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amiina concert [Mar. 12th, 2007|04:39 pm]
c'est tellement simple, l'amour
we could...Collapse )

OR we could just not go, and i could get us some conciliatory booze.. my mom would still want the $13, and if we decide not to go, i can pay for half your unused ticket.. thoughts?
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i like to say "effing" a lot. [Mar. 6th, 2007|06:23 pm]
c'est tellement simple, l'amour
[Current Music |m. ward - involuntary]

to follow up on the last entry.. i spent about an hour and a half talking with professor groton and restated/realized that modern french society and literature are not my passions.

in all reality, the french degree was only to be a fallback in case i can't do what i want. only problem is, the degree without the ability would really only come in handy in teaching, which requires a license. i.e. the language skill will still be recognized without the major, but i can't teach without the major or the license, neither of which i really want to get. hell, i don't even really want to teach in the first place. no effing textbooks that'd meet my standards, anyway. plus, little mofos don't wanna learn.

funny thing is, i decided to add a medieval studies major in lieu of the french major, but it's still less classes than i'd have to take for the french major.. i added a major 2nd semester of my junior year, and it requires less classes than the french major after 2 and 1/2 years of taking french classes and studying abroad. go effing figure.

and best thing is.. I CARE! and i can do an independent research on old french and have it possibly count for both the medieval studies major and the linguistics concentration.

this takes off such a weight. and solves so many problems. now i'm doing what i want, and it's less stressful anyway. boo ya.
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(no subject) [Mar. 6th, 2007|11:58 am]
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[Current Music |sufjan stevens - in the devil's territory]

i really have no idea where i am in life right now..

1) i'm coming to realize slowly that i don't like my french major. i'm thinking of dropping it.. but i'm not taking action anytime soon, and i'm going to talk with a lot of people about it.

the thing is, french just isn't my passion anymore. i don't like the classes, and i don't like doing the work, because they aren't a challenge. they don't interest me. i don't really care about literature or contemporary francophone social issues. french was always a linguistic interest for me, as just one of many offshoots of latin. and they don't offer old french here, and you can't count independent research towards the major. i love speaking and hearing the language and studying in it especially, it's just that no matter what i take here, these aren't classes about [topic here] conducted in french, they're all french classes, i.e. "omg let's learn french FROMAGE MAUPASSANT hauh hauh hauh". (maybe i was in my element in france after all.)

i have 3-4 french classes left in 1 year, if i'm to go on with my french major... what do you think, people?

2) and as much as i love classics, i'm scared shitless of going on in it. people are so much more knowledgeable than i am, especially since, again, latin's just a linguistic interest for me. i don't care about the history, mythology, or literature that much. liking philosophy is as close as i get.
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not to start another entry with "so," but... [Mar. 2nd, 2007|04:25 pm]
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so for the past few months, i've been in contact with carlota duarte, a photographer who's currently working with the chiapas in mexico. now she's sending me show updates and information about her work, and has invited me to volunteer. can we spell summer opportunity? maybeee.

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that, and sigur rós has added me to a mailing list.... either that, or they sent something to me directly. not effing kidding. granted, it was an email about the amiina tour, but the band is the only sr/amiina related people i've given my st. olaf email to..

holy CRAP
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(no subject) [Mar. 1st, 2007|11:47 pm]
c'est tellement simple, l'amour
there's a blizzard outside.
and my housemates and i just ran down ole ave. screaming in our underwear.
glorious.
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miscellania (and no, these o's are not vocative.) [Feb. 28th, 2007|07:38 pm]
c'est tellement simple, l'amour
[Current Mood |bouncypretty good, actually]
[Current Music |norah jones - shoot the moon (love this song)]

(i hate starting entries with "so", but...)
o. so i decided to drop my french class. i just couldn't stand another literature class. and yes, let's be honest.. the conversation is just not stimulating here. people don't really listen to each other, they just want you to talk. and it still seems that the teachers are just using topics like literature or immigration to teach us french secretly, and cause that's what's preoccupying them, it doesn't really matter what we say about the literature. allen was really the best prof to get themes out of a book/work, because she had a "big picture" sort of approach to the texts. using minute details to reveal eventually major themes just seems wrong.

