Wednesday, December 27, 2006
So. If House and the three Cottages each take a seventeen per cent pay cut, House shouldn't have to fire one of the Cottages. Right? So, assuming all the Cottages get paid the same, the equation should look like this:
(H - 17H) + (3C - 17 x 3C) = H + 3C
100h - 17h + 300c - 51c = h + 2c
83h + 249c = h + 2c
83h + 249c = 100h + 200c
49c = 17h
h = 2.88c
So House gets paid 2.88 times as much as each Cottage.
Does anyone think this is even remotely right? Considering I haven't done any math more complicated than 1500 take 500 leaves... shit, too many. Keep typing for about five years now. If (as I assume) it's not right, what is the right equation/answer? C'mon smart people.
Monday, December 25, 2006
The Witch: Skywalker!
The Witch: Come up here to the table thanks.
Skywalker: I don't get it.
Me and LMC: [Pissing ourselves laughing.]
Skywalker: Why is everybody laughing?
The Witch decides we all want to watch Zathura but as she and her sister are trashed on one and a half wine coolers, has to get LMC to check how long it goes for.
LMC [trashed on several vodka-lemon-limes]: Look on the back stupid. Right there... Wait, where does it tell you? Oh there. It goes for... one hour eighty five minutes.
Incidentally, I'm thinking me and LMC should have started this Vodka and Christmas thing several years ago (and, as she pointed out, several hours earlier). Christmas is fun y'all.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Actually, the point was to advise me if what I was planning to do next year was all fine with them, and if what I'd worked out wasn't, they could just shut the hell up.
Which they did.
And so I find myself right here in the Land of Why Didn't They Tell Me I Couldn't Do This. Thanks a lot, BA people.
There's some limit on how many units you can do per year, and it doesn't include doing four six-unit topics per semester. Unless it is by special permission. Are you insane?
Shut up Flinders.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Did you all know this? I sure as hell didn't. But now I do. Thanks a lot y'all.
So of course I had to go Christmas shopping. The thing I ordered online a week or so ago actually arrived TODAY from England for Chrissake, just after I'd got its recipient all prepped to get like, a card because their present was too late (due to the fact that I didn't know Christmas was just going to creep up on me and jump out when I least expected it). But it arrived so I was feeling all good.
Except when skywalker, who had neither ideas nor money, became the first one to get presents for everyone because I am just so damn full of good ideas and I insist on sharing them with other people who then go out and make them happen leaving me with jack all.
In the end, money was spent, presents were bought, I am still brilliant, and Christmas? You can bring it on.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Thanks a lot Uni Hall.
Since dinner is served absurdly early there, were it semester-time, I would have eaten dinner AND dessert by now. AND gone for a walk to the ovals to do cartwheels with Eri. AND watched Futurama. AND written another couple of hundred words or so on the essay of the moment. AND be checking to see how much time I have left before HOUSE COMES ON.
But since it is, and it isn't, and I haven't, I am very very hungry right about now.
And likely to remain so for at least half an hour to an hour. Yay me.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
2. Put it on shuffle.
3. Press play.
4. For every question type the song that’s playing.
5. When you go to a new question press the next button.
Opening Credits: Tessie by the Dropkick Murphys.
Waking Up: If You Like Pina Coladas by Rupert Holmes.
Falling In Love: I'm A Believer by Smashmouth.
Fight Song: She Likes Me For Me by Blessed Union of Souls.
Breaking Up: You're Still The One by Shania Twain. That's gonna be a fun break-up, I can tell.
Making Up: Shut Up! by Kelly Osbourne. Aggressive making up style there.
Life's Ok: Boom! Shake the Room by Will Smith.
Mental Breakdown: The Life I Lead from 'Mary Poppins'.
Driving: Rubberneckin' by Elvis.
Flashbacks: Fall Down by Jebediah.
Happy Dance: Watching You by the Rogue Traders.
Regret: UGLY by Daphne and Celeste.
Final Battle: Bad to the Bone by George Thorogood
Death Scene: Save the Last Dance from 'Save the Last Dance'.
Closing Credits: Theme from 'The Suite Life of Zack and Cody'.
Stolen from Silent Babble. You're all tagged.
Monday, December 11, 2006
But I made a snowflake. It's very pretty.* Go make one.
Maybe we'll make some with the kids at work.
* I can't figure out how to copy a pic here, so you can't see it here it all its prettiness. Sorry bout that.
Friday, December 08, 2006
|You scored as Fairly intelligent and useful girl. Hey well done! You are a fairly intelligent and useful girl. You have done well to fight the relentless wave of pointless crap that comes at you from all angles in the media trying to turn girls into pink obsessed simple brained pointless idiots and thus subjugating them and preventing them from interfering in any male dominated realm where, if undivereted, they would wipe the floor with the competition. Keep expressing your individuality - in this way you will help others to follow your example and break free themselves.|
How much of a stupid pointless girl are you?
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Thursday, December 07, 2006
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|2006||Semester Oneabout.||ENGL1004||Writing Nation||DNYou just have to||Distinction||4.5|
|2006||Semester Onedown and down||ENGL1008||Fictions and Transformations||DNuntil...||Distinction||4.5|
Sunday, December 03, 2006
They are fun to ride.
