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1. Apropos of nothing, a poll:
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 13


Which did you read first?

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The Hobbit
11 (84.6%)

Lord of the Rings
1 (7.7%)

I'm still waiting for the Hobbit movie
1 (7.7%)

Russian novels are my preferred doorstop books
0 (0.0%)

Complete the sentence: I read The Hobbit first and when I read LOTR I...

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... felt as I usually do when I read a sequel
2 (15.4%)

... liked the Fellowship friendship
8 (61.5%)

... felt BETRAYED by the fact that Bilbo wasn't the main character
7 (53.8%)

Pick one.

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Lord of the Rings
10 (76.9%)

The Hobbit
3 (23.1%)

The Silmarillion
0 (0.0%)

King Kong
0 (0.0%)

Why doesn't fandom ever latch onto literary fiction instead of genre?
0 (0.0%)



I read The Hobbit first, of course - in fact, it's the first book I remember reading to myself, and it was a great favourite of mine, so much so that it took me several months to read LOTR after my mother gave it to me. I just didn't trust that Frodo kid.

2. I feel like I haven't done any silly memes for ages! So I stole this one off [personal profile] aria

Give me a fandom, and I'll give you

1. The first character I fell in love with:
2. The character I never expected to love as much as I do now:
3. The character everyone else loves that I don’t:
4. The character I love that everyone else hates:
5. The character I would shag anytime:
6. The character I'd want to be like:
7. The character I'd slap:
8. A pairing that I love:
9. A pairing that I despise:
10. Favorite character:
11. My five favorite things about the fandom:
12. My five least favorite things about the fandom:
13. My five favorite characters:
14. My five least favorite characters:
15. My five favorite pairings:
16. My five least favorite pairings:
17. The character I am most like:
18. My deep, dark fandom secret:


3. I have finally gotten around to doing some Dreamwidth-related things:

A. Filling up the zillion icon spots that came with the paid account someone bought me, and right now I feel awful because I can't remember who it was or whether or not it was an anon. Either way, if whoever it was is reading this now, 1) if I ever knew who you were and I've forgotten, I'm so sorry that I'm an asshole! and 2) either way, I'm still very grateful. Because of this, I now really want that tell-me-about-6-of-your-icons meme to come back around and I'm cursing the fact that it just went by two weeks ago. Oh, comic timing.

B. Organising my tags. You know how LJ has that merge tags thing that sucks? Yeah. Tag management on Dreamwidth actually works and it is really really good, so I have been going back through - still not quite done, I think I'm through to w though, which is really quite good!

C. Pursuant to B., I imported all my old LJ entries. This is a round-about way of saying that if you're looking for something I wrote (unlikely but you never know), [personal profile] labellementeuse is the best place to go for it; it's where the tags are most likely to be coherently organised, although I fear I can't guarantee anything.

Also, and I probably should have asked BEFORE I did this, but what that means is that if you have commented on my journal in the past, those comments are now also archived at Dreamwidth. I believe they can still be accessed through openID and the usual deletey stuff done to them if you so wish, so it's functionally not a big change to the status quo, but nevertheless. If you have a problem with your comments having been imported, please let me know.

D. I think of myself as living at DW now, so while I will continue to crosspost to LJ and read over there (apart from anything else all the good TV comms are over there), I'm trying as much as I can to move whatever can be moved over to Dreamwidth. So if you have a Dreamwidth, please add me over there! Let me know who you are if your names are radically different.

4. I marathoned the whole of Community this weekend! It is very very funny and generally recommended, altho' I have a few reservations about some things.

5. Relatedly, I know there are people who identify as ace on my flist. Are any of you aware of any meta about either Sheldon from TBBT or Abed from Community, or both, in the context of fandom's approach to asexuality? (I think this is the thing that has really bothered me: I think Sheldon/Penny and Abed/Troy are super, super cute pairings and I'm a little bit worried about that. But then again, can't men relate the same way to women as they do to men* without being asexual? Isn't that the dream?)

