Friday, September 8, 2017

Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?

I take attendance by having the students answer a question. I didn't manage to find her last year, so I asked again:

Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?

The unsure:
  • IDK
  • who dat
  • no idea
  • Wonderful question, I'm from the South.
I guess Carmen Sandiego might be a regional/cultural thing.

Some students suggested a good collection of places I'm totally willing to go in an around-the-world montage/vacation:
  • Toledo, Spain
  • San Jose
  • Los Angeles
  • San Diego
  • Cornfield, USA (<-- --="" an="" challenge:="" finding="" have="" i="" li="" location="" might="" slightly="" such="" trouble="" underspecified="">
  • on Earth (<-- --="" ditto="" even="" li="" more="" underspecified="">
  • Gallifrey (<-- --="" a="" challenge:="" challenge="" distance="" expenses="" hugely="" li="" pose="" significant="" still="" time="" travel="" underspecified="">
  • Swarthmore-specific answers, of course:
    • Clothier
    • Swarthmore
    • Willets 325
    • on my comp in 2005
    • here<-- attendance="" be="" for="" just="" li="" might="" present="" registering="" someone="">
    • Bell Tower
    • in class
    The remaining answers were eclectic. On-topic for Algorithms Award goes to "unsure, but there's probably an algorithm we can use to find out." The Unhelpfullest in Searching Prize is tied between "wherever you look last" and "Have you checked under the couch?" The Trophy of Nerd Supremacy goes to "Schrodinger's Box, with the cat."

    This post's theme word is retral (adj), "located at the back" or "backward." The professor calls on the retral students first, so sit near the front!

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