They are slow.er. I can do 62kms/hr. Max. Downhill. I am always doing between 55 and 60 ks.
Car drivers are impatient. And rude. And they frequently make me fear for my life. (If all I can see is your headlights in my mirrors, you're too close.)
I will move over into a bike lane sometimes. I get to choose when, you don't.
If the speed limit is 60 or below, I won't.
If there are two or more lanes, I won't.
If I'm in danger of falling off the bike lane into the mangroves, I won't.
Deal with it.
And if I get pulled over for going too slow on McMillans road, I will not be happy. Do not expect me to be. And registration sticker should be the first thing you check. Just a tip.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Since it is Thanksgiving in places which celebrate such things, I just thought I’d write to let you know the things I’m thankful for.
I am thankful for people like Janet Evanovich, Lemony Snicket, and John Marsden, who send their books to publishers at the opportune moment (*coughunlikeJKRowlingcough*) enabling the hours to pass more swiftly in Trenton, or Wirrawee than in Brisbane airport. Even if the resolution/plot is not to my liking.
You personally have done well with the personalised TV screens in the back of everyone’s seats. I am very thankful for the invention of Foxtel but my credit card would be even more thankful if it didn’t have to do any work.
I would like to thank you for the bowls of cracked-pepper-and-pumpkin soup. And those little dinner rolls with their cute little pats of butter. And the machine full of apple and blackcurrant juice. (You might consider frozen raspberry next time as well.)
You’ve also done well with the big screen TVs and the pro-Aussie cricket score. That was a nice touch. I’d also like to thank you for the internet access that I can’t access but you have the little outlet which is cool, and the power outlets so I’m not wasting my laptop battery as I type this. I’m thankful for that.
I’d thank you for the free alcohol but alas, you don’t seem to have any Toblerones or vodka-and-oranges on tap, and the beer and wine, while nice, don’t quite cut it. But points for trying.
And finally, thanks for the Arrival and Departure screens (but maybe next time you could make sure my flight isn’t the last one for the day) and the personalised lounge announcements. It’s a new flying experience for me being able to understand the “Flight 575 to Darwin is now ready for boarding”-type messages. As I’m sure you’ll agree, these are quite important in the game of Let’s Not Miss The Last Plane Home and I thank you for clarifying my position (ie “Don’t worry. You won’t.”) with your messages.
I consider it a $30-bowl-of-pumpkin-soup well spent.
Oh PS. One more question. Where was all this when I was flying from London to Darwin by way of New York, Los Angeles, Sydney, and Adelaide, a journey which took four days and three reads of Harry Potter 6?
Thursday, November 23, 2006
In clearing out the drawer where I tossed things out my wallet, I came up with:
4 Marion Library receipts
5 express checkout receipts from Marion Library
22 books borrowed from Flinders Library
22 bus tickets (ooh that’s spooky)
6 Unibooks receipts
4 Flinders Housing receipts (that’s not right, but anyway)
And 71 assorted things, including:
Receits from assorted shops at Marion
Photocopy receipts from Flinders Library
ATM receipts from various places
Random phone credit things
Boarding passes from the trip down
And not including the stapled pile of receipts from Harbourtown.
I also found the gift card I got for my birthday, which luckily for Gma and A Lyn and the assorted other people who need Christmas presents, doesn’t expire til next August.
AND, I found membership cards for Civic and VideoEzy (can’t believe you lot didn’t abuse me for taking them with me???) which is clearly a sign that I should spend a lot of time watching DVDs when I get home.
I have two strawberry chapsticks that are thisclose to being empty that will be thrown out before I go, but not yet cos you never know when my lips will complain about the lack of humidity. I also have a I of the M that I bought from the chocolate factory still to eat, and one Haigh’s rose cream, which I think will be tonight’s dessert.
I also have a huuuuge pinecone that I found and thought it would make a nice Christmas tree if you added some glitter and tinsel to it, but I think it also will be meeting the big bin in the courtyard sometime before I go.
Tomorrow I am going shopping for aforementioned Christmas presents, and for Motor Mouth and The End to read on the plane/at Brisbane airport, where I will actually be residing for SIX HOURS, not five – I must have been toning it down for myself.
Oh, and, the other thing I have? Is lots and lots and lots of loooong dark hair. All over everything. All over the floor, all over my shoes, all over my clothes, all over my desk. All over everything in the whole world. *Adds vacuuming to the to-do list.*
I had one (yes, one, suck on that science people) exam, which was yesterday. It was kind of unreal as I'd finished classes like a month ago and it seemed like the days were just continuing on with nothing amazing on the landscape.
However, amazing things actually occur whether you're ready for them or not.
Amazing Thing #1: English exam. I'm thinking a Distinction. I could be wrong. Or not.
Amazing Thing #2: Pack. Beach. Christmas shopping. Basketball.
Amazing Thing #3: I leave!
Amazing Thing #4: I spend a bajillion hours in Brisbane airport. (This is not amazing so much as depressing.)
Amazing Thing #5: I GET HOME!!!! And ride my scooter and see you all and go to basketball and see my kids and go around in my underwear because it's not freaking ten degrees.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
I will be home in one. week.
It's very exciting.