* Not that Sheldon does, but I think he's supposed to
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sga: midway )

*sigh* I have to go back to CHCH tomorrow and I'm packing and it's like, WHY DO I HAVE SO MUCH CRAP? Shoot me now. *procrastinates*

So I was talking to [livejournal.com profile] sixth_light just now about packing (because she's going away with the whanau for a month in like, April) and I realised why packing is so tough for me. it's not that I have so many t-shirts and pairs of jeans or dresses or whatever. Actually, I got most of those in one suitcase - the smaller suitcase. The other suitcase was shoes, always bulky, and jackets. Jackets are my big packing problem! Why, you ask? Well, they're bulky and don't really compress down like jeans and t-shirts do; like jeans, you wear them every day, but unlike jeans you need lots of different jackets for different occasions, seasons, and outfits; and, well, I have a lot of them.

I would take photos, but they're all packed now. But these are the jackets and coats I own, in order of frequency of wear:

Big, long black winter coat.
Short tailored black jacket.
Other tailored black jacket.
OTHER tailored black jacket (with short sleeves.)
Brown very light jacket with short sleeves - this is really not a jacket in the warmer sense.
New brown funky jacket that I don't know when I'll wear because it's totally unlike anything I own.
Stripey suit jacket.
Red light-weather short overcoat.
Tailored grey jacket with orange stripes (little thin ones, super-cute).
My ski coat.
Big long super-swirly semi-victorian grey patterned GORGEOUS coat. Which I ADORE.

And I love them all - and they're not really interchangeable (not even the black ones, honest!) or anything! *twitch* *twitch*

asdfghj I officially can't fit my big blue beautiful Complete Angel box set. :'(

OH GOD IT'S 11. I STARTED WRITING THIS AT SEVEN AND I'M STILL NOT DONE.
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Some lame points of my life in the past two days:

1. Leaving the house only to buy things and return heavily overdue library books (in fairness: fairly long walks. I've walked at least an hour and a half each yesterday and today.)

2. Leaving my bed and laptop only to eat, shower and take aforementioned walks.

3. Consequent to #1, discovering I have $110 owing in library fees. One hundred and ten dollars. How does a fine even get that big without me being contacted by the library? I had ONE letter and NO phone calls OR emails (they say they sent me emails, but: they did not, I check my email daily AND the spam filter too.) I know I should have returned the books and all, but -- $110! The thing that really scares me is, they could have passed it on to a debt collection agency in a week and I wouldn't have fucking known. That shit affects your credit rating. I'm real uncomfortable with that.

4. Having walked home past two supermarkets and a half-dozen dairies, determined to cook a real dinner tonight, and defrosting casserole meat only to discover that I don't have any canned tomatoes (or fresh, for that matter) in the house, DESPITE my already knowing that and forgetting to pick some up on the way home.

5. Pursuant to #4, deciding to have extremely disgusting cereal for dinner instead of walking to the supermarket a mere 10 minute walk away.

6. Having to actually load my google homepage to figure out what date it was to check the milk date.

7. Finding out the milk was three days old (and I definitely drank it yesterday, but it didn't smell funny so I think it was probably fine. Smelt a bit funky today though.)

8. Instead of going out to buy some milk and, hey, some tomatoes, deciding to eat cereal with yoghurt. (in my defense! Plain unsweeted acidophilos yoghurt! Practically better than milk, apart from all that fat!)


I really wonder sometimes, you know?
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*spams* Hey gang, I recently reshuffled all my music so it's, like, all in the same place. Is there any way I can get WMP and iTunes to go through and figure out where all the new stuff is and where all the old stuff isn't, without actually reinstalling both or either?

