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Warning: contains a lot of negativityspoilers for the episode )

I didn't enjoy the episode.
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No no: they definitely

Were human: uniforms, boots

How to explain. They were created in an image

I was a shadow.

I had another creator.

And in his kindness he left nothing in me to die.

And I ran to him, I arose light, blue,

Appeased, I would say: apologetic:

Smoke to omnipotent smoke

Which has no body or likness.

-Dan Pagis
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So apparently the local bus companies or the ministry of transport or whoever have decided to chancel four of the lines that reach the University (for a bonus point one of these actually connects two universities), and shorten another one. None of the proposed alternatives go through anywhere central, and I take two buses as it is.

Off course, I can always take three buses there and three back, daily. Sleep is overrated anyway. As far as I can see, the remaining options for getting into and out of that part of town are as follows: 1)car 2)walking 3)teleport. The transport people are mean and I hate them.
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It is not a good idea to read Oliver Twist and The Merchant of Venice at the same time.

Seven novels are rather a lot for one course. Also Dickens writes rather long novels.

Religious poetry is seriously screwed up. Very beautiful poetentially, but screwed up.

The easiet text I have to read is in Latin.

And now it's raining. On the plus side - new Gallifrey!
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I love being surrounded by so many books. Why can't I live in a library?
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Why in the name of insanity are we talking about the Oedipus complex and castration complex in a class about narrative analysis! We have been talking about this for four classes, getting deeper and deeper into Freud and further and further away from anything resembling a point. We are still on the second point of the sylabus and more then a third of the semester is gone. All my other instructors are excellent but this one.... If she wants to talk about the relation between the deep structure of the psyche and the deep structure of narrative why does she not do a seminar on the subject? This is an introductory course. Furthermore, she simply doesn't substantiate her argument. It is becoming impossible not to throttle her, and if I do that it might present a problem for my continued studies in the department.


Oct. 30th, 2010 09:18 pm
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Twenty six seems like a lot, too much considering how little I've accomplished. I feel sort of meh. But that could just be upset stomach.

I've been reading sir Philip Sidney's "Defence of Poesie" and getting pissed off that he considers Cato the Younger automatically superior to his great grandfather, apparently because Cato the Elder's suspicion towards Greek learning, which led him to write his literary works in Latin, single-handedly creating Latin prose writing. Cato the Younger greatest (only) achievement is the creation of his own reputation (relaying heavily on that of his great grandfather). OK, so I have a big problem with Cato the Younger. And no life.
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Am in Russia now. Is 6C. Doesn't feel as cold as I thought it would. Had a nice walk with my aunt and dinner with family. Had a fight with my cousin's black labrador over plastic bottle. Won. Just. *is ded*
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Moscow it is then. I'll do some sight seeing, relatives visiting, cooling (it's still over 30C) and not being in Israel. I'm hoping to save up money during the year and go somewhere else in the summer, a new place. Possibly Italy or even England. Both are relevant to my interests. Oh and fun.

I'm leaving on Monday, so lots to do before then. Presents to buy for the family and I have to unearth my winter clothes (it's 6C there last time I checked). I also want to get together a rough idea of what I want to do, so I can arrange my time to suit.

Have now read Beowulf. Am impressed, but I can't help worrying how much of it's power has been lost in translation. *flattens the urge to learn another dead language*
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Or possibly building an underground secret base. Surely, a more modest project couldn't account for all this fucking noise! I need to be living on an island. Or another planet.
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The Heat has been going on for almost two months now. Upwards of 35C is not normal for Moscow in any season. Ever. Forest fires are blazing all around the country. It is impossible to contain all of them before they reach populated areas. In places the wind encourages the spread of the fires. In Moscow, the smoke from the fires in the surrounding areas lingers. Pollutants are up to 6 times (!) the acceptable levels. It is also 39C. The heat will probably not abate for another month (although winds might clear some of the smog). When it does it should be possible to put the fires out. And presumably to build some kind of shelter for the people who have lost their homes before the cold sets in (soon after).

There is no climate change. It's all fine.


Jul. 29th, 2010 08:47 pm
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Take Which Doctor Who companion are you? (girls) today!
Created with Rum and Monkey's Personality Test Generator.
You're Romana!

