Wednesday, February 21, 2007

The Life Update

So folks may be streaming over from LiveJournal and MySpace in the two by two's now, so here's the big update on things not related to invisible men.

School
Classes and related studies have been soaking up lots of my time. I've been reviewing the theoretical, mathematical, and historical foundations of modern linguistics. Right down to topics like set theory and predicate logic. Classes are going very well. I was complemented for introducing a change of topic after leading the class Monday: we ended up discussing some of our views on theoretical syntax, and I got to say my little bit about admitting data driving theory, which is the major thing the professor and I agree on. It was a refreashing change of pace from the morphophonetics we normally discuss.

Speaking of such, my paper for advanced phonology did better than I imagined in my best estimates. Much better. Nearly all of the comments I received were the thoughts I had inbetween turning it in and getting it back. Semantisc, the one class I had been looking forward to for over a year, has been a let down. But I will be given the incentive to study MRS in more detail. Now to finish my statement of purpose...

And write that grammar of Moroccan Arabic to back up my possible dissertation project...

Music
3 Mustaphas 3 are bubbling through my headphones as I write this. I should really write more reviews here. I may have to do that. Maybe it was working with John and Adam over break, but I've been turning to metal more than I ever did. It's really the last popular genre I haven't already gotten bored with. At the same time, Bauhaus, The Smiths, and Echo & The Bunnymen have been getting steady plays.

I picked up the guitar for the first time in a while today. I've been considering a number of projects, but I really don't have the time to devote to anything. Today I mostly played some Phil Ochs and Woody G, the original (union) gansta. And a Miller Sisters tune or two. I swear I will make them work for my voice if I die trying.

Literature
I'm still picking my way through Baudolino. I've begun Scott Atran's In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion, and it's been fascinating. Just not as important to me right now as Mathematical Methods in Linguistics. For some reason, I was almost tempted to read the first of the Gormenghast books, but I should really finish something else first.

Writingwise, I've been picking at an untitled fantasy world and a couple of scripts. Nothing firm or immediately forthcoming. The fantasy world has been a long, slow process. It incorporates stuff I sketched out as far back as 10 years ago, but I've been careful to build up a world that I'll be 100% satisfied with. I'll probably write a bit more on the fantasy traps I see elsewhere and how I mean to avoid them.

Fun
My free time has either been spent trolling religious and anti-religious sites and message boards. Or watching movies. Babel, Casino Royal, The Royal Tennenbaums, and Resevoir Dogs made the last couple of weeks. Babel was exceptional among the new movies I've allowed myself to see. Casino Royale made me wonder what Tarentino would do with the spy genre. The idea of Bond as a semi-sociopath as he was in the movie just screams for someone to come along and take it further, like Leone did with the cowboy genre.

Question Faith, Part II will come someday. I swear. Just waiting for the energy to strike.

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