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Feb. 14th, 2011


Everyday Applications of Lord of the Rings

So at my college we have this thing called Plenary where once a semester over half the school gathers in one giant room and discusses student governance among other issues for at least 3 hours. Last night at Plenary a discussion surrounding student executive council turned into a shouting match about the nature of Gandalf's death... The issue: if he acutally died (one guy said yes, he died Gandalf the Grey and was reborn Gandalf the White, while another guy said no, he was merely transformed) and if so, where was the location of his death (in Moria or above it:). The whole thing started when a kid went up to the microphone and said that the dissolution of this one student group would lead to Sauron taking over the school and that Gandalf's death in the mines of Moria would have been in vain. The final conclusion: "It's all an issue of semantics." The whole thing was met up wild applause. I love my college.

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Feb. 7th, 2011



I'm beyond happy right now.
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Jan. 28th, 2011


Long post of randomness

I finally have my class schedule all set: junior history seminar, medieval lit, a class on the visual culture of Paris in the 19th century (which makes me want to be 10 years old again and back living in Paris), and then an upper level history course on hagiography in byzantine late antiquity. There's only me and another kid in the class so just that makes it pretty interesting. No class Friday, and only one on Monday and Thursday (my weekend starts Thrusday at 11am... win).

I can't believe it's only been 2 weeks since classes started up; it feels like I've been back at college for ages. I really think all the snow just makes everything feel wonky. We got about a foot the other day; it makes getting around everywhere such a chore. Half the time I'm worried about slipping on ice and falling flat on my face, the other half I'm struggling through an awkward combination of slush and fluffy snow. Normally I'm all for snow, but usually that's coz I want to go cross country skiing, which I can't really do at school seeing as I don't have my skis with me. So now I feel that all this snow is getting a bit ridiculous.

I've been listening to the new Iron and Wine cd. I was pretty excited about it coz Sam Beam's work was some of the first music that I felt really passionate about (the other being Sufjan Stevens). It's a bit different from his other cds and I'm not quite sure what I think of it yet... granted when I first listened to The Shepherd's Dog I felt the same way and now I love all the tracks on it. He's going be in Philly on April 21st (I think?) and I'm planning on going to the concert with a couple of friends, which I'm totally excited about. I saw him play in NYC the summer before last and it probably was the best concert I've ever been to; he sat on stage with a guitar and an amp and just did his thing in this small theatre (I pretty sure there were less than 300 people there). It was beyond amazing.

The other week I watched Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette on youtube and I thought it was really good. I remember seeing the trailer for it when it first came out and all I thought was "I really like the music in this trailer" (Age of Consent by New Order), and now ages later I've finally seen the movie. As I said, I thought it was pretty good; something about it felt very real and natural, which is funny since it's not the most historically accurate thing ever. And the soundtrack is pretty freakin' sweet.

Also, on the note of movies... and I'm going to go on somewhat of a rant now... The nominations for the Academy Awards are out, and I personally want the King's Speech to just win at life, because I seriously loved that movie. I read an article the other day (I cannot remember where) but it was this guy being like "I can't believe the King's Speech and True Grit got more nominations than The Social Network because The Social Network was the best ever" and proceeded to make an argument that the The King's Speech and True Grit were boring, generic movies and The Social Network is God's gift to mankind, and then assumed that anyone who was more interested in the first two movies were old and didn't know what facebook was... OK, yeah, The Social Network was an good movie, but it didn't blow me away. Just because it's about facebook, which is taking over the world, doesn't mean it's automatically the best thing out there; a film doesn't have to be about a contempoary, popular topic to be interesting, thought provoking or praise worthy... I'm done now.

Jan. 18th, 2011


sensory overload

Got back to school yesterday and I already feel slightly overwhelmed... mainly because the day was busy and there was horrible weather (freezing rain on top of snow is the worst ever) and it's just the first day of classes. Apart from the feeling of "oh my god I can't believe I'm acutally back in school sitting in 3 hour long classes," the schedule looks good for the semester; I'll most likely have class once a day with the expection of Tuesdays when I have two. Sounds great in theory, but then I feel like I'll have so much free time I won't know what to do with myself... then again I may have so much work that I end up using all that free time reading books for classes.

I'm taking two history classes at the higest level, one's a junior seminar for majors and the others deals with consumer culture in Europe between 1800 and 1950. I'm also taking a Medieval literature class and an art history class on the visual culture of Paris in the 19th century. I'm pretty excited about the Paris class because I lived in Paris for two years when I was younger so it'll just be fun I guess.

Also the new Decemberists album came out today and I've already listened to it about 4 or 5 times. LOVE THEM! I had a chance to get tickets to their concert coming up in NYC, but I turned it down coz I thought it would be too much of a pain in the ass to drive home from college, go to the concert, drive back to school after the show and then wake up at 6:45 for field hockey stuff.... I'm kinda regretting it though. I hadn't listen to their stuff in a while and then I totally re-fell in love with all of it mid last semester.

