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So, I only have a week left of school, then finals week and then graduation is the 19th. I went to pick up tickets for the grad ceremony today. It's so close. This is so weird. Can't I just stay in school forever? I don't want to go into the real world. I just want to stay here with my friends, but I can't.

However, all of us might be going to the beach over the summer, which will be a blast beyond words.

Anyhow, tonight was inductions for history club. Had to bring in a bunch of new people, but it was fun being on the other side of the ceremony this time. Then went to get ice cream because it was way too fucking hot in Frostburg today. For a town so used to cold, their is a distinct lack of air conditioning. The only time I was cool at all today was on the bus crossing campus. And sitting outside at midnight. My room is so warm. Ugh.

But, yeah, after ice cream coolness, we had our semesterly banquet wherein we all gather with a bunch of the history professors. We had a couple of the cool ones, but two of the three awesome ones couldn't come *sadface* Still had fun though, even if the food wasn't awesome and was slightly overpriced. We had a buffet set-up thing in a bar down the street but we had a good time talking to professors and hanging out. Alcohol was had by pretty much everyone over 21 and we stayed til 1030 or so A few of us were supposed to go to the midnight premier of the Avengers, but the guy who was supposed to be driving got drunk, the idiot that he is, and so that's not happening.

Still mostly a good night. Which my room would get cooler though.
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So, today was eventful. Today was the Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society) Conference at Towson University. Which, while being blissfully close to where I live, did not allow me to go home for a bit - but, whatever, I'm going home on Tuesday for Spring Break.

Got up at 5, left the house at like 5:40 - I never want to be walking across campus under the eerie light of an early morning full moon ever again unless I haven't been to bed yet (not that the 2 hours of sleep I managed should count as such) - and we planned to leave at 6. There was a minor set back in that we were given the crappiest van the school had available - it was short a row of seats, so the 8 of us all had to squash in, the radio was wonky, heat control was limited, there was no gas in it (it's supposed to be filled up before it's returned to the van lot) and the oil change light was on. Took ten minutes to try to argue for a van switch, to no avail, and then to resign ourselves to being cramped. Had to stop for gas, so got on the road about 6:20. I have no idea how he managed it, because I was convinced we were going to be late, but we got there by like 8:40 and got checked in easily.

The first panels were at 9. I was in one and Kyle, our PAT President was in another. His family showed up, so the gaggle of Frostburg-ians came to mine. First up was some dude talking about Pirate stuff. He actually used the phrase 'So why is the rum gone?' and his display pic was the POtC logo. I was next, and I was misinformed about the technology available and therefore didn't have fancy powerpoints like the others in mine. My paper was 'Anti-British Propaganda in the Era of Revolution' and it was basically just an off-shoot paper of my Capstone that was designed as a Primary Source Analysis for my stupid Revolution class last semester. I was pretty freaked out about presenting - I hate it, I would typically be more apt to claw out my own eyes than to willingly present - but it wasn't that bad. I had some of my long!quotes memorized so I could look up more often than I thought I would. The third paper in my section (which was entitled TOO MANY REVOLUTIONS! (which sounds kind of bitchy)) was something about Union sympathizers in the South during the Civil War? I don't know. I'm really tired. Anyway. There was supposed to be a fourth person, but she never showed. So then we had a Respondent, who'd read all of our papers (and considering Kyle sent out a rough version of mine because he's an idiot it went well). Pirate dude got criticized for using a lot of secondary sources and virtually know Primary Sources. This flowed nicely into mine, given that it was the complete opposite, though not as critique-able given that it was a Primary Source Analysis. Civil War dude's paper did well, too. Then audience questions. Pirate dude got one: "Is that what Blackbeard really looked like?" Civil War dude got a bunch, but it was all "Why didn't you focus on this area in the South? There were Union sympathizers there!" that were really just all over annoying. I got two questions: One was "Which of the forms of propaganda mentioned in your paper would you consider most effective?" and "Did you run across a lot of Pro-British propaganda?" I don't feel like answering them and I'd have to explain way too much of my paper for the first one, so I'm not going to. And then it was done.

