Lit HAVAC IS BACK - The Lit Forum Social Thread, v2.0

Discussion in 'Literature' started by Master_Keralys, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. Ulicus Lit'ari

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  2. The_Forgotten_Jedi Force Ghost

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    History, specifically post-Cold War U.S. military history and foreign policy. I am (hopefully) going to write my Masters thesis on U.S. interventionist policies. As for food, I'm currently living on what my parents sent with me. It is decreasing at a rather faster rate than I thought it would. Thankfully I get my first assistantship check at the end of the month.

    On a semi-related topic, one of the books I'm reading (The History of White People) has introduced me to Germaine de Staël. I'm going to be most upset if she isn't at least mentioned in Assassin's Creed: Unity.
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  3. Barriss_Coffee Chosen One

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    I hear ya man.

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  4. Zeta1127 Force Ghost

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    I have been drowning in grad school for over a year already, so I know the feeling.
  5. CT-867-5309 Chosen One

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    I can't swim, so I know the feeling, too.
  6. GrandAdmiralJello Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque

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    Well, it got very real in here very quick. Good luck with your grad school work and such; I'd send you free food but Ulicus has raised a good counterargument. Food is illusory. If you are what you eat, and you eat nothing, then you are nothing. And if you are nothing, then how can you be hungry? That's how you beat the system.

    More cheerfully, here's what I think Han Solo vs. Zsinj should've really looked like:

  7. The_Forgotten_Jedi Force Ghost

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    Heh, imagining Zsinj drunk is great... I wonder how many of the curse words in his rant he would have slurred?
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  9. anakinfansince1983 Chosen One

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    I've been imagining Zsinj drunk as his default mode.

    No idea why.
  10. MercenaryAce Force Ghost

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    So, I have finally settled in here to Hawaii to start my PhD and can start talking on the internet again.

    I have also have been catching up on my historical reading, and let me just say that reading about the historical White Lotus rebellions, especially the origin of the term Red Lotus, has been especially interesting in light of Korra.
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  11. King of Alsakan Force Ghost

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  12. GrandAdmiralJello Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque

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    Because it's more awesome that way? This fat, mustachio'd drunken guy running amok all over the galaxy like the guy who had a little too much at the post-Endor rave...
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  14. Lugija Force Ghost

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    I think I'd have a problem with the "then you are nothing" part. Sounds painful.
    I am tutoring new students who start next week. I believe the correct beginning speech is "Hahahahaha" and then telling that you should not drink alcohol the night before tests.
    Funnily enough we are told to ask of their views about consuming alcohol, the student organizations are trying to move slowly away from the drunken student imago. Meanwhile the technician student songbook is about 70% drinking songs, the rest are humorous songs about funny parts of human anatomy.
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  15. Ulicus Lit'ari

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    The thing I hated most about freshers week was... it was the first week, and you had reps constantly forcing you out until god knows what hour... but then the university still expected you to show up for 9 o'clock registration things. And, it's like, "What? But I was out until 5 and I need to unclog the sink of violently pink vomit! And I need to get the stains out of this pirate costume before I return it!"

    They should have just made the first week pure hedonism with no work and started all the serious academic stuff the week after.
  16. Lugija Force Ghost

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    The freshers week here is mostly some introductory lessons in the middle of the day with your tutor group. The first parties are when the actual lessons start.

    ...there's a reason here somewhere. But I have never liked the late hour parties so that was not a problem for me.
  17. Zorrixor Chosen One

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    That was actually what Imperial did when I was there: the entire first week was non-academic.
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  18. themetresgained Jedi Grand Master

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    I went to a uni students' club meeting thing as a special guest and it made me miss being at uni (although it wasn't the uni I went to).
  19. Lugija Force Ghost

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    If I ever win a lottery (hard because I never bet) I would stay a student but wouldn't stress up of courses so much. Maybe take a couple courses per semester, study different fields and so on, without being afraid that I get my allowances cut. Studying could be fun (see everyone's knowledge of SW here) if there was less of it.
  20. Gamiel Force Ghost

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    Helan går,
    sjung hopp falleri faderallan lej,
    helan går,
    sjung hopp faderallan lej
    Och den som inte helan tar
    han inte heller halvan får
    Helan gåååååååår
    sjung hopp faderallan lej.

    Halvan går
    sjung hopp falleri faderallan lej
    halvan går
    sjung hopp faderallan lej
    Och den som inte halvan tar,
    han heller inte tersen får,
    Halvan gååååår,
    sjung hopp faderallan lej.
  21. GrandAdmiralJello Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque

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    Being in undergrad was fun, once I figured out what I was doing. Postgrad, not so much. Enjoyed the people, enjoyed learning etc but the goal of the thing didn't seem to have much to do with learning.
  22. Lugija Force Ghost

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    Vi ska dricka hela natten alkohol
    Vi ska dricka hela natten alkohol
    Vi ska dricka hela natten
    Vi ska dricka inte vatten
    Vi ska dricka hela natten alkohol!

    Dinners are certainly the best student parties there is, they even end early in the evening so you know when you should stop. One time I went to a bar afterward and beside finding it to be much more boring (it was impossible to talk over the music) I also found the next day be absolutely dreadful. I'm never drinking again. If people had to suffer hangover before they were allowed to drink they would drink a lot less.
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  23. Ulicus Lit'ari

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    If only Nottingham had been so sensible.

    I had the opposite experience. The year I did my MA was when University finally became what I had expected, instead of just "slightly harder A-Levels in bigger lecture halls".

    A much more intimate environment, where the lines between teacher and student were blurred. Our seminars were frequently in held in the staff club (a private pub on campus, more or less) and we'd lounge around discussing the subject matter with cheeses, wines and/or ales. Superb.

    Or sometimes we'd just discuss the graphic novel I'd lent my phenomenology tutor the week before. :D
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  24. GrandAdmiralJello Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque

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    Heh. Yeah literal opposite -- small classes and frequent socializing with profs in undergrad (excluding science, math, and other general lecture classes) with huuuuge impersonal lectures in postgrad. I had a more elaborate social circle there though, while in undergrad it was just hanging out during school hrs only.

    Though it was fun going to In 'N Out to study for Latin exams. First step was always figuring out what minimum grade we'd need to still secure an A, and then go shooting for the top grade anyway. :p

    Would've preferred your wine and cheese but oh well. We didn't have such luxuries on campus. We had to go out for food mostly since they kept rebuilding the student center. We did get a pub my final year though -- prof took us after our final.
  25. The_Forgotten_Jedi Force Ghost

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    The history department at my university is so small that most of the classes are pretty tiny with frequent socializing at both the undergrad and graduate levels between students and professors. Its worked out pretty well for me like that: I know all the professors in the department pretty well because I've taken at least one class with all of them, so I know what to expect from their grad level assignments (except for the head of the department, but that's what happens when the only undergrad courses he teaches are on ancient China and Japan at 8 am).