I went to where the car should be, and got picked up
on time - that will have helped.
When the staff at MIT asked me to help, I didn't begrudge
them the time. I know it's not fair, but I normally think
that when they ask me, they are using up my time. When I
ask them it is always because of the backward way things
are done. That is almost certainly not the way to think
but I am still adapting. Something meant that I was
happy to help today. Maybe the forced, extended sleep helped.
I provided another surprise for the students today. Again,
I had not had time to create a genuine lecture so I had
made up something about floppy disks using a bit of
string and some pieces of paper. It involved the students
walking around a central point with the bits of paper
on the head (marked with a North and South pole) while
holding onto the string to keep them in line. I think it
worked well, but I still need to determine how to get
honest, critical feedback from the students.
During the lab in the afternoon, one of the computers died.
It has been sick
for a little while. I suspected that opening it up and
giving most of the parts a prod might be able to cure the
problem. This served as a great way of showing the students
the internals of a computer. I would not normally risk
opening the computer unless it was necessary. Now I had a
good chance, without taking a risk - if the computer
was damaged then I couldn't stop it from working. It started
to work properly again as soon as it was put back together
so I think the prodding have done the trick. If it does
fail completely, then I think I know where its power
supply will be going :-).
I don't know why, but after yesterdays frustrating day, I
have ended up in a very good mood.