Back to school.

Jun. 12th, 2017 03:48 pm
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I am going to be starting classes again on Thursday. I miss classes and learning at Tyler college even when it IS a summer holiday. When your a little kid you can’t wait for a three day weekend, Winter Break, or summer time. However, when you get older you can’t wait to have the privilege of learning and advancing your career. Funny how the punishments of youth become the treats of adulthood. Saying “go to bed early”, “you get extra vegetables”, and “you have to go to three more classes” seems like a joy as you get older as it all made you sad as a kid.

Hamburg, week 1

Jun. 12th, 2017 09:03 pm
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The weather is, as expected, alternately pleasant and raining. Yesterday it was even warm enough for me to wear shorts and a t-shirt and sunny enough to *get sunburned.* Today it was 65 and cloudy with occasional sprinkles.

I've seen a lot of things in Hamburg already. There are still museums I'd like to get to before I go. Several things I'm able to cross off my list because of the Goethe Institute's culture program (or will be later). On Saturday I took a day trip to Lübeck with 4 people from my class, which was really nice. We saw most of the Altstadt and got some cool pictures. A+ would go back again.

Hamburg is ok. It doesn't have the pull that Berlin does, but I feel like it's a place I could be for a little while (ie if I decide to 1) work on a PhD 1a) in Germany 2) in Hamburg). The feeling is different than Berlin, likely because it's a port city. (The largest port in Germany, even.) Lübeck, despite being small, all of 225k residents, felt nice, though. It was super adorable in the Altstadt. It also seems fairly cheap to rent there. (Though at the rate it seems to be growing, from the quick google I did to get the population, that might not last long.)

My class is going ok. The group is weird; 5 of them are returning from previous months and already know each other, and the other 6 of us are all newcomers. It's awkward and cliquish. But it's ok; several others among the newcomers are nice, and we (as I mentioned) traveled together. I'm preparing for the C1 Exam at the end of the month; it's going to be a little tough. There are a lot of things on the exam that I already know I'm shit at (ie the things I missed on the placement test, which are a) verb collocations, b) prefixed verbs (wirken/auswirken, forschen/erforschen), and c) formal/business letter (email) writing. Considering that I'm shit at business writing in English and I've never learned it in German...), and I asked the teacher if we can practice them more. I *think* I'll pass, but I want to get as high a score as possible.

I'm working on scheduling a meeting with a professor at Uni Hamburg to talk about his research and maybe mine, see if he seems like a person I could work with for a few years and if he's even willing to consider me as a student. (There are other professors at other unis whose work I find interesting, based on their CVs & bios on the website. I'm just here at the moment.)

Anyway, it's time for me to write in my fancy paper journal. I should probably also finish my homework. (I just have to make some notes about whether I agree with a dude about some stuff and learn some vocabulary. I finished the rest.)

Good Shows

Jun. 12th, 2017 03:00 pm
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Funny Facebook Post of the Week. 

Woot, at long last a good show hits Richmond.

SEP30
Going
9/30: VNV Nation w/ iVardensphere at Strange Matter
Sat 7 PM · Strange Matter · Richmond
Chris, Brandon and 10 friends
 
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4You, Chris Rosenbaum, Victoria Disaster and E Anne Brockett
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Andrea E. Menzies Plus Depeche Mode on the 7th, and Adam Ant. At long last some good shows hit the area.
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 · Reply · June 6 at 4:02am

Jeff Roll The Psychedelic Furs and The Church are playing Richmond as well.
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Victoria Disaster It sucks the Psychedelic Furs are playing the same time as VNV Nation now I have to pick between the two.
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 · Reply · June 6 at 10:04pm

Andrea E. Menzies VNV is my vote.
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 · Reply · June 10 at 6:59pm
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This weekend, Cat will be at the 2017 Campbell Conference and Awards in Lawrence, KS. We’ll post Cat’s schedule later this week, if possible, so check back here on Wednesday!

In the meantime, we’ve got another exclusive excerpt from The Refrigerator Monologues to share with you! We hope this embarrassment of riches will entice you to pick up a copy, if you haven’t already – and if you aren’t able to get a copy yet, may this keep your appetite whetted.

THE HELL HATH CLUB VS. THE MIGHT OF ATLANTIS

All eyes turn to the lady in green. She swirls a spoon around her coffee cup. It doesn’t make any noise. Thank the tiny baby Jesus, down here in Deadtown we are spared the constant tinkle of silverware against porcelain that plagues the restaurant industry. A long, long red curl slides out of the black pearl comb in her hair and lands on the table like a spurt of blood. It hurts to look at it. Like a camera flashing in your eyes. The sides of her head are shaved down to red fuzz, just the one long horsetail left, running up and over and down her spine like a special-edition collect-them-all punk-rock Barbie doll. . .

You can continue reading this excerpt at Paste. Enjoy!

Mirrored from cmv.com. Also appearing on @LJ and @DW. Read anywhere, comment anywhere.

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