Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Untitled

"The Old Churchyard"
(as sung by the Waterson:Carthy)

Come, come with me out to the old churchyard
I so well know those paths 'neath the soft green sward
Friends slumber in there that we want to regard
We will trace out their names in the old churchyard

Mourn not for them, their trials are o'er
And why weep for those who will weep no more
For sweet is their sleep, though cold and hard
Their pillows may be in the old churchyard

I know that it's vain when our friends depart
To breathe kind words to a broken heart
And I know that the joy of life is marred
When we follow lost friends to the old churchyard

But were I at rest 'neath yonder tree
Oh, why would you weep, my friends, for me?
I'm so weary, so wayworn, why would you retard
The peace I seek in the old churchyard

Why weep for me, for I'm anxious to go
To that haven of rest where no tears ever flow
And I fear not to enter that dark lonely tomb
Where our saviour has lain and conquered the gloom

|: I rest in the hope that one bright day
Sunshine will burst through these prisons of clay
And old Gabriel's trumpet and voice of the Lord
Will wake up the dead in the old churchyard :|

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Heard this song a few days ago and it went straight to my heart. After hearing the news last night of Ben's passing it seemed even more poignant.

For Heather

Alrighty. So I know you're not a Family Guy fan (probably a good call on your part), but I saw this and immediately thought of you. Enjoy the trekkie moment. :)

Monday, March 30, 2009

100

This is it! Post #100 for Wanderings. Seems crazy, but that's what my Dashboard says! So, it has been almost a year and a half. I was thinking I should do some crazy list of 100-things, or put up some incredible poetry to commemorate my 100th post, but... I've been so incredibly busy that I haven't had time to think up something. I was determined to not post until I had something thrown together. However, it seemed I started to go into blog-withdrawal. So to hell with the commemorative post. Hm.. wait! I bet I can do a top 100 things... I wonder if anyone will actually read all of it? We shall see.

Lindsey's Random 100

1) I'm craving avocado. Yum.

2) Stevie Nicks is incredible

3) I found my name in the "honors" section in the newspaper for the first time ever

4) My car is currently stuffed full with cardboard boxes - the anthro club is doing a book drive for a 'needy' elementary school in the area. They asked for big boxes. I've got them, but I won't be able to see out of my back window for a few days. :)

5) I am disgusted that the snow is back after a week of comparably warm weather

6) Accounting puts me into hysterics

7) I like my green phone

8) I admitted yesterday to a couple friends that I'd never been kissed and the shock was palpable. Ha! Serves you right for asking!

9) I am a bit of a Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Science Fiction geek.

10) All of my jobs involve computer-related work, sales, or assistance. And I wonder why people ask me if I'm a computer science major...

11) This 100 things is going to take a lot longer than I thought

12) I should really be in bed as I have an early morning tomorrow

13) Facebook is nice for keeping in touch with people, but a huge time waster

14) "US versus John Lennon" is one of the best documentaries I've ever seen

15) Having a love affair with the real folk rock

16) Saw Eileen Ivers in concert on Saturday and sufficiently shook up the old farts with my shrieking and singing along.

17) Can apparently recognize Sondheim from five miles away

18) I think I need to start smoking. Apparently the smoking section is the place to gain all the latest info and informal advising appointments. ;)

19) Pandora is amazing

20) Phew. Twenty already!

21) Feta Cheese is awesome, but only if you buy it in a block or wedge (basically none of that dry crumpled crap)

22) I am trying to go overseas in August for a year or two

23) I walk for graduation in May, but finish up in July

24) I think that the fact that I work from 10pm to 3am for one of my jobs should entitle me to overtime. ;)

25) I am probably certifiably insane

26) Nicknames have included: Miss I'm Sorry, Stutters, Izzy, Li, Leelanau, Walking Dictionary, and Gorgeous (not sure where that one came from, but I'm holding on to it for all I'm worth!)

