Friday, November 09, 2007

Live Blogging

Today I have back-to-back classes of HR....or as the professor likes to call it: Strategic Human Capital Management. Our accounting professor is out of town so the HR prof is doing a double and we'll do two classes of accounting in Dec. This is the most boring class I've ever sat through. Now I have 8 hours to get through.

7:55 Arrived for breakfast at Duques Hall. The executive program takes place on the 6th floor. We have disgusting quiche and hash browns. None of us like the breakfasts with this program.

8:35 No professor yet.

8:57 The professor finally shows up. We begin with the FourSquare Model of Competitiveness.

9:12 Discussions of Scientific Management, Frederick Winslow Taylor and Frank & Lillian Gilbreth. My friend Stephanie and & I are IMing. We feel like this class should cover more things like the globalization of the workforce, compensation structures or outsourcing.

9:17 I check my email at work. No emails :(

9:33 Assembly lines, William Durant, Michael Moore's "Roger & Me", learning where the name "General Motors" comes from...this is really more of a history lesson than any other type of class. Did I mention that I'm not really into history?

9:43 Steph wants to leave. I remind her that we won't be getting the 'free' parking stamp until the afternoon session.

9:50 Henry Ford was arrogant, that's why all his cars were painted black. (Seriously, this is in my notes. I don't know if I'll be using this or not.) Whoops, it turns out the prof was kidding; it's the fastest drying color of paint. (Again, not so useful.)

10:01 I had to pee. We haven't had our morning break yet, but I couldn't hold it anymore.

10:04 "Your brand of car follows your economic development." Cadillac, Buick, Olds, Pontiac, Chevy.

10:09 A classmate talks about women drivers. Everyone perks up and participate. The teacher transitions this into Freud and the fact that Barbie (the doll) was first discovered as a doll in an European sex shop. Ummm, yeah.

10:15-10:35 We break. They serve coffee, bran muffins and fruit. God, all I need to get regular while sitting in class.

10:54 I've been emailing back and forth with my employee at work. Not sure I missed anything in the class.

11:17 We're talking about a case that deals with a stock broker firm. The teacher is trying to make a point and arguing with the guy in our class who is a full time private investor. The prof keeps telling the stock guy that he's wrong. Hysterical.

11:33 We discuss the Microsoft case study that we were supposed to read this week. I haven't read it, but it's easy to follow along and participate. OMG, am I validating the fact I can make it through this class without reading anything? I hope so.

11:57 Still on Microsoft. Lunch is in 30 mins.

12:10 Left to go pee again. (You are getting way too much insight into my bladder management.)

12:30 Lunch break.

1:30 I'm back. We had chicken, couscous and veggies. Not bad, but the apple dessert kicked total ass. It was like a turnover with cream cheese. Delicious. Then we all walked over to Starbucks. That's pretty much a class ritual and a nice way to keep warm in this frigid classroom.

1:40 We start working on a staffing forecasting math problem. He really only wants us to understand the problem, but come on dude, you can't hit us with this stuff so quickly after lunch.

2:19 Still doing math problems. My coffee is gone. I wonder how long until I have to go to the can.

2:35 I'm bored again. I read your blogs. You know, you all are hysterical. Nearly burst out laughing when I read Sarah today.

2:49 We've spent 15 minutes discussing an Ad from Dow with regards to recruitment and reputation. We go down more tangents in this class.

3:05-3:27 Afternoon break. I downed a whole can of diet coke to help keep me awake. We'll see if that does the trick.

3:45 The soda didn't work. We're now talking about creating a new SAT scoring system and I'm not certain how we got here. Asked Steph...she has no idea either.

4:12 We're now into validity and reliability. This has something to do with testing in the work place...not that any of us really know where he's going with it. I sit in the back of the class and can see everyone else's computer screens. So many people are surfing or IMing. There doesn't seem to be too many people engaged.

4:26 He is referring to EEOC stuff and just referred to sexual orientation as someone's "gayness." This is a guy with a Ph.D.

4:49 The prof is worn out. He said we're done. Thank God.

Hope your Friday was just as much fun. I'm outta here.



Blogger Bacchus said...

Oh my g0d. I didn't realize you were taking my poli sci class. LOL I swear it sounds about the same. Roger & me, not doing any reading and still keeping up, etc..

I'm sorry but hey it's the weekend so no school til Monday. Does that make it margarita time?

8:22 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Oh, how I wish there had been laptops and an Internet when I went through my MBA program. It would've been so much more fun.

When my professors were boring, I doodled. The pages of my old notebooks are overflowing with doodles!

9:46 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

My "gayness" is heterosexual.

I guess that's better than it being "straightness". Or are both equally wrong?

Your class might have been boring but it was fun getting a peek into your class.

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

I feel fairly guilty for taking time away from your education.

1:14 PM  
Blogger Darren said...

That sounds like a couple of my law classes. I actually took notes for one class in the form of a script for a sitcom and remembered cases by the title I gave the episode. I have to be the only person to ever get a law degree with some of the methods I used to study.

And I can't believe that they served you coffee, bran muffins and fruit and then expected you to sit there.

10:51 PM  
Blogger Daddy L said...

You are so a candidate for Twitter!

FourSquare Model of Competitiveness, that brings back memories. But not good ones.

3:40 PM  

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