Also, it helps if you know things about economics, which I don't. I barely grasped mercantilism, which is outdated even by the period I'm studying (19th century) and. I hate it.
How do you prove that a nation is on the brink of a Malthusian crisis, anyway? Or do you just wait until it has one, and then say, "Ah, I knew it all along"?
No, really. There's just something about sitting down to an exam paper with questions like "Was Khrushchev a reformer?" and "Is 'stagnation' a useful term to use in reference to Brezhnev's rule?" that puts me in a good mood.
And now I'm free!
Things I should probably do before I go home for the weekend:
Use/Drink/Donate milk to orphanage
Speak to my personal tutor about changing modules
Obtain copy of Mediaeval Romances
Buy train ticket
I have a whole list of books I need to talk about and I still haven't started my 31_days theme exchange fics yet. *bites nails* I'm mostly in that state of frozen panic I always get into the week before exams, when I can't quite bring myself to revise, but if I do anything else I feel horribly guilty.
What does Robert Service mean when he says:
"The problems of state organisation that had arisen in the 1930s remained unresolved. The party's role was yet again controversial and this time the protagonists were Zhdanov and Malenkov. Zhdanov wished to restore the party's role in selecting governmental cadres and in mobilising society whereas Malenkov opposed an increase in the party's authority and wished to keep the party organised along the lines of branches of the economy."
I get mostly what Malenkov's position is, but Zhdanov's seems to be a case where I understand what all the words mean individually, but not when they're written in that order.
This morning, I did what any self-respecting bibliophile would do when faced with poverty and a delayed student loan: I went and bought £30 worth of books. But they are good books. Two Wodehouse, Soon I Will Be Invincible, and, more responsibly, Paris: The Secret History by Andrew Hussey (which I'll probably need next semester).
I'm in the middle of a music-off, which is where you play your most annoying music at full volume to try and drown out everyone else's annoying music. I'd apologise to the other people in our block, but they came over to use our toilets last night (claiming theirs were blocked), used the toilet paper and rolled it back up again. As I discovered this morning, when I was in a rush to get to a lecture.
Things what I have discovered about Prifysgol Aber apart from the fact that we are awesome:
- We have more pubs per capita than any other city in Europe
- We are the only university to ever have been banned from University Challenge. We started a fight with Manchester and got a five-year embargo. So did Manchester, to be fair, but they appealed successfully. I'd be more annoyed, but we won the fight.
- We're located on the steepest hill since someone thought it would be nice to build a school on the slopes of Everest. ("They have to walk uphill both ways! In the snow!")
(I was going to do the Jennifer Crusie mega-post today, but I'm not in the mood.)
Instead, I'll repost the drabbles from yesterday.
( A Treatise on the Protections Available to Kings [Tortall; George, Myles] )
( Sunny Afternoons [Legal Drug; Kakei/Saiga] )
( And Happily Ever After To You, Too [Thursday Next] )
( In Name Only [Sweeney Todd; Mrs Lovett] )
Drabble, anyone? Pick a fandom, any fandom.
( Spoilers for The West Wing 1x01 )
I watched the first episode of Yes, Prime Minister today, as well! Along with assorted Father Ted episodes. Look, it's not like I had anything productive to do. Because, holy shit, I've left school, and I'm still trying to get my head round the fact that I'm never going back to a place the last seven years of my life have revolved around. *dizzy with POWER*
Sir Humphrey Appleby: Bernard, what is the purpose of our defence policy?
Bernard Woolley: To defend Britain.
Sir Humphrey Appleby: No, Bernard. It is to make people believe Britain is defended.
Bernard Woolley: The Russians?
Sir Humphrey Appleby: Not the Russians, the British! The Russians know it's not.
I didn't sleep last night, mostly due to a fucked-up sleep cycle, and for some reason didn't use that extra time to reread 1984, one of the exam texts. So I went into the exam room not firing on all cylinders, you might say.
But that's not really what I wanted to talk about!