27) Currently listening to The Doobie Brothers

28) I am terrified of grad school

29) I like to write, but mostly do it for my own enjoyment and not to get published (though that would be incredible)

30) Can't stand "The Joker" by the Steve Miller Band

31) John Lennon is the background on my computer

32) I had a blank moment and had to look up the definition of 'misogyny' today.

33) I nearly choked just now because I didn't realize my coffee had gone cold and I took a big swig.

34) I get annoyed when people don't do what they're supposed and then leave it for me to pick up the pieces.

35) I am falling in love with Beethoven again. Sonata Pathetique is proving a challenge, but a lot of fun to play.

36) Helena Bonham Carter might be my new favorite (current) actress

37) Sondheim is awesome (Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George, West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods - Love it!)

38) I am so done with having an opinion - it only gets me into trouble.

39) Women who badmouth feminism or the feminist movement annoy me to no end. Just because there's an outspoken minority doesn't mean we're all out to kill your idea of what it is to be 'feminine'. (Damn. There's that opinion again...)

40) I hate the word 'feminine' because my mind supplies a distorted definition --which I'm currently working on changing.

41) I've pretty much sworn off Coca Cola (and their associated brands)

42) I've given up on Starbucks - Coffee at school is only a $1.40 for a "venti"-sized and it's more accessible than Starbucks any day.

43) I recycle

44) I can't believe I'm at 44 already. Is anyone else with me? Are you actually reading this? If you are, you deserve brownie points.

45) I'm obsessive about keeping my laptop's battery charged.

46) I average 5 hours of sleep per night

47) I really need to kick it into gear for my thesis

48) I am not opposed to Socialism (ha! I threw this in here in the middle. Will anyone catch it?)

49) Obama is not a socialist. Double check your definitions. Or better yet, actually read Das Kapital.

50) I almost screwed up my first week of 200-level college Spanish because of my 'wrong' accent fresh out of Buenos Aires.

51) I have taken Latin, German, and Spanish in my academic career. I hope to add French and Mandarin or Japanese to that list someday.

52) Firefox is so much better than IE

53) I don't understand copyright laws when it comes to movie titles and posters...

54) Sylvia Plath's poetry is incredible

55) There is a portrait of an anglicized-Jesus on the wall opposite me. Why do they always make him a fair Caucasian?

56) I love free events on campus -especially when they come with free food.

57) Apparently, I come off as snobbish. Had no idea. Seriously.

58) I am hoping (fingers crossed!) for a scholarship for this summer. My prof said I'm on the final list!

59) I find it slightly ironic that the year after I graduate, I am allotted $20,000 of financial aid -including two grants and a scholarship. I ask you, why does being 24 make that much of a difference?! I have been at an 'independent' (as in non-dependent) status for going on three years now and no financial aid. Now that I'm done with the BA it all comes rushing in.

60) I am one class away from getting a minor in Sociology inadvertently. I think I'll just finish that up this summer.

61) I get annoyed with the buttons at the top of my computer.

62) As you probably could tell already, I get easily annoyed. Hm... perhaps that's something to work on...

63) I don't get the whole 'moving-to-the-music' deal when it comes to dancing to music on your own. I want steps if I'm dancing. Seriously, I'll waltz, polka, rock step, lindy or even tango to my heart's content, but improvise? Hell no. I end up just doing the white girl bop.

64) I rarely actually talk on my phone, but text obsessively. Thank you unlimited texts!

65) I drive slowly for my age bracket. Just found out that a couple friends average about 95 on the freeway. I average about 73... Hm. Not that I'm worried or anything. The speed limit is 70mph after all.

66) Lot 666, Ladies and Gentlemen! (Name that opera! Hint: The movie rendition was out-and-out awful)

67) Journey is a bit of a guilty pleasure.

68) I have switched my major numerous times. Here are a few of the areas: Classics (i.e. Latin & Greek), Music, Art, Spanish, International Studies, and (lastly) Anthropology.

