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(LJ-Only Post because DW up and disappeared on me and ate the original version of this as I tried to sneak it in before the deadline for the server upgrade.  And anyway, I've decided to include a poll anyway, so nyah!)[Poll #1802781]
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My brain is much smarter than me sometimes.

I've been struggling with my MA report topic for a few weeks now - it's not in the field I originally wanted to work in but in one that I chose because I lost my old adviser.  The new one's the first guy who ever made philosophy make sense to me and this particular issue is a difficult topic that bridges five disciplines that don't talk to each other and use the same words to mean different things and oh, it takes place over 700 years and involves translating complex philosophical theories in and out of at least six different languages - which also use the same words to mean different things.  All of my outline attempts thus far have been way too philosophy - a field where I'm still a noob - and not nearly enough history.

Until I woke up at 3:30 this morning for a cigarette and then sat down and wrote an outline.

For eight hours.

It's seven pages long, single spaced, made up almost entirely of argument with references to some evidence but no actual citation.

I turned it in.  The adviser didn't have time to look at it yet, but while we were talking seemed to agree with most of my ideas.

If it works: it's brilliant.  Emperor's new clothes type potentially revolutionary shit.  If it doesn't work, I'm a complete asshole.  That's how things shake out sometimes.  I really hope it's brilliant.  I don't have any other ideas.  Professor said to poke him if I don't hear back in ten days.

But for now, i'm going to sleep.  People whom I owe things: I'll get to them after a nap.
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So, the cosmos works this way some times: today was both my posting day for [livejournal.com profile] sncross_bigbang (yay for being on the first day!), and the day that all of my term papers came due.  So right now, I'm just kind of limp, and I somehow managed to lose all three lighters I took to campus today, but all is well.  Apparently today was what I've been working for over the last five months, and yeah, get me a nap and a beer and then I shall be properly giddy.

In the meantime, Fun With Students.  I call this episode, "Socrates didn't tell me there'd be days like this, days like this"
I swear this university is much more selective with its grad students )
Yes, that's right.  It's surrounded by water.
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Spring break, how are you so close and yet so far away?

So, this may just be sleep deprivation, but I think the characters in the fic I'm working on are messing with my head. 
Read more... )
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I may have disappeared for a bit.  The last few weeks have been a combination of sleep deprivation, family visitation, unholy amounts of readings for classes (and it's the anti-last semester, so all of the readings are pioneering new areas of boring and pedantic), even more grading than reading (and my, the special snowflakes in this group), and, yes, writing the big bang fic.  For [livejournal.com profile] sncross_bigbang .  The Discworld one.  I swear I mentioned this. Currently at 15,350 words and not even out of Ankh-Morpork yet.  Crap.  Yes, there's a reason I haven't updated anything else in two months.  Plus, ooh, I think I've got a beta for it now.  Yays!

So why am I up at 6:00 am?  Because Havelock Vetinari doesn't sleep.

And he hogs all the covers too... )
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Hoy hoy.  I'm going through a fun life change at the moment, hence the disappearingness.  Sorry 'bout that. 

Anyway, one of my reactions to the recent life changing events has been locking myself in my room and watching every adaptation of Pride and Prejudice that I could get my hands on (1940, 1995, 2003, 2005, and Bridget Jones' Diary.  I realize that my failure to find Bride and Prejudice simply highlights my ethnocentrism, but I did manage to find the genuinely bizarre Mormon 2003 version, so I've got that going for me). 

And I realized that, despite my previously voiced opinion, that I like 2005 best.  Yep.  Better than 1995.  There are people out there that are going to kill me for this one.  Explanation after the cut.
No, I'm not disowning Colin Firth, but hear me out )






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