girlnamedxena: (sheep)
That I already know:
- The library hates me. As does the internet.

That I should already know:
- don't leave research to the last minute.

That I didn't know:
- there is a patron saint for transexuals and his name is Aravan.
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To my history nerd friends: Do you know of any good sources (primary or secondary) that relates the textiles and fashion after the Black Death (1348)? I'm particularly looking for stuff on how the Black Death influenced the textile/fashion industry, and I'd also like to find something on how all this affected women. My prof said she doesn't know much at all about this topic, had no suggestions for me and implied this wouldn't be the best topic ever for me to do. So, anyone have ideas? Or should I try to pick something else? (my outline is due Friday).

To my art geek friends: I'm putting together a portfolio to send to Heritage Park with my application to be a costume technician. They don't ask for one, but I figure it can't hurt, right? Anyway, I will be submitting it in a transclucent folder, which means the title page will be visible even when the folder is closed. What should my title page say? My name, obviously. But should it include anything else, like the word "portfolio"? Is there like, a standard format for these things? Should I include a description of each piece? Basically what I'm planning is to have the main picture of each piece on one side of the page, and then detail pics (if applicable) on the other side. I wasn't planning to add captions, but if this is a good idea I can. So help?
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Reading Week to do list:

- write HTST outline
- read stuff for lesbian class
- read stuff for History
- start reading Watchmen
- finish weaving project
- finish sock
- Apply for jobs (assemble portfolio)
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So, I'm an hour into my scary 3 hour, high level history class with Prof. Doom and we're chosing essay topics. I wanted to do the religious impact of the black plague among the laity but someone beat me to it, so I decided to do women instead. My prof's response? "I thought you'd chose that one" -_-* I'm not Sade! I do queer people, who a lot of the time are NOT women. Sade does women. Oh well. Maybe I can focus on prostitution or something and really become Sade. 

And now she's dismissing the class. I don't think she's ever let us out early O.o
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I need a really smashing title for my history paper. What I've got so far:

Penance to Persecution: How Same Sex Behaviour Became a Secular Offense in Western Europe, 800-1500.

Hrm. I want to work something in about the church being tolerant while secular society was not. The point of my paper is that the medieval church never discriminated against gays as a group, but rather against sex in general.  It was secular authority who got all redneck about it. ARGH.

Help plz?

EDIT: Penance to Persecution: Same Sex Behaviour and the Transition of punishment from church to state in Western Europe from 900-1500 ?




girlnamedxena: (dr. horrible)
So, I think it may actually be impossible for me to fail ARKY. How, you ask? Well, in exchange for being Prof M's lab slave, I will receive one third of a grade bonus marks. Not a certain number value, a grade. Which means that if I get an F he will have to step it up to a D. An F is 0-50%, but technically it shouldn't matter where I fall in that range because an F is a letter grade, and a D is the next grade up. I have this offer in writing on the course syllabus, and there is no caveat saying there is a minimum grade you must have to receive the bonus. I sorta wish there was a student right's adviser. I've never used one before, but now that I want one there isn't one anymore. Oh well. 

Anyway, this makes me feel somewhat better going into my exam. It would still really suck to fail the exam though.

After this course is over I think I'm going to launch a formal complaint against Prof M regarding the whole Jepardy thing. Unless I have to fight with him in order to pass, which is possible. But Tessa, who is very smart in many ways that I am not, has not found any flaws in my logic sooooo yes. I think I will pass. Take that, System!

Back to studying!

On a slightly unrelated note, why can I spell words like heidlebregensis and australopithicus without a second thought, but not Atapeceura? I don't know if I spelt that right this time, but my notes are in the kitchen and I'm too lazy to check. 

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The due date for my religion paper has been pushed back a week.

For once in my life, I don't need the extension. I sorta wanted an extension, but now I think I could have it done for Monday pretty easily. I think I'll still shoot to have it done by then, just because that works better for me scheduling wise and I'm tired of being haunted by blockweek.
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Went to a poetry reading today because I have to for my poetry class. I was dreading it. I don't like poetry very much, and the only  (free) reading I could get to before my reading report was due was this 1st Nations thing. Nothing against Native Americans here, but I was fully expecting to go to this thing and listen to them whining about oppression for an hour.

But guess what! I actually really enjoyed it. Their stuff wasn't really culturally focussed, Native culture was sort of just a backdrop against which the authors (there were three) set their work.

Then during the Q&A Annoying Question Guy asked how the authors felt about being stuck in the Native corner rather than just being mixed in with all the other authors. One of the authors Kinnie Starr (I think that's how you spell her first name) said she thought it was stupid and she deserves just as much recognition as her non-native counterparts. I sort of agree with her. I agree with giving minorities their own section at festivals or whatever if their work pertains to said minority. But if you're part of a minority but your work is pretty general then I see no reason why you can't mix with everyone else.

Anyway, some more people asked questions, then Annoying Question Guy told Starr he thought she was being rude and that giving Natives their own section was good blahblahblah.

He was annoying.

I didn't expect to be able to identify or appreciate this reading, but a lot of what the authors said really resonated with me. The nice thing about this poetry class is the prof is always asking us how we feel about things, so I probably could ramble on about how the author's experience as a visible minority really resonated with my experience as an invisible minority ect. ect.