ETA: ah-ha! Dunno about iTunes but if you hit F3 in the library tab in WMP you can add and update media information by selecting location. \o/
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Also, I'm having another stab at my enrolment, and - I have never been affected by timetabling clases before. Never. But ENGL313, the class I could study Buffy and Coraline for? Clashes with my poetry class, the ONLY class I am absolutely committed to in the first semester, the one that I actually got of my ass and sent a portfolio in for. And not clashes in a half-an-hour or one-hour a week way; oh no. Clashes in a 2-5 vs 3-5 on thursday afternoons kind of way. Siiiiigh. So I'm thinking, maybe the 20th Century Novel class instead, but. :(

And that's bad enough (and heart-breaking, because I want to leave this stupid city at the end of next year, and does VUW have anything even nearly that cool? uh. NO. So either I stick around til half way through 2008 which I just don't want to do, or... I don't take this course, and that is just NOT an option.) But then I go to see my second semester classes, and sure enough, Postcolonial Literature (which I didn't even want to take that much, only more than I wanted to take anything else; second semester English classes suck balls, frankly) clashes with Philosophical Logic, the only class I was really committed to in the second semester. I could take NZ lit - it does feature Katherine Mansfield, Denis Glover and James Baxter, who I all love, and only Frank Sargeson who bores me - but... NZ lit? Really?

To top it off, biomedical ethics, literally the ONLY second year phil class I can bring myself to take in the second semester (the other options are Greek Philosophy, Cognitive Philosophy that's all about animals, Philosophy of Art - no thank you - and Cyberspace, Cyborgs, and the Meaning of Life. Which sounds interesting but... come on. I know the Three Laws of Robotics. I read science fiction. I watch genre television. I've seen 2001: A Space Odyssey. I refuse to believe they can tell me anything I don't already know. Plus, it clashes with NZ lit, which I think i'm going to have to take.) anyway, Bioethics clashes with NZ lit too. I don't wanna take Greek Philosophy, guys, but I also don't wanna take Eighteenth Century Worlds. SOMEBODY SOLVE MY PROBLEMS IN A WAY THAT DOESN'T REQUIRE ME TO MAKE MY WHOLE FIRST SEMESTER ENGLISH AND MY WHOLE SECOND SEMESTER PHILOSOPHY, or alternatively three third year papers in one semester, because I'm pretty sure they frown on that.
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Okay, so I know what you all want to read desperately right now: me, struggling with my timetable for next year, and my plans for the year after that.

So for the past two or so years I've been doing a BA/BSc majoring in english, philosophy and mathematics, respectively. (Actually, the BA was originally in linguistics, but it kind of bored me so I switched.) After two years, this is what I have that's relevant (I also have some french and a little extra linguistics, but who cares):

LING/ENGL101: Int. to the English Language
ENGL1something: Shakespeare
ENGL2something: Nineteenth Century Environments

PHIL134: Logic
PHIL208: Logic A
PHIL209: Logic B
LING/PHILsomething: Semantics
PHIl233: Epistemology and Metaphysics

MATH105: Mathematics 1A or 1B or something, anyway, it's a double paper and it's pretty much all you need from first year maths
MATH221/222: (making one full paper) Algebra and Cryptography, and Groups and Symmetry

To graduate with my stated majors, I probably need to spend at least two and a half more years in my undergraduate degree. So my question to you, dear friends (and I would really appreciate advice in this, actually): is it worth it? To spend nearly five years on an undergraduate degree, burn out on what I really like doing, and then spend another however many years getting a postgrad degree at Victoria? And then probably go somewhere else and get some more education? Or would it be smarter to cut my degree down to a BA in Philosophy and English, uproot from Canty and head up to Victoria to do postgrad in 2008? Maybe finish off my undergrad Maths at the same time? (this mostly seems attractive to me because - home in wellington! creative writing programme! good philosophy!) one other thing, I don't even know if I can do that this year. I've totally overloaded on papers every year so I should theoretically, but --

and a little bit on which papers I'm thinking about taking. )

Yeah, yeah, yeah, this is a lot of pointless blether about nothing whatsoever. Suck it up, most of it's under a cut.

