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It occurs to me that, as often as I thrash and moan around here when things aren't going well, I mention less often when events surprise me by being not terrible.

Which is not to say I'm looking forward to next week's government Budget, and the concommittant reduction of all things necessary to life. But this week? It has been surprisingly pleasant and productive. I wrote some thesis, some more reviews, I read some books, I climbed some...

Yes. Pleasant. Apart from being Bloody Freezing, but we can't have everything.
hawkwing_lb: (Criminal Minds JJ what you had to do)
Three things.

1. Today, I left the house without my glasses. As a consequence, some things are fuzzier than usual. Although that could just be an effect of it being Monday.

2. I'm reading through the comments my supervisor wrote over my draft thesis. They are so far surprisingly few, and when it comes to my two-line plan for my final chapter, I see written in purple good approaches. Which makes me feel better about myself, at least.

3. My concentration appears to have gone AWOL, though. I need to get my head in the game and finish this thesis so I can catch up with all the other stuff I have to do. Sigh.
hawkwing_lb: (Criminal Minds JJ what you had to do)
Three things.

1. Today, I left the house without my glasses. As a consequence, some things are fuzzier than usual. Although that could just be an effect of it being Monday.

2. I'm reading through the comments my supervisor wrote over my draft thesis. They are so far surprisingly few, and when it comes to my two-line plan for my final chapter, I see written in purple good approaches. Which makes me feel better about myself, at least.

3. My concentration appears to have gone AWOL, though. I need to get my head in the game and finish this thesis so I can catch up with all the other stuff I have to do. Sigh.
hawkwing_lb: (Prentiss disguised in Arthur's hall)
Non sum uni angulo natus, patria mea totus hic mundus est. - Seneca, Epistulae Morales 28.4

The interesting but incomprehensible Stanford lectures are over, and I am richer by much bafflement, and one quote.

I admire people who do classical literature, I really do. But I think they are like unto a different species of human.

#

Tomorrow night there is a talk on the archaeology of ceramics and food in the medieval Mediterranean. I think I shall go. But before then I shall finish writing my presentation - which is about half done - on the Jewish politeuma at Heracleopolis.

#

And after that, it is back to the thesis. I have promised a draft by the return of classes, January 18: my personal deadline in January 7. That's seven thousand words to be written inside four weeks, and the resulting twelve thousand word monster to be pummelled into a shape that makes sense outside my head. Oh noes. Oh woes.

And after that, I need to work on a research proposal for the M. Litt programme. Oh noes. Oh woes. Oh waily waily.
hawkwing_lb: (Prentiss disguised in Arthur's hall)
Non sum uni angulo natus, patria mea totus hic mundus est. - Seneca, Epistulae Morales 28.4

The interesting but incomprehensible Stanford lectures are over, and I am richer by much bafflement, and one quote.

I admire people who do classical literature, I really do. But I think they are like unto a different species of human.

#

Tomorrow night there is a talk on the archaeology of ceramics and food in the medieval Mediterranean. I think I shall go. But before then I shall finish writing my presentation - which is about half done - on the Jewish politeuma at Heracleopolis.

#

And after that, it is back to the thesis. I have promised a draft by the return of classes, January 18: my personal deadline in January 7. That's seven thousand words to be written inside four weeks, and the resulting twelve thousand word monster to be pummelled into a shape that makes sense outside my head. Oh noes. Oh woes.

And after that, I need to work on a research proposal for the M. Litt programme. Oh noes. Oh woes. Oh waily waily.

Today

Nov. 30th, 2009 09:28 pm
hawkwing_lb: (Criminal Minds JJ what you had to do)
Flailed up a 6C. Ran 1.5 miles. Wrote six pages of notes for a presentation. Justified my existence y/n?

Today

Nov. 30th, 2009 09:28 pm
hawkwing_lb: (Criminal Minds JJ what you had to do)
Flailed up a 6C. Ran 1.5 miles. Wrote six pages of notes for a presentation. Justified my existence y/n?
hawkwing_lb: (Garcia freak flag)
I haven't done any exercise since nearly two weeks ago. What with getting over a cold, and all, I suppose it's excusable. On the other hand, karate tomorrow night is going to hurt like fuck.

I spent today - after I crawled out of bed, and it's really annoying when one sleeps right through the alarm - in the library, reading Ptolemaic decrees (Canopus, Rosetta, and a 2nd century amnesty decree) and Theocritus' Encomium on Ptolemy Philadelphus. Joys. I do not enthuse over panegyrics.

But hey, learning. Right now, I'm killing time - my bus does not depart for an hour ten minutes, and the bus stop is only a twenty minute walk, so here I am, having burned out on commentaries.

