Snow Blood and Coal
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Posting from work again, what am I to do...
I'm not sure about this posting from work, thing, but I post so infrequently that and have so little time to do it at home, that it seems my only option. And actually, I don't really mind it. I do require a break once in a while, after all...
Anyway, not much new to say. I've chosen my classes for next semester. I'm taking one on the History of Folkloristics, one on Folklore and Literature, and maybe an independent study if I can think of a topic and work things out, although I don't know if that will actually work out. My plan is to write 50-60 pages worth of my thesis for my classes next semester, so that I won't have a whole lot left for the summer. This means actually getting off my ass and doing that, though, which will be a great effort for me, given my recent track-record about my schoolwork (I've been a little bit neglectful this semester). On the other hand, it also means that I won't have to get off my ass so much next summer, which is good, because I'm notoriously lazy over summers. So we'll see how things turn out.
And now, some haikus, courtesy of the kind people at The Modern Humorist (the titles are anagrams of the author's name):
Swamp mist, eyes water—
Why is that monk still wearing
Winter robes in June?
A yellow snake eats
The robin's lone precious egg—
Thursday, October 21, 2004
It's been quite some time since I've written, but for good reason. So here goes:
AFS was a lot of fun, but a little grueling. My talk was okay. I saw a lot of really good papers. A lot of really bad papers. Dundes pissed everybody off, but we all knew he would.
I got back and took monday off--slept until almost 11:00am, which is the latest I think I've ever slept. And I've been really tired ever since.
Dozed off in Performance class last night, but nobody noticed. Also, nobody noticed that I wasn't participating, because nobody was participating. I think it's just that time of the semester.
Before I left, did I mention that I got a new Wok? It's very cool. It's a traditional wok that requires seasoning, and with my gas stove, it gets freaking hot! Stir Fry here I come (actually, I'd like to learn to cook Szechuan food).
This is all for now.
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Finished my AFS paper, and it's not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. All it took was spending all afternoon rewriting the entire second half of the thing. Not bad for a days work. Now to dine with me!
I got a new Wok and it's really cool. I've seasoned it up with grape seed oil, and I'm stir-frying my little heart out. Trying versions of things that I've seen on the Iron Chef of all places [insert fake-sounding Japanese laughter].
I'm almost done with my AFS paper. I have to re-write some stuff, then write two and a half more paragraphs, then I'm done. I can do that today, I think.
In fact, I must do that today, because I leave for Salt Lake City tomorrow. And I will return on Sunday, a whole lot less stressed.
My AFS paper is really bad, and feels really phony, and the reason is that rather than it being about the data, the data is only incidental to my theoretical rantings. I'm going to try and fix that a little bit today, but there's really nothing that I can do to make it completely right. I've always written papers as "apply two parts theory to one part data, mix well...". I think that I'm going to try and break out of that.
I've been reading Michel Foucault's History of Sexuality Volume 1. I like it a lot. In fact, it's one of the most compelling academic books, as a piece of literature, that I've ever read. I've read other Foucault that I didn't enjoy so much, but this... this is just an excellent extended essay.
See last two items. I really want to be a better writer. I think that I've got the academic writing thing down cold. Now it's time for me to unlearn it and learn instead to actually write good essays. I want to be one of those people who's compelling enough to be read by the general public, but theoretically savvy enough to be read by academics. I think that's a good goal to think about while I'm writing papers.
That is all for now.
Wednesday, October 06, 2004
The Vice-Presidential Debate...
Edwards and Cheney settle things the only honorable way: THUMB WAR!
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