Thanks Reddit, I needed some of this in my life.
Thanks Reddit, I needed some of this in my life.
Do you know what epic means?
I just watched this film, “The Fall.” Hence my previous post about Beethoven’s work, which is featured as a theme in this movie. It’s one of the most colorful and beautiful films I’ve seen, and I only wish that I had watched it with someone so that I could talk about it.
Magic bonus? The main character is played by none other than Lee Pace, who I haven’t seen since his days as the lovesick pie-maker who had that strange knack for bringing things back from the dead. He’s quite attractive, especially in the story sequences when he has just a hint of eyeliner. Guyliner. It works. And his rapport with the little girl is amazing, I’ve been reading about the making of of the movie and supposedly a lot of the scenes with them were shot as improv because she couldn’t remember the lines. It worked, it was so natural. Seriously, watch this movie, and read about it, and then come hang out with me so we can watch it again and appreciate it. Just wonderful. And delicious Lee Pace. Mmmm.
This is my absolute favorite thing. I’ve listened to it a hundred times, is there anything more beautiful right now? I’m not so sure.
CLICK TO MAKE SOME MUSIC
Twas the night before my final undergraduate exam, and all through the dorm
the students were celebrating
the beginning of summer!
Well, here I am. Window open, lovely May nighttime weather keeping my dear dorm room a comfortable temperature, pollution from the smokers drifting inside… and I can’t even complain. Tomorrow morning is my final exam in my undergraduate career here at Rutgers, and it’s in art history. Impressionism, to be exact. Art history is not my major, nor is it my minor… but it’s enjoyable, and for a final semester as a senior I thought it was a good idea to just take some classes that I was interested in, regardless of their utility towards my major. I am almost prepared for the exam, and I think it will go well enough. But I can hardly believe that this is really the end.
Now, I know that in reality I’ll just be going to grad school come the fall, so not that much is really changing, but still… it IS all changing. My friends are moving on, doing other things… jobs or job-searching, or applying to grad school for the next year or so… so it’s going to be a different experience when I do go back to school. It’s interesting to think about, especially since I seem to have surrounded myself with such intelligent people in these years. We’re all doing such different things, but we’re all headed somewhere. I am looking forward to great things ahead for all of us, no matter what we really end up doing. As long as it’s the direction we want, that’s what makes it great, even if it’s not what we expect or plan.
Forgive me, I’m quite the optimist.
I don’t have much else to say, and I really should be finishing my exam prep before trying to get a reasonable amount of sleep tonight… (for once). I’m eager for this next step in the journey, and I’m excited for the opportunities I hope to find via grad school party adventure time. Let’s just get through this one. last. undergrad. exam.
The Eleventh Hour -
While hanging from the TARDIS, the Doctor looks up into it and for a couple of seconds has a confused look on his face.
When Rory and Amy exit the elevator on the second floor of the hospital, Rory glances behind him at something, but when he looks…
Wow. So I’ve officially been the worst thesis blogger in the history of forever. But I’m okay with that, really. I just thought I would come say hi and pretend that I have awesome news about being done with thesis, but alas we are not quite there yet. I’ve been able to read some pretty cool things about artsy topics, so it hasn’t been a bad journey, but it’s a difficult thing to manage this project in just one semester, especially since this is a semester in which I’ve been focusing on some other pretty significant things. But all in all, the task will be done soon enough.
Also, I just wanted to say that when the going gets tough, I just make myself some iced coffee, sit down, and remember that we’ll get somewhere eventually.
Hello again, dear bloggy. I’m sorry I’ve forgotten you and left you in the dust without any updates. But maybe now I’ll pick you up again, and keep track of all that’s been going on.
First of all, I have submitted all my grad school apps and I am awaiting answers back. Hopefully the schools will be so impressed (ha!) that they will throw buckets of money at me… or at least graduate assistantships or something. Anything. *crosses fingers*
On the topic of thesis: I have topic. It’s going to be all about the types of information provided by museums regarding a few certain art pieces. This way we can look over time and compare how exhibitions have described them in different contexts and if there has been any follow-able trend in the kinds of information that museums have deemed relevant to the museum visitors, etc.
It’s actually really interesting, I spent ages the other night reading old articles about King Tut (the first art piece/exhibit I am looking at is King Tut items because they have traveled around so much compared to other pieces), and it was just so interesting! I was reading things that aren’t actually relevant to my research, but because the tomb was discovered in the 1920s there were so many articles from the NY Times that were describing the digging efforts and everything, it was just fascinating to think about the Egypt-mania that was sweeping the world. But hopefully because it has been so popular and has been around the block a lot, there will be some noticeable differences in the old exhibition catalogs that I can write about.
Anyway, that’s the news on that. I haven’t been to the art library down by Voorhees yet because I have been sick for the past two weeks and even though I am still not entirely better, I am improved somewhat and I’ll have to make some trips in the next few days and beast out some good work. It’ll be a whirlwind adventure of fun thesis times! I’m glad to have spent the 10 minutes it has taken to update this, maybe I’ll be better about it in the future. Seriously, I don’t know why I am so bad at this. I’ll work on it! Woo! Let’s go!
(This is my new best friend!)
Sea Otters hold hands whilst sleeping so they don’t drift away from each other.
Progress is being made! I have spoken to Stew Mohr, the director of the ITI program, a few times and he forwarded out an email from me to ITI faculty so that I could find someone whose research I can support for my thesis next semester. This was a really good step, and just today I received two forwarded emails of interest from Stew and another email sent directly to me, so apparently I will have choices for next semester. Now I have to meet with Stew in person again so we can discuss my options and figure out potentially which project is most interesting or relevant to me to join up with. But I’m actually excited, these seem like really good opportunities, and hopefully they are as positive as I think they are.
So yeaaaah, right now I’m feeling pretty groovy about it. On Sunday night I had to do my scheduling for next semester, and because I wasn’t sure what to sign up for I had a hard time deciding. I couldn’t sign up for thesis yet because I’ll have to write up a proposal and all that jazz, but other than that I don’t even have any requirements left to fill. I just need to make sure that I’m a full time student so that I stay on the insurance or whatnot. But as of right now, I’m signed up for an art history class about Impressionism, a special topics IT class on social media, another IT class called information visualization, and then a random elective: astronomy and cosmology. Just for fun. I’ve taken a number of random electives, but I’ve never had a science class (because AP Bio allowed me to skip that business entirely), and I figured this could be interesting. So overall, I think next semester is going to be a good one. Now I just have to worry about finalizing these thesis shenanigans and some serious grad school applications.