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A guy I used to live with freaked out on mushrooms one night and smashed up half the house. I was prepared to lock the door to my room and let him get on with it, but I was deputised by the other people I lived with into calling the police because he was being kind of violent. He threw a metal desk lamp at my head but I ducked and it took a chip out of the wall behind me.

 

We're still mates actually- this reminds me that I need to call him up for a drink soon.

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So...I'm having a boy. :)

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 I'm off to start another Christmas Temp Season at Gamestop. Just a reminder, we get no early information about game announcements. So if TESV is to be announced soon, I won't know until you guys do, gamestop guy or not.

 

Oh also my room will finally be painted, cleaned and set up by this evening the earliest or tomorrow the latest.

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Grats G'thaatar!

 

 

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Yeah congrats! All are in good health I hope?

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Thanks guys. Yeah we're doing very good, and I am especially happy because I can expect in a few years for little Odin Micheal to be able ot help me do stuff around the farm. ^_^ Give Alexandra a break.

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Mazel Tov!

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Are you seriously naming him Odin? Your wife is awesome.

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I know she is :D

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 Odin's a kick-ass name. Proud name, too. 

 

I slept in a bed last night. I missed that so much. 

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My modernism class sucks cock. Its not that the subject is that bad (though its far from my favorite), but the pretentious, bias, horribly written book and the boring, repetitive, and contradictory lectures combine in what has probably been my worst class so far. I'm currently stuck writing a 10 page paper on Malevich's White on White, which people can't even decide how to orient

 

I'm also pretty pissed at myself for not being in Florence next semester. Time passes way too quickly, totally didn't notice that the deadline had passed. Ah well, next year. 

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have you ever had reverse artist syndrome where you draw something and think it looks like shit but the more you look at it the better it seems to get?

for some reason that happened just now and I don't know what to make of it.

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Sometimes, yea. Its supposed to happen quite frequently, since we tend to judge our work too harshly. I'd be more upset if you thought something was good and looked back on it to see that it sucks. 

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Lady N wrote:

My modernism class sucks cock. Its not that the subject is that bad (though its far from my favorite), but the pretentious, bias, horribly written book and the boring, repetitive, and contradictory lectures combine in what has probably been my worst class so far. I'm currently stuck writing a 10 page paper on Malevich's White on White, which people can't even decide how to orient

 

I'm also pretty pissed at myself for not being in Florence next semester. Time passes way too quickly, totally didn't notice that the deadline had passed. Ah well, next year. 

 

Well here's the best part about a Modernism paper, you can just make up your analysis. Especially if there's no widely agreed-upon consensus of the fact, since how can they refute your claims? My high school was sucky but it's teaching me to BS any paper on anything has been very useful these past college years. 

 

While we're on the subject, this generation ("this" meaning late teens through early thirties) has no soul of it's own. Our art is post-modernism, only defined by not being modernism and not even pretending to have meaning like modernism does. Our archaeology is post-processual, and is really defined only by not being processual.

Seriously, check it out. Everything this generation is doing on the whole is reactionary for reactionism's sake. It pisses me off. I may not like modernism, but at least it had more defining it than "Hey it's a reaction to Romanticism." Thbbbt. And it gets worse! When faced with that, people misuse the "nothing original under the sun" line to justify their own lack of creative insight instead of as a motivator to do something new with old things, showing once again that people can be very good at memorizing facts without understanding why they should care.

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I wish it were that easy. In my experience, original thought tends to be thought of either as wrong or as plagiarism. In English classes I can typically prove that I am capable of doing my own analysis and writing a coherent sentence, but with less involved teachers I have to cite everything (which I have to balance out with citing too much, which would mean I'm not having any original thoughts). In related news, I just found out that my teacher didn't even bother to flip the page on our tests to see the other half of my essay. The ink visible on the other side and the fact that my sentence ended halfway through didn't alert her apparently. FFS.

 

I've yet to encounter "nothing original" in serious circles. From what I've seen people think they are the best new thing since the last best new thing. 

 

You're defining our generation wrong, I think. The late teens to early 30s crown has not yet started to really make their mark in the world, all the important people are still the older generations who are not impacted by the web, which I would argue is the defining feature of the current generation. 

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Lady N wrote:

All we have is a bunch of house flies. No idea where they are coming from - no doors or windows are open, and they just keep coming back (disposed of about 10 just this morning). I'm starting to buy into the medieval idea of spontaneous generation. 

 

Sounds like you need to clean up your desk a bit. :P

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That was half a year ago >.> 

 

We do have a massive Asian stinkbug infestation in Maryland now, though. 

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 You're probably right in most areas, Lady N. I was really just working off frustration from the supposed artistic types in my own school more than any serious sentiment. But in my own college, unfortunately most people are kind of like Todd Hackett from Day of the Locust, if they weren't so obsessed with their artistic mentors and movements and thought for themselves they'd be damn good, but they don't, so they aren't.

 

On a much happier and more fun note, some of my friends and mentors were recently on television. I would have been there but I had work-related things to do that night:

 

styleboston.tv/1184/detour-shim-gum-do/

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 Here's something I find interesting. By now you all probably know my ideas on Modernism, but here's where things get weird. (I'm only using Modernism because this is where I most often see this phenomenon) Now when I write on here "I don't really buy into modernism," all you see is the plain text. Since most human communication is tonal and gestural, there are several "understood" sentences that neither me nor whoever I am talking to think about. When I say it out loud, my tone and gestures also assign to that sentence the following:

 

"I don't really buy into modernism. (I am aware that is solely my opinion. This is not indicative of the majority of Academia. This is likely also not indicative of what most Real People think either. I don't mind if you think different)."

