December 26th, 2006
|12:26 pm - Okay.... Fall Semester 2006 + Christmas|
Well, I'm finally getting to that post. Perhaps I should start with the grades and work from there? I think so.
First, I want to make note of finals week. It was the worst experience I've ever had at Stetson. It was the most incredibly stressful and horribly prolonged week of exams and papers, especially considering what was due the week before during the last week of classes. That week I had my Star Trek seminar paper due, a writing workshop for EH121, a research paper due for Social Inequality, and my research prospectus for Dr. Croce. For finals, I had a brief reflective essay, a longer take home essay, two monster take home exams, and an annotated mock syllabus for a class of my own design.
I had an overwhelming workload this semester, and needless to say, I snapped. The paper for sociology was a day late. The prospectus was several days late (which was a running problem with research prep). My work for Star Trek was in on time. Then Wednesday, I had the worst meldtown possible. Crystal said it was a panic attack, which is possible. Either way, I had three massive assignments due within the next two days and none of them close to finished. I hadn't slept. I worked and worked and freaked out. So, finals got their first extension. My first big final was due later that day instead of at 10 that morning, and my next big assignments moved to Friday. Friday at noon. Again, I worked and worked, and ended up getting another extension on my sociology final. I felt the an awful student at that point, but I wasn't going to turn in shit when I've been doing so well this semester. So, finals ended up stretching well into this Monday. Yes, this Monday. All of this ridiculousness considered, now for my grades:
Teaching Apprenticeship (Popular Culture): A
Teaching Apprenticeship (Research & Argumentation): A
Modern America 1900-1940: A-
Star Trek: A-
Social Inequality: B+
Prep for Senior Research: B
I have to say, I'm pretty damn happy with these grades. I worked my ass off for the apprenticeship and it makes me happy that it shows in the grade. That A and the A- for Modern America are the first As I've ever gotten in classes with Dr. M. I've had five classes with her before those, so it's taken some time, but it was worth it. The grade for Star Trek makes me happy - and curious as to how I did on my seminar paper and my final. That class and the half of the teaching apprenticeship with Dr. O were so great, I'm really glad I got to do both this semester.
Social Inequality. This is where I'm frustrated. I know a B+ is great, but the only bad great I got in the class this semester was a C on the horrible in class midterm. Every other assignment was an A, including the out of class midterm which I scored perfectly on. However, although my work was consistant, maybe my last stuff sucked. Who knows, because it seemed like I'd at least get an A-. Nope. Research prep was sort of dissapointing, but I'm cool with it since the class itself was kind of dissapointing anyway. I didn't make enough time for it with everything else. Of course, with the real deal starting next semester/month, I'll be giving it a hell of a lot more attention.
So, fall semester is over. I was on campus late into the night pretty much every day and I had hung out with Sarah, Katie, and Josh pretty much the whole time. It was a lot of fun despite being a lot of stress. It's kinda sad that Sarah has graduated now and Greg has come back to amplify Josh's craziness. Oh well, the best times seem to be the ones that only last a little while anyway.
I think I ran into Shayna more this semester than last semester when we "worked" together. I'm really glad I no longer work in the art department, because I don't think the semester would have been nearly as enjoyable if I had continued on.
Of course, the semester had its down sides. The meltdown at the end was a huge one. Another was being preached at earlier this semester and having my personal beliefs probed and mutilated in awkward conversation. It still kind of pisses me off. Another big one is not going to see Joan Jett when the option arose. Hmmm... perhaps the worst part was not seeing some friends that often. This one goes out to Ali and Harrison, who I only saw a few times and who happen to be two of my favorite people at Stetson. So, Ali, I hope you have a kick ass time in Scotland. And Harrison, we need to hang out or something in the spring, because it'll be my last semester and we never get to.
So... Christmas! Finals spilled into this past week, which being the week before Christmas was its own special kind of stress filled hell. I had to finish shopping, clean my disaster area of a bedroom, wrap my presents, and deal with my mom. None of which are easy to wrangle around the holidays. I was up until 4:30am on Christmas morning dusting and putting boxes in my closet, because my bedroom is just too small for all my crap. Of course, you're thinking now he's gonna get more crap and have even less space. Yes. This is true. Anyways, the shopping was a pain in the ass. I got most of the stuff fairly easily, but my dad's present - the dvd boxset of Bruce Campbell's Brisco County Jr - was a trek through Wal-Mart, Sears, and Blockbuster before resorting to one day shipping on Amazon. Everything came together though.
