Wordvomit.

Sep. 8th, 2011 09:53 pm
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Don't cry for me)
Holy hell how is it only 9pm.

I got up at 6 this morning to finish the homework due in the 8am class. (This tardiness was not my fault; I was exhausted last night and the download for the audio part was going to take like four hours. Anyway.) Class ended at 9.15 at which point I buzzed up to midtown to get my silicon mold injected with wax a couple times. This took so long that I ended up leaving the mold at the casting studio and coming late to 11am Sociolinguistics.

At first SociLing was really discouraging; there are six students in the class and the other five have all been in school longer than me. Three already have linguistics MAs. I am also, I think, the eldest student. What am I even doing here? I asked myself. What do they all know that I'm going to have to scramble to keep up with?

In the second half of the class, we touched on gender and language use, and the question of whether you can tell someone's gender from hearing them speak came up, and the immediate class response was 'yes: a man's larynx is bigger, so his speech is pitched lower.'

Which I didn't make an issue of. I took a breath, two annoyed notes, and let it pass. But I went up to the professor afterwards and just said, "I had a problem with connecting 'larynx size' with gender instead of sex on the whiteboard, but I didn't want to derail you." And he said, "Yes, well, for example [the boy behind you] is dedicated to studying only formal syntax, and it would have taken at least twenty minutes to sidetrack and explain things to him. We'll touch on that later."

So... yeah! I may be the oddball out, but I'm at least putting together a thesis that he said is "definitely a sociolinguistics topic." Which is apparently not true for at least three out of five classmates.

And I have thought about other things than my PhD for some part of the last three years. So there's that too.

Anyway class was out at 2pm and it was back to the casting studio*, and then BACK down to campus for a mostly unsuccessful textbook run - but I did get school supplies! Footsore and weary from hitting up four bookstores for Weber's Protestant Ethic (among other things,) I settled my butt at an Italian barstaurant that serves unlimited and delicious fingerfood to anybody who drinks there between 5-7. The bartender – not Maurice. Maurelio? Argentinian dude – was just starting work that day. On hearing that I'd just snagged a new job**, he refilled my lemon ice vodka on the house. So of course I tipped 50% and still only paid $10 for two sexy drinks and a healthy dinner in Manhattan. I call that a goddamn win.

After that I cruised on over to the student center to print out my Weber*** and hit up the Comic Book Society. A cute group of undergraduate nerds, but when your 5-person officer board is all-male and your club attendance is 80% female it says something. We'll see what the gender balance is like next week when there isn't free pizza. Assuming I go back, of course – I plugged my bookstore and let them know about Kate Beaton's book party, but they're not my crowd. They still think DC is salvageable and Whedon can do no wrong. Do I really need to be a grizzled voice of bitter reason? I think not.

Then again, I might want to submit something to the quarterly student anthology.


*I also picked up wax carving tools at the neighboring metalshop. Because I totally needed another crafting hobby.

**New job: On the weekends. More details to come, maybe. I will not have free time this semester.

***Printing out Protestant Ethic at ten cents a double-sided page: $4.20. Copies of same in your standard bookstore: $20 and up. You know, some days I just can't wait for Print-On-Demand to put pricing like this out of business.

And so.

Aug. 14th, 2011 01:08 pm
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Did someone say mindless banter?)
I return! How are things with you, my English-speaking buddies?

I hope you all had a good summer, or at least a tolerable one. Mine was quite nice - four hours of language class and five hours of language homework every day, interspersed with calligraphy and tai chi. So really it was heaven, for some people. Okay, for me.

I'm trying to catch up on the summer news, but all this ~debt ceiling~ and ~ratings downgrade~ business just looks like so much posturing and political hooey. I wish the dudes who want to kill what's left of the American welfare state would just shoot it already, cut Social Security and Medicare now and be mobbed for their evils. They won't, tho.

London's news is at least real. Russell Brand, of all people, comes close to articulating a portion of my thoughts on the Jobless Generation:

"These young people have no sense of community because they haven’t been given one. They have no stake in society because Cameron’s mentor Margaret Thatcher told us there’s no such thing.