Things I want to do when I get home:
- get a haircut
- get a real job
- have lunch/coffee/drinks with Carla and Hel
- ride my scooter
- ride the motorbike
- visit my kids
- go to basketball (my training, and games to watch y'all kick arse)
- get my motorbike license
- buy everyone's Christmas presents (which will totally have to come after the job thing)
See you soon!
Remember how at KSA, everyone could recite Irwin's little speeches? No? Okay, they went like this:
"Goooooooood morning everybody. That. was. reville! Eeeeeeeeeverybody rise and shine. Flag raising will be in twenty five minutes! Twenty five minutes. to assembly."
"That was the end of elective number one and the start of elective number. Campers, collect your belongings and move on to your next activity."
"That was the end of morning free play. Coaches please close down your sport areas. Campers, collect all your equipment and back to bunks NOW."
"Everybody please find a seat for our lunchtime announcements... In major league baseball... (blah blah blah baseball scores)."
Ok, you get the picture.
Well, there's something just like that here at the Hall.
House Committee does messages everyday and leaves them on everyone's phone. So you pick up the phone and press the message button.
"Please enter your security c - [Enters security code] You have *one* new message, and *two* saved messages. Press one to listen to messages - [Presses one] -
'Hey Hallies, House Committee messages for today are about soccer, the carpark, and swotvac. There will soccer training at 5pm today on the ovals, apologies to Someone. The carpark gate was struck by lightning, so make sure you remove all your belongings and lock up your cars. Swotcav is on this week, which means the Hall is for silent study. Some people still have exams, so if you need to make noise, please go down to the ballroom or off campus, and have respect for your neighbours who may be trying to study. Cheers guys!'
Ok, I made all that up, but it's totally an excellent sample of what I get every. single. day.
Have a listen to this:
powered by ODEO
A fake one.
Supplied by two tutors and the ... what is she? Dean? Or something.
It kinda reminded me of KSA's breakout 05. A leetle bit irresponsible in the name of fun and games for all.
Cos, oh yeah, they fed us.
They got everyone out of bed, or the shower, or study-mode, to come down and have a hot brunch - sausages, eggs, bacon - in the dining hall.
I wasn't (totally) naked this time.
There were no firies.
And how am I gonna get rid of all the two-minute noodles now that I've already been fed today?
Friday, November 17, 2006
Just thought I'd yet you know.
Also, I got my room back for next year.
I have no internet left (well like 20megasomethings) which is good because...
I am studying a lot (hee) for my exam on Wednesday.
It's supposed to be hot for like two and a half days soon. Hopefully Thursday and Friday of next week too, so I can to the beach. Or ice-skating. Yeah.
And Go WARRIORS!!!
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Saturday, November 11, 2006
A little later, as I'm sitting in the courtyard, I'm thinking I could have worn some jeans that come up a bit higher when I sit down. But these are my favourite jeans, so they get to stay.
It gets really cold so I go to my room to get my hoodie, and maybe another coat of the bestest lip balm in the world, but I can't find it easily so I go without.
Next day, I'm looking for some chapstick before I go to the debate, grab my inferior Strawberry Chapstick, and off I go.
A day or two later, I'm thinking this is weird that I haven't seen my Cherry chapstick for a while, so I go through my room, systematically throwing things around, but it was nowhere to be found.
Eri and I both thought maybe it was in a pocket, but my favouritest jeans, although they are my favourite, do not have any pockets, so it couldn't be that.
On Thursday, I finally got around to doing laundry.* I went down just before dinner to move my clothes from the washer to the dryer,** and guess what I saw, nice and shiny clean, on the top of the pile of clothes.
*and I mean finally. Like, I was going to do it the Friday before. And like, my outfit on Thursday consisted of the clothes I never wear, so much so that everyone was all, "You're looking very dressed up today." So it was past time.
**because just like floor-to-cupboard, washer-to-dryer is not automatic.
Friday, November 10, 2006
It's not just a noise curfew. We all got these stress-buster kits, and there's lots of events on in November.
Here's what I got in my pack:
a pack of 2 minute noodles
a packet of chips
three teas, three coffees, three sugars
a museli bar
a cheese Snackabout
a box of sultanas
a Kitkat (have a break, get it?)
a bunch of info on studying
a Swotvember calendar
an Area find-a-word
Here's some of the activities on offer to distract you from your studying:
hot breakfast every weekday
hot lunch on Wednesdays
games on the ovals
yoga and massage and nutrimetics
Melbourne Cup day
laser skirmish (paintball+Zone3)
afternoon tea at Bec's*
SwotVac Art Attack
karaoke, pool table, arcade games, in the Ballroom
board games and Disney in the Abbey
Rebel Yell for 5 minutes, 9pm every day
*which I went to, cos Jess told me to. She ambushed me coming back from the BA Office. Looong walk up a hill. Luckily there were drinks at the top. And lots of food. And I learnt how to play gin rummy. Kinda. And I was winning at this board game that we were playing, til everyone stole all my cards. So I ended up with a grand total of two. Woohoo!
Ok, study hard, y'all.
Oh, and noise curfew ends 9am on Saturday 25th. But people will be moving out (and hence vacuuming, packing, um moving) all that week - I assume. Good luck doing all that in silence.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
What would you do? (Supposing you have to go to uni and haven't had your LAST. EXAM. EVER. already.)