And spent my lunch money for the next three days on Terry Pratchett's Unseen Academicals. A Pratchett book with football in. How could I walk away?

(I didn't think it was out until November. Oops.)
hawkwing_lb: (Garcia freak flag)
I haven't done any exercise since nearly two weeks ago. What with getting over a cold, and all, I suppose it's excusable. On the other hand, karate tomorrow night is going to hurt like fuck.

I spent today - after I crawled out of bed, and it's really annoying when one sleeps right through the alarm - in the library, reading Ptolemaic decrees (Canopus, Rosetta, and a 2nd century amnesty decree) and Theocritus' Encomium on Ptolemy Philadelphus. Joys. I do not enthuse over panegyrics.

But hey, learning. Right now, I'm killing time - my bus does not depart for an hour ten minutes, and the bus stop is only a twenty minute walk, so here I am, having burned out on commentaries.

And spent my lunch money for the next three days on Terry Pratchett's Unseen Academicals. A Pratchett book with football in. How could I walk away?

(I didn't think it was out until November. Oops.)
hawkwing_lb: (Criminal Minds JJ what you had to do)
I did have something to say, but I've forgotten what it was. At least, I thought I had something to say. Possibly I was hallucinating that.

Oh, well.

I was thinking today about my thesis, and the amount of work I need to do on it. I have, thanks to Le culte d'Isis, sufficient copious notes that I could probably start my first chapter, contingent on access to the Oxyrhynchus, Petrie, and a couple of other published papyri collections whose names presently escape me. I'll have to get someone to talk me through the inscription publications, though - OGIS and IG: from what I've seen, they're not as user-friendly as I might have wished.

But I thought about the division of my thesis. I need on the order of 12-15K, which is 4-5 chapters, I think. I've settled on a preliminary division of topics: Isis and the creation of Sarapis; Isis and the religious politics of the Ptolemies; cult places of Isis in lower Egypt; and cult places of Isis in upper Egypt. With, of course, space for the usual preliminaries of introductory and concluding verbiage, and depending on how things go, I may get to talk about the cultic personnel.

Right now I have notes for chapter 3, cult places in lower Egypt, and very little bit of notes for chapter 2. I'm relying on Dunand perhaps too much, for a book which was first published in 1973, but I have yet to find another book which deals with Isis with the same degree of clarity and detail. Not in French, and certainly not in English.

We'll see. Do you know, I can actually bring myself to be optimistic about this? We'll see what my supervisor - I don't even know who's supervising me yet, but it'll be either the papyrologist/Hellenistic kingdoms historian or the Bronze Age specialist who teaches the course on goddesses - has to say when s/he finds out what I've spent my summer doing.




Books 2009: 72

72. Jacqueline Carey, Naamah's Kiss.

Set in the same world, several generations after her Kushiel novels. It's pretty entertaining, with a highly competent - deft, is the word - turn of phrase and imagery. Another travelogue and high romance, this time to Ch'in. But Naamah's Kiss lacks the verve and energy of the previous Kushiel books: the protagonist, Moirin, while interesting enough, seems drifting and undirected in comparison to Imriel or even Phedre.

On the other hand, it is possible that I'm just unreasonably hard to satisfy lately. *g*
hawkwing_lb: (Criminal Minds JJ what you had to do)
I did have something to say, but I've forgotten what it was. At least, I thought I had something to say. Possibly I was hallucinating that.

Oh, well.

I was thinking today about my thesis, and the amount of work I need to do on it. I have, thanks to Le culte d'Isis, sufficient copious notes that I could probably start my first chapter, contingent on access to the Oxyrhynchus, Petrie, and a couple of other published papyri collections whose names presently escape me. I'll have to get someone to talk me through the inscription publications, though - OGIS and IG: from what I've seen, they're not as user-friendly as I might have wished.

But I thought about the division of my thesis. I need on the order of 12-15K, which is 4-5 chapters, I think. I've settled on a preliminary division of topics: Isis and the creation of Sarapis; Isis and the religious politics of the Ptolemies; cult places of Isis in lower Egypt; and cult places of Isis in upper Egypt. With, of course, space for the usual preliminaries of introductory and concluding verbiage, and depending on how things go, I may get to talk about the cultic personnel.

Right now I have notes for chapter 3, cult places in lower Egypt, and very little bit of notes for chapter 2. I'm relying on Dunand perhaps too much, for a book which was first published in 1973, but I have yet to find another book which deals with Isis with the same degree of clarity and detail. Not in French, and certainly not in English.