69) I don't trust any mainstream news sources.

70) I have a bit of an anti-establishment streak.

71) I recently encouraged the student body to 'stick it to the man' via email. Hehehe. This one cracks me up.

72) I worked a 12-hour day today and am still awake. Amazing.

73) I am so done with this three jobs thing.

74) I still have to do my taxes. Fortunately for me I am so ridiculously poor that it only takes about 15 minutes to complete.

75) Most days when I'm upset, I don't want advice. Really. Why do people always give you advice at the worst times?

76) I jokingly tried to convince my 82-year-old grandmother to move to Beijing with me.

77) I have only been asked out on a date once in my entire life --and that time I thought he was joking. Figures.

78) It is exactly 2:02:20 am.

79) I want a cupcake. Or an avocado and feta sandwich.

80) I actually made an effort for four days last week and 'styled' my hair, put on makeup and nice clothes. Apparently I was one day off. I came to school on Friday in a rush (i.e., wrinkled clothes, greasy hair in a ponytail, and not a smidge of makeup) and had my picture taken three times. Though it was grating at the time, my favorite moment was when my professor was snapping pictures at a reception. Just as I took a bite of brownie, I glanced up at the sound of a 'click'. I glared. He threw back his head and laughed. Ugh.

81) I've made it to 81! Have you? I doubt it.

82) I have collected a multitude of key drives.

83) My hair is flatter than flat. Stupid straight hair.

84) Got to hear the original lead singer of the Blues Brothers last night.

85) Terribly scared of heights - remind me why I bought balcony seats? Oh... that's right. They're cheap.

86) Have become more frugal in my poverty-stricken state. ;)

87) Have been sitting on a hard, straight-backed wooden chair for too long.

88) Boo.

89) I write poetry. Bad poetry. Angsty poetry. Angry poetry. Weepy poetry. Are you noticing a pattern?

90) I am just a little bit afraid of the contents of my grandmother's refrigerator. She doesn't understand the 'expiration date' concept.

91) Have a black thumb (as in antithesis of a green thumb) when it comes to houseplants.

92) 1992... What was I doing in 1992? No idea.

93) I am skeptical of 'counselors' who have no real training. I don't care if you have the gift of 'mediation' or 'counseling'. You aren't coming near me without a doctorate.

94) I want people to take me seriously, but they rarely do.

95) I'm just a wee bit scared of a few of my professors.

96) Ran into a classmate in the grocery store for the first time ever a couple weeks ago. Crazy. Guess it's time to move? ;)

97) Listening to Fred Jones by Ben Folds.

98) Ninety-Eight!

99) I can probably sing you the entire Evita soundtrack verbatim.

100) Ack! 100! I should say something incredibly profound here.... Shrubbery! Okay. Not exactly profound. But it will work. :)

Monday, March 23, 2009

This Week

OR "John Lennon, Tires, and Late Nights"
OR "My Guardian Angel Has a Handlebar Mustache"
(I couldn't decide on a title!)

This week has started off with a bang. Well, not so much a bang as a pffffffffffffffff. If you haven't guessed, that's the sound of a slowly leaking tire. Perhaps I should start at the beginning.

this morning, I got an early start, getting to school three hours before work in order to run some errands for the Anthro Club. We are showing The US v. John Lennon tomorrow night in conjunction with our meeting (If you are in the area, stop by! FH111 at 7pm!). It started off all right. Met up with Hanna, our president, who had printed off the fliers and met me in the University Center. And then off to Student Life to get our fliers approved. Every single, stinking piece of paper (or cardboard, or cardstock, etc.) has to be approved by The Office of Student Life before being posted and has to be stamped by their lovely little date stamp.

We arrive at Student Life, excited because we are actually on time for once (and I'll be able to have an hour or so to study before work), only to find out that we are not allowed to post our fliers. They aren't concerned about the content, or the fact that I used the official movie poster. No, we can't post it because it names the film. Not only can we not even put the name of the film on there, we can't even say it's about John Lennon! So we're standing there thinking, how on earth are we going to change THIS (see below) to a Student Life-approved flier that still draws people in...


