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18th-Jan-2006 06:12 pm
Just because.
19th-Jan-2006 12:19 am (UTC)
Was that...Boris Yeltsin??????????

My God, my day just became 85% more surreal.
19th-Jan-2006 12:21 am (UTC)
Your day?! I just found out your name was Christy! (I think.)
19th-Jan-2006 12:23 am (UTC)
Chrissy. But close. Yeltsin could really shake his ruble-maker.
19th-Jan-2006 12:24 am (UTC)
Ah. That was it. You used to have "Dee" listed, I think, so I assumed that was it all this time over "saralinda." Very confusing.
19th-Jan-2006 12:29 am (UTC)
It was "Zee," silly--an old, old nickname, stemming from the fact that my maiden name began with a "Z". Now it begins with an "H" and isn't nearly as notorious.
19th-Jan-2006 12:30 am (UTC)
The Yeltsin video...I...I can't stop watching it. And I definitely wouldn't want to dance near him. Those fists and feet are flying!
19th-Jan-2006 12:45 am (UTC)
Well, and just the sheer fear that you'll have to give him mouth-to-mouth: they cut out the parts where it just looks like he's trying not to have a heart attack...
19th-Jan-2006 12:43 am (UTC)
Thanks for the clarification! :-)
19th-Jan-2006 12:58 am (UTC)
Great googly moogly. That's the wierdest thing I've seen all day.
19th-Jan-2006 01:13 am (UTC)
How could it not be?
19th-Jan-2006 01:26 am (UTC)
Well, I was the only English major in a history class (and the minority gender represented) for the first time in a very long time, so it was a close race.
19th-Jan-2006 01:29 am (UTC)
Huh. No kidding? And you are "female," right? Not one of these newfangled, "make-your-own" genders?

What's the history class again?
19th-Jan-2006 02:35 am (UTC)
Last time I checked, I was still female. History classes -- here and at York -- can be masculine enclaves, especially when they're politically-based.

The history class is "Unions and their Discontents: Britain 1707-1914":

This readings seminar is designed for graduate students in History, English, and other related humanities and social science disciplines. Focusing the theme of 'unions, and their discontents' we will explore some of the most innovative scholarly literature on modern British history that has been published in recent years. Our aim will be to combine the best insights of the classic social history of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, with representative samplings of the 'New British History' and 'New Imperial History' that have emerged during the last fifteen years. Depending on the exact composition of the seminar, we will try to forge our own trans-disciplinary union, which will encompass both historiography, literature, and literary criticism (as well as possible supplementary readings from other disciplines). Students contemplating an outside field in eighteenth and/or nineteenth century British history will find this course especially useful.
19th-Jan-2006 03:33 am (UTC)
Huh. I wonder if I should shudder at the hint of scholarly politics that might underly the descriptions of the various schools there: the seminar I began sitting in on today on Augustine's De Trinitate is being led by my advisor, Prof. Michel René Barnes, who with his collaberator Prof. Lewis Ayers of Emory have begun to gain a significant reputation for overturning a great deal of accepted Augustinian scholarship. Their radical formula for overthrowing established scholarly conclusions: read Augustine instead of Augustinian scholars. Go figure. It is, however, brutally focused labour in trying to absorb ancient psychologies and literary conventions in approaching the Augustinian texts themselves. We opened with a real attack on our own literary conventions today, a look at what constituted "memory" and learning in a culture where books were memory-aides and not documentary memory-substitutes, and the Stoic/Ciceronian approach to learning.

Zero-to-sixty in one acaemic second....
19th-Jan-2006 01:20 am (UTC)
I am amused and disturbed. Two out of two!
19th-Jan-2006 01:30 am (UTC)
That sounds healthy to me!
19th-Jan-2006 12:26 pm (UTC)
That was surreal.
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