I was the only one of the Frostburg gang to go to one of the Second Panel presentations. Everyone else went to explore the campus a bit, which was totally cool. Most of them have been to conferences before, but I haven't. I sat in on one I thought would be interesting but was really just woefully boring. First was something about Ireland, which interested me and prompted me to see it - turns out it was some boring thing about Home Rule and land stuff and all based on a bunch of bland periodicals. Second, which also sounded interesting, was something about World War II and the British Home Front, but it ended up being about art depictions of WWII Britain. Third was some dude talking about how Operation: Eagle Claw resulted in a specialized air force (I'm a little hazy on this, as I said, I'm tired, but it was the most interesting of the three).

Then was lunch which was unimpressive. Then the keynote address, which was pretty interesting. It was about the Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals. Sadly, it wasn't terribly informative if you'd ever seen the play/movie 'Bent'. Which I have. Still, it was interesting.

Third panel was up last - my roommate, Jenny was in this one. The first girl in her panel was awful - she took goddamn forever to read her paper and she was damn quiet and boring and monotone and her paper was about Russian something or the others not really existing and I could not have cared less about the content of her paper. She also went over the time limit by like 10 minutes and clearly our moderator sucked (dude who keeps us on track). Jenny was up next. Her paper was on the Muslim Brotherhood and while I know nothing about that either, she made it entertaining and interesting. Last up was some dude with a paper equally as long as the first girls, but slightly more interesting. His was about gender roles in the Quaker population during the American Revolution. Their respondent sucked. His specialty is Russian stuff so he was fawning all over the Russian girl and asking these really in-depth questions. Moderator did he back on track for a bit and he offered quick stuff for Jenny and the Quaker dude. His comment to Jenny was pretty much 'So, can you please define the Muslim Brotherhood?' Apparently there were some awkward audience questions - some woman rephrased a bunch of stuff that Jenny said in her presentation bracketed by the word 'actually' to make it sound as if Jenny were wrong, even though she was saying the exact same thing.

Quick awards ceremony after that - the girl with the annoyingly long and boring paper was apparently a grad student and won first place. Ugh. Another grad student, who'd been in with Kyle's group, won second. 3 Undergrads won, too, but we didn't know any of them from the panels.

Got out of there just after 4, piled back into the van and stopped in Hagerstown for food (not as awesome as usual (typically we stop at a restaurant) as some people we were with didn't wanna wait around were like 'let's just get fastfood from the mall food court' so yeah). Got back to Frostburg just after 8 and fucking fuck I am so tired.
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Woo! Maryland just passed Same Sex Marriage!!!

Got through House and Senate and is now going to the Governor who has agreed to sign it into law! Proud of MD today, as long as I ignore the jackasses already talking about trying to repeal it.

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Guess what, guys?

I FINISHED MY CAPSTONE! IT. IS. FINISHED!!!

It's 10,515 words, 38 pages (with title page, visuals, and bibliography). AND IT IS FINISHED!

...sadly I still have another paper (only 4 pages) to write before Thursday so I can go home.
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Guess what, guys?

I FINISHED MY CAPSTONE! IT. IS. FINISHED!!!

It's 10,515 words, 38 pages (with title page, visuals, and bibliography). AND IT IS FINISHED!

...sadly I still have another paper (only 4 pages) to write before Thursday so I can go home.
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So, classes...

Psych is still cool. I got a 93 on our first test, next one is next Thursday. It's pretty straightforward. Listening to my classmates bitch about writing essays was entertaining at least - history students loooove essay questions - you can make things up on essay questions, whereas if you're wrong on a multiple choice question, you're kinda SOL. We have a paper due soon, too. It requires stalking squirrels.

Gilded Age is still awesome. The prof really likes my papers for a reason I cannot fathom because I think they've been terrible, but okay. Ugh, he's entertaining and the subject matter is interesting.