Solution? Well, it wasn't really a solution. We basically cut out the title and pasted different words over top of it. Oddly enough, we can use the image from the actual movie poster, but we can't use the words... We could even use the tagline (Artist. Humanitarian. National Threat), but no title... Not sure why they'd allow one and not the other. So, the change (see newbie below) took an extra 15 minutes to change. And then another 45 minutes to find a printer on campus that was actually working.



By this time, we have forty minutes to traverse 18 different floors in four different buildings. So, we are racing up and down stairs, trying to get it all done before two. Surprisingly enough, we have twenty minutes left. So what do we do? We decide to post them around Flint. Not too far away, but it was still canvassing about ten city blocks in all.

Make it to work with one minute to spare and make it through my whopping three hour shift. :)

Tear off to class, get to listen to people go off on tangents about their personal lives and try to connect it to a commentary on counterculture. Ugh. Class gets out late, I haven't eaten all day, I'm late on homework assignments (because of the time spent fixing the flier) and then.... I get out to my car only to find a flat tire. A FLAT TIRE! What the hell?! Is my day just going to go completely to pot?! And then my guardian angel arrives...

Ok, so maybe he wasn't a guardian angel, but at that moment the elderly gentleman with a handelbar mustache, who happened to be driving a F-250 with an air pump under the hood was as close as they come. Now I am not the type to play the damsel in distress. I have my AAA roadside assistance, I know how to check and fill my tires, and I'm pretty sure I could put on the donut if I had to. However, after my day, I was just about ready to weep with happiness when someone stopped to help me.

I guess it's the little things that matter sometimes.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Consider, if you will...

... the following items. I write not to convict, demean, or preach, but to inform.

1) Coca-Cola. Oh Coca-Cola. How I once loved you. But sadly, times have changed. Or rather, times haven't changed (as your problems are old news), but I have learned. Do you know how hard you are to avoid? And now you've purchased Glacieau, too? Is nothing safe? Your CEOs have stated their opinions and made their excuses. But here I sit. Granted, I may be behind the times. Anti-Coca-Cola movements (particularly Killer Coke) stopped being big news several years ago, but what has been done? Quite a few of the campuses that boycotted you because of your connections to anti-union violence and even murders, have 'renegotiated' their contracts and you're back in our schools again. I am by no means perfect. Sometimes Coke is all that is in the vending machine (a lame excuse), or I forget and pick up a Dasani or a Vitamin Water. You have released your 'Human Rights Statment' and your 'Supplier Guiding Principles Program'. They look impressive at first glance, but one can't help but notice the loopholes. We have seen this before. Gap has presented similar information about their vendor/supplier guidelines, and we've seen the state of their workshops. I would also like thank AAA (American Anthropological Association) for continuing to boycott Coca Cola.

2) Bottled Water. Yes, bottled water. "Americans are drinking bottled water in record numbers--a whopping 5 billion gallons in 2001, according to the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), an industry trade group" (FDA 2002). Get this: tap water is more stringently regulated than tap water. Really. Where tap water has an average lead limit of 15 ppb, bottled water is around 5 ppb (FDA 2002). A study conducted by the NRDC, found that "bottled water regulations are inadequate to assure consumers of either purity or safety" and "bottled water rules allow for some contamination by E. coli or fecal coliform (which indicate possible contamination with fecal matter), contrary to tap water rules, which prohibit any confirmed contamination with these bacteria" (NRDC 1999). As you can probably tell, that last study is a wee bit old. That's why I went to the FDA to look up more recent information (which is still slightly off). In a recent Los Angeles Times article, a NRDC official stated that "bottled water isn't any safer or purer than what comes out of the tap". At this point, I'm incredibly glad that I am too stingy to buy bottled water. This doesn't even touch on the question of where all those plastic bottles go after they're thrown out either... So, recent tips I found on make tap water more palatable for the picky drinker:

