Why I have a headache today
I gave the first set of final exams yesterday (start and end dates for classes are staggered, the last ones aren’t until December 21). Part of the exam was questions about a video, and when I turned on the computer in the classroom, I got a big red X and an error message that I didn’t bother to read, and I told the students HANG ON and I ran to the secretary’s office, and I said HELP GIVE ME ANOTHER ROOM, and oh! so lucky! there was a free room just down the hall so I ran back downstairs, we all moved down the hall, I turned on that computer and NOOOOO big red X again.
I ran back to the office, and the department co-chairs were there, and apparently it was a network issue and no computers were working anywhere. They helped me carry an extra laptop and projector to my room, where after a lot of plugging and unplugging we realize that the laptop won’t connect, and also in the meantime two IT guys have come and gone to try to fix things, and I have passed out the exams with some sort of blind optimism. The department co-chair meanwhile left and came back with her own laptop, which we were able to connect to the borrowed projector and finally things were ok, and the exam could go on, and I went home and sat with my jaw clenched for a good hour.