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Don’t you love how language books always look like they are made for small children. Ridiculous, dogs can’t talk! haha

Last days of small classes are always awkward for me, especially when you know the teacher on an “acquaintance” level. You never know if you should make a big deal about possibly never seeing your professeur again — someone that knows your name and that you had small talk conversations with — or just to walk out and probably look like an uncaring jerk (but spare you from the undignified “thanks you SO much”s and “I’ve learned so so very much from you”s).

Do you walk out with a group of people so it eliminates the one-on-one pressure (I’ve never done this, but it seems to be popular)? The polite-smile-and-look-down-while-walking-away-approach? The say nothing/do nothing/look at nothing technique? The “suck up that everyone else in the class wants to punch in the nose” goodbye?

Modalities Implemented this Qtr

Applied Anthro I just left because nearly everybody was trying to strike up a 5 minute long goodbye with her, and I didn’t want to wait around just to say wave goodbye (also it was mainly because I hadn’t eaten breakfast and really wanted food). But I did write her a note, which I stuffed in a book that I was returning to her. It was filled with the thank yous and you’re awesomes of struggling individual that badly wants to network with their professors.

French Said “Merci, au revoir” quietly while turning in my exam, but my teacher messed it up by grinning and saying “Au revoir Christine!” extremely loudly and disturbing everybody — and I thought teachers were suppose to be the professional ones. But I did end up keeping in touch with him (networking, baby), therefore all is forgiven.

Dance Hugged her, said I LOVE U RHONDA, and left. I think I only did this because I got hit in the head with a projectile rose while I was watching someone else’s performance. But she was awesome, so I guess it worked out pretty well.

3 courses down, still have Latin/Greek to go.

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lost girls

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I couldn’t really find a picture of the girls, which just goes to show my point.

My AppliedAnth project is about the underrepresentation of the “Lost Girls of Sudan”, and helping them become enculturated into the United States via culturally sensitive/specific community centers (hopefully advocating the root of the problems at the refugee camps in Kenya too).  I was a little wary about just focusing on the Lost Girls (which is not really a term used for the girl refugees, but just a reciprocal term of the “Lost Boys of Sudan”, who in turn got their names from the kids in Peter Pan that banded together in Neverland), but when looking up articles in the library, I found out that less than 3% of the U.S. refugees from the 2nd Sudanese war were female.  This was a result of gender stereotypes from the UN — so although the girls were the same age as the boys, they were deemed too young to travel to the United States, and were instead placed in the care of foster parents in the Kakuma Kenya refugee camp (and then those foster parents sold the girls to be slaves, brides, and whatnot so they could feed themselves).  Also, there were not many girls to start out with; they were usually at home when the villages were attacked, and the boys were mostly out herding cattle.  Anyways, not being infinitely filled with knowledge, I had to go “research” it, “research” being wikipediaing a subject, and clicking on the external links at the bottom (I hate skipping all of it because my original project was on Sudanese refugee overcrowding in Chad, but my professor said that was an awfully difficult societal problem to fix don’t you think?).  I finally saw this:

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I got really excited.  I mean, maybe this could give me resources, literature, media, organizations, specific NGOs, ongoing projects, and I could contact them for more information.  Let’s click on it — maybe there is hope for this community after all.

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Bitches.

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I walked out of MeanyPAC and someone was on fire in Red Square.  fcking scary.

via the stranger/komo news

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strange version

Muppets are really weird.

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tune in to channel 91

I absolutely am not concentrating right now for my two finals tomorrow. A calm has washed over me. Kind of like the calm in the center of hurricane before you know you’re just about screwed and you’re just being inappropriately placid. I’m like that person you see on the news reporting in the middle of a hurricane and saying how terrible the hurricane is going to be and that all of you watching at home will be able to see the exact moment the hurricane hits because I’m going to be standing out there in the storm in the middle of the live wires from the broken electric lines and wreckage and 140 mph wind being calm and tranquil. (I’m basing this off when that level 5 hurricane hit Galveston and I saw the reporter basically about to get blown away on TV, and I thought, what an idiot)

is equal to:

Amor fati my friends.

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philosophyisms

My Philosophy teacher is one of those guys who randomly insert strange comments in the middle of pretty serious intense talks. Makes one think though.

On In vitro Fertilization
“There are some couples who have nefarious methods for obtaining eggs for their own nefarious uses.”
“Maybe in the future, we’ll see children as shuttles of DNA.”

On Genetic Counseling
“It’s not like embryos have a seat at the table, or fetuses are the ones to call the shots around here.”
“This argument would not cut… much ice?”

On Prenatal Genetic Diagnosis & Selective Abortion
“Imagine a world without women. Let’s just say reproduction is solved hydroponically, like tomatoes.
“They would have reached those criteria very swimmingly.”

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palaioslithos

I just found out that I would make a horrible prehistoric Neanderthal. We were learning how to make flakes (basically shards off of stones; arrowheads and Clovis points and the like), in which I severely injured myself (‘severely’ is being used very loosely here). So to make a flake, you’re suppose to use a stone (or antler or anything else hard) to hit the platform of another larger rock at a little less than 90° angle, and shear off a piece of rock (and then make that into an arrowhead of dart point or whatever).

Not only did I learn I sucked at making flakes, but I also learned that I had extremely bad aim with rocks. Naturally, I received a bunch of cuts and bruises on my fingers/hands/leg/arms. I mean seriously how do you even have enough strength to break a rock with another rock?

After making a passable flake, we were suppose to pound that bad boy into certain types of points (mine was just the basic stem with a long point). We were using obsidian because that’s one of the easiest rocks to work with (the easiest to be broken… but still not that easy), because its got almost the same texture as glass. Oh, and isn’t glass super sharp? Yeah… now I have battle scars from making a 1 inch long tool, great. I guess I’m a klutz when it comes to making points for hunting (who knew, honestly?), but it doesn’t matter because women in those ages probably just picked veggies and weaved baskets. Whew.

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