Revolution still sucks. We took a quiz 3 weeks ago and we still haven't gotten our grades back. We have a midterm due on Friday (which I need to, like, start). She actually used a powerpoit in class on Monday! This should have been an improvement, but it was basically just 12 slides of maps with dialogue like 'This is a map of ____ in ____ year.' Then she started talking about teh War of 1812 (which is way after the course cut-off date) but with ideas like 'When the British tried to take America back again...' (Hint: Not what they were doing!) and ughhhh I hate that class. Wish I could drop it, but can't.

Capstone. Ah, Capstone. Our first draft is due by midnight with an annotated bibliography. I FINISHED IT ON TUESDAY (after staying up all night so I could buy and watch Captain America guilt free). God, that paper was killed. Presently, it's 36 pages - with pictures, title page, and a non-annotated Bibliography. I'm doing edits now and then the Bibliography then knocking out the midterm. We do peer reviews/prof reviews/edits from now til Nov 17, when the final version is due. The prof emailed out thesis to people he considers experts in our fields to read our papers - mine is going to Noam Chomsky. And a couple of random propaganda professors. And it's going to Awesome!Prof because it can. Ohgod.
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So, classes...

Psych is still cool. I got a 93 on our first test, next one is next Thursday. It's pretty straightforward. Listening to my classmates bitch about writing essays was entertaining at least - history students loooove essay questions - you can make things up on essay questions, whereas if you're wrong on a multiple choice question, you're kinda SOL. We have a paper due soon, too. It requires stalking squirrels.

Gilded Age is still awesome. The prof really likes my papers for a reason I cannot fathom because I think they've been terrible, but okay. Ugh, he's entertaining and the subject matter is interesting.

Revolution still sucks. We took a quiz 3 weeks ago and we still haven't gotten our grades back. We have a midterm due on Friday (which I need to, like, start). She actually used a powerpoit in class on Monday! This should have been an improvement, but it was basically just 12 slides of maps with dialogue like 'This is a map of ____ in ____ year.' Then she started talking about teh War of 1812 (which is way after the course cut-off date) but with ideas like 'When the British tried to take America back again...' (Hint: Not what they were doing!) and ughhhh I hate that class. Wish I could drop it, but can't.