Silly Doctor. It's adorable, really, how hard he tries. And he is pretty brilliant, you'll give him that. But he always seems to overlook the obvious--including the fact that he's not the only Gallifreyan onboard, thank you very much. You are always calm and collected, and more often than not wonderfully witty, in the face of adversity. The Doctor knows he can count on you, even when you infuriate him!
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I've gone through my old entries and tagged them. I've posted very little in the past four years, so it was not too daunting a task. I was surprised to find I could recall the details of events I mention only briefly. There was surprisingly little cringeworthy stuff. Is it wrong of me to be amused by my own ramblings?

I've been feeling much better since I started university. I feel more confident and more independent. I am much less prone to becoming irritated by petty problems. I've learned how to study properly in a way that works for me. This has been a huge problem in my previous stint at university. Learning came easy in high school, so I never learned how to actually work. I still procrastinate sometimes, but I don't let it get so bad I have to change my name and move to another country to avoid the consequences (I'm still prone to the odd exaggeration though).

I'm keeping up with my reading, so my brains don't atrophy during the break. I did end up getting a biography of Caesar. After this though, I'm taking a break from Roman history for a while. There are still many books I'd like to read, but I want to get a head start on my reading for my next semester English courses. I've always meant to read Beowulf and Paradise Lost and finish The Canterbury Tales, but never quite got round to them. I'm pretty sure we will only be reading excerpts from them and I want to read them in full, which I won't have time for once the semester starts.

Still catching up on what happened in fandom during exam frenzy. I mostly mean the Doctor Who fandom. It's the biggest fandom I have, so there's a lot to catch up on and I was away from the fandom when the finale two parter aired. I wasn't happy about having to delay watching the finale, but I didn't want to risk getting too distracted. I've also started a selective rereading of the EDA's, though I'm not up to the read-along over at [livejournal.com profile] act_three. They're reading Shadows of Avalon next and I'm not reading that again. I'll probably join in after that.

Lastly, I'd like to say I love my cat. I cannot overstate the importance of this fact. I have other cats I feed (some live around my building, and some on campus) and I really like them all. But they are not as magnificent as my cat. Nothing and no one is. My cat is the most perfect creature in the history of the universe. Just thought I'd get it down in writing.
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My mother: you're not going to university to acquire a profession...

Me: well yes, I know people with a BA in English Literature and Classics are not hugely sought after in the jobs market...

My mother: ...you're doing it to overcome your social awkwardness and your lack of friends, to get a boyfriend, to resolve various other unspecified shortcomings...

Me: Argh! *headdesk*
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My mom got back from a month in Russia this week. The place is noisy again. She brought me two dresses and just to prove she has in fact met me, some fresh berries (nothing really good grows in this benighted place). The dresses are nice, though. She has also bought matches, because you absolutely must import matches from abroad. *facepalm*

So, I had to get the really important stuff for myself. I went to return a library book (and get a new one). They have a shelf of books they're selling near the entrance to the reading hall. I like to have a look when I'm not in a hurry, but this was the first time I bought one. The Arden Henry IV part one. The second tetralogy plays have been on my to buy list for some time. I probably shouldn't have gone to the bookshop after that. I did. I've got the complete Sherlock Holmes stories and Julius Caesar. So many things to read, so little time. I want to read a book about Caesar. I'm wavering between just reading Plutarchos and a proper historical analysis. I've also been told brushing up on my knowledge of grammar will be useful for my Latin course next year. I've got grades for all my courses now, except one tutorial. I'm a bit at a loss what to do with myself now, actually.
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Handed in a paper today. So... I'm done for this semester. Been staying away from fandom. Past week and a half has been...interesting. I've even got one grade already. 96 is good right?

I'm just finishing my book on Roman history now. I'm thinking Greek history next. On the other hand, I've got a few more Roman books I want to read.
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I don't even...

I don't even know what I want to say about this except massive FAIL. Doesn't seem to cover it though. This little diplomatic incident will not blow over. I'm glad to see we're sticking to a no nonsense, everything is Their fault strategy. It's very convincing. Can a group of marines really not control a crowd without ending up killing ten of them? I don't even want to go into questions of whether they had a right to board that ship in the first place, I'm very much not an expert on international law, and really I normally try to pretend the outside world does not exist, but sometimes it's impossible.

Someone will have to answer for this. Whatever happened, the commanders that chose to send soldiers into that situation and will have to take responsibility. At best, this was a show of appalling incompetence. At worse...I don't really want to speculate on that.
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So OK, I've never done these before, but I'm pissed off enough to start now.
cut for spoilers and ranting )
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It's not fully tame yet, but we're getting there.


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