Christmas was a great time. I pretty much got what I wanted and some other stuff I never thought about, but love. I got a stack of new cds, some great new t-shirts, some cool dvd boxsets, a new wallet, a really cool new stereo, ummm... and a pop-up book of celebrity meltdowns, among other things. Everyone seemed to really enjoy their presents that I got for them, which makes me happy. The food was good, but I gorged on appetizers (my mom made buffalo chicken dip and my aunt brought tomato/basil/mozerella skewers) and wasn't particularly hungry until dessert, when I gorged again. I felt a little like shit after that, and napped for about five hours after. I'm still not way hungry, but I think I could eat something. I might in a few.
Tonight I have Christmas at my Gramma's. I remember when I was younger we'd do Christmas with both sides of my family on the day itself, not at the same time of course, but slowly it's drifted to two different days. I wonder how that's going to go. Anyways, I suppose this qualifies as a real entry, right? I hope every had a Merry Christmas and a Happy Hannukah. Later folks!
Current Location: the newly cleaned bedroom
Current Mood: impressed
Current Music: Dannii Minogue - Disrememberance
December 23rd, 2006
|06:05 pm - Womble Womble Shake Shake|
Okay, now for a real post...
Current Location: my bedroom, where else?
Current Music: Hall & Oates - Method Of Modern Love
December 20th, 2006
|04:29 am - I Promise|
So, the semester officially ended for me yesterday with my last piece of work turned in (yeah, Monday after finals really ended, looooong story). I haven't posted in ages, but I should be cleaning, which means no substantial posts for now.
However, I plan on posting something extensive (hopefully) around the time grades are released, so I can reflect on the whole semester, which should be... fun, maybe. I have to say it was the most soul crushing yet rewarding semester I've had, give or take a few things. But I'll get to that later.
So, I suppose I'm promising you (whoever reads this) an update soon. A real one. Not just a promise of one or a personality quiz stolen from Harrison's journal. Now, off I go to clean and then sleep, and then wake up and clean and finish up Christmas shopping. I don't know what's more stressful, the week before Christmas or finals. Well, slightly hyperbolic, but whatever.
I'll see you within the week folks.
Current Location: my disaster area of a bedroom
Current Mood: determined
Current Music: The Blow Monkeys - Digging Your Scene (Extended Mix)
December 2nd, 2006
|03:45 am - Okay, Why Not?|
Current Location: bedroom... close to bed... yes...
Current Mood: drained
Current Music: Lily Allen - LDN
November 9th, 2006
|01:20 pm - Long Time Gone|
I haven't posted in quite a while, and I'm pretty sure there won't be much substance to this one, but hey, it's better than 671 of me being the most recent post.
My computer was fixed for under 200 dollars, but I still pulled almost all of my savings for the new one, which is great. It's not a massive difference, but it's newer and faster, which means it wins over old and slow in this situation.
This semester has been insane. This week especially. I had to present my "Star Trek" project yesterday which was successful. How could it not be with bad fan fiction parody and the Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant. I got an A- on my "Behind the Mask of Chivalry" paper, which was a first time A on an actual paper for Dr. M since I was a freshman. It was exciting. This morning I did my "Miracle on 34th Street" presentation, which was somewhat successful. Technology was a problem, as it often is, but it all worked out. The class enjoyed the idea of "Santa's Slay" a little too much however. I do have morbid curiousity to see that though. I mean, Santa Claus as the killer spawn of Satan? Sounds like a holiday classic.
Oh well, I'm starving and even though repeat visits to the Commons yesterday makes the food so unappealing, it's not like the Hat Rack is much better at this point. Hello salad bar.
Oh, and yay. Clownface lost her election and Britney dumped KFed and is slowly castrating him in the court of public opinion. Good stuff. I mean, yeah, Permatan won and KFed's album will always be out there now, but still, good stuff.