Someone posted on Yahoo asking how to make a bomb out of chapatti flour. Answers?
"i give this 2 minutes before someone on yahoo police picks this up..."
"i dunno, try self-raising?"
I've just had the best idea for an Anne of Green Gables Zombie Apocalypse fic.
Give me any character from one of my fandoms and I will give you three facts from my personal canon about them.
Not everyone speaks French as well as you do. Please refrain from quoting at length untranslated documents. Aside from that, thank you.
It occurs to me that I can argue a decent case for Louis XIV causing the French Revolution. Yeah, I don't like him.
Meme! ganked from enaranie
1. Maedhros (The Silmarillion)
2. Mrs Lovett (Sweeney Todd)
3. Alec (Swordspoint)
4. Marian (Robin Hood 2006)
5. The Doctor (Doctor Who)
6. Éowyn (The Lord of the Rings)
7. Edmund Pevensie (The Chronicles of Narnia)
8. Juliet Capulet (Romeo x Juliet)
9. Much (Robin Hood 2006)
10. Martha Jones (Doctor Who)
( meme! )
You know, I've been reading up on Anne Boleyn and I can't help suspecting she made some sort of deal with the devil. "You will only have your life's goal for three years and will die unfairly maligned; in exchange, your daughter will be called the greatest monarch England has ever had and you will be able to mock your husband and your other enemies from beyond the grave."
Also, someone on fandomsecrets posted a Weirdsister College secret asking why there was no fandom. I, too, do not understand this. So far, we have a dark, brooding wizard (who is totally redeemable), a supposedly-perfect rival (who becomes begrudging friends with the protagonist), a sweet if slightly dim boyfriend (played by Christian Coulson, people) and a naive, sweet main character who saves everyone with the power of niceness. If this were an anime, it'd be off the charts.
It's because it was on CITV, isn't it. That, and there are literally no DVDs. (There are some for The Worst Witch, but not Weirdsister.)
Latin poem for the day!
O fons Bandusiae, splendidior vitro,
Dulci digne mero non sine floribus,
Cras donaberis haedo,
Cui frons turgida cornibus,
Primis et venerem et proelia destinat;
Frustra: nam gelidos inficiet tibi
Rubro sanguine rivos,
Lascivi suboles gregis.
Te flagrantis atrox hora Caniculae
Nescit tangere, tu frigus amabile
Fessis vomere tauris
Praebes et pecori vago.
Fies nobilium tu quoque fontium,
Me dicente cavis impositam ilicem
Saxis unde loquaces
Lymphae desiliunt tuae.
( Once more, in English. )
I'm not really very fond of Horace - I don't read him for fun, put it that way; Martial for all his misogyny is much closer to my taste - but he is beautiful.
Aberystwyth sent me a handwritten letter today, talking about my personal statement and asking me to come to their Open Day. I've already had a conditional offer from them (AAB). Um. Is this normal? The guy sounded so nice. I'm going to feel terrible if I turn Aber down after this.
And now for Faustus. I read Tamburlaine Must Die (Louise Welsh) over the weekend; it was much better than I expected. ( SPOILER: Christopher Marlowe dies )
It's not a bad read, for a weekend, but not ever going to be one of my favourites.
Argh. So exhausted. I still haven't read half the stuff I need to for coursework, and I have to write 1000 words on it. Which is not going to happen, because prizegiving is tomorrow and attendance is compulsory. On the upside: no English essay to hand in. No other homework, in fact.
I now have almost two weeks of total freedom. WIN.
I'm going to write. Drabble, anyone? Pick a fandom, any fandom.
- Doctor Who
- Romeo x Juliet
- Robin Hood
- Rarelit (Shakespeare, Maurice, Regeneration, Frances Hodgson Burnett, L. M. Montgomery, Mary Renault, Prisoner of Zenda, Jane Austen, Swordspoint-verse, Wilde, Heyer and Diana Wynne Jones)
- Vampire Game
- Witch Hunter Robin
- Fruits Basket
- Spirited Away