 

Od course, since this is text-only, based on peoples opinions of me and their opinions of modernism as well, they may assign a different group of understood sentences and the discussion may well be "one dialog, two conversations." 

 

Just a fun little observation. 

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I am so fucking tired of volunteering and interning on research. For two years, I volunteered for a PhD as a lab assistant. It wasn't bad since I got to learn cell culture skills, and I got my name published in several journals in Pubmed. But, I did that hoping it'll be impressive on my resume. Fuck, I don't know if anyone gives a shit about that when you're a fresh-faced bio grad starting in the workforce.

I did research for a hospital in Manhattan for eight months. It was my first experience in clinical research and learned a lot about cardiothoracic surgical procedures. Nothing came out of it. I liked working with surgeons, but $20 for transit and food is not worth it. Also, he doctor whom I worked with had to go back to Greece in 2009 because the newly elected government wouldn't allow him.

Now, I'm getting a volunteer research position in Mt. Sinai as no one called me about the lab monkey position I wanted. Wash dishes, clean lab equipment, whatever. At least, I get paid. But, no my parents insisted on a research position, believing that I'll get hired.

I've practically given up on the research and medical school tract. It's too stressful to get into a med school, and I'm tired of taking the MCATs. Research isn't going to cut it when it's that competitive. I want to go to the physician's assistant tract, so I'm taking the general psychology course in the local community college to finish the prerequisite courses.  But, still my parents want me to be working at Mt. Sinai.

 

Maybe in the end, it'll benefit me. New resarch skills, health insurance, a paid position to add to my resume. All of that will pay off. But, my mother still holds on that being a Mt. Sinai researcher is one step closer to their medical school. It's all fucking stressful to think about. All I want is a life.

 

edit: On a different note, have you ever heard of taking a conservative Mauretanian Muslim to the Village just to buy chocolate-covered macaroons?

 

You know, I should visit NYC gaybars...

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Shit like that is exactly why I chose not to go into science. I don't think anyone is happy with the state of academia today. 

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Lady N wrote:

Shit like that is exactly why I chose not to go into science.

As opposed to, say, being a penniless young artist selling ink draughts for lunch money and hoping to get noticed by the concept art department of some respectable game design studio? :P

Really, I think everybody has to start somewhere. It's kind of to be expected to be treated "like an intern" when you are an intern. I don't think it's something that reflects on the "state of academia", since the washing up area in the lab isn't "academia"; it's drudge work that may eventually lead to academiaWhat it does show is that universities in general are not too good at getting their undergrads excited about their subjects.

Hang in there. If you eventually end up in med school, I'm sure it'll be worth it.

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I have no problem starting out as an intern. However, I'm starting to doubt if any of my efforts will be fruitful. The most likely scenario I'll get from the experience is a Mt. Sinai research position or fill in unsavory unemployment gaps in a resume. The best is it got me into medical school. But, as I said, I don't know if taking the research tract will lead me anywhere I like.

 

Besides research, I have an alternate career path as a physician's assistant. I have most of my prerequisites finished, and while it's competitive I have hope I can get in than waiting for a possible med school acceptance/rejection letter. It's also only three additional years of school, then I have my certification to practice since internship is part of the curriculum.

 

I'm just weighing my career options here, and being a researcher or applying for a PA track are not mutually exclusive. Still, I'm starting to develop a distaste for volunteer research. But, lately I've been wanting a relatively quicker route to getting a well-paid job in health care.

I might change my mind in a month, but I'm still uncertain. At least it's nice to vent in a post and know people read it. Much respect to you and Lady N.

 

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The only thing that changes when you get a position of power is that in addition to cleaning up other people's shit you get to spend tons of time writing papers and grants to try and get money that just doesn't exist. 

 

Art sucks too, but in other ways. 

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Internship should be outlawed. If I do a professional job I think I should be entitled to be paid in more than just vague promises about future career advancement. They use them a lot in my trade as well, and the fact that I simply can't afford to work for free for 3 months or whatever is seriously affecting my prospects.

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 I agree, or well sorta. I want to go and dig up the Mohegan reservation with my professor this summer, but I'd have to live on-site for six weeks. I can't afford to not go to my regular job for six weeks. 

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Although I should stress that i'm a big supporter of voluntary work. But that's different.

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Great God in a gumball machine!

So I've finally got a reply back from a company that owes me a lot of money after I sent them an ultimatum through the small claims court (which is free). BUT, it turns out that even if I do win in court (which I definitely would), there's nothing in the law that forces the client to pay me. So if I win and they still refuse to pay, then I'd have to take them to civil court, which would cost more money than it's worth. The CEO of the company is a labour lawyer... and therefore he knows this.

Ye gods, this makes me angry. Small Claims Court is supposed to exist so the little guy can get his own back, but it turns out that it has no power whatsoever. Why does it even exist, then? What about other people who don't have my (relative) legal savvy and are in a worse position than I am? Is this whole gods-damned system just designed to waste everybody's time?

D'oooooorgh!

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Astion wrote:

Is this whole gods-damned system just

designed

to waste everybody's time?

 

Yes.

At least it seems that's the only thing most governments are good at. Wasting time.

Oh and money.

 

Could you try charging the company for the wasted time (and money) in that other court?

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I'll be calling some lawyer acquaintances tomorrow and consider my options. If I can get a lawyer to go to court on a contingency basis so I'll only need to pay them if I win, I might consider suing them in civil court. Otherwise it won't be worth it... and even then, I'll probably be losing more money.