Wednesday, February 28, 2007
I enjoyed reading your draft and your insightful critique of (The Author)'s writings. I made my observations directly on the copy. In terms of overall structure, I have the following suggestions:
a) Make sure to reread your thesis for fluidity. There are certain sections that are repetitious and need clarification.
b) You may consider attenuating the biographical component of (The Author)'s life. You have enough text analysis that speaks of (The Author)'s condition as author and individual. You could omit a few passages about his past without compromising the integrity of your analysis.
c) Think about the choice of certain key terms: dislocation, relocation, dissociation, etc. and their application to the context at hand. Are you using these terms in a consistent manner?
c) Lastly, polish up your draft. The content is clearly there, but you need to go over your thesis and
clarify and reword certain areas.
Your overall thesis is solid, insightful, and unique. You should now concentrate on making the necessary modifications so that you can submit it.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
That was less traumatic than it could have been… heh.. ran downstairs to run off . Then some really hot dancers who more or less just shook their breasts. All good by me.. just pans of color in the background. Only one dance though.. whaaaaaa! Now they are setting up in back for the choir.. I hope our sound guy remembers to turn down the mikes when they move them on stage…. Heh .. the wireless mike isn’t working all that well for the lead singer. Turns out the guy had his finger on the mute button. But when we tried to run the Jazz-A-Bet show the sound system apparently jiggled the projector because it flashed on and off…
The Kalimba guy is actually pretty entertaining…
But man.. our sound system is terrible.
Oh well, something to do.
After I get over this flu I'm catching...
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Go fucking figure!
I got home and quickly re-wrote the first 30 pages and suddenly it all flows together and I’m not trying to stitch mis-matched half-ideas together. Now Confucius fits with exile, vision is not attempting to uneasily cohabit with writing style, and the story that didn’t fit is a clear steppingstone on the way to where The Author was working when he expired (probably from reflexive Anti-Americanism!).
The bonus to all this is that I also re-ordered the last 30 pages (they still need to be rewritten) and cut large swaths of off-point stuff (all of which I saved, since it was good analysis, just about other things) and still have 15 minutes before House comes on the air.
Now that’s a productive night.
And if only House had actually been on TV tonight. ;-)
I guess I don’t watch enough TV to know.
Something to work on when the degree is complete
Sunday, February 18, 2007
I have lost connection to my landlady's ultra-secure (for secure you might well say, impenetrable or even useless) wireless and the (unknown) people whose wireless I had been, er.. "borrowing" apparently got tired of my ceaseless downloading of goat-pornography movies and mp3s of Karen Carpenter singing live. Alas, I have no intarwebs at home!
My stinking cell-phone, on the other hand, now has a broken microphone and while I can see incoming messages, hear them, and even listen to to people talk to me, I am sadly unable to respond. No big deal. I didn't like talking to most of you anyway. ;-p
This means that my communication, already pretty spavined, will become.. well .. even more spavined. I will be reduced to huddling in my disconnected, cold and dark converted garage with nothing but 12 cable channels and the pornography already on my laptop. Now and then I will run over to Cuetopia for a dozen hot-dogs, a case of Schlitz and the quick note to/from the outside world..
One month my rent check will not be in the landlady's mailbox and on the third day of that month she will break in and find my frozen corpse next to a broken cellphone and a laptop with its battery long-since expired.
For the moment though, I'm off to check out Cuetopia to see if it really does have the awesome wireless... I bet they even have a big-screen TV!
Saturday, February 17, 2007
on the plus side I got me a "peculiar" noble title...
| My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is: |
His Exalted Highness Duke Charles the Radiant of Chalmondley St Peasoup
Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title
course I get a different title each time, so I think it's pretty much a randomizer..
like life in that way..
Friday, February 16, 2007
This was the longest 4-day work week ever, but replete with garlands and accomplishments. Board loves me, we made some public events work (that really should have failed), some brilliant PR just about to hit, numbers look good. Now everyone is safely tucked in to the 4-day weekend that the killer contract gives us.
And I'm on my work email hitting refresh like a rat hooked on crack-cocaine in a behavioral study -- and a rat that doesn't realize the bad news. Experiment over little rat. Detox your bad-self because with the results about to be published the man in the white coat isn't the pusherman anymore...
But I needs me the crazy thrill of the next email with an insane demand from an administrator; or cancellation from some required vendor; or a new program that needs a prospectus by 30 minutes before the email demanding it was sent; or.. . more stress, STRESS, STRESS!
Seriously, can you get addicted to that shit?
Good news is that a delicious sushi dinner helped me figure out the final structure for my thesis.. I think all the little bits I've been having difficulty reconciling can now be dovetailed.
So that's good..
4 days of writing now.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
A word about that.. I didn't take pictures this year, because the actual beauty contest was later that day.. but the Vietnamese Queen contestants are stunning. The traditional dresses are wildly flattering and these women really have a handle on how to use makeup for maximum effect. I'm not normally a fan of makeup, but the makeup artists here have managed to create something that looks impressive from far away without looking anything like clown makeup when you get close-up. A rare talent...
I ate a sandwich, relatively cheap for a fair at $4.50 which, I think, reflects knowledge that the Vietnamese community isn't paying any more than they have to for food. A nice change from say, Art and Wine festivals around here where the vendors know they have the wealthy, stupid, and hungry passing by....
After some talk with friends it was back off to home and nothing productive.
Today is all about cleaning and laundry... a silly way to waste a Sunday, but it's what I've got..
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Part of this growth has been achieved after substantial hammering on one of our VPs. Now he’s getting a bit chippy. We had an email exchange last week in which he warned me that my use of the phrase “Good German” (applied to myself) represented a failure to adhere to our developing “cultural competency” criteria for administrative evaluation. He also told me that if he were my administrator this would have been a “black mark” against me. I resisted the smart-assed urge to respond that the phrase “black mark” was clearly racist in and of itself, and instead did a quick bit of research that demonstrated that the phrase was a perfectly legitimate one in cultural anthropology and that it had a provenance that was explicitly culturally competent.
This ended it, but man I wanted to go after him for “black mark” and the fact that as I am not an administrator, applying administrative evaluations to me would seem a bit.. well.. odd.
Anyway, the growth is a good thing and if I can just get some love in building our summer program, we can grow even more. This will give me that success on my resume that I would like to have before I consider going to Korea to teach. In the near future I’ll have to talk a bit more about how that idea is evolving
Sunday, February 04, 2007
I wonder how far off of my original proposal I am allowed to go? ;-)
Another dose of hotel medicine.. all the pieces here and with my approvals in my pocket... just got started and I now have 13,439 words under my belt.. this is almost 54 pages so I'm really closing in on the "words" goal without getting close to the "finishing the rough draft" goal. I'm not sure if this is the good news or the bad news. ;-)
"I gotta knock you out!"
Friday, February 02, 2007
Now it's time to get the old afterburners fired up again and start writing this puppah!
This will be a bit complicated by the fact I will also be training to play Women's Softball (it's complicated, but requires no surgery or hormones) with an every-day regimen. Actually, I hope the two disciplines overlap....
off to ponder......