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24 August 2013 @ 12:11 pm
Lazy Saturday on track (Post 3 of 30)  
So I completely forgot about this posting thing the other night. And last night. And so far it looks like i'm intentionally planning on posting every other day for 30 days, rather than every day? (sure, it's intentional... )

Now that I'm back home I'm trying to read Korean history to prep for a class I'm TAing starting Monday. This once again confirms for me why I am a literature person - for me history is terribly dull to read, even when it's interesting. I had four books, and if they were literary ones, even lit crit, i would have read one a day till i was done. I'm only halfway through the first one and i've been reading it off an on for a week. Oh well, the Professor and I are going to get along great I think, so at least there's that.

(i'm sure i'll be writing more on how i'm TAing a class in a subject I've never actually taken a focused course in, but that's for later)

I'm also getting in fights on facebook with the men in the freethinker community in S.Dakota (it's all Tyler's fault for adding me to the comms) who don't actually want to admit they're sexist. It's amusing and blood boiling all at the same time.

And watching Orange is the New Black on netflix. Anyone else watching this? I'd love to know what you all think!

I'm also very sad that Teen Wolf is over till January. . It felt really disjointed and strung together after an entire season of people dying for what felt like little to no reason. I thought the first part of the season was most interesting - sad about the Erika thing but really excited about Cora's appearance and the chance to see Cora and Derek and even Peter interact... and i really liked the Haunted Hotel episode because it was fucking creepy.

But the ep where they made Derek kill Boyd felt ... pointless. And the threat of the alpha pack was weirdly diminished by having the twins around all the time, and by the fact that Ducaleon kept splitting his focus between being an UTTER asshole with Derek and a mysterious asshole with Scott.

I liked the whole true-alpha thing, but it also felt like it came straight out of fanfic. Actually, maybe that's part of the problem - the latter resolutions would have played better in fic than they did on screen.

and derek having sex with *another* poisonous women just spelled mysognistic planning, not interesting TV. why couldn't the bad Draud (or however you spell it) not have been another homicidal woman? why couldn't there be some good female characters in the periphery?

and WHY DID DEREK AND CORA LEAVE?? (ok, that's purely fannish reasons, but seriously WHAT THE HELL?)

now i'm trying to muster the energy to get dressed. hmmm....

also posted to katekat on dreamwidth | you can reply here or there
brutti_ma_buonibrutti_ma_buoni on August 24th, 2013 04:35 pm (UTC)
*eyes you with terrible eyes of An Historian*

But this is why history is better! Because all that stuff you're reading that seems quite dull was real! Real people! Sleeping and crapping and screwing and developing massive feudal enmities and having kids and designing new weaponry/clothes and- We reconstruct what we know from the dregs of what they left behind, but it's incredibly hard to understand who they *were* - which is the fun part. None of your easy peasy literary stuff where an author sat down with a plan and an original character sketch and expects people to act consistently and to some kind of meaningful plot!


So, yeah. Takes all sorts, would be a dull world if we all liked the same stuff. *wanders off*

my monkied brainkatekat1010 on August 24th, 2013 05:00 pm (UTC)
omg that was AWESOME! and i will say i love you historians because you love history the way i do literature! and that i'm reading a book right now that is called Korea Old and New: A History that, while it's sort of the standard Korean history textbook, is partially problematic because it doesn't actually give me the *actors* who are making history a lot of the time... instead it's like "cross fertilization crop farming became popular in the 1st century" or "the Korean developed sea trade routes in the 6th century" and is so *dry* that it's like they've *taken* the meat and blood and bones of things and lost them.

i will say i really do enjoy reading history when it's not trying to cover 500 years in one chapter (also happened). but also that i kind of *have* to get a basic knowledge of these things established, and a sort of working framework in place, before i can go read what i'd consider (and i think maybe you would too) the good stuff - which would be analysis of much smaller periods of time so that there can be some nuance to the discussion of it.
brutti_ma_buoni: summer strawberriesbrutti_ma_buoni on August 24th, 2013 05:30 pm (UTC)
*g* Good!

But yes, textbook blah is blah. I used to use them to put together a mental framework (literally, a timeline that unscrolls in my imagination), so if someone says '1453' I can see in my head what's going on, at least broadly (over *here*, Byzantium is falling, and over *here* the English are losing in France, and in a couple of years will be in civil war, Medici in Florence, Sforzas in Milan, Charles VIII or Louis XI in France, and in Rome they're in a calmer phase of Popes post-Schism though not that long till they start trying one last lot of crusading with Pius II [no idea who current pope is, but... Oh, poor old Bessarion is about to unite the orthodox and Catholic faiths and then realise Byzantium has fallen and nobody will enact it]; not too much plague this century, villeinage abolished in the West as background, printing just getting going in Europe but not widespread yet, massive upsurge in illuminated book production, early West African exploration by Portugese ...). It's not perfect, in fact some of that is probably a decade out or more since this isn't my period at all, but it's there and sort of mapped. So that if I read something about (a not random example) a Flemish cloth-dyer's apprentice who is about to get into travel and banking, I kind of know what background he's in. Blocky, but functional, and then you can add the people.

Since you're arty, you might actually find it helps to create it instead of just imagining it - like textbook timelines with multiple columns of stuff that's going on, politics, agriculture, culture, foreign contacts etc. Which is what you mean by a working framework, but you may not mean it literally and that might just help.
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on August 25th, 2013 12:48 pm (UTC)
i actually will be doing something like you suggest as the semester goes along - do you know prezi? I created a Prezi for the Japanese lit&culture class I ta-ed (see here) and will be doing the same thing as i follow the professor's lecture in class... both for myself and for the students. i do think that it helps to have multiple methods of visualization (but that they're hard to justify putting into a book, sadly, given the state of academic publishing wanting to cut down page counts)
littleotter73littleotter73 on August 24th, 2013 07:47 pm (UTC)
History major here. LOL That being said, most texts are dull. Which is why I am doing with my kids what my parents did with me and my brother (my parents and my brother are history majors as well), which is travel and introduce to them the places and the people who made that history and to talk to people who interpret that history after we've done our bit of research. Make that history come alive. Being able to see it, walk where the people walked, see how they made and built things and understand the whys. That's history.

Anyway. I watched Orange is the New Black. I loved it and am having a hard time waiting for the second season. It's just fantastic and there is so such heartbreaking underlying social commentary in that show. I just want to hug all the characters... okay, not all of them. Pennsyltucky can go f*&^ herself. And I really don't like Daya's mom at all either. But for the most part... yeah.
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on August 25th, 2013 12:43 pm (UTC)
OMG i so agree with you about history being a living breathing thing to see!! and i wish i could go to korea and you know, see it ;)

also i will say i think the class itself is WAY more multimedia based - the professor is going to be showing clips of movies nearly every day along with the literature and history texts and lecture, so i think the students will have it a little easier and i know i'm way more excited to go to class because of it.

OitNB: OMG understandable!! Pennsytucky is someone worth loving to hate! and yeah, everyone else is just so kind of wonderful and i ADORE the fact that we get to see their backstories in every episode now that it's more in full swing. One of the things the boyfriend likes best (which i agree is totally the strength of the show) is the way it inverts the prisoner/guard paradigm, so the most unsympathetic people are most of the guards, and the most sympathetic people are those who are incarcerated - it's so usually the other way around. And WOCs who actually have rich lives and motivations!! SO GOOD!