Also, interesting fact: I've started to have anxiety nightmares about being late for work. I've had nightmares every night this week and it's really starting to stress me out, because they leave me tired enough that I... sleep in, and am late for work. In my defense, I start work at seven am most mornings, which means I have to be out of the house by half past six. it's not hard for me to be late. But... eh. it's creepy because I've never had nightmares like this before! And on that note I'm going the hell to bed.
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Still avoiding packing! [Okay, I've gone through and sorted my clothes into "take away to Wellington" and "leave behind", and folded most of the leave behinds into bags and put them away; and I've gotten rid of about four plastic bags of rubbish, old notes, wastes of paper, etc; and I'm sorting my filing system (otherwise known as "four banana boxes sitting in the corner") into vital (birth certificate and transcripts), personal (letters and stuff from my old schools and old notebooks), things I need in Wellington (addresses and sheet music), books, DVDs, CDS and magazines (my Listener collection), and "file directly in the rubbish bin." I've picked up almost all the books and dragged them into my bookshelf, which is in the laundry, which by the way is a HUGE drag and next year I want to get bookshelves for the hallways, which are easily wide enough. HOLY SHIT SO MUCH CRAP, Y'ALL.]

Anyway, I'm doing that thing where you stumble across crazy poetry that you wrote when you were young and angsty, and this one kind of horrifies me. I don't even know what I was thinking. )

*sigh* Well, that was a diversion. Back to the grindstone.
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Rec! (God, when was the last time I rec'd anything? I am a bad fangirl, anyway)

Highway is for Gamblers, by [livejournal.com profile] monkeycrackmary. SPN, gen, R (disturbing content, although no more than the show itself). It's gen, so you all can read it. Remember The Benders, you know, that psychotically disturbing episode from S1? This ties up some loose ends from that. It really got me where I live, which you can tell by the way that I'm getting off my ass to rec it. Go! Read!


And now, a little slapstick: This evening we watched the first episode of Torchwood (!!!!). We couldn't get a quick download of the second episode, so we planned on watching it the next morning and went our separate ways (bedrooms, boyfriends, etc). I did a few dishes and started watching The Breakfast Club, at the same time starting to download the first episode of the second season of Grey's Anatomy. About midnight, I paused the movie and found a direct download of Torchwood episode two (!!!!) Naturally I grabbed it and it told me it had two hours to go. I contemplated sleeping.

Yeah, that wasn't ever going to happen.

I finish TBC and go to check on Grey's - it's done, and Torchwood should be downloaded in about forty minutes. PERFECT, thinks I. But as I open up Grey's, something strikes me - this seems awfull familiar. I check the filename and oh, wait, somehow I've downloaded 1x06. Which I've already watched. Go, me! Oh, well, says I, it's not so bad, I can play solitaire and browse LJ until Torchwood gets here. So about half an hour later it's ten past two or so and I check the download and... wait for it... it's fucking shorted out at fucking ninety percent with fucking twelve minutes and SEVEN FUCKING SECONDS to go.

*hurls things*

So then I had to wait for my internet connection to fix and then restart which means from the beginning, since I'm too idiotic to use a download manager. *sobs brokenly* I'm actually kind of pissed off, because lately I've been noticing that the net cuts out for about twenty minutes at two am every morning - about the time we switch from onpeak to offpeak. This makes downloading overnight totally useless and sincerely pisses me off. People in the know: is it worth contacting my ISP (iHug, for the record) about this?

Also: does anyone know if there's new Heroes this week? Also also, baseball fucking sucks, I want my House and Bones. :-(
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So, y'all, I'm writing an essay on science, economics, and British Imperialism in The Hunting of the Snark. You would think, wouldn't you, that an essay entitled "Science, Literature and the Hunting of the Snark" which lists the poem as one of its subjects would be vaguely relevant to this, wouldn't you?

Yeah, you'd be WRONG. It was written in 1942 and it's all about the quest for scientific certainty in the past "generation and a half", ie, the twentieth century. ARGOMFGRELEVANCEPLZ.