Capstone. Ah, Capstone. Our first draft is due by midnight with an annotated bibliography. I FINISHED IT ON TUESDAY (after staying up all night so I could buy and watch Captain America guilt free). God, that paper was killed. Presently, it's 36 pages - with pictures, title page, and a non-annotated Bibliography. I'm doing edits now and then the Bibliography then knocking out the midterm. We do peer reviews/prof reviews/edits from now til Nov 17, when the final version is due. The prof emailed out thesis to people he considers experts in our fields to read our papers - mine is going to Noam Chomsky. And a couple of random propaganda professors. And it's going to Awesome!Prof because it can. Ohgod.
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Yesterday marked yet another three hour car ride. Left around 8 with most of Capstone class. A couple people bailed on us. I think we had like 10 of the 13, plus the professor. Our van was the cool van - five of us. We dubbed the van the Mystery (and /or History) Machine and dubbed ourselves as Mystery Inc people. I ended up as Scooby, Had fun and ridiculous sing-a-longs to classic rock songs. Got to the metro around 9 something, into DC just before 11. Got through the whole Registration process at Library of Congress, got our Reader ID's and headed into the main room. We stupidly had not requested our materials ahead of time, so we all went through and found a handful of potential sources and requested them. Said it would take like an hour, and it was close to 1 by then. We ended up walking like 2 miles to get food. Ended up at the same sandwich shop we went to when we were in DC during Spring semester. Decided to be blissfully lazy and take the Metro back to the LoC. By then, our stuff was ready (damn well better have been since we got back at like 3. I'd requested 6 books, only 1 showed up. The others all came back with Not On Shelf notifications, which sucked. Got some decent info from the book I did find and skimmed over that pretty well. Packed up just shy of 5 and headed out. Our van decreased to 4 people, the 5th opted to ride in the not as cool van once we got off the Metro. Stopped in Hagerstown for Panera Bread and Starbucks (YUM) and then headed back here. Ended up chilling at friends house and being slightly intoxicated and didn't come home until like 4AM. Fun, though. Might go back on Friday for more research.
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Yesterday marked yet another three hour car ride. Left around 8 with most of Capstone class. A couple people bailed on us. I think we had like 10 of the 13, plus the professor. Our van was the cool van - five of us. We dubbed the van the Mystery (and /or History) Machine and dubbed ourselves as Mystery Inc people. I ended up as Scooby, Had fun and ridiculous sing-a-longs to classic rock songs. Got to the metro around 9 something, into DC just before 11. Got through the whole Registration process at Library of Congress, got our Reader ID's and headed into the main room. We stupidly had not requested our materials ahead of time, so we all went through and found a handful of potential sources and requested them. Said it would take like an hour, and it was close to 1 by then. We ended up walking like 2 miles to get food. Ended up at the same sandwich shop we went to when we were in DC during Spring semester. Decided to be blissfully lazy and take the Metro back to the LoC. By then, our stuff was ready (damn well better have been since we got back at like 3. I'd requested 6 books, only 1 showed up. The others all came back with Not On Shelf notifications, which sucked. Got some decent info from the book I did find and skimmed over that pretty well. Packed up just shy of 5 and headed out. Our van decreased to 4 people, the 5th opted to ride in the not as cool van once we got off the Metro. Stopped in Hagerstown for Panera Bread and Starbucks (YUM) and then headed back here. Ended up chilling at friends house and being slightly intoxicated and didn't come home until like 4AM. Fun, though. Might go back on Friday for more research.
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So, Renaissance Fair was yesterday, It was fun, but in the end the weather kicked our asses. Woke up around 6:45, left the house at 7:30 with two friends who'd opted for parking there, and the four of us headed down to the police station to pick up the van we reserved for the trip. There were seven of us in total. We stopped for breakfast at Sheetz and got on the road about 8 or so. Stupidly, we forgot to like, print directions, so we relied heavily on the GPS built into my phone which completely kills my battery. It was roughly a 3 hour drive. We entertained ourselves with random conversations and silly sing a longs. We lacked the iPod hook up we'd used for the trip to DC, so we picked songs we could remember the words to. It entailed a lot of Disney music. Especially Mulan. I've had 'I'll Make A Man Out Of You' stuck in my head for upwards of 24 hours at this point. Stopped once on the way there for a break from the van and made it into the RenFair parking lot with a minimum of issues around 11.

We spent a while wandering around because half of us had never been there before. The awesome roommate's Dad and Sister were there, so we met up with them for a little while, along with the fellow-history club member who works there. We checked out the Unnatural History Museum which was silly and ridiculous, but worth the dollar it cost to get in. Realized soon after that everything for sale there is stupidly expensive and therefore I spent a whopping $6.50 there. $5.50 of which was on food sometime later. Wandered around pretty much everywhere, managed to lose one of the members of our group (she found other friends from Frostburg and chilled with them for a bit) while grabbing food. From there, we went to see the Joust. That was crowded. Yay, Maryland's State Sport (Lacrosse is the state team sport, but as far as I know, Jousting is still the state sport). The people behind us were absolutely baffled by the 'Huzzah' cheers that are used at RenFair. They were also confused by the fact that they did things other than fight each other, They had four tests prior to that, one with the little bronze rings, two with knocking a block of wood off a post - one fronthand, one backhand, with their swords - and then a combination of all three of those things. From there they did the jousting against each other. It was cool. And made me want to watch Merlin.