ENGLISH MAJOR – 4 TOPICS
At least two group A topics:
DRAM2510 Comedy and Satire s1 s2
ENGL2112 Past Reading: Contemporary Historical Fiction s2
ENGL2260 21st C Literature: Texts and Contexts s2
ENGL2302 Fiction for Young Readers s2
ENGL2420 The Anglo-Saxon World s1
ENGL2508 Crime Fiction and Film: Poe to Postmodern s2
SCRN3008 Narrative and Storytelling s2
ENGL2101 Private Parts: Love and Marriage in 19th Century
Up to two Group B topics:
ENGL2110 Writing and designing for the web s2
ENGL2300 Writing for children s1 s2
ENGL2503 Introduction to creative writing s1
ENGL2507 Wish you were here: workshopping travel writing s1
ENGL2600 Publishing and editing s1
HISTORY MAJOR – FOUR TOPICS
AMST2004 American Century s2
AMST3009 Americal Civial War s1
CUTU2101 Museums and Exhibitions s1
HIST2023 Nazi Germany s1
HIST2037 Turning Points in World History s1
HIST2050 Themes in Australian Social History s2
HIST2052 The British Diaspora Since 1600 s1
HIST2054 Themes in World History: Globalisation s1
HIST2056 The Holocaust s2
HIST2059 Colonies, Empire and Revolution: North America 1500-1800 s2
HIST2060 India 1857-1947: The Road to Freedom s2
HIST2061 Imperialism and its Discontents: Empire Ancient and Modern s2
HIST2062 Body Politics in Australian History (finalising) s1
HIST3021 Culture in Victorian England, 1851-1901 s1
HIST3040 Change and Conflict in Russia, 1860-1930 s1
WMST2005 Sex, Gender and Indentities in Australia s1
WMST2006 Gender in Australian Culture*
WMST3004 Indigenous Women’s Voices*
*Available according to the 2007 Handbook but not according to the individual topic webpage. Don't ask.
So, what subjects would you do, what would you definitely not do, and which combination should I do?
She looks at the piece of paper.
"So you've done some English and some History."
"Have you given any thought to what you do in second and third years."
Lady, I only have to do next year, I will do two English and two History each semester, here is a list I made up of the topics I can do, arranged by semester. Any questions?
"Ok, good luck. Bye now."
I did get a copy of the 2007 BA Handbook, which is good, as there is absolutely no consistency on the Flinders website, English online handbook, and individual topic sites.
I also found out that I only have to do two Group A English topics, which means I can do two Group B, if I want to, which is really good cos all the interesting ones are in Group B.
For all this I walked up a bajillion flights of stairs, not to mention had to shower, dress, eat, when all that time I could have been in my PJs, essay-writing in my room. Actually, when I put it that way...
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Remember PANDA Awards and activities?
Remember Hall Ball?
Remember Formal Dinner?
Remember Pub Crawl? (Good, neither does anyone else.)
Remember Toga Party?
And no, these were not the Toga pics I've been waiting for forever. They are lost. We should move on with our lives.
Went to the basketball on Saturday afternoon. Gma and ALyn and Eri came along, with a lot more excitement by Eri than the other two.
Erin Phillips was back after missing last week's game, which I was happy about. I called that one didn't I.
The Lightning have lost a heap of players since we last saw them play, but they've got a good team and just need to start passing the ball to each other and making some baskets. How bout that girls? Bet you never thought of that!
Dandenong had some new people too, but Emily MacInerny and Caitlin Ryan were still there. They're still a bit short due to injuries I think but they have people coming back soon. As does Adelaide as well I think.
After the national anthem, the Lightning girls threw drink bottles into the crowd. Guess who made the most perfect catch and scored herself one? No, not ALyn. And sorry kids behind me, but you only would've fought over it if I let you have it.
Game was really good. Reffing not too bad. At one point, some Dandenong chick had been in the key for about half a century.
Me and the kid behind me (in total unison): How LONG?!
Caitlin Ryan and Emily MacInerny had to go off due to 'injuries'. Bet Gary Fox was real impressed with that. But they both came back after a couple of minutes, just in time to LOSE to Adelaide after having led the first have and been incredibly close in the last quarter. But not close enough! Here's a thing I stole from the WNBL site:
Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 FT
Lightning 11 22 19 19 71
Rangers 18 17 14 19 68
I don't like that format though, so here's my version:
Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Lightning 11 33 52 71
Rangers 18 35 49 68
***Photos will come***
Sunday, November 05, 2006
I'd organised to go with Tutor Cindy who was running a bit late what with all the washing and things we have to do when the clothes don't magically appear clean and folded back in our wardrobes. So I went to get ST Heidi who was also coming with us and we'd meet Cindy at the back gate. I knocked on the door and Heidi was clearly expecting Cindy who was, duh, overdue. The look on her face was great. It was like, "How fast can I get this student-with-a-problem out of my room so I can go and have a fun day with the other tutors?" Hehe.
Anyway, so Heidi and Cindy and me and some other tutor went to see the debate, which was mostly boring, especially at ten am. There was a cold breeze but the sea looked soooo nice that we wanted to go swimming anyway. But we didn't.
The topic, for those of you who are interested, was
University, like youth, is wasted on the young.
Feel free to debate amongst yourselves.
Except this year I was.
