Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Talk is not cheap - it involves painful form-filling

It's 10:30 a.m. and I want lunch. I've been struggling with the confounded human subjects research clearance form by the Internal Research Board of the University for the past two hours. All because I want to go ask some harmless questions of some individuals who are used to answering them on a daily basis. No testing hair-loss cures, no studying the effects of marijuana consumption, nada. And I have to fill a humungous form for this privilege. Ah, the contemporary university, the ultimate in bureaucratese.

So S started work yesterday, and it still feels strange. I think he likes it so far, but the commute's a bummer. He wants to move closer to work, but that means being engulfed by the dismal expanses of San Fernando Valley. The only thing to its credit is being the birthplace of the world's largest porn industry. Otherwise, it is afflicted with the worst sort of suburban bleak landscape. There are pockets of interest though. There's a fairly good Iranian grocery store and some good Vietnamese restaurants in Reseda. The Santa Monica National Park is close by and great for hikes. There are some cool rock formations in Chatsworth that are good for climbing. And a drive to Malibu is not too far. And yet the Valley is not a very appealing place to be in. Anyway, if the commute's too much, the move would have to be made.

I'm fast losing patience with the form. Electronic forms are the worst, they leave out all discretion from the exercise. Nearly 70 per cent of the questions do not apply to my research, and yet I have to fill in some bullshit values to prevent error messages. All because they have a single form for all kinds of research, medical, social science, engineering, education, art history. Yes every single bit that involves any human interaction. I'll just distract myself with lunch.

4 Comments:

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