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Wednesday, July 28, 2004

This is really disturbing...

But I thought I'd post it anyway because I really don't like any of you.

I submit for your viewing pleasure...

Vagina Dentata!

Warning: this is really not for the faint of heart.

posted by Adam on 11:55 PM.


Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Hey!

From the twisted mind of Lore Fitzgerald Sjöberg:

"The Vagina Dentata as dance."

Everybody should check out Slumbering Lunfish, Lore's blog.

posted by Adam on 8:40 AM.

A few new things.

In no particular order:

Yesterday morning, ordered telephone, DSL, gas, and electric for the new house. Electric and telephone should already be installed as we speak. Later on, when we actually have a telephone, I'll post it here and send out some emails. On the other hand, I didn't get to have water / sewage switched over to our names. Sarah is going to do that today while I'm doing MythBusters.

Which brings me to number two. Today, I'm participating in a program at the public library here called MythBusters. It's based on the show, but it'll be more intelligent, I think. Two people involved (me and one other), are giving a brief talk about what urban legends are (including why they're not MYTHS, and then breaking into groups and talking about specific legends. Then the program is going to end with us passing out pop rocks and soda. It should be lots of fun.

We have curtains for the new house. And today we're going to go shopping for an island to increase the kitchen counter space and maybe also some lawn furniture. The kitchen is really poorly thought out. There is a lot of counter space, but none next to the stove. This must be remedied.

As my post yesterday may have indicated, I started reading parts of Laura Gonzenbach's collection in German. And it's not that difficult. The hardest thing about it is that since it's a really old book, it's done in gothic script. But then, once you get used to that, it's not hard to follow at all. And as for vocabulary, there have only been a few things I've needed to look up. I'm excited. I'm doing pretty well.

Still need to read what I need to read for thursday, though. Although that may be postponed until friday.

posted by Adam on 8:26 AM.


Monday, July 26, 2004

Concerning 510B

So I was reading through "Betta Pilusa", Laura Gonzenbach's version of AT510B, and it occurred to me:

A smart protagonist would probably switch tactics after her father found the second dress, and perhaps fire her advisor as well.

That is all for now.

posted by Adam on 2:34 PM.


Monday, July 19, 2004

A few more things:

I know that I've been really brief for a long time, but another quick update post:

I'm through the second collected volume of Grant Morrison's run of New X-Men. Very very cool. I've only read one volume of The Invisibles, but about on par with that, which says a lot. He does good work, he does.

I'm about done with the sixth book of Wheel of Time, and after this, I'm definitely stopping. I'm liking them more than I thought, and what's more, they're really addictive, but I do have to get something done this summer, and if not reading mind-numbing fantasy will help, then I will stop reading mind-numbing fantasy. Perhaps next summer I'll read the rest of the series (or up to where he's stopped, at least).

As for German, I did really well on my last test, and expect to do really well on the next one. Thursday, my small group is meeting to discuss the first three or four pages of a neat-looking article about tattooing, so I should start translating; and tomorrow, I need to go to the library and get together a small bibliography for the paper I need to write for that class. Two fairy tales, I think, and one short article about them. Perhaps Jeana could recommend a nice short article in german for me concerning either 510B or Rapunzel. If I can find the collection here in the library, I'm going to work on versions from Laura Gonzenbach in the german. That should be entertaining.

Finally, for the first time ever, today, I read an opinion piece in the Indiana Daily Student. Sad sad sad. Not only were the ideas expressed not very intelligent (a.k.a. "defining the moment that life starts as other than an ideological issue"), but it was not even well written. I couldn't even bring myself to be angry at it, just sad. I think that this is the last time I'll ever read an opinion in IDS.

posted by Adam on 5:34 PM.


Friday, July 16, 2004

Not too much

Haven't posted in a while because not too much has been going on, but for those interested, here it is, relatively neat and encapsulated:

I took a german test today and I think that I did well, but not great. There was one paragraph that I remember having read before, but I couldn't really make heads or tales out of it. It was just one part of one question, though, so whatever.

Some of you may know that my father had hip replacement surgery a couple of weeks ago: well he went to the doctor and they say he's doing great and can start walking without a cane and going out and doing whatever he wants, more or less. Needless to say, he's ecstatic.

I got a call from my future landlord, the other day, and she said that her previous tenants are entirely moved out now, and that the place is more or less ready for us. We're going to walk through it next week so that she can see if we want her to do anything to it before we move in, but other than that, the path is clear. I think that if she could, she'd have us move in as soon as possible. And who knows, maybe it will be possible for us to do that (I can hope, right?).

