my monkied brain (katekat1010) wrote,
my monkied brain

what a difference two weeks makes

ok, so i got sucked back into the deep joy that is student life and oh dear gods what am i doing to myself this semester?

last week was basically me hurtling myself from one class to the next, clinging barely to the readings, then wednesday and thursday our art history class was asked/requested to go to this amazing thing Japanese artists were doing called PIKA PIKA (their blog - you can see some of their other art/films) where they create animated films using flashlights and drawing pictures in the evening sky. 

Awesome event!  Even if there was a bunch of waiting around and a little weird direction, we made a face of light with 200 people!  It sounds silly, and it was, but that kind of silly that you're amused to do.  The next night, where the group premiered some of their work, was even better since I could actually understand some of it in Japanese.  But both nights ended at 10 pm, and I'm not used to doing that AND class every day AND reading for classes AND TA stuff AND the fearful preparation of having to actually ask someone to not only be your advisor but also head your committee.

On the good side, it all worked out!  ON the (not really bad, per se, just) other side, by the time I crawled to Friday I was good for absolutely nothing.  NOTHING.  I even took the dog to the dog park instead of walking her.

Which meant I did absolutely nothing this last weekend (well, not true, I read a little, and played a little catch up, but not as much as I would like).  OH, and also, have you heard of Fiasco?

Fiasco is a game about ordinary people with powerful ambition and poor impulse control. There will be big dreams and flawed execution. It won’t go well for them, to put it mildly, and in the end it will probably all go south in a glorious heap of jealousy, murder, and recrimination. It’s designed to be played in a single session, usually around two and a half hours, with no prep. [ from the website ]

Believe it or not it's like playing/writing a movie out with friends.  SO MUCH FUN.  Of course it might have also helped that the company was fabulous too - hung out with my friends that for some reason I call the comp-lit kids.  They're awesome and all totally involved in narrative, so we geeked out together and made a weird bloody nerdy story.

This week?  it's raced along on running wheels, and I just remembered I have even more homework to do before Friday.  I've also managed to decide I'm going to start a tumblr for my cinema studies sections on the films we're doing (with some random additions based on whatever i feel like), so here, for the curious, is [ east asian cinema indeed ] (and yes, we talked about Lost in Translation the first day of class, so don't be surprised at bill murray showing up)

When it rains, it pours.  At least life is not boring!

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Tags: phd program, pimp

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