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Old 06-20-2016, 03:10 AM   #166
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but wait, he's also an afficianado of ballroom dancing.
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Old 06-20-2016, 03:15 AM   #167
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What struck me about the man's bio was that it offered little, in fact no insight, as to why he's running for parliament, or doing it for Family Fist.
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What struck me about the man's bio was that it offered little, in fact no insight, as to why he's running for parliament, or doing it for Family Fist.
If you had posted that without giving the party affiliation I'm really not sure I would've guessed it.

Ruling out the LNP, I would've taken a punt on the Liberal Democrats or Nick Xenophon's Great Vanity.
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Also, I work with a lot of strange people who study strange things for strange reasons (I might be one of them), and I can often see what drew them to their field even if I think it's ludicrous, impractical, or uninteresting.

I still can't fathom where somebody gains the ambition to be a professor of accounting.

I once had to read - part of - a book on the history of my university's accounting department. I couldn't believe it existed, mainly because I assumed the writer would've been unable to get out of bed by about the third day of research.
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Old 06-20-2016, 03:28 AM   #170
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Also, I work with a lot of strange people who study strange things for strange reasons (I might be one of them), and I can often see what drew them to their field even if I think it's ludicrous, impractical, or uninteresting.

I still can't fathom where somebody gains the ambition to be a professor of accounting.

I once had to read - part of - a book on the history of my university's accounting department. I couldn't believe it existed, mainly because I assumed the writer would've been unable to get out of bed by about the third day of research.
As someone who staggered through three units related to the topic, back in the day, I've concluded that anyone who can manage above a bare pass grade in accounting subject (many actual accountants never did!) is by definition deathly dull.
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If you had posted that without giving the party affiliation I'm really not sure I would've guessed it.

Ruling out the LNP, I would've taken a punt on the Liberal Democrats or Nick Xenophon's Great Vanity.
I would have been prepared to go with Xenophon's party or maybe #yesallaccountants (not an actual party), if I didn't know better. But now I do. Still tempted to put this guy slightly ahead, just to stick it to the insufferable John McVeigh.
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As someone who staggered through three units related to the topic, back in the day
I hope you sought the help you clearly needed at the time.
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Old 06-20-2016, 03:45 AM   #173
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I hope you sought the help you clearly needed at the time.
It's not like i had a choice, one was the intro to accounting that every undergraduate has to take, the next was bundled into a government major and the third, I can't even remember what it was, maybe I was clinically insane by that point.
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Old 06-20-2016, 03:46 AM   #174
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Actually I take it back, there is one sphere of study, if you can call it that, which is both duller and yet somehow more pernicious than accounting. Human resources.
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It's not like i had a choice, one was the intro to accounting that every undergraduate has to take, the next was bundled into a government major and the third, I can't even remember what it was, maybe I was clinically insane by that point.
Good lord, I'm glad I never copped a degree structured like that. I got through undergrad never doing a single subject outside history or political science/international relations.

I actually now regret that, because I wish I had done some geography and, yes, economics. Not accounting.

And human resources doesn't really count as a field of study, let's be honest here.
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Old 06-20-2016, 04:09 AM   #176
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Good lord, I'm glad I never copped a degree structured like that. I got through undergrad never doing a single subject outside history or political science/international relations.

I actually now regret that, because I wish I had done some geography and, yes, economics. Not accounting.

And human resources doesn't really count as a field of study, let's be honest here.
The great majority of my first year subjects were things that nearly everyone had to take regardless of what major they intended to end up doing. Some of it was just knucklehead stuff like learning to use a computer (which, in fairness, I didn't know prior, and in fact I continued submitting essays longhand until the end of uni because the labs were just too inconvenient to deal with late at night and of course none of us actually owned computers in those days).
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My markers ought to be grateful I submitted everything typed. Undergrad was the nadir of my handwriting, thanks to frantic lecture note-taking.

In high school I had lovely handwriting and today I have flowing, somewhat old-fashioned handwriting that is generally legible (especially if you know the old cursive "p" and don't think it's an elaborate "h"). But oh man even I can't read some of the scrawl from undergrad.
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Old 06-20-2016, 07:19 AM   #178
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My markers ought to be grateful I submitted everything typed. Undergrad was the nadir of my handwriting, thanks to frantic lecture note-taking.

In high school I had lovely handwriting and today I have flowing, somewhat old-fashioned handwriting that is generally legible (especially if you know the old cursive "p" and don't think it's an elaborate "h"). But oh man even I can't read some of the scrawl from undergrad.

My printed or cursive writing was pretty decent until I got past uni.

These days, notes scribbled on my pad while on the phone look like the work of someone in the middle stages of dementia. My signature is basically 'K' followed by a vague squiggle/wave (partly deliberate, I've gotten wilder and sloppier with it mostly for fun over the years). At what point does one's hand decline so much that a signature is for all intents and purposes worthless?
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My favourite signatures are those where there is absolutely no connection whatsoever with their name, like a weird O with a tail, or a formless ~~~~ for somebody with a name that should have a bit of variation like Timothy.

Mine's not too bad. Some of the letters have blurred together with time but usually you can distinguish at least a bit of an attempt at each one.

Despite my own handwriting and all my time with old documents, I still get flummoxed by some styles though. Who cares how nice your writing looks if it's fucking illegible.
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Old 06-20-2016, 08:07 AM   #180
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My printed or cursive writing was pretty decent until I got past uni.

These days, notes scribbled on my pad while on the phone look like the work of someone in the middle stages of dementia. My signature is basically 'K' followed by a vague squiggle/wave (partly deliberate, I've gotten wilder and sloppier with it mostly for fun over the years). At what point does one's hand decline so much that a signature is for all intents and purposes worthless?
Going off my experience, about 16 years old.
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