Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Welcome to BallisticNoter!


The name's Noter. BallisticNoter. Does it make sense? Hell no. Neither does my job, some of the time. Aww, who'm I kidding? Most of the time. But I wake up and I dress up and I still do it because deep down, deeper than the Marianas Trench, I love the idea of what I do. And I love my field.

I am a adjunct at a SLAC located in the mountains. I'd done my grad research here and basically got 'upgraded' from grad student to post-doc to tentative adjunct - a job for which, yes, I thank my underwater sparkly fairy godmentor all the time. There better be one, since I seem to lack a RGMentor in real life. I will cop to occasional flights of fancy (Simpering Susie finally got her two brain cells to rub together!) but mostly I will be honest, fair, and try not to let the misery pull me into the Black Hole of No Return.

I am beyond honoured to be part of this community that I've admired for so long. Here's to this precious watercooler where great (or frazzled, baffled, twitterpated) minds think alike.


  1. Welcome, Noter! Let the misery flow.

    I pray you were involved in the photo shoot that created this, the greatest avatar since Dick Tingle's.

    1. Oh man, I wish! RGM, I don't know how to thank you, but it. Is. Magnificent.

    2. RGMentor is good...

      Glad you like the avatar, Noter. It's fairly easy to reuse. You just find the image elsewhere on the page, copy its URL, and insert it into your text as you write. For the love of all that is holy, ALWAYS place it on the right. Beaker Ben and some of that ilk like to tweak my delicate sensibility by posting left side sometimes.

      He thinks it gets my goat. I know it reveals his mean streak. The truth is I just want to be loved; is that so wrong?

      Welcome to the page. Look forward to hearing about your particular brand of misery!

      Compound Cal

    3. Hi Ballistic Noter! Welcome, officially, from the RGM.

      Hope you have a blast here. Always good to hear a new perspective, you know, so we can minimize your experience and marginalize your point of view!

      And, Cal, that is a goodie. But I like your new header even more...naughty. Is there something in your local newspaper we don't know about? SMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK.

      Leslie K

    4. Another vote for the new header. But I was feeling lucky, and wondered what goody Cal had waiting at that link. Awwww. Pout.

    5. Welcome, Noter!

      Casting my vote for the new header as well. I snorted out loud at my desk when I saw it. Thankfully I keep my office door closed.

  2. RGMentor...that's a term I hope catches on.

    Welcome to the misery, Noter, although it seems you know about it already. It can be a fun spot, at least until you make an error in judgment, or reveal a flaw...then the pouncing! Nah, it's nearly all in good humor and I've learned to just take in the positive and give the negative to the universe.

    Hope you have fun!

  3. Hey, welcome! Although your arrival reminds me that I need an avatar...

  4. Welcome Noter,
    to the parts 'round here,
    we're awfully miserable,
    and a tad bit queer.

    1. 'But I don't want to go among mad people,' Alice remarked.

      'Oh, you can't help that,' said the Cat: 'we're all mad here. I'm mad.
      You're mad.'

      'How do you know I'm mad?' said Alice.

      'You must be,' said the Cat, 'or you wouldn't have come here.'

  5. WooHOO! New blood... and misery. Welcome!

  6. Love your style, Ballistic Noter! Interesting name and fantastic avatar (though it breaks the rule of blurriness, Cal).

    Welcome, and p.Please continue to favor us with your excellent turns of phrase, such as:

    Underwater sparkly fairy godmentor

    1. I s.Seem t.To have d.Developed a st.Stutter.

  7. Welcome, Ballistic Noter! I look forward to reading and commiserating with your misery!

  8. Welcome to the Thunderdome!

    No wait, that's the other group blog I'm on.

    Looking forward to reading your take on all things academe!