December 2010


Deck the halls with books on fission
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โ€˜Tis the season for revision
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yawn, we now are tired of reading
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still, we must make one more meeting
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Yup, it’s that time of year, when your bum gets sore from multiple days on end spent sitting hunched over a laptop, tik tak typing away. Just to warm you post-grads with the comfy glow of schadenfreude, I just sent in 28 pages of political analysis on apartheid South Africa and the genocides in Yugoslavia and Rwanda. Last Friday I turned in a 10 page paper for the same class, just a few hours before an evolution exam(…for which I had just turned in another 6-pager), and Thursday I had a short story due along with about 37 or so pages of revisions. So, I get tomorrow off, but Thursday holds a Swahili final, and Friday is my Evolution final. I think my eyes may be welded to my laptop.

Any cool news from the outside world?

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Well, I’m on the job-hunting, exam-prepping stage of the semester, so I figure I’ll just give you guys an art update that doesn’t actually draw time away from my studies. Yeah, I’m a total miser, I know ๐Ÿ™‚

One of the major points in my critiques for the Umm Kwakiyya story (see two posts ago) was that, since I dumped my readers straight into the middle of a war zone and allowed the physical descriptions of setting to trickle in over the course of 14 pages, it was a little hard to visualize the opening setting. My classmates recommended that I add another illustration, possibly even a map, to deal with this, and this is what they got:

The House of Assad

It is a bit dashed (I had a 10 page paper and an exam due at the same time), but hopefully you get the picture, as it were. As a size reference, the lines in front of the water wheels are grated catwalks wide enough for perhaps 4 people to walk abreast.

Apparently the post-thesis world is a kind place.

I had a great graduation this weekend (they let us “graduate” before exams this year, since grades aren’t due until Christmas Eve or some nonsense), a great meeting with my dean, got my Evolution paper turned in, made my bosses’ day by bringing in a box of homemade dark chocolate, aced a medical Swahili quiz, had a great review in my fiction writing class, and had my modern anthropology professor delay our 27+ pages of papers by a week. We also initiated an anthology project in or fiction class that will apparently involve a fried s’mores discussion party this weekend.

Oh, and someone just walked up and handed me a Papa John’s sausage pizza.

Wow.

This week’s Autoclave comic here for your amusement, and a reiteration of the last post:

Yup. Tha's all done.