We'll see. Do you know, I can actually bring myself to be optimistic about this? We'll see what my supervisor - I don't even know who's supervising me yet, but it'll be either the papyrologist/Hellenistic kingdoms historian or the Bronze Age specialist who teaches the course on goddesses - has to say when s/he finds out what I've spent my summer doing.




Books 2009: 72

72. Jacqueline Carey, Naamah's Kiss.

Set in the same world, several generations after her Kushiel novels. It's pretty entertaining, with a highly competent - deft, is the word - turn of phrase and imagery. Another travelogue and high romance, this time to Ch'in. But Naamah's Kiss lacks the verve and energy of the previous Kushiel books: the protagonist, Moirin, while interesting enough, seems drifting and undirected in comparison to Imriel or even Phedre.

On the other hand, it is possible that I'm just unreasonably hard to satisfy lately. *g*
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I made it through another 12-14 pages of Le culte d'Isis dans le bassin orientale de le Mediteranée today. It's not exactly light reading - in fact, it'd be fair going in English, and is quite hard in French, with all the run-on sentences - but it's very educational. I figure if I learn two or three new subject-specific French words every evening, by the time I'm done it'll only be medium-hard reading. (Today's words: hardly, vow [serment], rebuild [remonter], come across [rencontre], come across [retrouver].)

That did take two and a half hours, though.

Running: 1.15 miles in 10 minutes, 1.5 miles in 13:50, 2.0 miles in 19:30. Not too bad, at all.

Cycling: 33 minutes on a cross-country exercise bike programme.

Climbing: seven routes, five of which were 6As, two of which were 5s. Rather pathetic going, actually. But I have the hour of hard work in the gym previous to this as my excuse, to which I will cling.

Vladimir-the-cat has disappeared, possibly by jumping out a second floor window whilst I was out. I do hope he turns up. I've become very attached to him over the last couple of weeks.

But cats. You never know.
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I made it through another 12-14 pages of Le culte d'Isis dans le bassin orientale de le Mediteranée today. It's not exactly light reading - in fact, it'd be fair going in English, and is quite hard in French, with all the run-on sentences - but it's very educational. I figure if I learn two or three new subject-specific French words every evening, by the time I'm done it'll only be medium-hard reading. (Today's words: hardly, vow [serment], rebuild [remonter], come across [rencontre], come across [retrouver].)

That did take two and a half hours, though.

Running: 1.15 miles in 10 minutes, 1.5 miles in 13:50, 2.0 miles in 19:30. Not too bad, at all.

Cycling: 33 minutes on a cross-country exercise bike programme.

Climbing: seven routes, five of which were 6As, two of which were 5s. Rather pathetic going, actually. But I have the hour of hard work in the gym previous to this as my excuse, to which I will cling.

Vladimir-the-cat has disappeared, possibly by jumping out a second floor window whilst I was out. I do hope he turns up. I've become very attached to him over the last couple of weeks.

But cats. You never know.
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Mile in 9:50, 1.5 miles in under 15:00, 2.5 miles in 29:00.

35 minutes on the treadmill on a hill climb programme.

No climbing, because after that, damn, was I tired.

In the library for approximately three hours: read and took copious notes on 12 pages of "Le culte d'Isis", and scrambled through some more of Gods and Men in Egypt looking for Isis-related things. I'm not quite as poorly off as concerns the French as I'd thought, since I can make out what most paragraphs are about, even if I'm going to have hard work translating the details of the relevent quotes.

I'm also kind of horrified right now, because a guy I know very slightly was the suicide portion of a murder-suicide stabbing incident that wounded two more people over the weekend, and the news coverage is downright ghoulish. I didn't even know the guy except to see - he was a classmate of mine - but what's happening now is not responsible journalism.
hawkwing_lb: (Default)
Mile in 9:50, 1.5 miles in under 15:00, 2.5 miles in 29:00.

35 minutes on the treadmill on a hill climb programme.

No climbing, because after that, damn, was I tired.

In the library for approximately three hours: read and took copious notes on 12 pages of "Le culte d'Isis", and scrambled through some more of Gods and Men in Egypt looking for Isis-related things. I'm not quite as poorly off as concerns the French as I'd thought, since I can make out what most paragraphs are about, even if I'm going to have hard work translating the details of the relevent quotes.

I'm also kind of horrified right now, because a guy I know very slightly was the suicide portion of a murder-suicide stabbing incident that wounded two more people over the weekend, and the news coverage is downright ghoulish. I didn't even know the guy except to see - he was a classmate of mine - but what's happening now is not responsible journalism.
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It turns out the exam results are available online hours ahead of official release.

I have a First in my Moderatorship Part One in Biblical and Theological Studies - 35% of my degree - and a II.1 in Ancient History and Archaeology, which this year is 15% of my degree.

