lace_agate: (scythes)
More here, with links to the full text of the ruling in comments.
My faith in humanity is partially reaffirmed.

And here is my other news: I AM GOING TO BEIJING THIS NOVEMBER! It's for a political science paper on Chinese politics. We spend three weeks in Beijing attending lectures (in English) at a Chinese university and visiting various important sites around the city, then we come back home and have all summer to write an essay on some aspect of Chinese politics and government. It's a limited-entry course that I applied for a few weeks ago and I just found out I got accepted.


Feb. 19th, 2010 05:44 pm
lace_agate: (accio brain)
...Not that I'm around much anyway. Well, I lurk a lot, but I tend not to comment or post much. Shyness + ADD = not the best recipe for LJ success.
Anyway, I won't even be lurking for the next week or so because I'm leaving tomorrow for an eight-day geology field trip. I think I'll enjoy it, although I'm not so enthusiastic about the fact that I'll only have a day to recover before lectures start up for the year.
and now for the fandom talk )


Nov. 30th, 2009 09:36 pm
lace_agate: (ruby)
My grades for the second semester finally came through and WOW.
A in International Relations, A+ in Political Science, A+ in Geology and A+ in Environmental Science.
I'm completely bowled over.
lace_agate: (to be precise)
Uni is now over for the year! And I'm glad! Four papers + Nationals + world's second-worst exam timetable = stressed, exhausted me. I'm now in the process of catching up on sleep.

I'm not very good at posting, am I? Half the time I start to post and then something shiny goes by and I lose interest. Stupid ADD.

In order to prevent this post from being entirely pointless, here are some links to Melissa McEwan's steampunk wedding ring, the TV Tropes page for Walking With Dinosaurs and Syaoran and Watanuki cats
lace_agate: (accio brain)
Back at uni and taking four papers this semester. This means a much bigger workload. Not to mention the fact that I'm now half an hour late to every dancing lesson because I have lectures finishing at the same time as dancing starts on the other side of town. Fun.
Things I have learned so far this semester:
Realism is one of the most depressing ideologies out there.
Petrographic microscopes are awesome.
No one wants to be called an idealist (except me).
There are many devious strategies employed by course coordinators to ensure that all the students actually do all their readings and remember what they've learned.
The Bruces' Philosophers Song is surprisingly useful for POLS 112 and INTP 113.
Reading Hetalia makes one look at International Relations in a whole new light.
lace_agate: (dairine quotes ftw)
Uni starts up again on Monday. I feel as if I've barely recovered from the last semester.
I got my results today, though: A- in Political Science, A in Earth Science and A+ in Geography. I am slightly bowled over.
This is quite interesting, not to mention hilarious. It's a mash-up of clips from Twilight and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, showing how some of Edward's behaviour towards Bella is pretty disturbing, despite being portrayed as romantic. The comments are also worth a read.
Note: I have never watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer and don't really intend to. I understand it also has some issues; however, this clip is brilliant.
lace_agate: (to be precise)
I have new userpics!  And I must post to celebrate this!
All my lectures are finished for this semester and my exams are in a couple of weeks.  Meaning I now have to study.  Fun.
And I recommend Gunnerkrigg Court.  So does Neil Gaiman.
lace_agate: (umm what)
I had two essays due this week and I've got another one due next week.  I have been busy, but I'm taking a break at the moment.  The weather here is foul - cold and windy, mainly, which normally I wouldn't mind except it's really cold and really really windy.  It's been like this for a few days and is expected to stay like this until sometime next week.
I've also got a cold.  It was worst on Thursday, which was also when I had to write the bulk of my Earth Science essay.  I did manage to get it finished and I handed it in yesterday morning.  I'm feeling better today.
I also have a new fandom. [ profile] shadowsinfire finally convinced me to read Katekyo Hitman Reborn!  And, well once I got past the first 50 chapters or so (which are basically filler), I started to really enjoy it.

Possibly spoilery for Reborn!; discussion of shipping and what people read for )
Also, I got a book in the university bookshop sale about urban legends, UFO sightings and the (allegedly) paranormal in New Zealand.  Written by the head of the NZ Skeptics' Society.  I haven't read much of it yet, bud did you know that meteorites and shooting stars were considered myths by the scientific establishment until the beginning of the nineteenth century? 
Also: obligatory aliens in Palmerston North tag.

it lives!

Mar. 16th, 2009 03:15 pm
lace_agate: (accio brain)
Well, I've survived my first two weeks at uni and I'm starting to feel slightly less overwhelmed by it all.  It's surprising how few familiar faces there are around the place.  I mean, there are quite a few people I know, but I don't see much of them, even the ones I share lectures with.  And then straight after the lecture everyone's rushing off in different directions and you don't get much chance to talk to people unless your two-hour gap between lectures happens to overlap with theirs.
In terms of content I'm enjoying all my courses (I'm taking Political Science, Earth Science and Geography and I'll be picking up International Relations next semester).  It's a pain having to catch the bus at 7:30 am for a 9 o'clock lecture, though.  If I ever get an 8 o'clock lecture I'm moving into town.
The highlight so far has been the letters page of the weekly student magazine.  They publish anything and everything.  Currently there's a debate going on between three gamers as to which of them is the most 1337, people sending in random poetry, trolls, complaints about first years being n00bs, first years complaining about being called n00bs, letters all in lowercase with multiple!!!! exclamation!!!! marks!!!!, lolcat-speak, in-jokes and more.
I'm going to get really fit walking up the hill every day.  I decided I'd only take the cable car if the weather was foul, so that I can save money and get fit all at once.  The only downside is that I turn up for my nine o'clock lecture out of breath and with very sore calf muscles, but that will improve.
Mood-wise, I'm all over the place.  I guess that's understandable, but it's pretty tiring.  I'm OK, though, mostly.


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