Saturday, January 28, 2006

Oh Yeah, Sometimes I Go to Work Too

I would just like to announce that I am not yet behind in any of my classes. Yes, this is an achievement. Just ask the people I hardly see anymore.

And, on another note, Firefly is indeed high quality television. I can see why it would get cancelled after only one season though. It seems like the kind of quirky show that while everyone could enjoy it, some people would be too busy complaining about how it was weird to enjoy it.

I realize they're striving for authenticity, but tell me I'm not the only one that finds it strange that the members of Beatles-imitator group 1964 all wear platform shoes to make them appear the height of the Beatle they portray? I mean, sure, on one hand they're more authentic, but on the other, they're less authentic, because I'm sure the real Beatles never wore platform shoes of varying heights to make them look a certain height. Or maybe they did, but I don't think so.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

I am a Big Nerd

I love the first day of school! There's just something so refreshing about it...

There's the anticipation of learning new things.

New faces replace the same old ones, and same old ones become refreshing, familiar ones.

You never have to deal with that one professor know the one.

The smell of new books pervades your backpack/room/car/wherever the kids store them these days.

Every class holds the potential for being a defining experience.

So yeah! Sure, the hope of learning comes along with syllibi full of work to be done, and the smell of new books always comes along with a smaller bank balance, but if you look on the bright side, the new semester can be a pleasent beginning for all. That said, this one's gonna be a toughie for sure...

On tuesday I started with Piano for Non-Majors II, which looks like it's going to be just as enjoyable as Piano for Non-Majors I, as long as I can get back into the rhythm of things. I might need to practice though.

After that was History of the Crusades, with Dr. Magnusson, for whom I had Medieval Europe a few semesters ago. The tone and work level seem about the same for this class, so academically, all should go well. This is my biggest class, with about 100 people, and randomly sitting down in one of the few open seats, I managed to sit by two people I already know. There's also one of my favorite people from work in that class, which will mark the first time I've ever had a class with someone from work.

Later that evening I had Evolution of Martyrdom with Dr. Shmuel Shepkaru, an Israeli with a really cool accent. He was pretty Socratic, which was really refreshing, since most professors I've run across have been all about class discussion or plain old lecture. The subject matter seems pretty interesting, tracing martyrdom in Judaism, Christianity, and Western culture in general as a concept, and looking at particular defining events and martyrs. Sadly, I'm probably going to drop this class, since the timing is difficult, and I don't want to take 18 hours. This semester's going to be hard enough as it is. This is all assuming that...

...I can get into Spanish Reading & Lit., with which I started this morning. I'm not enrolled for real, but there were about five people who were that didn't show up this morning. Unfortunately, there were about five people who weren't enrolled trying to get in, so we'll see. Basically, it's a reading/writing heavy Spanish class, except more on the reading this time.

After Spanish, I had History of the American Southwest, which, from the reading list, looked like it was going to be all about the opression of Indians. After the first lecture, it appears that this won't be the case. The workload, though, is going to be quite big, lots of reading, and more writing assignments than I'm used to for a comparable course. The professor seems pretty enjoyable though, so we'll see.

After that, I immediately went to go sign up for an audition time in concert band. I haven't practiced at all, but I'll look over it later. Besides, I don't really care all that much what part they put me on.

Finally, I had my Honors colloquium, which has some long main title, but the subtitle is the one that makes sense: The Other in Science Fiction Film and Lit. When I walked in, I immediately felt like nerdiness count of the environment had gone up by about %50. I'm not sure why that surprised me; it's an honors class about Sci-Fi, for crying out loud. If there will be a straw that breaks my proverbial camel's back this go-round, this will be it. There's about 300 pages of reading per week, a film screening every other week, 31-55 pages of writing, an oral presentation, and a final creative project. Whew! The good news is, if I survive it, the actual material and class discussion should be a lot of fun.

...So it looks to be a pretty interesting semester. I might have to take up residence at the library to get enough of the work done, but that's a bridge I'll cross on arrival.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Bill Wallace?

If you grew up in Oklahoma like so many of us did, you were undoubtedly exposed to Bill Wallace at some point. He is (was?) a children's author from Chickasha, and wrote many of my favorite books back in elementary school... A Dog Called Kitty, The Biggest Klutz in Fifth Grade, and who could forget Danger on Panther Peak? But anyway, the whole purpose of this post is to find out if anybody knows if he's still alive. This whole curiosity began when I was doing random searches on Wikipedia, and the search for Bill Wallace brought me to the bass player from some band. I began to think about writing an article about him, since he was my favorite author as a kid, and thought that knowing whether or not he's alive would be a good thing. While the internet seems to make no mention of his death, so far as I can tell, he hasn't published anything since 2001, and I can't seem to find any current biography info. If anybody knows the scoop on this, and would fill me in, I'd really appreciate it.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

I hear things....

It'd be easier to hang out. That wouldn't be very nice. Fennagle. You don't have to be in Oklahoma to take online classes. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHH!!! Sheee-it. We need a hot tub. I think my poo will help me. Ding! Damned subliminal advertising....SMOKE. Imagine me...President. Did you get less ugly? This is where you're going to put your mistakes. I think I've seen this movie 100 times before. I'm suing, I'm suing, I'm on it, I'm on it! That doesn't make any sense! Jose Andrade. Put us together, and we're 34. Fuckin' Democrats. It's Poptarts! Knowledge Brings Fear. Ahhh, stuff. Raaaaawwtrrr! If it gets in there, it could be smoldering for weeks, but once it ignites, it ignites, and it ignites hot! The court will cut back on Roe v. Wade. Luminaries. I hate brain cancer, when bug spray kills my sperm. The suspect is not your typical car-jacker. We have the best prices, available in two colors of leather. The cow says "Mooooooo!" I'll break your logic.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Nobody's Postin'.... I'm postin'. That's right. That's what this is, you lousy wankers, a post...a mighty fine post if I do say so myself.