But I still didn't see it live, and I didn't even get to watch it on TV.
For some reason I thought it was on in the afternoon/evening, when I already had plans, so I couldn't go. Turns out it's actually on in the morning, so I really could have gone.
Maybe I can still go to the Magic Cave though.
I happened to go to the office (ok, it was to top up my internet ok?!) and there was a list of awards that you could nominate people for. But turns out that a committee (HC?) decides on the recipients anyway, so it doesn't really matter how many times, as long as you're nominated.
Friday night, the courtyard.
There was a "BBQ" but as it's the Hall and they feel this need to feed us proper food, it had to be a gourmet barbeque, with steak and veggie patties and chops and potatoes with tomato and cheese and these weird thick sausages that don't fit in a slice of bread and mushroom sauce which I didn't see and so didn't get any and these chicken satays that were really nice.
We all ate sitting around in the courtyard, then there was a short continuation of the auction they held on Super Dooper Sunday, at which I was sooperly studying for my history test. Then there was the PANDA Awards, ones like Best Water Savers, for people showering together, and some fast-food thing for people who survive on pizza and two-minute noodles. (Um, isn't that like everyone?) And then there was an Open Mic Night which consisted of theatre sports, stand-up comedy, breakdancing (except more dance than break) and a band or two.
This is the last Hall event before Swotvac (and maybe ever?) and it was a very nice, peaceful, community, KSA-on-the-Fourth-of-July, kinda event. And it was cold.
Swotvac officially started the next day which means there's now a 24-hour noise curfew, so shhh, y'all are gonna get me in trouble.
*remind me to do a post about the phones.
(for this semester.)
Just realised I have to stop beginning posts with the word 'So'.
Had our last English lecture on Thursday. It was one of the oddest classes I've ever been to.
The huge deal over this last lecture was that it would be all about our major essay, and we really really should come. At first it was fine, as she just babbled on about referencing and structure and all kinds of good hints to do with essays. But then it occurred to me - the essay is due a week from that day. What kind of lecturer basically says, "Don't start your essays yet guys, I haven't given you the all-important hints, so you should wait til there's less than a week to do it so I can fail your arses."?
And then, oh my god she is just in love with her tut group. Which is fine and all. I'm pretty in love with my tut group for that class too - the bowling one, did I tell you about that? We went bowling. Aw sweet. Anyway. The first in-joke was fine. Whatever. But after the twenty-seventh one, with the other tutors, including my own, and maybe a quarter of the class got, it was kinda annoying. Get over your class. They're over you by now, trust me.
So she was annoying, and so were some of the members of her class. Maybe it's contagious. They just would not shut up. What made it even better was that a couple of weeks ago, we had a discussion in our (bestest, wonderfullest etc) tut about annoying people who talk through lectures and how we reserve the right to yell at them for being annoying shits straight out of high school. Which Bonnie did, cos she's in our class, and we're cool like that.
And then the lecturer was all, "Let's go to the Tav and have drinks together! Cos I'm a cool lecturer! And all my students love me!" When Sarah and I wandered down there a bit later on, not a single lecturer, tutor, or student did we see.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Remember when I did a photo tour of the campus here and people were going to send me more photos? Well they didn't. I'm still waiting.
I have been bugging a certain someone to send me toga pics. I am losing hope that this will ever happen so y’all are gonna miss out.
I'm still trying to get photos from people from Hall Ball and Formal Dinner. Stay tuned but don't hold your breaths. Hopefully some of these will be full-length so you can see the results of the Great Shoe Search of 2006.
I posted a list of all the books I had to read for one of my English subjects. And I said I'd post a list of the other ones. Which I didn't, although I did add a list of all the books to the sidebar. I've been steadily crossing these off, and I've now read them all. Except Wide Sargasso Sea. And half of Pygmalion. But I've seen My Fair Lady, so it's ok right?
My DVD player is still not fixed and I have a list a bajillion ks long of movies to watch when I get home.
Remember all those poems that I never explained? That was my major 3000-word essay on those and Eve in Genesis. Well, I got a D for the essay, even though when I read it over again (unfortunately after I got it back) I realised it was a load of grammatical and sentence structural crap. Oh and Lisa thinks I have good ideas but no comprehension of how to write an essay which is just too funny.
Remember when I got a HD? I was right, it didn't happen again. Here's how it all went down:
HD - Short essay (500 words) Black Chicks Talking
D - Short assignment 2 (1000 words) Loaded
Major essay (1500 words) Joe Cinque's Consolation and The Idea of Perfection
Workbook (11 worksheets)
HD - Tut presentation
D - Tut essay
D - Major Essay
Exam (10 short ans and 1 essay)
C - Essay 1 (1000 words) French Revolution and Reign of Terror
Major essay (1500 words) Cambodia
D - Essay 1 (1000 words) Europe in 1989
C - Major essay (1500 words) European terrorist organisations
So, I never got another HD. Unless my yet-to-be-returned history one is but if you think so, you’re insane. However all my grades thus far have been Cs or Ds (as you can see duh) which I’m quite happy with.
Idiot did his presentation. He annoyed me with every sentence. Fortunately I asked a kickarse question which proved his reasoning and reading of the text was
UNI HALL STUFF
Peer pressure is not enough to stop the stupid whore having sex with McDreamy while McVet was out there looking all hot. Stupid cow.