a) Buy a Brita filter or something similar (that one was relatively straightforward)
b) If you buy bottled water because of the lack of chlorine-taste, just have a jug/pitcher of water in the fridge. Supposedly, the chlorine taste dissipates after eight hours in the refrigerator
c) Suck it up and fill up (okay that was my own... I couldn't resist!)
d) If you can't stand the idea of 'filling up' at public water fountains, just make sure you refill before leaving the house.
e) And for goodness sake don't throw out the bottles!

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I leave you with two verses from one of my new favorite songs. Maddy Prior, incredible British folk singer (and of Steeleye Span and Silly Sisters fame), recorded this phenomenal a capella song for her album, Flesh and Blood. Beautiful.

Honest Work (by Maddy Prior)

The prophets of a brave new world
Captains of industry
Have visions grand and great designs
But none have room for me
They see a world where everyone
Is rich and smart and young
But if I live to see such things
Too late for me they come

I know I'm not the only one
To fall beneath the wheel
Such company can not assuage
The loneliness I feel
So many are resigned to be
Society's debris
But I will be remembered for
The life life took from me

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Boo.

Titles are such hard thing to come up with. Seriously. I have trouble naming stories, essay, poetry. It's not that I don't know what the subject's about or that I can't actually think of one. I usually think up a whole slew of them. But what to name it? What's quirky without being weird? Flashy without being ostentatious? Scholarly without being stuffy? I usually just end up with the regular, boring, unexciting statement, i.e. "Socialism in Chile" or "Gender and Factory Work" or "[Insert Main Character's First Name Here]". I'm a generally creative person. You'd think I'd be able to handle something as simple as a title, but no.

On to the next subject: graduation is expensive. I mean it. Not only do I have to by a cap and gown (which total around $50), but I've also got my LA membership (which is $25), and my stole and pin (which are another $50). That doesn't even count costs like people coming into town, parking at the actual event, psychological help to restore my sanity afterward. Can't I just walk down the aisle in a nice pair of slacks and a blouse? I'd rather have my stole and pin than a cap and gown anyday. Maybe I just won't walk. It's too expensive and kind of anti-climatic since I'm going right back to school the next week to finish up my last two classes.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Good Morning, Starshine

Hello, hello.

I'm extremely bored. Well, really I shouldn't admit that... as I'm supposed to be studying right now. However, I couldn't find the motivation to study at home, and I find I'm lacking the discipline to study at coffee shops, and I am trying to be productive and get this paper done two days before it's due and not pull my usual stunt of staying up the night before to throw something together. Despite the fact that that technique is usually very effective and results in generally good grades, I've decided my sleep is a commodity to be horded and I should not be giving it up for stupid response papers. So, here I sit in a Beaner's --excuse me, Biggby's-- taking advantage of the free WiFi and realizing that even with headphones and good music to block out the other coffee-addicted patrons (Elbow, again!) I still cannot concentrate. It's just too much fun to watch people, to hear what they're saying, etc. Hm... I will have to find a way to make Chilean Socialism more appealing that people-watching....

I actually do like this little shop. Despite the chance that it's a franchise, and has a very cookie-cutter feel, it has a certain charm. It's in probably the ONLY historic building in Holt, Michigan. It used to house the favorite ice cream shop around here (Sweet Mike's) and was converted into a Bean---Biggby's in the past few years. So, with the lure of a little bit of charm, decent coffee, and free WiFi, here I sit.