From there, we were trying to kill time until 4 when a show we wanted to see was set to state. We wandered around some more, with a rough goal of trying to find the lost friend. The roommate left us at some point to go hang out with her family before they left, and the 5 of us still in the group circled around a couple more times. By then it was like 40 degrees and quite chilly. It was like the Frostburg weather followed us across the state to fuck with us. Eventually, we got word that the roommate had found the lost friend and that she was smashingly drunk. We headed back to the stage where the show was going to be and indeed she was smashingly drunk. Macbeth was ending when we got there, we were there to see Shakespeare's Skum, which was a parody of Richard III. Twas quite amusing, but it started raining just after we got there and that just sucked. It was that icy cold rain and it was getting colder out and ughhhh. Sat through the show, and then sat through The Royal Chess Game. Wizard Chess would've been cooler, but then again, I spent most of the show staring at my shoes so my hood would stay up as we all slowly froze to death.By general consensus, we left after that. By the time we got out to the van in the far ends of teh parking lot, it was close to 5:15 or so. We didn't get off the lot and back onto the highway until like 6:15. By then we were mostly nice and warma nd dry again.

We intended to stop in Hagerstown (about an hour away from Frostburg) for dinner. After naps and some more singing and chatting, we got to the exit around 7:30. However, there was an accident that entirely fucked everything up. We sat there for an hour. The restaurant was literally 5 minutes away and it took us an hour. Finally got in and seated at Garfield's in the mall in Hagerstown around 9 or so. It was fun and tasty and delicious. You can draw on the tables and our waiter was like a ninja. Had steak and shrimp with a baked potato and a salad. The three of us at our table shared an apple crisp which was amazingly delicious and then headed out around 10:15 or so. More sleeping/chatting on the rest of the way back. Hit Frostburg around 11:30, was relieved not to see snow on the ground (there was a possibility!), gassed up the van and got dropped off at home.

Fun day, but fuck it was cold.
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So, Renaissance Fair was yesterday, It was fun, but in the end the weather kicked our asses. Woke up around 6:45, left the house at 7:30 with two friends who'd opted for parking there, and the four of us headed down to the police station to pick up the van we reserved for the trip. There were seven of us in total. We stopped for breakfast at Sheetz and got on the road about 8 or so. Stupidly, we forgot to like, print directions, so we relied heavily on the GPS built into my phone which completely kills my battery. It was roughly a 3 hour drive. We entertained ourselves with random conversations and silly sing a longs. We lacked the iPod hook up we'd used for the trip to DC, so we picked songs we could remember the words to. It entailed a lot of Disney music. Especially Mulan. I've had 'I'll Make A Man Out Of You' stuck in my head for upwards of 24 hours at this point. Stopped once on the way there for a break from the van and made it into the RenFair parking lot with a minimum of issues around 11.

We spent a while wandering around because half of us had never been there before. The awesome roommate's Dad and Sister were there, so we met up with them for a little while, along with the fellow-history club member who works there. We checked out the Unnatural History Museum which was silly and ridiculous, but worth the dollar it cost to get in. Realized soon after that everything for sale there is stupidly expensive and therefore I spent a whopping $6.50 there. $5.50 of which was on food sometime later. Wandered around pretty much everywhere, managed to lose one of the members of our group (she found other friends from Frostburg and chilled with them for a bit) while grabbing food. From there, we went to see the Joust. That was crowded. Yay, Maryland's State Sport (Lacrosse is the state team sport, but as far as I know, Jousting is still the state sport). The people behind us were absolutely baffled by the 'Huzzah' cheers that are used at RenFair. They were also confused by the fact that they did things other than fight each other, They had four tests prior to that, one with the little bronze rings, two with knocking a block of wood off a post - one fronthand, one backhand, with their swords - and then a combination of all three of those things. From there they did the jousting against each other. It was cool. And made me want to watch Merlin.

