Friday, November 18, 2011

The End of the Semester

It is hard for me to savor the end of this semester because I have been so stressed planning for next semester.  I had an academic plan set to gradute next spring, but I was told a few days ago that some of my credits do not count toward my masters.  For a few hours I thought I would be working for another two and a half years.  I talked to some people and I think it's all worked out, but I hate the uncertainty. 

I've been working on my literature review.  It is going pretty well.  I am still trying to decide how I feel about the summary.  On the one hand it is easy to summarize because I don't have to analyse or argue from my own point of view, but on the other hand, it is hard to take myself out of the process. 

It looks like I am going to be doing a lot of education classes next semester so that is exciting.  It will be nice to take a break from literature for a semester.

One more thing just because,

Today in class Dr. Rogers explained how when people say to him, "those who can't do teach," he responds with, "Yeah but I can tell you who said that."  His response is ironic because it proves the other person's point.  It proves that Dr. Rogers, as a teacher, puts more importance on trivial knowledge like who first said the quote, than on the meaning or practical application of the concept.  Just a thought.  My father, a teacher himself, always says, "those who can do, those who can't teach, those who can't teach teach teachers."

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Slacker Response

Now that NCUR submissions are closed, my end of semester just involves writing three large-ish papers. No sweat! My procrastination methods involve heavy amounts of RSS feeds like this:


Filmdrunk is my favorite movie news site because Vince Mancini almost always writes what I'm thinking about movies. Take the Brave trailer listed above. Nothing in that trailer excites me or makes me want to see the movie. It feels like How to Train Your Dragon but with a GIRL!!! OMG! Vince sums it up when he says, "Because female leads are awesome, but not if you’re just going to write a male lead and then pull some Ms. Pacman shit where you throw a bow on him and act like it’s a new game. I’m not stupid, man, I can tell the difference between a girl and a dude with a bow in his hair (I live in San Francisco, it’s a useful skill here)."