Current Location: the computer lab across from hell
Current Mood: complacent
Current Music: none, wishing I had kept the new Nellie McKay cd in my stuff
October 19th, 2006
|09:30 pm - More of Me|
Current Location: in the bedroom
Current Mood: whatever
Current Music: Poe - Angry Johnny
October 11th, 2006
|01:16 am - In Secret|
Well, I'm using my mom's computer again real quick before I head to bed.
I bought a new computer. I am low on savings now, but I guess it was worth it. The old computer had its issues, but I'm hoping to get it fixed and shift my files over as soon as possible. I have been in meltdown mode since this morning, and it hasn't been cool. I can cope with research paper, class presentations, and teaching the class. I can. But when my computer dies...
Anyway, I'm slowly figuring out the new machine, which is just like the old machine, but newer. Yeah. I really want to move as much of my old stuff to the new thing as soon as possible. All those mp3s, the random pictures I've found online, my favorite websites, my personal files and most of my Stetson work from the past three years. The computer lasted three years. I'm not sure if that's good or bad. It's been worse. I really hope I can. I didn't want to lose three+ years of memories for one new computer, even if I needed a new one.
I am still in meltdown mode. Tomorrow I have to do my precis which I should have done today. I need to do more research. I have so much to do and write and read. I'm going to explode.
Wish me luck. Boost my confidence. That whole thing. I'm exhausted and torn and going to bed. Later!
Current Location: my mom's chair in the family office
Current Mood: discontent
Current Music: none
October 10th, 2006
|11:56 am - The Demise|
My computer has died.
It could possibly be fixed, and might be fixed eventually, but for now, it's dead. The power outage last night took its life. I hope I can save my files and such, some of which mean a lot to me for whatever reasons. Some I could do without.
But for now. Dead. This is upsetting to me, but I'm going to get a new computer tonight, even though that means no more savings account practically. The computer - with the virus that would never die and random video card problems and the slowness... it was time I think. I really hope I can save my personal files though. Anyone know of a way to help me out in that respect?
Anyways, I must go, I'm using my mom's computer and I need to be cleaning. Well, I need to be doing school work, but cleaning for now.
I want to update on stuff from before fall break, but I guess that'll wait or won't happen. Later folks.
Current Location: the family office
Current Mood: annoyed
Current Music: none
September 27th, 2006
|09:39 pm - Hmmm... Acceptable|
Modern, Cool Nerd
52 % Nerd, 65% Geek, 34% Dork
For The Record:
A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.
A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.
A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.
You scored better than half in Nerd and Geek, earning you the title of: Modern, Cool Nerd.
Nerds didn't use to be cool, but in the 90's that all changed. It used to be that, if you were a computer expert, you had to wear plaid or a pocket protector or suspenders or something that announced to the world that you couldn't quite fit in. Not anymore. Now, the intelligent and geeky have eked out for themselves a modicum of respect at the very least, and "geek is chic." The Modern, Cool Nerd is intelligent, knowledgable and always the person to call in a crisis (needing computer advice/an arcane bit of trivia knowledge). They are the one you want as your lifeline in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (or the one up there, winning the million bucks)!
Also, you might want to check out some of my other tests if you're interested in any of the following:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Love & Sexuality
Thanks Again! -- THE NERD? GEEK? OR DORK? TEST
My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
|You scored higher than 99% on nerdiness|
|You scored higher than 99% on geekosity|
|You scored higher than 99% on dork points|
Current Location: at home, in the privacy of my bedroom
Current Mood: geeky
Current Music: New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle (Single Remix)
September 22nd, 2006
|02:27 pm - Floating Away...|
So, at the request of Jay, I'm making an update. This week feels more "floaty" and quick than last week. I can't believe it's already Friday. It just feels like "Poof! Here's the weekend!" To make it feel less like that, I'm going to go on about the week. Maybe that'll make it feel less "floaty".
On Monday I had to basically teach or present to the freshmen in EH121, which went okay. I had lots of ideas formulated, but I think I went through them rather quickly. The whole point was to give them a semiotic spin on their essay assignment and rework the available questions. For instance, we read about homosexuality on tv and "Will & Grace" being heterosexualized. Because the current section is on reality tv, I suggested how lesbians are heterosexualized on "Flavor of Love". I don't think anyone went with that one. The rest of my classes were just kinda there that day.