From there, we were trying to kill time until 4 when a show we wanted to see was set to state. We wandered around some more, with a rough goal of trying to find the lost friend. The roommate left us at some point to go hang out with her family before they left, and the 5 of us still in the group circled around a couple more times. By then it was like 40 degrees and quite chilly. It was like the Frostburg weather followed us across the state to fuck with us. Eventually, we got word that the roommate had found the lost friend and that she was smashingly drunk. We headed back to the stage where the show was going to be and indeed she was smashingly drunk. Macbeth was ending when we got there, we were there to see Shakespeare's Skum, which was a parody of Richard III. Twas quite amusing, but it started raining just after we got there and that just sucked. It was that icy cold rain and it was getting colder out and ughhhh. Sat through the show, and then sat through The Royal Chess Game. Wizard Chess would've been cooler, but then again, I spent most of the show staring at my shoes so my hood would stay up as we all slowly froze to death.By general consensus, we left after that. By the time we got out to the van in the far ends of teh parking lot, it was close to 5:15 or so. We didn't get off the lot and back onto the highway until like 6:15. By then we were mostly nice and warma nd dry again.

We intended to stop in Hagerstown (about an hour away from Frostburg) for dinner. After naps and some more singing and chatting, we got to the exit around 7:30. However, there was an accident that entirely fucked everything up. We sat there for an hour. The restaurant was literally 5 minutes away and it took us an hour. Finally got in and seated at Garfield's in the mall in Hagerstown around 9 or so. It was fun and tasty and delicious. You can draw on the tables and our waiter was like a ninja. Had steak and shrimp with a baked potato and a salad. The three of us at our table shared an apple crisp which was amazingly delicious and then headed out around 10:15 or so. More sleeping/chatting on the rest of the way back. Hit Frostburg around 11:30, was relieved not to see snow on the ground (there was a possibility!), gassed up the van and got dropped off at home.

Fun day, but fuck it was cold.
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So, classes are going decently well.

Psych: Pretty fun and straightforward. The Prof is way too fond of monkeys and likes to limit her examples to them as opposed to including other animals. We did get to have fun on Thursday when we got to the cognition chapters - we got to train a couple classmates. We sent someone out into the hall, picked something we wanted them to do (i.e. sit on the floor, write on the board) and then brought them back in and clapped when they got close to doing the right thing. Eventually the both figured it out. The 'sit on the floor' guy was harder. There was a chair near where we had herded him and he kept trying to sit in that, so eventually we were like 'you know, I really don't like that chair. Chairs are overrated.' Twas fun.

Gilded Age: Probably the most interesting class. My opinion on that might change tomorrow when we get our first papers back, though. The Prof remains funny and cool and I'll probably end up asking for his help on Capstone so hopefully I didn't do horribly on my paper or anything.

Capstone: Finally got this one decently worked out. Thesis involves how the technique of dehumanization through labeling typically used in warfare and racial conflict is also used in terms of social conflict such as in the cases of the Haymarket Massacre in Boston in 1886 and at the shootings at Kent State University in 1970. So there's that. Approved, mostly researched...

Revolution: This class is both good and bad. Mostly awful. I feel like we're not actually learning anything. It's the Prof's first semester teaching (at least here) and ughhh. It doesn't help at all that she's replacing the best Prof in the history department. Despite the fact that American Revolution is her area of focus, she doesn't seem all that informed of it. She says things are complicated that are not, she makes really basic mistakes that we've been calling her on. She also is ridiculously fond of group work. It is a 400 level lecture course, the majority of a class period should be made up of lecture, not of group/individual busy work. Everything we 'discussed' in class tonight could have been covered in a 20 minute power point. She asks questions that I think are rhetorical, but are not. I answered 4 or 5 different questions for my group that did nothing but cite an example straight from the text. In one case, she read us a few sentences from the book and asked us a question that was literally in the next line of text. And then she rephrases whatever we answered with as if we were wrong and by slightly altering the sentence, she has better explained it. No. Ugh. This could have been an online class - the tests and quizzes are take home, most of the information we're getting (and by most, I mean like 98%) from the books we're reading. And this is the professor with the 'Most students will not get an A in this class because C is average and that is what most people are' attitude.

On other notes -- roommates are awesome, history club/friends are awesome (we're hanging out on Thursday night after Capstone to watch X-Men), and Saturday we're all going to the Renaissance Fair in Annapolis. Should be fun, I've never been before.

