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So here I am, burnt out, fucked up, light at the end of the tunnel, nearly done with the whole pressure cooker of a year this has been, but I'm confronted with a problem:

When your thesis supervisor tells you, with 5 days to go, that she can't read the file format you've been sending drafts to her in SINCE JUNE, and thus implicitly her vague comments so far (usually eerily - in hindsight - on mark but often strange) are a result of the fact that she's read next to nothing of your thesis, and definitely hasn't read any of the two full drafts you've sent her, what should you do?
  1. Go over her head to the head of the faculty and make the appropriate complaint through the relevant channels (3264b Application Form, etc)
  2. Get drunk and forget the whole goddamn fucking mess
  3. Send 500MB of midget porn to her as a PDF and see if she's only pretending not to be able to read it
  4. Ask her for her telex number
  5. Ring a stonemason and get all 50 pages sent to her in tablet form
  6. Steal a church minibus (just for the fun of it)
I have no idea what to do here.

5 Comments - [post a comment]

Whoa there Nelly! - The Colonel, Thursday, October 20, 2005, 2:42 AM
Ah...June was a little while ago!

I vote for number 5.

Or did you send it in the dreaded .txt format???

laura, Thursday, October 27, 2005, 7:38 PM
Just do whatever's necessary to make her cry. I've read this post at least four times since it originally went up and each time I'm stunned anew.
Dr Henrik Ziegler, Friday, October 28, 2005, 10:36 PM
A friend of mine with the same supervisor found herself in a very similar situation at about the same time, we're taking the "appropriate complaint channels" option..

once she's marked our coursework though :)
is it over? - ultraman, Saturday, November 5, 2005, 7:21 PM
Go have a beer or ten. Give a toast to midget porn and the end of the cold war. The age or fear is yet to begin.
The war ain't over yet - Dr Henrik Ziegler, Monday, November 7, 2005, 6:54 AM
If all goes to plan, appx. three days of coursework stress left to go, then it's all done with.

Thank fuck.

The cold war is long since over, so I'll definitely toast that.. don't know about the age of fear (I think it started long ago), but something tells me the age of Fear and Loathing will begin at my local approximately one hour after I hand in the last essay (time provided for crew changeover and safeworking procedures).