Posts Tagged ‘Minerva’

Back at it!

06/09/2012 Leave a comment

Wow, it’s been 10 months since I tossed a post up. How time flies.

Speaking of posts, the VFFs I mentioned in my last post still look almost-new. Even after subjecting them to this. Love those things.

So what’s new? Well, I’m back at school in Montréal. Almost have my classes sorted out; it’s been registration hell thanks to a needless hold and some general Minerva stupidity. I’m so glad to see things haven’t changed since my run-in with it last time.

Another sidenote: that 400-level labour economics course I was forced to register into last time? In it again. Joy. No really, I’m ecstatic.

I took this last year off, in part due to that Minerva SNAFU I mentioned above, and spent it working in Vancouver. Most of my time was spent working at the Café for Contemporary Art, in North Vancouver, and at the Keefer, Vancouver’s premier cocktail bar. I learned a lot and had oodles of fun. Also spent a lot of money eating and drinking, which goes with the territory of working in restaurants and bars >.> Now spending much of my thoughts on maligning Montréal’s poor bourbon selection and the trouble to which one has to go to get a bottle of bitters, even the ubiquitous (but still awesome) Angostura.

In other news, my pelvis is still seriously messed up, surprise surprise. I was literally glowing when I stepped onto the plane in Vancouver – several X-rays, a bone scan, an ultrasound, and a 2.5-hour MRI marathon will do that to you. On the positive side, I might finally find out what’s going on down there!

I’ve also gotten really into working out with kettlebells recently. In case you’re not familiar with them, they kind of look like a cannonball with a handle. It’s coming along very well, with the exception of a nasty little rip on my left hand. Currently swinging, cleaning and pressing, and get-upping with a 45lb and will be moving to the 50lb. soon. McGill’s gym will be needing larger kettlebells  🙂 I’ve named the 40lb I have at home Betsy, and the 40lb here Princess Donna (a sadistic-sounding name, no? Fitting, as she did rip a chunk of my skin out). Now taking petitions for other names.

That’s about all I’ve got for now. Don’t worry, the next post will come along much more quickly than this one!




Great Way to Start the Day

05/04/2011 1 comment

<sarcasm> This is one of the best starts to a day I’ve ever had. </sarcasm>

Course registration opened today at 8am. I got up at 7, logged in to Minerva, and kept the window active so I wouldn’t be logged out due to inactivity. Smooth sailing so far. Registration opened and I must have been the first person to click the link – 7:59am, thank you very much! And who says I’m not punctual?

Then stuff got weird. I submit my course codes to be registered for the fall semester, and it takes ages to load, which is normal because everyone going into U2 is trying to do this at the same time. I accidentally click a link and before I can freak out, a box pops up telling me that my changes have been submitted. How reassuring.

To verify this, I check my schedule. Not registered in any classes? Huh? Then what was the point of that reassuring box? So I try to go back to the quick add-drop section. I can’t. Next thing I know, I’ve been logged out. Huh?

I try to log back in and the system is full. Huh? I see where this is going now…

By the time I get logged back in, every class that I actually WANT to take is full. What sounds more interesting to you: the Underground Economy or 400-level Labour Economics? Guess which one I wanted. Guess which one I’m taking.

I must have been one of the first people logged into Minerva. I was probably the first person to click on the registration link. And still I get shafted.

I don’t get another shot at taking these classes. I won’t be able to take them the year after because I’ll need to be taking mostly 400- and 500-levels in my final year. These are classes I really wanted with professors I know. I was one of the first people to get in today, and still I get screwed.

I am completely befuddled as to how such a prestigious and well-regarded institution of higher learning can be so comprehensively incompetent.

Surely McGill has realized, after years of online registrations, that there will be a massive registration rush at this time of year, every year! You could set your watch to it and it would be as accurate as an atomic clock!

So why do Minerva glitches persist? Why is performance so low when the university knows that the system will be heavily strained at this point?

How about adding some additional capacity around registration time and getting some more bandwidth so things don’t take forever? How about ensuring students won’t have a year ruined by Minerva glitches? How about ensuring students aren’t forced to fill their schedule with classes that don’t interest them because of said Minerva glitches?

How about throwing students a bone now and then? Or would that ruin McGill’s reputation as a hard university?


A pissed off Tim

PS – and to top it all off, I haven’t slept, my throat feels like I’ve swallowed razor blades, I can’t really turn my head, and my lymph nodes are so swollen that you can probably see them from space. I feel great.