Tuesday was nice - there was a group presentation on controversy and Harry Potter in Popular Culture, so Dr. M and I just sat back and absorbed the information. And that was my day for classes. I don't remember much in the way of Tuesday inbetween that and television that night. Joey Lawrence killed it on "Dancing with the Stars", which is great, I guess. His choice of hairstyle unnerves me, when he's so known for, well, having hair. However, celebrity dancing didn't compare to the debut of "Boston Legal". Oh, Denny Crane and the sex doll sent that episode over the top.
I actually attended my first Wednesday class in Social Inequality in forever. I had missed the past two Wednesdays, so it felt like a great achievement. It's my most loaded day, and it felt like it. Give or take the "breaks" I have inbetween, I'm constantly in class. I ended up getting the second day of seminar presentations for Star Trek by unfortunate default, which is just how it goes. Maybe having to present a month before the paper is due is a good thing? Then I had to brainstorm some discussion issues for Modern America, which are always late because my schedule is so demanding on Wednesdays. I had dinner with Katie, which was fun. Then we had class, which was slightly less, but not that bad. A bunch of folks wanted to go to the marijuana debate, but we talked Coney Island and Jacob Riis instead, which is fine. I don't care either way, though I'm much more for legalizing it than not. Anyway, I talked a lot in Modern America. Maybe too much, it sorta feels like it sometimes anyway.
Thursday was great. We talked internet fandom and Harry Potter for the larger part of Popular Culture, which is fun. It's interesting, none of the kids said they had ever been to a fan site like that before. Poor stigmatized fandom. Dr. M encouraged me to perhaps narrow my senior research down in respect to fandom and what I had already thought about, which would be awesome. That's one of my major interests, because it's the fandom that really interacts with social issues when they're presented in comic books. Actual senior research wasn't too bad either, though I am consistantly unprepared. I definitely need to refocus my approach to the class, though I still have a lot of things to say.
Classes being over with fairly early in the day is a great thing. I was able to grab lunch with Katie and then chill in the commons with her, Josh, and a bunch of other cool type folks. We talked about people as chimpanzees and people as objecionable douchebags, and listened intently to the graphic details of Will's laser eye surgery. Wow. They had a rather nice almost homemade granola bar thing in the commons yesterday, which surprised me. If you avoid sketchy entrees and cakes pretending to be what they're not, the food isn't that bad, I guess. After lunch, I tried to do a little more work, but I was easily distracted and goofed around on MySpace, Facebook, here... Anyway, Sarah showed up and decided she wanted coffee. So, I wanted coffee too and we went to Boston Gourmet, which I have missed. I love their frozen coffees and pesto wraps, but since I had lunch already, I basically settled for a toasted croissant as a snack and a frozen Coco Mocha Joy. Yeah, nice name. Anyway, that was fun too. We laughed at random Trivial Pursuit questions and chilled. I need to relax more often.
I went back on campus and was there for a little bit before finally leaving - having had an excellent day. My day continued to be rather excellent, what with the great all new season debut episode of "Grey's Anatomy". I missed "Celebrity Duets", but I can always catch up with that tonight. It was the crowning jewel of the television crown for the evening, so to speak. I also talked to Jay for a little while, which is always cool. His brother John messaged me too, which was great, because we hadn't talked once this year until then. He pretty much formally announced his marriage date for next year to me, which is awesome. He's an awesome person and his fiance is equally great. I hope I talk to all of them again soon.
Today...today is turning downward from the peak that was yesterday. I only finally latched onto some potential research ideas for Social Inequality this morning, and didn't have time for typing the topics up, meaning once again I was slightly late. I typed them up though after. Then I go to my teaching apprenticeship and Dr. O'Neill leaves me in charge - which is way cool, but an adjustment. I was pretty direct with everything, so class got out much earlier than it would have otherwise. Talking about the evils of plagiarism and how you can do it isn't all that difficult. Wow, I'm almost reaching the point where I started posting this now. I e-mailed her about class, and then there's this. This ranting entry to anchor my week in my mind and maybe yours.
So now, I think I'll attempt to do some actual work, or focus on goofing off while I wait to go home. Whenever that might be. My mom is getting the laser eye surgery today and the last time I checked there was a parade outside, so who knows what's next for me while I wait. Who knows.
Current Location: Davis computer lab
Current Mood: contemplative
Current Music: none :(