Also? When you have a book that's highly recommended reading for an essay, that's on three day loan, for an essay due tomorrow, and it was due back YESTERDAY, and OTHER PEOPLE ie ME have it reserved? RETURN THE FUCKING BOOK ALREADY GODDAMN IT.

woo, more essay babbling. )
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Every time I walk past a Lush shop, I feel like the most ridiculous sort of girly-girl. I have in the past happily washed with Budget shampoo and conditioner, I've never dyed my hair, I cut it about once a year and blowdry every twelvth of never, I don't own moisturiser or any kind of hand or foot cream and as far as skincare goes I have a gel cleanser I never use. I do use liquid soap and I do try for something that smells good and I have been using the same type of shampoo and conditioner for nearly two years now, but that's the extent of my investment in the girly luxuries. I'm just way too lazy for anything else.

But Lush absolutely destroys me. For a very long time, for various reasons, I had almost no sense of smell. That got fixed a few years back, but for awhile in there Lush products were some of the few really great smells I could, well, smell. Now that I can actually smell them properly? oh my god take me now.

That said! Sometimes, my favourite thing about Lush is what you can tell about the people who buy them. For example, my mother just bought me two samples of Wow Wow mask, a big pot of Coconut and Almond Smoothie (which smells more like peanut butter Jelly Bellies to me, but hey), a tub of Marilyn (chamomile designed to smooth your hair and, with regular use, make it lighter; smells like beeswax. So yummy.), a bar of the citrus-y Happy, and one of You Snap the Whip.

From which I deduce! My mother wants me to be more assertive (I'm not sure you get much more assertive than me), have more "wow", be more happy, and... be like Marilyn Monroe. Which, I don't know, suicidal and married to Arthur Miller? Good call, mum. However, it all smells so great I don't really give a damn.

My life for the past few days has been defined by a sort of... temporal dislocation. When my dad came to pick me up on Thursday, it was the 28th of September. However, as related elsewhere, I was operating under the impression it was the 28th of October - the day before his birthday, so I baked him a birthday cake. The cake was damn good, mind you, but: "Isn't it your birthday tomorrow? ... no? ... It's not October?"

Then today I realised that it's not the last week of lectures! No, that's next week! This is excellent news.
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Stuff which I am digging right now:

- Lucid 3 - Rock & Roll Thieves

- Fly My Pretties: Live At Bats (Bag of Money - Singing in my Soul - Fly My Pretties)

- Beautiful Collision (Get Some Sleep - The Be All and End All)

- Prehistoric Park, crazy British mockumentary about a zoologist who travels back in time to capture animals on the brink of extinction and return with them to a modern zoo. The best bit about it is the way it takes itself totally seriously, so they have trouble finding good grounds for the ornithomimus, the woolly mammoth won't eat, and so forth. Absolutely hilarious. Sundays at 7:30.

- Thomas Hardy and Tess of the d'Urbervilles. The dude is so damn atheist and he can't shut up about it, it's adorable.

- Spring in Christchurch. The daffodils are blooming, cherry and peach trees are blossoming, there are actual ducklings on my actual campus and two days ago I was lying on a lawn reading the aforementioned Tess and being very still and Mama Duck and three little ducklings came up to me and actually walked on me. They tried to eat my fingers. I am so not kidding. I nearly died of the cute.

- Vogels wheat-free bread. I don't know if I mentioned, but I went onto a wheat-free diet a month or two ago (by choice, not allergies, and I have been generally feeling better since) and man do I miss bread. And pasta. And pizza (okay, I've cheated on that one.) And oreos. And cake that I don't have to make myself with fake flour that cost fifty bucks to the ounce (okay, *slight* exaggeration). But mostly? Bread. I don't even like vogels bread as a rule but I swear to god I have never enjoyed marmite on toast as much as this, including the times when I'm sick and it's the only thing I can keep down. It's the best thing since sliced bread, except it doesn't actually come sliced.