I'm going home tomorrow afternoon and hanging out with [livejournal.com profile] kismekilmeluvme and then going to see Matt Nathanson in DC on Wednesday and then coming back out here early Thursday morning. :)
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So, classes are going decently well.

Psych: Pretty fun and straightforward. The Prof is way too fond of monkeys and likes to limit her examples to them as opposed to including other animals. We did get to have fun on Thursday when we got to the cognition chapters - we got to train a couple classmates. We sent someone out into the hall, picked something we wanted them to do (i.e. sit on the floor, write on the board) and then brought them back in and clapped when they got close to doing the right thing. Eventually the both figured it out. The 'sit on the floor' guy was harder. There was a chair near where we had herded him and he kept trying to sit in that, so eventually we were like 'you know, I really don't like that chair. Chairs are overrated.' Twas fun.

Gilded Age: Probably the most interesting class. My opinion on that might change tomorrow when we get our first papers back, though. The Prof remains funny and cool and I'll probably end up asking for his help on Capstone so hopefully I didn't do horribly on my paper or anything.

Capstone: Finally got this one decently worked out. Thesis involves how the technique of dehumanization through labeling typically used in warfare and racial conflict is also used in terms of social conflict such as in the cases of the Haymarket Massacre in Boston in 1886 and at the shootings at Kent State University in 1970. So there's that. Approved, mostly researched...

Revolution: This class is both good and bad. Mostly awful. I feel like we're not actually learning anything. It's the Prof's first semester teaching (at least here) and ughhh. It doesn't help at all that she's replacing the best Prof in the history department. Despite the fact that American Revolution is her area of focus, she doesn't seem all that informed of it. She says things are complicated that are not, she makes really basic mistakes that we've been calling her on. She also is ridiculously fond of group work. It is a 400 level lecture course, the majority of a class period should be made up of lecture, not of group/individual busy work. Everything we 'discussed' in class tonight could have been covered in a 20 minute power point. She asks questions that I think are rhetorical, but are not. I answered 4 or 5 different questions for my group that did nothing but cite an example straight from the text. In one case, she read us a few sentences from the book and asked us a question that was literally in the next line of text. And then she rephrases whatever we answered with as if we were wrong and by slightly altering the sentence, she has better explained it. No. Ugh. This could have been an online class - the tests and quizzes are take home, most of the information we're getting (and by most, I mean like 98%) from the books we're reading. And this is the professor with the 'Most students will not get an A in this class because C is average and that is what most people are' attitude.

On other notes -- roommates are awesome, history club/friends are awesome (we're hanging out on Thursday night after Capstone to watch X-Men), and Saturday we're all going to the Renaissance Fair in Annapolis. Should be fun, I've never been before.

I'm going home tomorrow afternoon and hanging out with [livejournal.com profile] kismekilmeluvme and then going to see Matt Nathanson in DC on Wednesday and then coming back out here early Thursday morning. :)
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Fucking fuck I hate Capstone.

I started out with an idea about how Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's differing views on early 20th century Spiritualism played a significant role in social reactions to Spiritualism, but my professor shot that one down before I could even actually present it to any sort of extent. So. After fuming about that for a while, I resorted to a topic that he suggested and I tweaked a little- How ACD's depression effected his his belief in Spiritualism which in turn effected his writing style,a s evident from the shift from the ever logical Sherlock Holmes to his later workis about faeries and seances.

We spent class on Thursday, all 2.5 hours of it, without a break, watching as he systematically slaughtered all 13 of our thesis ideas. Probably half of which HE GAVE TO US AS SUGGESTIONS. After this class, several of us went out and got smashingly drunk. I supervised the smashingly drunk people and lived vicariously.

So. Now I need to come up with something new that is a) historically releveant, b) never been done before c) answers the god awful question of 'So What?' (which is stupid, because if you say 'So What?' enough eventually you get to wondering why the hell you're bothering in the first place and why does history even matter and what am I doing with my life and things get depressing from there.

