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04 December 2007 @ 08:44 pm
life is never better when you start your day listening to a Bush press conference  
Among other inanities (becasue there were so many in terms of Bush's policy that I just can't even stand to speak about) I was appalled to hear the presedent of the US, folksy guy that he is, say that he wasn't trying to "diss" his staffer for giving him a cold while he was trying to run for election.  This is NOT the vernacular of his people.  I wanted to scream STOP!  STOP THE MADNESS!

Of course, I should've known it was a sign of things to come for the day.

You see, I'd created this fantastic little jeopardy game for the class I TA for.  It was the last day, and instead of doing a wrap up that might leave them teary eyed and even more tired than they already are, I thought, "Hey, let's do something fun!  Wouldn't that be great!?  And then they can get some extra credit to boot."

That was the wrong decision.  They were all so point hungry they turned into raving animals.  Do NOT TRY THIS THING AT HOME kiddies.  Or don't reward the winning team with extra credit, because they will cry foul play on eachother, howl to the rafters when you nix points because you accidentally skiped to the answer slide when they were answering, and complain complain complain that they're being missed, that they're under points, that they're... somehow being cheated of EXTRA CREDIT.  It was a circus of nightmare proportions.

The only good thing was that I still kind of had fun with it.  Honestly.  It's scary but true.

However, the sexy yummy tasty day didn't end there - oh no - today we got a presentation in our grad seminar from a woman who is so literal I actually compared her in my head to Bush this morning.  She's about that analytical too.  And we were reading this fantastically weird and wonderful story by a Japanese author named Edogawa Ranpo (it's a made up name based on the japanese pronounciation of Edgar Allan Poe).  First we got beat up by this guy who wants to be a professional translator (always fun having someone from outside your class just pick you apart) and then we had to listen to the most boring woman in the world present on the history of mystery writing in Japanese literature.

Now here's the thing: Edogawa is known as the king of Japanese mystery, it's true.  BUT, he was also a member of this awesome group in the 20's & 30's that wrote erotic-grotesque-nonsense (ero-guro-nansensu in the Japanese).  And THAT'S what this story was - a fantastic dream piece about changing bodies and frenetic dances and wandering in the woods of one's unconscious.  It had NOTHING to do with mystery writing at all.  So what does this woman's presentation focus on?  MYSTERY WRITING. 

It was frightening because I had to actually quell the impulse to bang my head on the conference room table.

However, the day is done.  I did manage in the last 15 minutes to slip in jouissance for the hell of it, so it wasn't a total loss.

Then I forgot where my car was parked and ended up walking around the entire school to get back to it because I'd walked to one parking lot on one side of the school, realized my mistake, then walked back to the other.  Inane, I tell you.

I think I've learned my lesson - no more presidential speaches in the morning.  It's just wrong.
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Mireillemireille719 on December 4th, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
OMG, your kids were worse than my high school students.

But yes, extra credit can be a DANGEROUS thing. *g*
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on December 5th, 2007 12:48 am (UTC)
i totally think it was the extra credit offer that totally sent them over the edge. usually they're not THAT bad, really :D
Sofysoft_princess on December 4th, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC)
*hugs you tight*
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on December 5th, 2007 12:48 am (UTC)
*squishes you to pieces*
gray_ghostgray_ghost on December 5th, 2007 12:54 am (UTC)
lol...at the end of the semester some students will sell their SOUL for extra credit. Actually - I've thought about doing that. Handing out contracts and make them sign in red ink. "For 5 extra points on the final exam - you agree to bequeath your IMMORTAL SOUL to your TA for eternity."

This NIE report thing is kinda spooky. Time magazine is reporting that Bush has decided not to invade Iran....but others are saying there's a cabal in the intelligence community (and maybe his daddy is behindit) that is pushing hard to undercut all of the bellicose talk coming from the administration. I tend to believe the latter because Time is a right wing dishrag...but it is interesting. Stuff is happening in the background that doesn't involve us mere peons.
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on December 5th, 2007 01:00 am (UTC)
seriously the extra credit is the route to damnation. that would be funny if you did it - especially if you then made an art exhibit about it! Or just kept a running tally over the years of how many souls you'd collected. me? going to hell? haha.

The NIE report thing is WEIRD. I don't even know quite how to parse it, especially since they were saying something at one point about how they'd had the information years ago, and tried to tell Bush, but he didn't want to hear it then (or something to that effect). Anyway, i love the idea that his father's people might be undercutting him. That would be AWESOME.
berahtberaht on December 7th, 2007 02:46 am (UTC)
You really, really need to that. You would be my hero. I'm totally serious.
Rainne: NCIS - Ziva - Headdeskxdawnfirex on December 5th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
bush first thing in the morning would fuck my day up too.
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on December 5th, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC)
i should know better than to listen to npr in the morning :D
literate and stylish: buffy looks at booksmishloran on December 5th, 2007 06:09 am (UTC)
And THAT'S what this story was - a fantastic dream piece about changing bodies and frenetic dances and wandering in the woods of one's unconscious.

Oh my god, that sounds geektastically amazing, frankly. I know I'm picking up on a completely different aspect of your post, but... wow, that sounds almost as if it could be the Japanese Metamorphoses. I wonder if I could do a cross-cultural comparison...

(Hi, I'm Mish, and I'm a total nerdigan.)
my monkied brain: buffywill - *glomp*katekat1010 on December 5th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
you DARLING! that's totally fine! And it could be - the guy was heavily influenced by French writers though... when i get the translation (if i get the translation) i'll send it to you just so you can read!
literate and stylishmishloran on December 5th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
Ohmigod that would be so cool. Well, you know. Uhm. I was going to ask if it was available in trans. But that kinda answers my question i guess.
literate and stylishmishloran on December 5th, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
(Also, were they French Reniassance types he was influenced by? 'cause quite a lot of them were influence by Ovid's Met...)
BJ: Sleepy Nudara_starscream on December 9th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
Dude, MADD ribbon.

Doesn't necessarily have to be that cause, but for a long time that's how we could tell Mom's gray Sentra from the parking lot full of distressingly similar vehicles; ours had a red ribbon on the radio antenna, visible a couple hundred yards away.

I don't even give El Dopo Presidente ear space anymore. Too depressing.
-BJ