Oh yeah. I went to pay my rent on the sublet today, and was told by the management company that the apartment had to be vacated by the 10th of august, not the 15th. Well the person from whom we're subletting isn't coming back until the 14th, so this presents a problem. So I came home and looked at the original lease (which he left for us), and lo and behold, it says August 15th. I called the management company and informed them, and basically just got an affirmative grunt and a half admission that they're trying to push us out early so that they can remodel the apartment. "Well we thought you might be going early," they told me. "We do want to remodel the apartment as soon as possible." Assholes. Even if we were moving out tomorrow and the person from whom were subletting did not have his stuff here too, I would tell them where to shove it and hold onto this lease until the last possible moment. Just thought we'd be moving out early my ass.

posted by Adam on 8:54 PM.


Monday, July 12, 2004

No! No no no no no!

From CNN:

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- U.S. officials have discussed the idea of postponing Election Day in the event of a terrorist attack on or about that day, a Homeland Security Department spokesman said Sunday.

...

Newsweek said the discussions about whether the November 2 election could be postponed started with a recent letter to Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge from DeForest Soaries Jr., chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

...

Soaries, who was appointed by President Bush, is a former New Jersey secretary of state and senior pastor of the 7,000-member First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset. Newsweek reported that Soaries expressed concern that no federal agency had the authority to postpone an election and asked Ridge to ask Congress to give his commission such power.

Ridge warned Thursday that al Qaeda terrorists were planning a large-scale attack on the United States "in an effort to disrupt the democratic process." Ridge said he had no specific or credible information about threats to the political conventions.


Get the full story here.

This. This is a scary thought. This is like Weimar all over again. Scary scary scary.

posted by Adam on 8:22 AM.


Friday, July 09, 2004

Wow.

It's been quite some time since I last posted. I've not been busy exactly, but sort of. I've had more german homework than ever previously, translating fiction and the like, but I haven't really been diligently doing it. It's more like I've been busy procrastinating, and thinking about things that are not what I need to be doing quite at the present time. I've been thinking, for instance about a thesis, and how theses are structured, and how exactly to go about writing one. I think that I've decided that before I start really outlining for an actual draft, I need to go and get a book on thesis writing in general. Finding an instruction manual or something of the like right now (you write this, then this, then this. It should be this long and structured like so) would really get me moving, I think.

I've also been kind of social recently, hanging out with people almost every day. Not that you people aren't people, but somehow it's more exciting to hang out with flesh and blood people than write for internet ghosts.

Plus, I've had the summer lazies and haven't really felt like writing anything.

posted by Adam on 8:44 AM.


Sunday, July 04, 2004

Oh yeah.

Oh yeah! Also, the preliminary program for the American Folklore Society Meeting came out today. I'm chairing a panel on "Folklore and Race." Sure, my paper is about Deep Down in the Jungle, but it's not really about race. It's about narrative style, and how style links up with structure, and how it may or may not be associated with the characteristics of a teller's personality. Race...

posted by Adam on 8:13 AM.

Hmm...

Not much to say except that I guess I've given up. I went out yesterday and bought the fourth Wheel of Time book. I really loath them, but they are really addictive. I don't get it, but I have the strange feeling that I'll end up reading them all. Damn my need for pulp!

On the bright side, I got the second issue of Astonishing X-Men yesterday, and it was very good. The problem with monthly comics, though, is that they're so darned short. I want to know what happens next, but it's just cliff-hanger after cliff-hanger. Oh well. I guess I can wait.

posted by Adam on 8:10 AM.


Friday, July 02, 2004

Two and a half new things...

1. I went and saw Spider-Man 2 on wednesday night, and it was really good. I mean really. There were parts of it that were sappy or goofy, but never in such a way that it detracted from the movie, and mostly in such a way that it added to the comic-book feel of it. It was also really funny. Much more so than the first one. Michael Chabon seems to have done his thing and the script is clever and witty and generally pleasant, and Sam Raimi seems to have done his thing and made all of the characters completely miserable throughout--definitely good and definitely fitting for spider-man.

2. I finished my german take-home test and I'm turning it in today. Actually, I'm going to school and sitting down to check it over, then turning it in, but no matter, it's leaving my hands for the instructor's. And I think I did okay on it. Not great, but not terrible either. There is one part that I may be screwing up, but overall, I think that I will pass, probably with a B+ or an A-.

2.5. Isn't it weird when all your friends start getting married... nearly all at once?

2.75. I lied. There is more than two and a half things. Last night I bought a bunch of tiny sized Mead composition books to carry around. I figure that I need a venue to take notes on thesis ideas and such while I'm out and about. I'm going to start carrying one wherever I go. It seems like a good plan...

posted by Adam on 7:43 AM.



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