House is finished.
Grey's is finished.
The OC will be back on next week.
Remember when I said there was like a Uni Hall song/chant that they do at 'sporting' events? Known as the Double Blues Chant, here it is:
It's a grand old flag
It's a high flying flag
It's the emblem for me and for you. (woof woof (or some noise))
It's the emblem of, the team we love
The team of the old Double Blues.
Every heart heats true for the old Double Blues
As we sing this song to you (whaddawe sing?)
Should old acquaintances be forgot
Keep your eye on the old Double Blues
I mentioned Tutors Cindy and Amy whom I met at the new residents' dinner at the start of semester. They are both most excellent Tutors and Hallies, and Amy will be HT next year. I also accused my Tutor Adam of hoarding mugs and calendars - he actually did deliver them to my room as promised, so thanks Slug.
I was complaing about how breakfast is too early in the morning. Turns out if you go down to the dining hall at any time of the day or night (well, maybe not quite) you can make yourself some fruit toast and some vegemite toast and a spoonful of Nutella. Or whatever. Cool hey.
I haven't gotten any letters lately. Either people aren't sending them, or the mail room isn't delivering them. Incidentally, if any of you want to send me some Darwin tourist-type brochures, that would be really great.
On returning to the Hall: I have now been to Shags on a Wednesday, so I can come back like a good little drunken Hallie.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
"Dude, don't you like it here?"
OF COURSE I like it here.
God, that is so not the point.
I like it here. However, I like certain parts of life at home that I'm just not getting down here.
* I miss my scooter. I miss riding it (her) and I miss being able to go places. RIGHT NOW.
* I miss my shower. I miss having kickarse water pressure and not having this affected if the whole Hall decides to take a shower at the same time as me.
* I miss the weather. Or rather lack thereof. I do not like having to check the weather site every freaking day. It's kinda funny how happy I can get when I see "Fine and Sunny. 27" scrolling across the bottom of the TV.
* I miss basketball. I am such a lazy shit down here. I walk up a bajillion stairs a day, so it's not like you won't be able recognize me due to all the fat I've acquired, but I really miss training. I could do without the hills also. But I do like the views.
* I miss my internet. Even though it's only dialup (we're gonna get broadband, aren't we dad?) I am so looking forward to having unlimited download. Like right now, I have 60 somethings (megabytes?) left. This is not gonna last me, but I'm gonna drag it out as long as I can and waste all of the library's download in the process.
* I miss the food. They cook us all kinds of nice fancy shit (and just shit) but I occasionally have a craving for a hamburger. Or a sausage in bread. Some crap y'know, but that doesn't taste like crap. And I'm kinda over ham and salad rolls for lunch every freaking day.
Ok, this is not a whiny post. If you read it in a whiny tone of voice, you're just going to have to go back and read it again. I really do like it here. But whatever else you think about it, Darwin has some kickarse qualities that I am soooo looking forward to.
Monday, October 30, 2006
This is not actually a poster, but they're postcards you can just take from campus, so I have about fifteen of them brightening up my wall:
This isn't actually the right one, but it's close. Mine is a blue Ninja ZX-9R:
This isn't the right one either. Mine is just the Genie and the lamp:
These two are the actual ones I got. Don't give me crap about my television choices:
Don't tell me you don't love Aragorn:
And there you have it. My room, all nicely prettied up, just in time for me to take them all down so I can pack to COME HOME!!!
Sunday, October 29, 2006
They have this crazy idea here that everyone should change the time around, and see what fun ensues when nobody knows when they're supposed to be. It's all very confusing.
And they had to do it the day before I have a major test in class. At a specific time. At a time at which they expect me to be there. I feel this will be hard for me to do if I don't know what the time is.
In case y'all haven't figured it out, I'm babbling about Daylight Savings.
I much prefer living in Darwin where we have plenty of water and daylight, and so don't have to be put on these twelve-step programs in order to conserve what we have left. Cos down here? I'm confused.
And late for class. Gotta go!
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Me and five others were asked to stay after our English tut yesterday. And everyone's stressing, cos we were also getting our (3000 word) essays back that day. But, as I am very observant, I was able to let Sarah and Emma know that if they had a look at who'd been asked, it was all the smart people.
And of course, I was right (cos I am one of the smart people).
Lisa thinks that we're smart enough to be doing Honours English.
That's right, I'm smart.
(Ok, so technically we're in first year, and like half the class was told this, so there's a really really slim chance that any of us would remember and still be smart enough in three years, but it's still kinda cool, right?)
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Therefore, there is no reason why we cannot answer the phone within two and a rings. EVER. Except if we want to annoy our neighbours.
If we do not answer the phone within this time period, hang the hell up. We're not home. Otherwise, our neighbours will stab a pair of scissors through the wall of the box, and into your ear.
* If this post was slow appearing on your screen, it's cos I'm typing one-handed. With my left hand. What kind of idiot can burn her hand on a hair straightener? This kind, that's who.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
This time of the 'season' was not a good time to get my heart set on matching greeny-bluey-aqua jewellery, bag, and SHOES.
I have this top which is the perfect shade of greeny-bluey-aqua. Unfortunately, I got it about a year ago, no doubt when greeny-bluey-aqua was very trendy indeed (or had been the year before and I was just catching up).
