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12 October 2011 @ 11:46 pm
"Photogography presents a spatial continuum;  
historicism seeks to provide the temporal continuum.  According to historicism, the complete mirroring of an intratemporal sequence simultaneously contains the meaning of all that occurred within that time." ~ The Mass Ornament: Weimar Essays by Sigfried Kracauer, pg 50

(yes, this is what i read for my vis studies class, why do you ask?)

I suppose this means that, since I didn't actually capture my birthday on film, it didn't really happen?  Perhaps?  I actually don't mind getting a year older since I started telling peoplel I was 36 at the beginning of this year just to prepare myself.  Yes, I am weird, why do you ask?

Thank you to everyone who sent birthday wishes by hook or crook or some ecommunication!  *hugs you all to pieces again*  It was really lovely to hear happy wishes! 

And in the past couple of days I've done ... well, really, as little as possible.  I mean, sure, I picked up after the party (but luckily guests are old enough that there weren't even any spills, so it was really just taking out the trash), and I went to Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House on Sunday and did a tour in the afternoon because my monday class was talking about his work in Tokyo and architecture (and it was really cool - it's literally 5 minutes away from my own house, first off, and I had never even known it was there.  The whole complex is on top of a hill that one from the streets doesn't really get to see, so it was like escaping LA while being right smack dab in it.  When I got there, because it's a whole complex, there was an instillation art piece happening on the lawn with people laying down like tagged dead bodies - one guy wrapped in seran wrap over his important bits and nothing else - and people picnicing on the lawns with their dogs, band members meeting with musical instruments, and then I took the tour.  Kind of awesome.

this is the living room of the house - click to blow up - so AMAZING.


Monday I had this luncheon thing at school that honored the woman who provided the fellowship so me and co-student could go to Japan this summer.  She's led a very interesting life, and brought her gentleman traveling companion with her (sadly he didn't hear very well, but they apparently still travel the earth together).  We chatted through salmon salad and chocolate cake and promotional videos extolling the virtues of our liberal arts & sciences college (which I found amusing, and a little creepy, but hey, free lunch! interesting company! short video).  In class after that I distributed cupcakes and managed to ILL two sci-fi magazines I really need from Texas A&M (who knew they had a great sci fi collection? actually, I think I did once). 

So, because I actually did have to go to school on monday I begged off my tuesday meeting and totally laid on my ass most of the day yesterday as my "official" lazy birthday.  Hey, the ex used to take an entire week off work to celebrate his, so I figure one day isn't so bad.  Besides, that afternoon I also had eye doctor appt and now I HAVE EYES!  Ok, I mean, I had eyes before, but she gave me contacts (three different kinds) to try out on the spot, and man, the difference for me between contacts and glasses is INSANE (in part because I have an astigmatism that is partially corrected by the contacts).  And also?  I had some kind of awesome eye -scan done where they emailed me pictures of the inside of my eyes.  Wanna see?

left eye

right eye

The test itself was $40 to get this, and the advantage is that they can see a whole bunch of things without having to dilate your eyes or shine REALLY bright light in them with those lenses.  Like, for instance, if you're getting detatched retina, if you're possibly developing glaucoma, if you have any anomalies cropping up in the outer part of your eye, if your veins are healthy (if not they can even indicate high blood pressure or diabetes, so it can be like an early warning system!).  Besides, cool pictures!

And since, after the appointment, I felt like I was given a new lease on my eyes, I took the dog to the dog park to celebrate out in the open air.  So, you know, getting out, and socializing, but in a low contact and free way!

Today I was back to the grindstone (actually, last night, because homework waits for no woman), but felt better for having taken a bit of a break.  Looking back on last year, it was really good. Oh sure, highs and lows and stuff, but all mine, you know?  The compromises I made were for friends and family and life that I feel like I have more of a handle on picking.  I like that about life right now ;)

also posted to dreamwidth | you can reply here or there | um, but don't worry, i'm still an lj girl
i will write in words of fire: [mood] the prettiest of girlsposhlil on October 13th, 2011 07:42 am (UTC)
a) Your historicism quote is doing my head in.
b) RETINAL IMAGING! This is what I used to do for a living (and out here, it costs $19. You guys have a raw deal :( ). Hello Kate's retina and macula! How nice to meet you. Though I am intrigued - why don't your glasses correct your astigmatism? Mine's a weird axis that most contacts don't account for, so I'm actually better off wearing my specs, at least if I'm studying. I've never heard of someone getting better astigmatic correction from contacts before! Do tell.
c) "homework waits for no woman" - I hear you, sister.

I'm so glad you're doing well, and more so to hear that your bday was a happy one! ♥
my monkied brain: b/g - look of lovekatekat1010 on October 14th, 2011 06:15 am (UTC)
OMG Kracauer is like Banjamin's compatriot that no one ever reads (except in Art History apparently) and I so loved the frigging chapter!!

retinal imaging!! and yeah, we totally have a raw deal, but hey, it's the US, we don't need no stinking health care, right? Oh, is that wrong about astigmatism? i always thought contacts corrected it not glasses, but I could be totally wrong. All i know is that contacts are FAR more pleasing to me - peripheral vision, no feeling of lens distortion, and no weirdness because I can't keep my lenses clean (my eyelashes hit my glasses and just smudge like whoa)

and right?? *pets you in solidarity*

thanks darling for the lovely wishes! *smishes you*
i will write in words of fire: [dw] the one thing i want to say to youposhlil on October 14th, 2011 06:44 am (UTC)
Hee! I love it when scholarship is fun. My current scholarship is all in German and decidedly UNfun, boo.

Yeah, well. Hopefully your pres will fix things up for you. I know we're really lucky for public healthcare though, better than you guys and the UK. I'm most grateful. And as for your astigmatism, your contacts might be better than glasses! Theoretically a lens can be cut with greater script precision than a contact lens, but it depends a whole lot on the patient too. Some of ours had scripts that they just couldn't tolerate at 100% accuracy (usually really high scripts) and preferred something that was 90% correct. Some people really do need the peripheral vision (that was what I loved best about my contacts too) and yeah, depending on your axis, that half inch from your eyeball to your lens might cause distortion that you just can't overcome. (Also dude, do I hear you about lashes. It's one of the reasons I never wear eye makeup.) I'd just love to have had someone like you in our practice, because it's fun finding patients who aren't the norm. /science geekery

*bro fist* Back to the books, as ever! :3 *squishy*
Shannonshannon730 on October 13th, 2011 07:13 pm (UTC)
The difference between contacts and glasses is insane. You will never want to wear glasses again. I always forgot how drastic the difference is until I run out of contacts and don't have the money to for a new eye exam/contact script. There's this whole new world of colors and peripheral vision that you just don't have with glasses.

And as a side note, the boys I used to babysit used to totally think I took my eyes out at night and that's why when they spent the night they couldn't leave their room until the sun came up (because WTF? these children thought 5am was an acceptable time to get up in the morning) because I didn't have my 'eyes' in until then.