I'm consistent, at least: same overall result three years running.

This is me, doing the reasonably satisfied dance of happy success.
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It turns out the exam results are available online hours ahead of official release.

I have a First in my Moderatorship Part One in Biblical and Theological Studies - 35% of my degree - and a II.1 in Ancient History and Archaeology, which this year is 15% of my degree.

I'm consistent, at least: same overall result three years running.

This is me, doing the reasonably satisfied dance of happy success.
hawkwing_lb: (criminal minds)
Not dead yet.

Overclimbed. New 6As, Monday and Tuesday: I am a competent enough 6A climber, now, even if 6A+s remain mostly beyond me, and I sometimes need a rest. I can also lead 5s with confidence, as long as I get to rest up in the middle: I had a fabulous time leading my lovely grey 5, with the straightforwardly overhung finish, yesterday - I felt really strong and confident, even though it was the last climb of the night. And even though I had to rest three or four times. Eight routes last night, even if I fell off halfway up the 6A+, the 6B, and the 6C I tried. Well, not quite halfway up.

My arms, though. I am still getting twingey pains in the forearm muscles, and this is after the application of Deep Freeze and one paracetamol last night and two just now. Owie. No more climbing for me til Friday at least.

Overessayed. I am turning in an essay tomorrow that is supposed to be less than 3.5K words and turned out to be 4.3K, and which I thought I had finished last week, but no. Akshual Analysis needed to be added. On Friday and Saturday I must interpret the theology of Romans 11 for an essay which I had intended to have finished last week.

P-Con on Saturday was an utter bust, with the exception of meeting [livejournal.com profile] desperance very briefly and embarrassing myself in front of Charles Stross, who was an utter gentleman - as he was the last three times I brought him books to sign - and kindly refrained from making fun of me. I have nothing against persons older than me, even if that's by decades. But when they come across as mostly bitter and, well, narrow, I sort of have the feeling I'm in the wrong crowd.

Maybe I was just tired.

Between Monday and today and the siren song of the bookshop, I have blown my next two months' reading budget. I can't help it. They twitch their little covers at me and I lose all self-control.

(The US editions of Tamora Pierce's "Circle of Magic" books, since the UK ones are out of print, and a couple - three - others. No self-control. None.)
hawkwing_lb: (criminal minds)
Not dead yet.

Overclimbed. New 6As, Monday and Tuesday: I am a competent enough 6A climber, now, even if 6A+s remain mostly beyond me, and I sometimes need a rest. I can also lead 5s with confidence, as long as I get to rest up in the middle: I had a fabulous time leading my lovely grey 5, with the straightforwardly overhung finish, yesterday - I felt really strong and confident, even though it was the last climb of the night. And even though I had to rest three or four times. Eight routes last night, even if I fell off halfway up the 6A+, the 6B, and the 6C I tried. Well, not quite halfway up.

My arms, though. I am still getting twingey pains in the forearm muscles, and this is after the application of Deep Freeze and one paracetamol last night and two just now. Owie. No more climbing for me til Friday at least.

Overessayed. I am turning in an essay tomorrow that is supposed to be less than 3.5K words and turned out to be 4.3K, and which I thought I had finished last week, but no. Akshual Analysis needed to be added. On Friday and Saturday I must interpret the theology of Romans 11 for an essay which I had intended to have finished last week.

P-Con on Saturday was an utter bust, with the exception of meeting [livejournal.com profile] desperance very briefly and embarrassing myself in front of Charles Stross, who was an utter gentleman - as he was the last three times I brought him books to sign - and kindly refrained from making fun of me. I have nothing against persons older than me, even if that's by decades. But when they come across as mostly bitter and, well, narrow, I sort of have the feeling I'm in the wrong crowd.

Maybe I was just tired.

Between Monday and today and the siren song of the bookshop, I have blown my next two months' reading budget. I can't help it. They twitch their little covers at me and I lose all self-control.

(The US editions of Tamora Pierce's "Circle of Magic" books, since the UK ones are out of print, and a couple - three - others. No self-control. None.)
hawkwing_lb: (Criminal Minds JJ what you had to do)
I am pulling an all-nighter. Partly this is because I have a piece of work due in the morning; partly because, when that is done, I need to do things like filing and dishes and (maybe, if I'm very ambitious, and still alert enough) hoovering; and partly because I'm on term break and the parental unit is not here and I can do anything I like mwhahahaha...

Er. Moving swiftly on. I'm thinking of trying to keep track of online resources to do with the ancient world/archaeology/biblical studies/whatnot. So if you see a good example, let me know, please?

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