Monday, May 28, 2007

pirates, wizards and plenty of sleep

Well, it's been a fairly busy weekend, but overall a fun one. Friday I went ice-skating (in the morning! i had to wake up!), for the first time in years, and managed to skate around without holding on to the edge all the time, which felt like an achievement. Did not do so well at trying to teach others to skate, but started learning to skate backwards, which was exciting. Then Friday evening I went to watch 'Tales From Earthsea', which turned out to be an odd experience. It wasn't a bad movie, although the plot had many holes in it, but I was distracted from this by trying to match the movie to the books. Obviously there were elements of Tehanu in there, but I think this was blended with The Farthest Shore, and also bits that were unique to the movie itself. I found it hard to distinguish though since it's been so long since I read those books, my memory of what goes where is vague (apart from The Tombs of Atuan, which is pretty distinctive). I'd seen Pirates of the Caribbean the day before, which was a very fun experience, the cinema was packed, the atmosphere was good, the movie was rollickingly enjoyable, is a little lacking compared to the previous two.

Saturday involved waking up in the morning once again (although not as early as Friday) to get picked up by the parents and to go to a wedding. Sylvia and I were not the only ones getting picked up, and getting to the wedding involved a two hour trip in the Saturday traffic. Weddings are generally good, I often worry that I will cry at them and thus be open to ridicule but thankfully have not done so yet. The reception was at a golf club and was very pretty, with jazz and finger food and so on. Then a frantic trip across town to get to Vivian's 21st. Ang picked me up at Broadway and I got changed there, and then we managed to get lost with the help of mis-remembering locations and mis-direction from some who will remain nameless (Alicia) . But we did arrive eventually and a good time was had by all, twas nice to catch up with people, and to see everyone dressed in purple. By the end of this day both Ang and I were about ready to fall asleep in the car home, but luckily neither one of us did and we got some precious sleep.

Sunday was an allotted study day, so instead I spent much of my time reading a very interesting book about sleep and dreams (my dreams being often of the most bizarre) and interrupting Ang to say things like "Did you know that sloths spend 20 hours of their day asleep?" (She did know that). So not much productive was done before I had to head off for church. On return from church we had some very delicious bolognese, it was very exciting indeed.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

pirates pirates pirates!

As all of you are no doubt aware, Pirates of the Caribbean 3 comes out today/has come out today. And this is a very exciting event. I am going to see it tonight, dressed as a pirate. In preparation for this I have spent the whole day in the library, dressed as a pirate. Luckily my pirate costume is not too outstandingly piratical, but I did feel that I attracted some funny looks on the way in to uni. Maybe I am just being paranoid/self-centred. But my pirate costume is fabulous :p

Anyway, that is very exciting and merits a post in itself. The rest of my day has also been exciting, if less so, and slightly less than ideally productive. I feel like I have been moving along on my thesis slowly but steadily until about a week ago, at which point my working practice broke down almost completely and I spent far too much time watching Rage. Now I am working on essays.
My major distraction today came from the books on level 9, the story of which I started last blog post but left unfinished. When on Monday I went to look at them a passing fellow book-looker-at-or informed me that they were free for postgraduates only, so I became anxious, perused them thoroughly and left them alone. Today I discovered that not only are they free for all (note that well dear reader, and feel free to liberate books and save them from certain pulping, but pass by lending services on level 3 first to get them de-sensitised) but also one of the books I marked out in my perusal was recommended to me as pre-reading for an essay! I was there in a flash, and on my way ran into my friend Theo, informed him of the free books, and we continued to level 9 together. So now I am the proud owner of: A Manual of the Writings in Middle English Volume 1: Romances, Arthurian Literature and Society and Eugenio Montale: Selected Poems (translated from Italian to English). The last was recommended by Theo, and as he is currently doing a PhD on Italian poetry I guess he should know. There are alot of good-looking books there, surprisingly as they have been giving them away for 6 months, on most subjects. Alot on DH Lawrence, Thomas Hardy and Chaucer (from the English literature section) but also books on law, economics, education, and probably alot of other subjects that I wasn't bothered looking at. You might even find course text books.

During my search I found I was looking for some quite specific things, which they didn't actually have, and which led to me making up a list in my mind of Books I Want, which I thought was handy. I may go sometime and hunt them down with the aid of my trusty book vouchers. They are:
- Klaeber's edition of Beowulf
- A collection of poetry by WH Auden
- Collections of Folk and Fairy Tales (reminds me that I wanted that Annotated Brothers Grimm)
Actually I should use some of those books vouchers soon, so any book recommendations are welcome. (Thesis, what thesis?)

Monday, May 21, 2007

short shorts

I have 6 minutes left to write a blog post, since somehow I got a computer which gives half as much internet time as the rest. I would have changed, but there was such a long line I just wanted any computer I could get. After this I am heading up to level 9 of the library because apparently they are still giving free books away. Which is very exciting, though they've been doing it for a while so there may be nothing good left. That wouldn't bother me too much as I already got Sweet's Anglo-Saxon Reader and another book on Old English the title of which has slipped my mind, courtesy of Sam and Bec. Thanks guys!
Maybe I'll come back afterwards and write more...
I like the library, despite the long computer queues, there's a sense of accomplishment in mastering the finding of things, especially when you talk to scientific people who come into contact with Fisher so rarely that their minds boggle when they do. Hehe.
Anyhoo, sadly, that's my time for now...

Friday, May 04, 2007

for fun

Here is a link for all you bored and/or procrastinating blog readers, courtesy of my brother Jeremy. Thanks Jem, you make me laugh :)