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Rock Doc has a PhD in geology and is currently working as a university researcher (and sometimes lecturer) in Australia. Rock Doc is an openly obnoxious atheist who likes Glee, scuba diving and travelling the world.

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WHEN YOU WRITE A SECRET NOVEL WHILE YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE FINISHING YOUR DISSERTATION: →

wheninacademia:

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We’re all writing secret novels, right? One of my favorite colleagues actually finished his, and it’s a charming comedic mystery featuring a smartly dressed grad student heroine named Emma Clarke.

And it’s up on Amazon here: The Great Banana Peel Mogul (how can you resist that title?)…

Oh yeah. I write Glee and Harry Potter fanfiction when I’m meant to be writing manuscripts. Because that’s just what I do.

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Everyone loses

Tagged: science fundingresearch fundingcsiroaustraliaauspolfailbudget 2014politicsfuck this government

Help me find a fanfic!

So a few years ago, I remember reading this Kurt/Blaine fanfic that was set at Hogwarts. I recall it being fairly long, and it had a sequel. Both were complete.

I thought both the fics were on FF.net, but for the life of me I can’t actually find either of them, so maybe the author took it down, I don’t know. 

Anyway, it was fairly angsty and drama-ridden, and I think there was a Nick/Jeff storyline that was quite important as well. At one point I think someone had convinced either Kurt or Blaine that the other had cheated in order to break them up. Someone showed one of Kurt’s memories that I think he had stored in a pensieve to everyone at Hogwarts and it got taken totally out of context.

Sound familiar at all? Have any idea what series I’m talking about?

Help??? 

Edit: I was right, the fics were on FF.net, but I have been informed that the author left the fandom and took all their work down. It’s not on KlaineFicsPDF’s either - “removed per author’s request”. If anyone happens to have a copy of ADMiller’s “Welcome to Hogwarts” and “Welcome back to Hogwarts”, I’d appreciate a copy!!!

Tagged: klainefanfictionfanfic finderhelp me find a fanfichogwartskurt/blainewelcome to hogwarts

Yeah, no.

Bahahahaha!

I love fanfiction.

[character] gets admitted to hospital after an attack and the doctors have the DNA test results back in half an hour!

Bahahahahaha!

Tagged: fanfictionfanfic failssciencedo some researchthis is like the stupidity on csi

insomnia

Oh dear God…

Slumming it through Tumblr tags in the middle of the night because you can’t sleep?

Holy shit. So much Glee fandom wank.

I need brain bleach to get rid of some of the crap I’ve seen in the last few hours. Ugh.

On the upside, I stumbled across one of my previous favorite fandoms again for the first time in years…

I miss Brian and Justin :(

Yes, I should go to bed.

Tagged: gleeqafqueer as folkfandom

awwww-cute:

Peed on my bed - still adorable

It’s so fluffy!

awwww-cute:

Peed on my bed - still adorable

It’s so fluffy!

Source: awwww-cute

I see these puppies, and all I can think of is that dog in Men In Black…

I see these puppies, and all I can think of is that dog in Men In Black…

Source: omgcutepuppydogs

norbear20:

a koala hugging a stuffed koala. 
that is all. 

norbear20:

a koala hugging a stuffed koala. 

that is all. 

Source: fxck-this-bullshxt

A Glee Rant

I think that Glee is just one of those shows that people love to hate. I’m one of them - mostly. I got suckered in years ago by the music rather than the storylines, but over time, I ended up becoming a fan of Kurt/Blaine and the rest as they say is history…

Glee is a groundbreaking show, and I applaud their efforts to promote anti-bullying measures and inclusion. 

However, at the same time, I think Glee does society a huge disservice.

Serious issues are played off for laughs far too regularly. And in the occasional instance that a serious issue is taken seriously, it’s all done and dusted within a single episode. 