At any rate, what I should have done then was think "I'm going to be going to Hall Ball in about a year. I'll need the perfect pair of greeny-bluey-aqua shoes to go with the dress I'm going to buy for my 21st. I really should start looking RIGHT NOW."
But I didn't. And so I am stuck with black, white, red, or blue shoes in every single shop. That's Marion AND Harbourtown.
We shouldn't be such slaves to fashion, people. Stock something unusual. Like some greeny-bluey-aqua strappy, high-heeled, stilettoish COMFORTABLE wedges. Ok? And before Saturday. I'd appreciate it.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
However it just proves my theory on going out, which has been, right from the start of semester, do not go out every week or you'll get into the habit. I limited myself to the big Hall events, but then look what happened. We have basically a whole week of going-out-ed-ness all because I didn't listen to my own theory.
And will continue to not listen to it, as next weekend is HALL BALL and there's no way I'm not going all out for that.
Even though I have history tests on Monday and Tuesday following Hall Ball. How ridiculous.
I've decided to spare my feet the agony of repeating the Pub Crawl experience of hot-but-painful heels and buy some new shoes for the occasion. I announced this before my history lecture so basically I ended up with this random guy as shoe-shopping partner. But he's giving me a ride to Marion so I don't have to catch the bus, so it's really all good.
Still on Hall Ball...
Originally I was on a table with Jess, Anisa, and Halleh, and then Amy and Co were added, as was Eri who was already on the Asian table. Eri then somehow gets crossed off our list and left on the Asian table, and Anisa and Halleh end up on a different table, leaving me alone with Amy and Co. Now call me a bitch, cos I know I am, but I moved myself to sit with Anisa and Halleh (Jess is at HC table I think). God I'm a bitch.
Fifteen dollars richer though, as I did another one of those psych things today. The guy came up to ask us if we wanted to just after I'd finished telling Emma and Sarah about my previous experience. How freaky is that? It was basically the same but a different video and I AM NOW FIFTEEN DOLLARS RICHER! Which is like, a quarter of a pair of shoes. This is a sign.
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Friday, October 13, 2006
Formal Dinner is tonight.
I'm still going with the Black Cat plan.
Hall Ball is next weekend. That's really really soon.
I have my ticket.
I have a table.
I have decided on a dress.
I may buy new shoes.
I did this psych study thing today.
I earned $15 from it.
I went out on Wednesday night.
This was my first trip to "Students' Night" at Shennanigans.
This makes four partyingish days in the past week. (Those being Pub Crawl, Glenelg on Sunday, Shennanigans, and Formal Dinner.)
I handed in my history essay today.
This leaves me with one history essay to do by Monday.
Ok, there's a new little box over there where you can type random comments and hellos to let me know you're still alive.
Which is cool.
But most of all, where there were two, now there are three. Columns I mean. Yes, they're multiplying. At great expense to my brain cells I might add.
But now that it's done, I just know that I am so. freaking. brilliant.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
History tut on the other hand... grrrrr!!!! This is the one I just got out of. The tutor is in love with him. "So Alex, what do you think of this? What's your opinion on this? Your opinion is the only one that counts, as you're clearly an authority on all things in the world. Even the ones you know nothing about." He mumbles. To her. If he was saying something that contributed intelligently to the class discussion, I wouldn't mind. (Actually, I would as just the sound of his
Actually, I knew that it would it end, as I was - for the first time at Flinders - constructing a chart that looked something like this:
5 10 15 20 25 30 35
40 45 46 47 48 49 50
and changed to this:
and finally to this:
So I knew in theory that the class would end. Which was somewhat comforting.
But oh dear god we're just going to have to do it all over again next week and omg he's yet to present in english so that will be twenty unbearable minutes of mumbling. Lisa will totally understand if I skip a class. Cos I know she's planning to pull a sickie that day too.
1. ONE BOOK THAT CHANGED YOUR LIFE?
Interesting question. Maybe the first book I ever read, or had read to me, but I don't know what that was. Maybe the Lonely Planet guide that helped me see far far away. Maybe the history thing I read that made me realise history doesn't have to be boring, or the poetry that made me realise you could have a strong voice that way. Or maybe any book that made me use my imagination, inhabit other worlds and times, or let me learn, escape, or chill out.
2. ONE BOOK YOU HAVE READ MORE THAN ONCE?
How about a book I haven't read more than once. I read almost everything more than once.
3. ONE BOOK YOU WOULD WANT ON A DESERT ISLAND?
A really really long one. How about a series? Can I do that? Or something that tells me how to make a raft and or a tropical cocktail or something. A useful type of book.
4. ONE BOOK THAT MADE YOU LAUGH?
I was reading Twelve Sharp on my bed and Skywalker was on my laptop complaining that I was laughing randomly and either interrupting his thought processes or doing a good job of feigning madness. Jennifer Crusie makes me laugh too.
5. ONE BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY?
I don't really cry at books or movies that easily buuut Jane Eyre, when she doesn't want to leave, but knows she has to and she stays strong against Rochester.
6. ONE BOOK YOU WISH YOU HAD WRITTEN?
Something very very lucrative. Or maybe The Tomorrow Series cos I think that is the best Australian series written in like ever.
