Saturday, February 20, 2010

Cheap labor huh

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(11:06:54 PM) friend: Grad school is not about quality of life.
(11:07:12 PM) me: hear hear
(11:07:12 PM) friend: I guess it's actually not that bad depending on the department.
(11:07:20 PM) me: ahahaha
(11:07:42 PM) me: My department is not known for treating students well
(11:08:03 PM) me: but I might have found one of the few profs who is actually nice
(11:09:14 PM) friend: You know, this one time one of my friends in my department got robbed in his office at gunpoint while working late.
(11:09:38 PM) friend: The department would not install security cameras in the building after that. I think physics grad students are actually cheaper than cameras.
(11:09:55 PM) friend: If one dies, just hire another one.
(11:09:56 PM) friend: haha
(11:10:53 PM) me: Who robs physics grad students?
(11:11:03 PM) friend: A tard.
(11:11:13 PM) me: They should just unscrew one of the machines and wheel it off
(11:11:49 PM) me: I think the admins should be robbed at gunpoint.
(11:11:55 PM) me: see how they like it
(11:12:31 PM) me: physics grad students are cheaper than security guards
(11:12:38 PM) me: who watch the cameras
(11:13:03 PM) friend: I think the janitorial staff get paid better.
(11:13:12 PM) friend: Funny enough, they also work really strange hours.
(11:13:27 PM) me: The great state of American higher education.

(11:13:36 PM) friend: The professors go home at 6, and the grad students and janitors are still wondering around the building at midnight.
(11:13:57 PM) friend: One time I saw a janitor waxing a hallway at 3 am.
(11:14:19 PM) me: wow
(11:14:31 PM) friend: Well whatever they get paid they apparently earn it.
(11:14:45 PM) friend: I can't ask them about anything because I don't speak spanish.
(11:16:09 PM) friend: So it turns out if you walk by the main tower on campus early enough in the morning, you can see two mexican grounds keepers raising the american flag on its pole.
(11:16:38 PM) friend: What would the great country of america be without cheap imported labor.
(11:17:14 PM) friend: I suppose I am also cheap imported labor.
(11:17:44 PM) me: yes
(11:17:47 PM) me: sigh.
(11:18:18 PM) me: and non-white Americans are never considered real Americans
(11:18:21 PM) friend: American kids are too smart to do something as laborious as science. They let the foreign kids do that, and stick to becoming doctors and lawyers.
(11:19:13 PM) me: I think they prefer Wall Street bankers, business people, actors, athletes
(11:19:30 PM) me: but proportionally few actors and athletes make it big
(11:19:54 PM) me: and Wall Street tanked lately
(11:20:06 PM) me: so American kids are having a crisis.
(11:20:28 PM) friend: Of course, all the kids that were math majors with me in college, and didn't have the grades to get into grad school got jobs on wall street.
(11:21:14 PM) friend: It really is hard to tell which group is dumber: the ones that went to grad school to torture themselves, or the ones that couldn't make it and destroyed wall st.
(11:21:15 PM) me: America does not reward book smart
(11:21:24 PM) me: hahaha
(11:21:36 PM) friend: There's enough stupidity to go around.
(11:21:40 PM) me: Dumb in different ways
(11:21:49 PM) me: There are many ways to be stupid
(11:22:16 PM) me: Eastern Europeans reward math smarts
(11:22:38 PM) me: They're good at IMO and chess
(11:22:54 PM) friend: I work in a russian group.
(11:23:02 PM) me: case in point
(11:23:03 PM) friend: I think I should learn russian.
(11:23:06 PM) me: :P
(11:23:19 PM) friend: I think I already drink more vodka than them though.

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