- the keywords for this icon. (Um, Runaways spoilers.)

- spoilers for Supernatural S2. I'm not actively looking for them, but I'm unfussed about stumbling across them (with the very specific exceptions of not wanting to know anything at all about 2x01.) The ones I have come across I've found generally pleasing, which puts me in the minority, but hey, y'all just don't know hot when you see it. *is shallow*

stuff I am not digging now; TMI )
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ahahaha yet another essay left til the last possible minute )

ETA 2: OH YEAH, I have an argument!

"Does romantic poetry accurately represent the non-human world, or does it drastically misrepresent it? Support your argument with an analysis of two poems."

"The nurse, the guide, the guardian of my heart": Nature as female in the poetry of William Wordsworth.

Although Wordsworth strives to faithfully describe the environment that surrounds him, his poems betray an inability to escape preconceived notions of nature as female, ultimately leading to distortions in his depictions of the non-human world. By exploring the language of "Nutting" and "Lines Written A Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey", it can be seen that Wordsworth's formulation of nature as female leads inexorably to descriptions of an environment that exists only in response to the poet's needs and desires; and environment, even, which Wordsworth appears to feed on, both literally in the case of "Nutting" and metaphorically in the case of "Tintern Abbey."

Okay, that's not a thesis, that's a title and the first two sentences of my introduction. Woo woo? Actually, gah, it doesn't quite say what I want it to say, it doesn't quite answer the question, so we'll see, it might change.

He gave out a whole bunch of essay advice, some of which was great, and some of which was kind of blah. But what really struck me was, he said only draft a provisional introduction and come back and do it again after you've finished. I do usually revise my introduction a bit, mostly because I end up leaving stuff out (I'm... talky) but, gah, I can't write *anything* until I have a really good introduction. Man.

ETA3: okay okay the rest of my blether is going to go below a cut and y'all won't have to see it but this is *fascinating*. Wordsworth published (and, according to Wiki anyway, wrote) Tintern Abbey in 1798. Here he describes the natural world as "The anchor of my purest thoughts, the nurse/The guide, the guardian of my heart, and soul/Of all my moral being." He also wrote that

...Nature never did betray
The heart that loved her; 'tis her privilege,
Through all the years of this our life, to lead
From joy to joy: for she can so inform
The mind that is within us, so impress
With quietness and beauty, and so feed
With lofty thoughts, that neither evil tongues,
Rash judgments, nor the sneers of selfish men,
Nor greetings where no kindness is, nor all
The dreary intercourse of daily life,
Shall e'er prevail against us...

Now, in the same year Immanuel Kant published his "Anthropology from a Pragmatic Point of View", where he writes: "Nature made women mature early and had them demand gentle and polite treatment from men, so that … [men] would find themselves brought, if not quite to morality itself, then at least to that which cloaks it, moral behaviour, which is the preparation and introduction to morality." The "beautiful understanding" or finer feelings that women (supposedly) have (Kant was very into finer feelings, "the beautiful and the sublime") actually leads men on to higher moral feeling.

The similarities are fascinating. I mean, Kant was publishing in German and although he was a pretty influential philosopher, even during his lifetime, I have no idea whether Wordsworth would have read his work. But whether he did or not, the similarities are striking: Wordsworth writes that nature leads men on to higher feelings and gives them a moral compass; Kant thinks women do the same thing. It's just so interesting.

*geeks out*

what's the opposite of progress? )
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Had a weekend away in wellington that was by turns amazingly wonderful (seeing old friends and my family) and screamingly shitty (seeing... my family, shitty weather, getting sick for the first time this year). But the absolute capper is getting home tonight to find that my precious and onl;y a few months old external harddrive has independently decided to WIPE EVERYTHING and I can't find any of the sixty-odd gigs of TV, movies and comics that I had saved there. I am about reading to KILL THINGS. Please, please, if anyone has any suggestions as to how I can recover any of it, I'll love you forever.

Hm.

