Tonight’s the last actual class of my graduate (MA) career. Just three more hours.
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I volunteered for a fundraiser for the public library this morning and laid my hands on three excellent used books. I think they’ll make great posts, so I’ll put two up tomorrow and the best find on Monday. Lots of pictures to follow.
I have only one more meeting left of my final graduate class, after which only thesis work will remain. I couldn’t be more thrilled, as I’ve really hated this last class.
Third Chapter Procrastination
Procrastination is a four-letter word. I generally just don’t do it. I can’t feel relaxed when I’m putting work off. Again, that’s generally. After I got back from the conference, I took care of plenty of business: polished up the reading for the rest of the semester; did the rewrites on a paper due Monday; finished a reread of a thesis novel and a novel I was fitting...
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I love this whole thing (except the watch strap), but especially the blazer.
Just taught a lecture on Le Guin. The class was mostly comatose, but it was still awesome.
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Science and Science Fiction Conference, Day 1
I have to get some work done, so I’ve ducked out of the third session in favor of working from the hotel. I have some pics that will follow but for now I want to comment briefly on the fact that, while the conference was probably misrepresented—and I knew this—as a science/science fiction/theology intersection, so far the only panels I’ve gotten to see were my own (which...
Thankfully, I’ve gotten to have lunch with a couple of fellow nerds and I really must read Michael Flynn’s Eifelheim.
Apropos: lunch is catered by Chic-fil-a.
Thankfully, the guy that followed did a fantastic job, using a Michael Flynn novel to support the idea of medieval thought being centrally concerned with reason. Far more so than our own.
Really thinking I might not go back to the conference tomorrow.
The gentleman that followed me read a paper that had nothing to do with science, science fiction, or indeed with the novel he was supposedly addressing. It is, however, directly related to this university.
I presented a paper to 10 people. I’m ready to go home.
The reasonability of geocentrism…
She’s made a passing reference to gay marriage and I think i heard a lot of buttholes in the room tighten.
I don’t think this woman realizes that Vonnegut was an atheist, not to mention a president of the American Humanist Society.
“We’re all the product of these apocalyptic events.” -On bottleneck in evolution.
To be fair, she may have just misspoke. The rest of her information about evolution isn’t off accepted ideas.
Speaker just said “evolved over thousands of years.” Uggh…
First speaker is arguing for why religious people are good scientists.
I’ve unfortunately met a woman whose paper is of great interest to me. Unfortunate because I will be presenting at the say time that she will, in another room.