Jan. 14th, 2011


In which I express my undying love for all things Harry Potter

So I got back about a week ago from vacation, but I've been so busy dealing with unpacking, repacking for school, seeing friends before I leave, my dad's 60th birthday, and then two snowstorms that I haven't had time to post. But OH MY GOD the Wizarding World of Harry Potter was actually AMAZING!!!Collapse )

It was just totally brilliant and I really want to go back one day. The rest of the vacation was fun too. My dad and I spent 5 days or so driving around Virginia seeing Civil War battlefields. He's pretty into the Civil War so for him it was like a early birthday treat. We also drove around the Appalachians which I've always wanted to do.

But now it's nearly time to head back to school for the 2nd semester. Should be an interesting one considering I'm taking multiple upper level history courses for my major, as well as an english course that could also tie in with my field of study and an art history course. Basically I'll just be sitting around reading and writing a lot but I guess that's nothing new.

Dec. 25th, 2010



I really can't believe it's Christmas. The end of the semester was so busy and once I got home I was just so tired that Christmas just kind of snuck up on me. That being said the past week at home has been really quite nice--seing friends from my highschool days, hanging out with my parents and catching up on sleep. And of course this morning has been great. Christmas with my parents is always the same year after year: I wake up first, get the coffee going, start the fire and queue up the Christmas music (The Cheftans' The Bells of Dublin is always first up, followed by Vince Guaraldi Trio's A Charlie Brown Christmas). Then we sit around all day opening gifts, eating food and later that night my dad and I will kick off our annual Lord of the Rings Extended Edition marathon. All in all a pretty enjoyable day.

In other fun news, my parents and I are going on our first family vacation since I was a senior in highschool, which was nearly 3 years ago. We'll be driving from New York down to Flordia, stopping at Colonial Williamsburg on the way down, hittin' up the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (!!!!), spending some time with family and then driving back up north visiting a number of Civil War sites along the way. Being the history and HP nerd that I am, the whole trip is really going to be pretty spectacular!

Other evidence of my nerdiness.Collapse )

Other evidence of my nerdiness.Collapse )


Dec. 1st, 2010


Writer's Block: You're my best friend

Who was your best childhood friend, and where are they now?

Usually I don't even look at these questions, but this one really got me thinking... not even that, I just saw it and immediately knew what the answer was because it's something I think about a lot.

Starting the middle of my sophomore year of high school I had a falling out--without acutally having a falling out--with my best friend since second grade. I won't go into details, but essentially she changed and that change didn't really sit well with me, or any of our friends for that matter. It felt like she didn't care about our friendship anymore, or that there were far more important things to occupy her time.

Despite not really liking this change in her personality or the way she was acting I never confronted her about it... The possibility that she would be mad was too much a risk to me, so I just stayed loyal and acted like nothing was wrong. I would still do anything for her even though we haven't really talked since we graduated nearly two and a half years ago.

I always get a hollow feeling in my throat thinking about it. It makes me nostalgic and sad becuase all the great memories I have of spending time together as kids are overlaid by this sourness... it feels like a piece of my life has just kinda fizzled out.

Nov. 29th, 2010



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Nov. 23rd, 2010


Deathly Hallows = Wonderfulness

OK, so it's nearly been a week and I've seen it twice and of course I have the intent of seeing it again this weekend.

Yeah, so here's what I think.Collapse )

So, essentially I thought it was the best movie so far and I really can't wait for Part 2! Though I fear I'm going to have a heart attack while watching it because I was actually on the edge of my seat, shaking, this entire movie.

The midnight showing was a really great time. I got to the theartre at 9 with a large group of friends and spent the next 3 hours walking around chatting it up with other HP fanatics. I dueled a girl dressed as Voldy (I was dressed as the HP) in front of our entire theater; I hit here with a Petrificus Totalus and then everyone started chanting for me to kill her. Later I ran into this older woman dressed as Professor Sprout and when I mentioned the duel she was like: "OH WOW! I've heard of you! They're talking about you in the hallways! The duel in Theater 13, right?" Basically the best moment of my life.

Nov. 17th, 2010


Music, etc.

OK, so the other week I saw Sufjan Stevens in concert in Philly. He's absolutely one of my favorites--he was one of the first singer/song-writer/muscians I really appreciated, and I feel that through his music I was introduced to all the music that I listen to now-a-days.

He performed almost exclusively songs from his new CD, which I haven't really gotten the time to get used to yet, so Ii can't say it was as enjoyable as the one other time I saw him live (at BAM when he did the BQE), but it was still pretty mind blowing. He opened with "Seven Swans" (www.youtube.com/watch) which I think is one of his best songs, and then he closed with Chicago, which is probably his best known song. The entire place gave him a standing ovation for about 10 minutes before he came back on stage and did "Concerning the UFO Sighting near Highland, Illinois" and then "John Wayne Gacy, Jr." (which was a bit of a suprise considering he's said at multiple concerns at he really doesn't want to continue playing that song live). But both of those are probs on my top five for his work, so it basically made my night.

I took a video of "Concerning the UFO" but it's kinda bad quality.



Also, on an un-Sufjan Stevens related note, recently I've become re-obsessed with the Decemberists. I haven't listened to their music in such a long time, but in the past 2 weeks it's all I've been listening to... that and the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 soundtrack that came out yesterday.

25 hours til the movie comes out! LET'S GO! So excited for the midnight showing!

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