Posted by bonesiii , Sep 22 2006 · 33 views
Dreaded Real Life
Yes, yes! Believe it or not, I'm still alive! My prediction that I'd be super busy thanks to this college semester has unfortunately turned out to be very very very true--I basically have no time for BZP except a few hours sometime on the weekend, and wednesday. I've basically retired from my modding duties except if I have a spare minute or two. I'm still coordinating a project coming up for Reference which I think you guys will like--nothing too fancy since none of us really have time for much right now on the reference staff, but will come in handy. (Yes, classified. ) And yeah, still posting epic chapters, lol. That update for the RPG is taking longer than I hoped, but Ojh has almost got it ready. Hoping to get that up this weekend. In general though, I'm completely swamped with homework.
On the plus side, though, at least I'm enjoying the subjects I'm studying. WWII, a subject I'd tried to get for a while but wasn't working with me schedule, continuing German, and got two lit courses that are pretty interesting. The main creme of the crop though is linguistics, a subject that's fascinated me since I was a little tot. The /fonεtIk sImbolz/ are really handy to know, and the principles behind linguistics in general are fascinating. I'm pleased to find that many of my own personal observations I made back when I was just a young teenager turned out to be accurate (), and it's really cool to be able to get some systematic study of accents and sounds that don't appear in english. (But of course linguistics is about much more than just auditory sounds!) Es ist so kuhl!
And everybody should take a WWII course sometime in their life--there's just so much that's super relevant to our lives today, both in the fact that we live the way we do because of it and because of vital lessons to be learned from mistakes and good choices made in it. In those violence debates, WWII gets cited as an example a lot but apparently overlooked even then by most--it really shouldn't be. A careful understanding of that war and what was going on and why can reveal so much that is applicable not just to real life but to Bionicle and pretty much any fiction dealing with a struggle between good and evil. Plus it rocks. This course focuses on video footage from the war, which really keeps boredom out of the subject, definately a plus.
And ironically taking German turns out to be pretty useful in two of the other classes--I can understand a word here and there in the German videos, understand some important linguistic facts since English and German share common roots.
Huzzah for cool subjects!
(But not for whoever invented homework... )