7. ONE BOOK YOU WISH HAD NEVER BEEN WRITTEN?
Well I immediately thought of Animal Farm which I hate-hate-hated reading in Year 10. But then I felt bad, cos I really don't think you should be able to stop anyone writing what they think and feel. How bad would that be? Forcing me to read it by threatening my straight-A english average... now that's another matter entirely.
8. ONE BOOK YOU ARE CURRENTLY READING?
Rosencrantz and Gildenstern Are Dead and The Idea of Perfection for school. And I just got some random books from the library: Rhymes With Witches, Force Majeure Bad Boy, and a Chris Ryan that I thought was a new Alpha Force at first, but is really just a book: Flash Flood.
9. ONE BOOK YOU HAVE BEEN MEANING TO READ?
The latest Artemis Fowl and The End of A Series of Unfortunate Events. And the last Harry Potter. Dammit woman, hurry up! Ok just noticed I look like an eight year old (with very good tast in books!)
10. ONE BOOK YOU'RE GLAD YOU OWN?
The Lord of the Rings, something by Jane Austen, and lots of trashy/juvenile novels that I can read when I don't want to have to expend any brain power whatsoever.
11. ONE BOOK THAT MUST BE READ ALOUD?
Saturday Night At The Dinsaur Stomp and We're Going On A Bear Hunt and My Dad.
I'm supposed to tag three people, but as I barely know three people this could be interesting. Ok Carla and vsquared aaaand KimmyK. Y'all can consider yourselves tagged. Take that!
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
As you know, Hall Ball is on on the 21st of October. (You didn't know the date? Well now you do.)
Tickets go on sale tomorrow. (There has been a big to-do on WebCT about the price and whether it's worth it or not. My comment: "A dress" "Shoes" "Unlimited alcohol" - I'm there!) Despite the fact that no-one yet has tickets, a table sign-up sheet went up today. By the end of first dinner session, all tables were full. (There was a list started of people who weren't lucky enough to make it onto a table.) Apparently they've (HC) only planned for 150 people. That seems very very misunderestimated to me but we'll see. I'm predicting a riot before dinner tomorrow when tickets do go on sale.
My door has a sticker of The Jungle Book on it. So does everyone else's door that is in our Area. We are the Jungle Book area.
Unlike almost everyone else in the Hall, my door does not have my name on it. They all have these printed slips that tell you their names - which presumably were put on at the start of the year so everyone could find their rooms without having to understand the room numbering system or being able to count.
Moreover, no-one had come to my room. Actually this is a lie, but no-one who would be likely to drop in at any moment of the day or night had been to my room. I like it this way.
Unfortunately, in my attempts to find friends (don't worry, I'm over it now) I embarked on a quest which traversed (is that even a word?) many of the corridors of the Hall, including the one with my door in it, and I was stupid enough to say, "Hey there's my door," as we went past it. I was also stupid enough to agree to go out on a Sunday at an indeterminate time, which involved someone coming to my room when said indeterminate time arrived.
And so it happened that someone with the best of intentions put pretty things on my door, came and stood outside my door to show said pretty things to someone else, and that all these aforementioned people can now find their way to my room at any time, guided there by the lack of anonymity on the door. On the door that leads to my room. MY door to MY room. With me?
Am I being a whiny bitch? Yes I am. See? This is why these people should have run away at the first sign of friend-making, not been the ones to encourage it. I'm a whiny bitch.
Monday, October 09, 2006
This Friday is Formal Dinner.
1. It naturally has a theme, as it wouldn't be Hall event without one. Superstition, Myth and Mayhem. Would it be really slack if I just modified my "Black Jungle Cat" from the jungle-themed Area Dinner to "Unlucky Black Cat" for Formal Dinner.
2. They require you to sign up for it. However, Formal Dinner is at 6:30 on Friday. This is when I normally go to dinner anyway. I'm a little confused here.
3. Do not confuse Formal Dinner with...
Hall Ball is on in a couple of weeks. It's all a big to-do revolving around a dress, shoes, and unlimited alcohol. Personally, I can't wait. My feet are shaking at the thought of another night in three-inch stilletto heels though.
Sunday, October 08, 2006
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Vogler comes in and turns it off just as House is really getting into it. "You ruined it."
After an antagonistic conversation, House dismisses him and presses play:
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House scrambles to turn it off.
"That wasn't nearly as dramatic as I was hoping."
*Ok, it's quite possible that that second one won't work. Too bad. Just imagine it. It's a rousing Jewish song.
Since I am drunk on my own (newly-discovered) power to add random things to my posts so I don't actually have to think of anything to type, here is the actual clip of what I was talking about:
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Saturday, October 07, 2006
BEER, GOON, VODKA, TEQUILA, BOURBON
"By your beverages combined, I am Captain Paro!"
Captain Paro, he's our hero
Gonna take inhibitions down to zero
He's our power magnified
And he's fighting on the boozer's side
Captain Paro, he's our hero
Gonna take inhibitions down to zero
Gonna help him put asunder
Bad guys who like to drink and chunder
"You'll pay for this Greasy Yiros!"
We're the Drunketeers
You can be one too
Cos wrecking our livers is the thing to do
Boozing and spewing is the way
Hear what Captain Paro has to say:
"The power is yours!"
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