Sunday, December 11, 2005

A New Story

Here's an update...

I've been working like a dog doing about 35hrs over 4 days a week for the last 2 weeks at the OCS. Took a day off here and there to you know, pay rent, shift my crap from my old room to my new room that sort of stuff. Spent 2 days last week going over some entries done by another person. Around about 75 entries and not one of them was right. I don't even know the guy and I wanted to punch him in the face.

To the 3 drunk guys outside my window who kept me awake until 2 in the morning on Thursday night,

Get Stuffed



QUT gets a bit funny with their pay schedule during the holidays but they very kindly sent eveyone an e-mail on Friday the 25th of November telling everyone that the cutoff for handing in your timesheets for the week ending November the 25th was November the 24th. Now be aware that QUT pays fortnightly. I was hoping to be paid on the 30th, a Wednesday but this e-mail stated that cutoff for payment on the 21st of December was the 24th of November. Now I have several problems with this.

1. The date between lodging your time sheet and actually being paid is a month. Normally you lodge on friday and are paid the next Wednesday that is a pay day, whether that is 5 days later or 12. I just have this question... WTF mate? What happens to all those people that don't get paid one fortnight? Surely there can't be that huge an influx of payslips and an eflux of staff that they can't process pay normally. Maybe I'm missing something. Anyone care to give me a reason?

2. I'm baffled by the fact they expect you to predict your hours. Why make your cut off on a Thursday when all the time sheets expect you to give hours for the week ending on a Friday? What? you claim that day on the next time sheet which means you don't get paid for that day until a fortnight after the 21st of december? That's the 4th of January. That means you get paid for work done on the 25th of November on the 4th of January. Thats messed up. Alternatively you make up some hours for Friday which means when you sign the time sheet you run the risk of being fired for defrauding QUT. Thats messed up.

3. They told us the day after the timesheets were supposedly due that they were due. As it turned out I couldn't hand my sheet in on friday anyway because there were none of the 3 people that could have signed off on it in at 3pm. So I rang the pay office and they told me if I got it handed in by 3pm Monday I'd still be paid by the 21st of December.

So we'll have to wait and see...

In other news...

Me and Alice broke up, nuff said. Lyss comes back tomorrow. Yay! I start my honours project tomorrow. Yay!

Honours should be fun...I love reading 60 page patents. On the bright side the technology is cool. Sweet, sweet affinity maturation...

Oh and these are my marks:
LSB619 Genomics and Bioinformatics 85% 7
LSB609 Medical Biotechnology II 75% 6
LSB677 Plant Biotechnology II 66% 5
BSB311 Research, Development and Commercialisation Strategies 73% 5 (curses!)

And prolly the best of all is that it looks like I can still do honours. If I get straight 6's (thats a distinction or 75-84%) for the four subjects that comprise honours then my GPA rises to 5 (a credit or 65-74%) or just above and I get 2B honours. Straight 6's should not be hard for these honours subjects.

Well I think thats everything. Merry Christmas and good luck everyone...


Blogger EJ said...

I like it when i get something new to read!

10:32 am  

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