It gave me something to think about, which is more than I can say for a lot of things.
girlnamedxena: (trapped)
So, I have an outline/bibliography due on the 15th. No biggie, I'm almost done.

Then I realized I have an outline/bibliography due A WEEK FROM THURSDAY in a different class. I haven't started yet. AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!
girlnamedxena: (gay vikings)
Avast, ye scurvy dogs! I be facing a quandery: me first mate, Sade, be hosting a revelry this comin' Halloween, and there also be RHPS and zombie wenches a' taking of their finery. What's a captain to do? Yar, if only I be a steampunk captain, then I could a' order me crew to 'aquire' a time hopper, but nay, me ship doesn't fly and me crew is a bunch of drunkards and fools.

There be swing dancing this eve! I went askin' me first wench, Emi, to accompany me to this fine gatherin,' but the wench has not given me 'er aye or nay.

I be going to school now, must because well versed in finer points of rapin', pillaging an' murderin.'
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My arky prof asked us to answer the question "Do you think the theory of natural selection and biological diversity is compatible with religious beliefs?" and hand it in. He is not giving us marks for this. He also did not indicate which religion he was talking about.

My response was two pages long (with two fairly long footnotes quibbling about fairly minor biblical points). Considering the fact that I could easily have written a long, rambling paper on this I think this was quite restrained.

But seriously, what kind of dumbass asks "is _____ compatible with religion?"? Either my prof is very uninformed about religion or he's doing this on purpose in the hopes of riling up someone like me. I really hope it's the later, because I don't want to believe that someone as highly educated as him could be so dim.
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Block week.

Urg.

Tomorrow I'm doing a presentation on eunuchs, queer space and the historical Jesus. Will also be doing spinning demo (drop spindle).

No, the spinning has nothing to do with what I'm actually suppose to be doing. But the textbook about queerspace!Jesus has a picture of a woman using a spinning wheel on the cover. Why didn't they just go ahead and put a helicopter in the background? Maybe have Robocop stomping around some skyscrapers smiting disbelievers with nuclear bombs while purple dragons fly around spitting out cupcakes.

Dumbasses.

OMG

Aug. 25th, 2008 06:46 pm
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I passed logic!!! Wooo! *dances* I got a C- which is way better than I thought I'd do! BWAHAHAHAHAHA! *throws logic text out window*
girlnamedxena: (trapped)
*attacks Logic textbook with a butcher knife*


AAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!


*sob*
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Yay! Half done my GRST paper. And by half I mean 775/2000 words. But I've never written 2000 words for one of these papers and it's never been a problem, so I'm shooting for 1500 words.

Um. Yes. It's taken me two hours to get this far. Sigh.
girlnamedxena: (Squee!)
I just got an email from my religion prof. I get to study cross-dressing saints! W00t! *dances*

My day just got a lot better.
girlnamedxena: (Squee!)
You guys! You guys! I slept ALL NIGHT. I could have slept in longer this morning, but I probably slept for, like, eleven hours so I decided it was time to get up. OMG I'm so happy about that! Hopefully I can repeat the feat tonight.

My yarn looks good. Don't think it's totally dry yet, though.

Oh, and my Religion class has been moved to the crappy little dungeon in the bottom of Science theartres to Scurfield hall where all the fancy-pants business kids are. It's actually in the same room as the class I have right after it, so that's kinda nice. Now all of my classes are in either Education or Scurfield. Weird. If it weren't for swimming I would never even have to go into campus.
girlnamedxena: (knit)
It's almost one in the morning and I'm still wide awake. Blarg.

I looked up all the text books I need, and tomorrow I'm going to the university to get my new bus pass sticker thingie and buy books (hopefully the stores will be open *crosses fingers*)



Um. What else? I've decided that as long as I'm not going to be sleeping I might as well try and do something useful, hence research ect.

I'm also taking commissions for knitting projects. There are a bunch of pictures of some recent things I've made behind the cut, along with descriptions and explanations. I designed almost everything (exceptions will be noted) and created the patterns from scratch, some of them from photographs.

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There're a bunch of movies coming out I wanna see:

- The Assassination of Jesse James- filmed in Alberta, including Heritage park. Going to it this weekend with my dad.
- Golden Compass- also one my dad wants to see
- Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street- Jonny Depp killing people and singing. Need I say more?
- I am Legend- looks kinda nifty.
- Prince Caspian
- Walk All Over Me- it's about a cop and a dominatrix. Hells yeah.

Older ones:
- Beowulf
- Stardust
- Resident Evil 2 & 3
- Hairspray
- Ratatouille


Also: I finished my last paper for the semester! Yay!

To do over winter break:
- start collecting stuff for the Great Wardrobe Makeover (this may include sewing).
- remember to watch Stargate and Voyager every day and reclaim my inner geek.
- read through the archive of Family Man
- do some writing for Yde & Olive-- 500 words a day?
- write the English essay that's due the first week back at school during the break, NOT the first week back at school.
 

Woot

Nov. 29th, 2007 01:57 pm
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That 2000 word essay I have to finish today? Yeah. It only needs to be 1500 words long. Which means I only have to write one more page.

Which also means I'll be leaving a lot of stuff out =/ oh well.

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