Jul. 10th, 2006 11:42 pm
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Last semester's marks:

Logic A: A+
My verdict: totally deserved, I loved that course and I worked reasonably hard. I'm still stoked, though, because while I got 100% for my first 50% test, the second 50% test (which I must have got at least... 35, 40% of) was really bizarrely formatted, so I had no idea what to expect. So, yeah, I'm pleased.

Epistemology and Metaphysics: A
My verdict: Hm, I could have done with another A+, but I guess I can't complain. Can't help wondering if that essay had been a little better... but meh.

Algebra and Cryptography: A-
My verdict: I'm disappointed, actually. I did at least A, often better, in all the tests and assignments, and I didn't find the exam overly difficult. I dunno, I feel like I knew the course material better than that. However, it could be because I missed a lot of my tutorials; I kind of want my exam script back now...

French: B
My verdict: AHAHAHA okay, I'm actually really pleased because considering I hated the course, skipped half my classes and assessments and did an absolutely horrible oral I was seriously expecting to flunk, so, yay!

This semester's courses:

I was originally planning on taking Logic B, Semantics, Children's Literature and a history paper. However...
-I need more maths for my degree
-Children's literature clashes with Logic B
- I went to my semantics lecture today and it looks seriously boring

So my possible remodel looks either like this:
Logic B, MATH221 (groups & systems), semantics, and either nineteenth century environments or seventeenth century writing
OR
Logic B, MATH221, nineteenth century environments AND seventeenth century writing.

If anyone wants to cast a vote on which way they think I should go, please to do so as I am seriously stuck and need to make up my mind ASAP.

Pros for semantics: it's a logic-based course, and I normally adore logic. It's also a linguistics course on the meaning of words, which I also normally find interesting. I have a solid background in both logic and linguistics; I'm good at them both, too, so this has the potential to be an easy pass.
Cons for semantics: The class today was kind of dull. I might keep going for a couple of weeks to see if it improves.

Pros for nineteenth century environments: I went today and it looks really good, the lecturer seems interesting and so does the course material, which is basically about the development of environmentalist poetry, prose and non-fiction in the nineteenth century as a response to things like the industrial revolution. We get to study Frankenstein, Tess of the d'Urbervlles and the Hunting of the Snark, along with Charles Darwin and a whole slew of poets. I'm interested in environmentalism and I don't really know much about the nineteenth century but hey, Darwin!
Cons for nineteenth century environments: it looks like a crapload of reading and a lot of work. But... I think I might enjoy both, so.

Pros for the seventeenth century: king & country: I haven't been to a lecture yet (trying tomorrow) but I had one of the lecturers last year for my Shakespeare course and he was great. I know a fair bit about the (early) seventeenth century and it was a pretty interesting period. I'd quite like to study Milton because I know I'll never read him otherwise. And apparently we do a lot of seventeenth century poetry, which I think would be really satisfying; I love studying poetry (this is also a pro for C19th.)
Cons for the seventeenth century: if I don't take it, I have my Tuesdays off. Um, yeah, I would quite like that. :P It, too, looks like a lot of reading. I'd be doing three 22-pt 200 level papers and one 11-pt 200 level, which I'd be doing anyway, but I have a feeling Semantics might be an easy pass and this one definitely wouldn't be. *sigh*

ETA: also, what, are all the universities releasing their results today or something? crazy, kids. And congratulations to flist who seem to be doing very well indeed. :)

yech.

Jun. 8th, 2006 08:24 pm
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Taking a leaf out of [livejournal.com profile] blademistress' book because shit, otherwise I will never never never finish this essay and will spend the whole time banging on [livejournal.com profile] sixth_light's door begging her to put me out of my misery: essay-writing bitching, cut-tagged for your convenience! Send sympathy and anything you know about the ideational theory of meaning, plzkthx.

OH GOD KILL ME NOW )
labellementeuse: a girl sits at a desk in front of a window, chewing a pencil (Default)
Mmm, so, I'm on holiday for three weeks. And when I left I thought "right, so, I'm going to do tonnes of writing! Really!"