If we don’t want our young people to tear apart our communities then don’t let people in power tear apart the values that hold our communities together."


But his proposed solution is for everyone to suddenly become Gandhi, so fuck him.

I anticipate, with drier detachment than I deserve, many more youth riots to come. Obama's taught us that our votes don't matter; that in the end all our hopey-changey political ambitions only enriched the banks, lost more jobs, and cut our parents' Medicare. What other outlet do we have?

Wow, that went downhill fast. Tell me something that happened in the last two months? I'm sure I'm missing much.

到了。

Aug. 12th, 2011 10:49 am
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Default)
昨天我们写完了期末考试。今天下午爸爸回来接我。

有的时候我要跟别的人一起说,时间过得怎么这么块!有的时候,不在乎。我每天写的日记可以告诉我,时间去哪儿了。

我不是一年级最好的学生,可是我写了很多的二年级的作业。我有一些新的好朋友。我画的画儿都不好看,可是我的书法进步了。

我会说中文了。就是,我没有那么多事,我要谈。
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Default)
昨天,我写完了第四个考试以后,老师们开始用“流利”。

*另外:上个星期开始我写二年级的作业。
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Chibi Lovelace investigates!)
我只想告诉你们。

在中文的[时空之旅],Lucca的妈妈叫L A L A。


囧rz

全球化

Jul. 23rd, 2011 08:28 pm
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Bat-ent!)
今天,我穿着印度的衣服去爬山。跟德国人的朋友说中文。跟韩国人的同学在一个非常漂亮的湖游泳。

然后,也有滚木材。

|3
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Popcorn.)
这个星期的生词

骨头
(不)断了
肌肉
韧带 胀了/小了
(左手)麻了

体操
体操运动员的腕



明天有飞盘球赛。我觉得明天我不应该仍飞盘。
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Karma will get you back)
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我很累。

而且我手痛。

蜜月完了。
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Behold my artistic genius)
今天晚饭。
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(蝙蝠人说:“我的父母死了!!”)
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Dragon kitten!)
今天午飯的時候,我跟研究生们谈一谈对印度,中国,日本的裁缝店。




也有這。
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Bat-ent!)
昨天我見面了日本最可愛男孩。他的笑容像龍貓的。

今天我跟二年級的學生談一談。我雖然已經一年級學生的兩倍快,我現在不想當二年級的學生。

下個星期我們一年級的學生都必須給學校自己介紹。有一點兒緊張。
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (O reeeeeeeeeeally)
話題:

。“可不可以”,“能不能”,“會不會”,什麼差別?

。你想說什麼語文?

我特別喜歡我朋友的回答。她想說“餓”國的“餓”文。

不是俄國的俄文。

我笑了。我不羞愧。
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Default)
今天會我奶奶的一百個生日。
祝你生日快樂,Emily奶奶。
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Chibi Lovelace investigates!)
我的朋友就提醒我,我们不可以看这个星期的新"医生谁"。


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arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Dragon kitten!)
我今天晚饭自如说了跟四个三年级的学生。我们的话题:

-为什么现在的中国人是高比他们的父母。
-今年的九月,你打算学习什么?
-中文和日文语文的历史


我的脑是上电!!
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Behold my artistic genius)
我们今天上午写了中文课第一个周考。

时间:四十五分。
成绩:九十八。

我知道语言课。我能够做语文课。



...同时,我用德文的意思起见连结[汉字]跟日文的[漢字]。怎么说,"nerrrrd"?

哈哈。

Jun. 26th, 2011 09:08 pm
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Dragon kitten!)
现在,我有中文的时空之旅,最终幻想五跟六,跟电话的圣剑传说2的电脑游戏。明天是第一个周考。

我不无聊。
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Bat-ent!)
今天我们看了:
狄仁傑之通天帝國

非常好。你看。看!!
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Default)
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Off again.

Jun. 17th, 2011 05:20 pm
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Default)
Off to language seclusion; going without English for two months. If I start posting in Chinese, that means it's going well.

Off to rewire my brains again. Gear up, Lina. Remember the fourth language is the easiest.

Back in awhile.

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