February 18, 2013, 10:43:42 AM »
I am luckily in my own English classroom , BUT I forgot my slippers & my portable heater so my toes are FROZE(n) !

This morning, I HAVE been productive though (in between surfing waygook & davesesl) by catching up on my TalktoMeinKorean.com lessons - I listened to lesson 4.1 through 4.4.

I plan on listening to my Coursera.org videos after lunch, as I've been slacking on them recently and need to catch up.  OP, check out http://www.coursera.org

Maybe there's a free on-line course you might be interested in ??  A lot of them give you a certificate of completion when you complete them.

I also kill time at home on http://www.reddit.com

I usually watch a TV show / movie on piratenz.eu AND read / laugh at reddit.com at the same time.

You'll either thank me or curse me later for introducing you to reddit.com

It's a great time waster!   
 

   

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Re: deskwarming and bored...anyone else?
« Reply #556 on: February 18, 2013, 10:46:59 AM »
I am luckily in my own English classroom , BUT I forgot my slippers & my portable heater so my toes are FROZE(n) !


Watch out for your toes! I got chilblains sitting in my freezing classroom in January!

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« Reply #557 on: February 19, 2013, 03:16:06 PM »
I've been lucky enough to get out of most of it in the last couple years at my two schools, so I've had to be creative the last two days as I sit here spinning thumbs.  What do you do while deskwarming?

Today, watch too many episodes of 'Nevermind the Buzzcocks' on youtube.

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Re: On your Marks, Get the Coffee set up, Desk Warm!
« Reply #558 on: February 19, 2013, 03:18:17 PM »
bump for the multiple threads on the boards
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Re: Deskwarming
« Reply #559 on: February 19, 2013, 03:18:33 PM »
"We're entrusted with the same tomorrow..."
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