... yeah, I know, kiss of death. fanfiction and me, 2006 )

I'm also still looking for a beta for that Jonathon Strange and Mr Norrell tidbit... *flutters eyelashes* I'm a really grateful beta-ee, honest!

Was also going to talk about the new Doctor, but I can summarise it quickly: much enjoyed, will be there next week. :P
labellementeuse: a girl sits at a desk in front of a window, chewing a pencil (Default)
I and [livejournal.com profile] thinkaholic made a new word.

riding with the wind: *smacks around*
Mike: *ducks*
riding with the wind: *kicks*
Mike: *ducklings too*
Mike: *dodges*
riding with the wind:hahaha
Mike: *and chevrolets*
riding with the wind: YOU SAID THE MAGIC WORD.
riding with the wind: *ducklings*
riding with the wind: *ducklings*
riding with the wind: that should so be a word.
riding with the wind: *ducklings* To duckling: the act of being cute and fuzzy.

GO FORTH AND MAKE IT SO.
labellementeuse: a girl sits at a desk in front of a window, chewing a pencil (Default)
I've claimed the Young Wizards general series for [livejournal.com profile] fanfic100. I fondly await my approaching insanity, and here is my Big Damn Table.

001.Beginnings. 002.Middles. 003.Ends. 004.Insides. 005.Outsides.
006.Hours. 007.Days. 008.Weeks. 009.Months. 010.Years.
011.Red. 012.Orange. 013.Yellow. 014.Green. 015.Blue.
016.Purple. 017.Brown. 018.Black. 019.White. 020.Colourless.
021.Friends. 022.Enemies. 023.Lovers. 024.Family. 025.Strangers.
026.Teammates. 027.Parents. 028.Children. 029.Birth. 030.Death(s)
031.Sunrise. 032.Sunset. 033.Too Much. 034.Not Enough. 035.Sixth Sense.
036.Smell. 037.Sound. 038.Touch. 039.Taste. 040.Sight.
041.Shapes. 042.Triangle. 043.Square. 044.Circle. 045.Moon.
046.Star. 047.Heart. 048.Diamond. 049.Club. 050.Spade.
051.Water. 052.Fire. 053.Earth. 054.Air. 055.Spirit.
056.Breakfast. 057.Lunch. 058.Dinner. 059.Food. 060.Drink.
061.Winter. 062.Spring. 063.Summer. 064.Fall. 065.Passing.
066.Rain. 067.Snow. 068.Lightening. 069.Thunder. 070.Storm.
071.Broken 072.Fixed. 073.Light. 074.Dark. 075.Shade.
076.Who? 077.What? 078.Where? 079.When? 080.Why?
081.How? 082.If. 083.And. 084.He. 085.She.
086.Choices. 087.Life. 088.School. 089.Work. 090.Home.
091.Birthday. 092.Christmas. 093.Thanksgiving. 094.Independence. 095.New Year.
096.Writer‘s Choice. 097.Writer‘s Choice. 098.Writer‘s Choice. 099.Writer‘s Choice. 100.Writer‘s Choice.
labellementeuse: a girl sits at a desk in front of a window, chewing a pencil (Default)
also, because I am incredibly fucking sad:

mostly what I am doing right now is sitting looking at [livejournal.com profile] youngwizards and desperately, desperately trying to stop myself from reading the spoilers that are apparently in the comments on that top post.

omfg I am DYING. DYING DEAD.
labellementeuse: a girl sits at a desk in front of a window, chewing a pencil (all in capital letters)
I just found out that Shoebox Project part 23 was posted in August I can't believe I missed it, and I just read it and. and. and.

I'm kind of sort of crying. OH GOD WHY AM I A PUPPYSHIPPER IT ALL BREAKS MY HEART IN THE END, YOU KNOW THE BITS WITH AZKABAN AND ARCHES AND HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE DEATH.

*sob*

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