I have decided of late that I need to take advantage of what my campus has to offer. We are a tiny little campus -at least compared to other state schools, as I understand it. We are just under 8,000 in our student body. It is neither the Hillsdale atmosphere (1,200 when I was there), or LCC (which is supposedly around 30,000 students between there different campuses?). Anyways, so back to what the campus has to offer. Yes, the city has a bad rap, but it really is a neat place. You just need to know where to go and what to do. What I am loving right now are the free events they offer on the campus and through student organizations. This past month, I have been able to attend the debut showing of a great documentary (A Powerful Noise), gone to the Vagina Monologues, and listened to Tariq Ali lecture on the Middle East and Latin America. I have enjoyed all three of these events and the beauty of it is that they are all FREE. Since I work on campus, I am already there four or five days a week so it's not like I am spending more on gas to come back on campus for special events.

Mr. Ali's lecture has probably been the most exciting so far -in my humble opinion. I already gave you all an introduction to him, but really I was very impressed by what he had to say. All the hype on campus portrayed him to be a radical, which I'm sure he is. However, when I think of a radical, political activists there are several images that come to mind:

1) chaining one's self to a government building
2) waving bras in the air for women's lib
3) riots developing from protests

As you can tell, my mind has a bias toward the violent, outrageous acts of political activism. I was pleasantly surprised to find Mr. Ali articulate, and passionate, but at the same time soft-spoken. He is what I have always dreamed of. And please don't take that the wrong way before I can explain what I mean. He is radical and progressive in his thinking, but he is also a confirmed intellectual. Perhaps it is to do with this bias that I have to engrained in my head, but I always thought that to be 'radical' you had to be odd, loud, somewhat irrational, and project a certain image. Probably one of the reasons I have never identified myself with my possible 'radical' side is the fact that I am very much a boring-looking, generally soft-spoken (though some would argue otherwise, but note that I said 'generally'), and possess a slightly antiquated vocabulary.

Hm. I think I'm just rambling at this point, but really I was quite pleased with his lectures. He pointed out the problems in recent US foreign policy without being disrespectful. This is something I have rarely seen. I was so shocked. Usually when you get someone who has questions about the United States' actions, they seem to just spontaneously combust before your very eyes. It was nice to listen to someone like Mr. Ali who could present his reasoning without raising his voice or letting loose a blast of spittle across his audience.
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Currently enjoying:
Music: Elbow, Steeleye Spn
Books: "Art as politics : re-crafting identities, tourism, and power in Tana Toraja, Indonesia" by Kathleen Adams
Food: Coffee (that counts, right?)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Currently Enjoying

1.) A peanut butter, banana and honey pocket bread.
2.) The music of Elbow - "The Seldom Seen Kid" is my new favorite album
3.) Free lectures on campus -you can't beat an insightful lecture given in a British accent
4.) And hanging out with classmates at said lectures
5.) The smell of freshly-laundered clothes
6.) Healthy debates between friends
7.) Wandering through art galleries
8.) The thought of a fun weekend
9.) Research
10.) A feeling of community

Things I'm not really enjoying right now:
1.) The cold is back and has brought quite a wind as well
2.) Back-handed compliments
3.) Being labeled
4.) Uncomfortable plastic chairs
5.) Being broke

Starlings

by Elbow

How dare the Premier ignore my invitations?
He'll have to go
So, too, the bunch he luncheons with
It's second on my list of things to do

At the top I'm stopping by
Your place of work and acting like
I haven't dreamed of you and I
And marriage in an orange grove
You are the only thing in any room you're ever in
I'm stubborn, selfish and too old.

I sat you down and told you how
the truest love that's ever found
Is for oneself
You pulled apart my theory
With a weary and disinterested sigh

So yes I guess I'm asking you
To back a horse that's good for glue
And nothing else
But find a man that's truer than,
Find a man that needs you more than I

Sit with me a while
And let me listen to you talk about
your dreams and your obsessions
I'll be quiet and confessional
The violets explode inside me
when I meet your eyes
Then I'm spinning and I'm diving
Like a cloud of starlings