Here’s a few examples of why this makes me angry:

  • In the episode “Blame it on the Alcohol”, the Glee club basically spends most of the episode in an alcohol induced haze. Teenagers drink, I get that. I’m hardly the bastion of innocence myself. But this has real consequences. I don’t mean puking your guts up on stage in the middle of a Ke$ha song either. I’ve had friends actually die from teenage drinking. One died due to being in a car crash with a friend who had been drinking and then got behind the wheel (we were all only 16 at the time). Another friend was the victim of a teenaged drunk driver crashing their car through the living room of her family house, killing her mother, a younger sister and a younger brother. My friend was in hospital for over 6 months and ended up killing herself a couple of years later over her subsequent disability and loss of family. So yes, sure, laugh it off. Hilarious.
  • The way Glee deals with the kids education: the whole Rachel getting into NYADA storyline, Rachel and Blaine being allowed to resit their exam despite blatantly ignoring instructions? Ugh. Head hurts. So I actually am a college professor, believe it or not. And the way Glee treats the education of the students on the show makes me angry. Very angry. Why? Because it’s giving an incredibly inaccurate portrayal of how college admissions and subsequent college life actually works. Rachel choked - end of story. If you choke in your admissions interview, that’s that. Try again next year. Stalking your professors like that will lead to them taking out a restraining order. Seriously. It happens. I sat on the medical school interview panel one year and know the lengths students will go to. Believe me when I say it won’t end well if you ever try and do what Rachel did - there’s the police, and then there’s getting permanently blacklisted. As for Rachel and Blaine disregarding assignment instructions and being allowed to sit their singing exam? No. Does not work like that. Yes, you can get re-sits. If you have a doctors certificate or similar which clearly demonstrates why you should be allowed to have another go. You do not get a resit because you fucked up and ignored explicit instructions. The problem with this is that a lot of younger people who watch Glee actually then go and think they can get away with things like this. That they’ll get the same sort of treatment the characters on the show get. And as college professors, we actually have to deal with the consequences of that. I’m sorry, but that is not how the real world works. If you choke on your interview? Sorry, but try again next year. If you mess up an assignment? Sorry, that sucks, but try and make up for it next time. If you fail a class? Yeah, that sucks, but if you aren’t up to standard, have no doubt, I will actually fail you. Paying college tuition gets you tuition and access to facilities - it does not guarantee you a pass or a degree.
  • Can we actually have a character on Glee ever actually fail at something? Seriously. I know the show is meant to be all happy and whatever, but it frustrates me. It’s giving younger viewers this false view of the world whereby nobody ever fails at anything for more than 1-2 episodes. Can’t one of them just actually genuinely fail at something and have to actually deal with the consequences of that? Like auditioning for a part and not getting it (and not having some magical intervention whereby they get something just as amazing in the meantime)? Or not getting into any of the colleges you applied to (read: Tina)? It’s not a nice thing to think about failure, I know that. But it’s something that kids need to learn to deal with. You’re not always going to get your way, and I think Glee needs to be more realistic in that sense.
  • Schuester would have lost his job years ago. He is all levels of inappropriate with those students. Not only would he have lost his job, he would have been de-registered as a teacher from the professional membership organisations. Sue is a caricature played for laughs, I can take her for what she’s meant to be - but Schuester is championed as the hero teacher? No. He is a poor educator and takes too many liberties with his students. Honestly, given some of his actions, I’d be surprised if he wouldn’t have been registered as a child sex offender in reality.
  • Sue aside (because she’s Sue and never to be taken seriously), I am astounded that none of the teachers on Glee ever had to face disciplinary action for bullying the students. Schuester did it repeatedly, Bieste did it, Emma did it, Figgins did it repeatedly…A great deal of emphasis was placed on the students not bullying each other. But when the teachers did it, it was ok, because? Ha…Ha??? No.

I appreciate that Glee is a tv show and that the writers need to take creative license with some things, but at the same time, this isn’t a fantasy show like Supernatural. It’s supposed to be “real”. And I think that the divergence from reality is giving younger viewers a very false sense of how the real world actually works.

Agree? Disagree?

Tagged: gleemetareality checkeducation

Anonymous said: Actually, it's more than likely that gossip was written by someone on Darren's team, trying to rile up the fans to help him negotiate his contract. It's already been proven how shady they can be with the 'macaroon' incident and promoting the 'sold-out' concert. And it's obvious they didn't care whose reputations they trashed along the way.

I don’t normally pay much attention to stuff like that, so I honestly have no idea what you’re talking about…My main concern over this “item” that I stumbled across on LJ when discussing this week’s episode was the fact it was bullying, on a show that actively promotes anti-bullying, by actors that are consistently used in anti-bullying campaigns.