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Yet Another Quarter Has Begun

In true University of Chicago fashion, the first day of the spring quarter was completely and utterly gorgeous, and my first class was in the Reg seminar room, which has no windows and fluorescent lights. But I did take a nice leisurely walk to the public library and then to school, so I did get to enjoy some of the lovely day.

I had Ethnographic Methods today, and it looks like it'll be exactly the class I want it to be. It's with advisor-to-be, freshly back from a lecture tour in Merrie Olde Englande. He has given us our most difficult assignment yet: We have to write two papers that are each about four pages long. The horror! How can one write only four pages?

In other news, I read an entire book, cover to cover, in Hebrew! Admittedly, the book in question was Laila tov, Yareach!, which is Goodnight Moon, but it's a start. Next, I will start on a story about a lion who liked to eat strawberries, because my Hebrew teacher recommended that one.

While working on my paper about Christian music in Java, I had a friendly e-mail chat with a music professor from the University of York who wrote a mass for chorus and gamelan, called Missa Gongso, and he said he'd send me a CD of the mass. The package arrived today, with "Royal Mail" stickers all over it. Unfortunately, the Chicago mail had actually managed to snap the CD straight through, from inner ring to the edge, so it's completely unplayable. Does anyone know if this can be fixed?

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frenchpony
Mar. 27th, 2007 12:13 pm (UTC)
I was really looking to kick back last night with a glass of wine and a nice recording of a mass for chorus and gamelan. Alas, alackaday, that didn't happen.

Our final Ethnographic Methods paper gets to be about twelve pages long. That's some small consolation.
meggins
Mar. 28th, 2007 02:08 am (UTC)
Oh, too bad about the CD. I doubt it's fixable, but maybe someone else will prove me wrong.
frenchpony
Mar. 28th, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
I checked with a couple of knowledgeable people today, and the consensus is that I'm completely SOL with the CD. The crack affects every single track, the disk will shatter if it's placed in a CD player, and there is no way to pull the data off of it without it shattering. Sigh.

I spent some time in the computer lab today teaching myself a little bit about Photoshop, and I made a couple of new icons. This one nicely expresses my current feelings about the Postal Service. Whaddaya think?
meggins
Mar. 30th, 2007 03:16 am (UTC)
I think you show remarkable restraint.

Actually, the U.S.P.S. is a puzzlement. Sometimes they flub the simplist of tasks; other times they perform near miracles.
frenchpony
Mar. 30th, 2007 05:11 am (UTC)
Perhaps this was more the sort of icon you'd have had in mind?
meggins
Mar. 31st, 2007 03:00 am (UTC)
ha ha

That'd do it.
ns_tulkas
Mar. 28th, 2007 11:09 am (UTC)
Read "Mitz Petel" next! :) Very proud of you, and isn't it a beautifully illustrated book?
frenchpony
Mar. 28th, 2007 12:29 pm (UTC)
Let's see. The next thing up on my Hebrew reading list is Ha-Arieh sh-ahav Tut -- the one about the lion who liked strawberries (the cover makes this abundantly clear). Then I have something called Ishkash, which has a picture of a scarecrow on the cover, and rather more text than the other two.

Mitz Petel. . . hmmm, that's "raspberry juice," right? I'll see what I can do after I finish Ha-Arieh sh-ahav Tut and Ishkash. I only know of one store in Chicago that sells children's books in Hebrew, and it's a pain in the neck to get there, but we'll see. Thanks for the recommendation!
gwynhyffar
Mar. 28th, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
aww :( I seriously doubt that it can be fixed if it was snapped. Tell him to send you another one, this time with "Fragile" stickers as well. :D

Congrats on the Hebrew book! It's always exciting to feel able to function well in another language.
frenchpony
Mar. 29th, 2007 11:42 am (UTC)
He did write back and offered to send another one in a real jewel case this time. I will be very happy when it arrives.
elliska
Mar. 31st, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
Catching up...I'm glad your new classes for this quarter look good and cool that you read a whole book in Hebrew! And I had to laugh at the CD. So typical. I have never heard of a way to get data off a disk damaged that way. Sorry. What a pain.
frenchpony
Mar. 31st, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
This (icon) is pretty much how I feel about the CD situation. But he said he'd send a new one in a real case, so eventually I'll get to hear this mass.

I've started figuring out how to make icons, which is kind of fun. I can use the Photoshop on the school computers.

And I'm halfway through another book in Hebrew, about a lion who liked to eat strawberries. The plot is at its thickest right now. . .

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