Darling is this love?
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Found this song while surfing the internet and I believe I have fallen in love. Alternative Brit-band "Elbow" might be on its way to the top of my favorites list. It's got a bit of everything: rock, alternative, electronica, and more. They remind me a bit of Coldplay, with more of an edge. Though at the very same time as I label them 'Coldplay-esque', there's no way on earth you would get their work mixed up with that of Martin and Co. On iTunes the official album review itself as well as the member reviews have drawn parallels between Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Sigur Ros, Coldplay, Electric Light Orchestra, and Gershwin. Talk about an impressive mix... Anyway, some of you will hate them and some of you may love them, but I'm here to recommend "Starlings" (BN: It is a different composition rhythmically, lyrically, and overall, so listen with a grain of salt. Or a half-cup. Your call) and at least a listen-through of their latest album, "The Seldom Seen Kid".

Friday, March 6, 2009

La-di-dah or Tariq Ali Comes To Town

I don't know why, but for some reason I'm thinking of The Secret Garden. And then I thought of Martha saying to Mary Lennox, "I'm not all la-di-dah like a proper lady's maid". Hm. Not sure where that came from, but there you have it.

And on to Tariq Ali. You may recognize him for his films, his novels, his non-fiction works, or his political activism. Or you may not. I didn't. Pakistani-born political activist, author and speaker Tariq Ali is visiting University of Michigan-Flint as this year's Winegarten Scholar. Educated at Punjab University and Oxford, Ali studied politics, philosophy and economics and has been politically active since his college years. I am pretty excited about his visit. He'll be in Flint (poor, poor man) for a month and is giving a series of lectures, film screenings and also sponsoring the production of one of his play's on campus. I can't say that I will agree with or even appreciate all he says, but this really is a great opportunity. So, I'm eagerly looking forward to his first lecture next week and the film.

That being said I can now move on to what I've been dying to say since I started typing this post: THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY! This week has been a nightmare and I am incredibly happy to see the end of it! So now I'm looking forward to a semi-busy weekend of studying, studying, more studying, and maybe a little bit of a break!
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And lastly, I have to say that I loved this version of the opening bit on The Simpsons. Name those shows, anyone?

Monday, March 2, 2009

Farewell to Break

Yes. Spring Break is officially over. Sigh. I am back on campus right now and attempting to revise my outline and discussion for tonight. Seriously, I am so done with this book. I am looking forward to one last week with Chilean Socialism and then on to counterculture discussions!

Not much is really happening here. I am reading like crazy, studying like mad, and perfecting my act as a hermit. I think there's a conspiracy in the Anthro department because (despite the fact that midterms were last week) all my professors seemed to have assigned a boatload of work for this week --I suppose they thought we'd have extra time what with the alleged 'break' and all. Yeah... not so much.

Continuing research for the thesis. The articles are pretty interesting (I should hope they are as I picked the topic!) and I'm finding a decent amount of information. I had to laugh when I tried to explain the topic to my Grandmother. She looked at me like I was crazy and said "I don't think that's true at all. You should choose something more important to study." Oh Grams. Actually, I've been surprised by the response as I've had that same reaction from someone else. I tried not to push their opinions off as 'uninformed', but really how can this not be true? We see this all over the place. Do they think that these kitschy souvenir trades merely popped up to keep the locals busy? And who in their right mind is going to make useless little clay pots without someone to sell to. Bah. Oh well. I like my topic and I'm sticking to it.

Over Spring Break, did get the chance to play around with Audacity (free download of a recording and mixing 'studio'). I'm not sure if I'm working it correctly, but I have worked out a few of the kinks -at least for me. I'm sure I will never use it to its full capacity. And oddly enough, one of the credited developers is listed as "Matt Brubeck". Wondering if this is Dave Brubeck's son, who is supposedly a phenomenal cellist, composer and arranger...

Also, have to say that I really wonder what inspires my schoolmates to discuss their personal lives, sex lives, etc., in public? Do they not realize that people are sitting just five feet from them? I really don't need to know -not about your dog, your two ex-husbands, your child support, or who you were sleeping with last week. Really. In fact, I don't want to know.