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Jul. 21st, 2010

flowers

plato's allegory of the cave

Today someone came in with an assignment to analyze Plato's "Allegory of the Cave." The Greek philosophers are already difficult enough to understand (I will forever despise them), but the essay prompt was equally vague (asking you to "consider this" and "consider that," but never spelling out what to do). I think it's unfair to assign subjectmatter like that to a class level that doesn't have the foundation necessary to build on it. But then, this is the same teacher assigning an article that critiquing psychoanalysis to freshmen in an English class, and expecting them to deliver senior-level critical responses. As someone trying to help, it's frustrating! 

Jul. 20th, 2010

hsm

swac: sonny with a secret

A brief look at the latest season two Sonny ep. It's taking me a while to get used to Chad's hair and you can tell that poor Sterling Knight was sick during filming, but I love that the Chad-Sonny relationship has the go-ahead.more, under the cut...Collapse )

Jul. 16th, 2010

flowers

a belated return

I'm probably the worse updater in the history of the internet--whether its for livejournal, or just writing in general. It's kind of sad, since it would be interesting to have a cataloge of the things (lit & otherwise) that have interested me since 2008 (when this was last updated). Though to be fair, I think that other than posting something that I needed easy access to for a presentation, I'd left off blogging long before that.

I was looking through old text messages (and I'm  not even someone who texts often), and it's neat how these forms of electronic communication are like mini photographs--bringing back memories of occasions and past conversations.

Scrolling down on this journal I have all these posts on the Stargate universe, and its bittersweet to reflect on them because the show's off the air and any mention of future potential development for the characters is obsolete. But such is life. Especially in the realm of sci-fi tv.
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Nov. 12th, 2008

books

Orientalism in Secret Garden

Clip 1
Clip 2: 8:08

For additional information, check out:

Phillips, Jerry. "The Mem Sahib, the Worthy, the Rajah and His Minions: Some Reflections on the Class Politics of The Secret Garden."

Nov. 10th, 2008

books

Tikki Tikki Tembo


by Arlene Mosel 
Publisher: "Arlene Mosel retells an old Chinese folktale about how the people of China came to give their children short names after traditionally giving their "first and honored" sons grand, long names... "

"What's in a name? A great deal, according to the Chinese of long ago, who honored their "first and honored" son with a grand long name but gave their second sons, of little importance, hardly any name at all! This special treatment of heirs is delightfully put down by Arlene Mosel in her humorous retelling of a favorite folktale of how the Chinese came to give ALL their children short names..."
Debate on Cultural accuracy

Nov. 9th, 2008

sad

Orientalism in Peter Pan


"...The [fairy] court was not in its usual good temper at present, the cause being the tantalising heart of the Duke of Christmas Daisies. He was an Oriental fairy, very poorly of a dreadful complaint, namely, inability to love, and though he had tried many ladies in many lands he could not fall in love with one of them.

Queen Mab, who rules in the Gardens, had been confident that her girls would bewitch him, but alas, his heart, the doctor said, remained cold. This rather irritating doctor, who was his private physician, felt the Duke's heart immediately after any lady was presented, and then always shook his bald head and murmured, "Cold, quite cold!"

-- J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan and the Little House.

Apr. 2nd, 2008

flowers

Spring break, new obsessions

In true ironic fashion, I've spent the last five days of my Spring Break with the flu. No fun trip to Disneyland, no outside whatsoever. Just me, my pillow, and a box of tissues.

Fortunately, before getting sick I picked up the first season of Veronica Mars at the library. It's one of those series I always wanted to watch, but never got around to. I am now completely addicted, and have since spread this new kick to: five of my friends and my mother. I know, I know, staying up 'til three every night watching dvds is a very bad plan to recover from the flu. But I couldn't resist. Logan/Veronica feeds my LoVe of reformed badboys. 

Once I'm feeling better I plan to upgrade this page again. There's a beautiful new mood theme I want to use, and apparently basic accounts won't support anything but te standard themes.

Mar. 7th, 2008

sad

*sigh* Critiquing "The Last Man"

I'm left feeling pretty sad about the whole thing, for a number of reasons. Though there were certainly a number of well executed features.

Please, read my ramblings below. Note: SPOILERS for the finale, if you haven't seen it.



So, yeah, console me if you're up to it.

Mar. 3rd, 2008

Jack

On "Kindred" and Michael in general

I think Michael has become my favorite character in Atlantis. And not just because of Connor Trinneer (though that's a pretty big part of it).



Mar. 2nd, 2008

hsm

Back from the dead, or at least a deep sleep

I should probably offer an explanation for my very, very long absence. In all honesty, though, I can't say it was anything beyond the normal laziness and lack of time. 

Lately I've been thinking that I'd like to have a place to chronicle my two cents, and this seems as good a place as any. On a side note, I was sick of the ads so I changed to a rather plain layout. I should create a header, but saying I'll do it seems a bit ambitious for me at the moment. 

I still enjoy Stargate: Atlantis (for all my complaints, it's still the best sci-fi on tv currently); I still love The Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner; I'll probably always be a Star Trek fan. My interests have changed only in the sense that they've expanded. I'm halfway through Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider series and I love it. It's cheezy, I'll admit (but when you're dealing with kid's spy stories it's inevitable). Not to mention audio-book kick I'm on. 

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