i really just liked studying other things in french, rather than french itself. old french? yes, please. latin? oui. zola? not so much.

o. instead, i'm reserving the time to work on the isolastra project as if it were a class in itself. tomorrow, during the class' time slot, i'm writing a "syllabus". it'll probably mean, per class period: 1-2 lines of composition and word generation, 15-30 minutes of english "preview translation" writing, and 15-30 minutes of linguistics and/or housekeeping. we'll see how this goes. the goal is to finish the first scene by the end of the semester, which i have approximated at about 360 lines, 93 of which i've slowly completed.

o. in other matters, in religion class today, i kicked ass and took names, talking about moral life and infinity. the professor saw me about an hour after class and pointed to me and said, "good job in class today, mike." made me feel all speshul.

o. as for all the problems i've had lately, i'm over them. i'm fine. that includes the tummy trouble--it's almost completely gone now. it's amazing. it was probably just stress that was keeping my body from healing completely. and this, of course, means i can probably afford to get tipsy--legally tipsy, even--soon.

o. that, and i absolutely love the prospect of having a blizzard on a wednesday night/thursday morning. don't know why, just do.

o. my radio show starts monday, and for the most part, i'm psyched.. i've advertized, it's just no one's making requests, even the people i've told about it in person. it looks like i'll have to have to make theme shows or just play whatever..

o. i rode katie's bike into town today. the first time i'd done real physical exertion in a while, so it definitely took a good half hour to get over the uphill ride back, but now, i'm feeling great.

o. i looked in town for drag ball items, only at ragstock, they don't have any effing wigs. what the hell am i supposed to do for drag ball? and i was going to try for classy this year.. (as opposed to last year, which was "cute" and the year before that, which was "parochial".) even planning on shaving face and maybe legs for this. (i might be able to pull off just pantyhose.) i guess i'll have to try target or scalp someone.

maaaaaaaatt, can we make a target run sometime this week? like friday, when the streets are hopefully sane again?

o. (p.s.) omg. i just did some itunes divination--put my library on shuffle, and it played the absolute first song in my library ("when the going gets tough, the tough get karazzee" by !!!). sorry, but for an itunes geek like me, this is near-momentous.
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(no subject) [Feb. 16th, 2007|02:08 pm]
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[Current Music |nina simone - baltimore]

mm. nice. first lunch without any abdominal trouble, and what's MORE, i just had coffee with NO adverse reaction. maybe it just took the prevacid a little longer than usual to work. things are looking up...
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the thunder: perfect mind [Feb. 13th, 2007|10:42 pm]
c'est tellement simple, l'amour
a gnostic text from the nag hamadi library, from the 4th century. fell in love with it, and wish the original greek had survived instead of the (boo) coptic.

I was sent forth from the power,
and I have come to those who reflect upon me,
and I have been found among those who seek after me.
Look upon me, you who reflect upon me,
and you hearers, hear me.
You who are waiting for me, take me to yourselves.
And do not banish me from your sight.
And do not make your voice hate me, nor your hearing.
Do not be ignorant of me anywhere or any time. Be on your guard!
Do not be ignorant of me.

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(no subject) [Feb. 12th, 2007|10:22 pm]
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holy crap. i just found a holy grail of teen angst and artsyfuckness. i found some old pictures stored on my old AOL account's still-functioning website. to be posted on facebook, and perhaps, prudently, here tomorrow.
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(no subject) [Feb. 12th, 2007|12:51 pm]
c'est tellement simple, l'amour
[Current Music |mendoza line - a damn good disguise]

now nothing is settled, so that makes you nervous, cause you won't be so lucky when they figure it out, and your hand moves so slightly, she'd scarcely notice. what you call audacious, dear, i barely count.

and i won't be there when you change your mind, but if your heart should change, i guess i might be found. whether covered up with lies, under paint that never dries, it'll take a damn good disguise to live this one down now.
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