TL;DR: NEED NEW HISTORY CAPSTONE IDEA. SUGGESTIONS?
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Fucking fuck I hate Capstone.

I started out with an idea about how Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's differing views on early 20th century Spiritualism played a significant role in social reactions to Spiritualism, but my professor shot that one down before I could even actually present it to any sort of extent. So. After fuming about that for a while, I resorted to a topic that he suggested and I tweaked a little- How ACD's depression effected his his belief in Spiritualism which in turn effected his writing style,a s evident from the shift from the ever logical Sherlock Holmes to his later workis about faeries and seances.

We spent class on Thursday, all 2.5 hours of it, without a break, watching as he systematically slaughtered all 13 of our thesis ideas. Probably half of which HE GAVE TO US AS SUGGESTIONS. After this class, several of us went out and got smashingly drunk. I supervised the smashingly drunk people and lived vicariously.

So. Now I need to come up with something new that is a) historically releveant, b) never been done before c) answers the god awful question of 'So What?' (which is stupid, because if you say 'So What?' enough eventually you get to wondering why the hell you're bothering in the first place and why does history even matter and what am I doing with my life and things get depressing from there.

TL;DR: NEED NEW HISTORY CAPSTONE IDEA. SUGGESTIONS?
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I was in 6th grade, but I was home sick that day. I would've been in Mr. Connor's Social Studies class had I gone to school that day. We were watching as it happened, I was half-asleep on the couch, but I saw it all.

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I was in 6th grade, but I was home sick that day. I would've been in Mr. Connor's Social Studies class had I gone to school that day. We were watching as it happened, I was half-asleep on the couch, but I saw it all.

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So, last night was the history club banquet. We had five professors there, which was cool, even though we really only cared about 2 of them. Had tasty, tasty steak. One of the professors is retiring (T_T) and so we got him a present. It was this big box that looks like a really old book or something. It opens up and it's pretty. We put some Black Label Scotch and some golf tees in it and offered it up. The professor was awesomely amused. We were there for like 3 hours, which is not at all surprising. We left around 10, grabbed some ice cream for dessert at some place down the street and then went to chill at someone's house. Ended up loitering about there for like 4 hours. I had half a Keystone Light and tried the hookah thing a few times, since they were using tobacco-free whatever this time. It was fun. Walking back to the dorm at 2am was less fun.
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So, I've done the math for 2/4 classes. In order to get A's for the Renaissance/Reformation and Greece/Rome classes, I have to do anything better than C's on the finals. Which should be totally doable. I got A's on both the midterms, and they're the same format, so I don't know why I would do that badly. Actually, I need about a C on Civil War, too, after some seriously complicated math and a miniature panic attack. And I think, (can't do all of the math for Early Modern Lit because the prof's grading system is wanky) I need a low B or high C for an A in that one. So, yay for all of that.

Also, I have been appointed, by my own volunteering, as Treasurer for Phi Alpha Theta. Which means maybe five minutes of work in the semester. And some random shit that'll look good on resumes.

This time two weeks from now, I will be back in Baltimore (which, on that note, NCIS was awesome tonight!) and probably leaving the Blue October concert around this time. :D
csi_sanders1129: (history)
So, I've done the math for 2/4 classes. In order to get A's for the Renaissance/Reformation and Greece/Rome classes, I have to do anything better than C's on the finals. Which should be totally doable. I got A's on both the midterms, and they're the same format, so I don't know why I would do that badly. Actually, I need about a C on Civil War, too, after some seriously complicated math and a miniature panic attack. And I think, (can't do all of the math for Early Modern Lit because the prof's grading system is wanky) I need a low B or high C for an A in that one. So, yay for all of that.

Also, I have been appointed, by my own volunteering, as Treasurer for Phi Alpha Theta. Which means maybe five minutes of work in the semester. And some random shit that'll look good on resumes.

This time two weeks from now, I will be back in Baltimore (which, on that note, NCIS was awesome tonight!) and probably leaving the Blue October concert around this time. :D

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