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13 January 2005 @ 08:02 pm
Hit by an unforgettable curse  

Some good things happened me today! They weren't just amusing, they were actually good.

1. In Communications, we had a practice run of our doing-a-talk-in-front-of-everyone module (it has a proper name, but who cares?); well, it was for two minutes, if you wanted to do it. I said what the hell. It was on any topic, so I chose Troy and 'because the film really annoyed me with all the inaccuracies', I told them the tale as it was supposed to be told, with gods and heroes, from the very creation of the world with Zeus and Cronos and Prometheus. I only got up to the birth of Achilles when I stopped to check how long I'd been talking; three and a half minutes! And everyone in the class went 'Awww!' and wanted me to keep going. Hopefully for the real thing I can fill five minutes with the marriage of Peleus and Thetis, the Golden Apple, the birth of Paris and that of Helen, because that's all I know off the top of my head. (Yay for Roger Lancelyn Green! Having a good memory comes in handy sometimes. Incidentally, I still cannot believe that they killed Menelaus!)

I got heckled by Anthony; for a thirty-year-old, he's really twelve. He passed a comment along the lines of 'You're Australian, sure ye have hardly any history at all' - the implication being, I believe, that who was I to go talking about Ancient Greeks, huh? The girls were very insulted on my behalf, but to be honest, I've got that sort of response my entire life, due to my nationality and knowing things, and far worse to boot; I barely even noticed him.

2. A graphic design class I actually liked! We had to design an invitation to a masked Valentine's Ball, and we were allowed to go on the net to get images. I had a picture of a Cupid/Psyche sculpture in my head after reading The Boy so I found that, and white roses for the background, and shimmery Barbie doll masks, and cut and pasted them about on Photoshop. Although it was only basic technological manipulation, I felt a rare sense of accomplishment at the result, one that I don't get from anything I draw in the first person. I think I'll post it here when I've it printed; the tones even worked well, with white text. Apologies for the waxing lyrical, but as life would have it, I rarely feel this happy about anything, and I spend most of my time playing down my achievements so that people will hate me less. For once I think I did something cool - so there!

3. We finally figured out the story behind Eminem's Like Toy Soldiers video (he is totally the best video artist of today, or ever). The enemy gang comes to kill him but his mate steps between Eminem and the bullet. Yay! I really love the ending of that, and I think it's his best song and video to date. (Not that I own any of his albums; that much swearing does get on my nerves, people like Good Charlotte and Blink 182 find a better balance...my mother has two Eminem albums, though.)

 
 
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
Current Music: 'Like Toy Soldiers', Eminem
 
 
 
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 14th, 2005 06:42 am (UTC)
Yes; I heard about Patroclus. Now, to be honest, I've only read the kiddy versions of the myths, the watered down PC ones, so while I know the story outline I had no idea that Achilles, not to mind Ancient Greek men in general, were gay. It was only through reading a book my mother brought back for me from Harvard, entitled 'A Mind of Its Own; A Cultural History of the Penis' that I discovered that fact, and after my inital suprise naturaly thought (as a consummate slasher!) that it was pretty cool. I'm starting to wonder, though, if the interlude with Polyxena that apparently led to Paris having the opportunity to shoot him as he left in disguise from Troy was made up or WHAT. Next time you're chatting to Jenna about Classics, you could ask her for me! xD

People always try to get the rise out of you for being different. Oddly enough, I got respect for not taking their shit, even though the net effect of people's attitudes often wore me down quite a lot. (Not that I let them realise that, of course!)

I don't know what Eminem's deal is; after all there was that duet with Elton John, and he's started being anti-Bush, which is a good thing to me. I can only imagine he's either grown up or was only trying to rile people. And I just ignore the songs I don't like!

The Streets are classified as rap?! Jeez louise, I wouldn't have thought so...Cry Your Eyes Out is one of the soppiest songs I've ever heard in my life, including David Bedingfield's shlock. Although the one about the Lights are Blinding My Eyes is pretty ... freaky, and rappish. My mother is constantly mocking his accent! ^_^
Caitcoralia13 on January 14th, 2005 11:16 am (UTC)
'A Mind of Its Own: A Cultural History of the Penis'. Best. Title. EVER.

Yeah, Eminem is confusing. He has many conflicting messages, much like Britney Spears, which is why I can't take him very seriously.
Well, from the one song I heard, I thought The Streets sounded like rap but, like I said, I've only heard one song and part of another. I am so glad that you and your mom have heard of them. I can't believe they are actually a real band! I thought they were just some random joke Jeanna found on the net! They are real! This is AMAZING!
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 14th, 2005 01:41 pm (UTC)
Scary book. You've no idea how much guys think about them. And Kellogg's cornflakes were invented to stop masturbation...

No, the Streets are very real. They have an album, my friend bought it. You should try whatever is a good online CD shop, or even your real local one, they'd probably even be there! (Not that it's worth buying, but hey.)
Caitcoralia13 on January 15th, 2005 07:06 pm (UTC)
What?? Explain that to me!

It might be worth it, just for the entertainment value. The accents alone I could listen to for hours on end. The ridiculous lyrics just add to the fun. "Gosh you're fit, but don't you know it." You just can't GET that in the US!
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 16th, 2005 08:32 am (UTC)
Here's the quote: 'Having accepted that the body was a machine, Americans were now obsessed about it's overheating...Kellogg thought...monitoring the engine fuel, keeping it bland so one's body heat would stay out of the danger zone...designed to inhibit lust and masturbation.' Crazy shit. Apparently the best 'cure' for onanism was castration...

Fit in this case means 'cute'... you probably knew that! The definition of 'up yourself', that line. Why - are people more accepting of vanity there?
Caitcoralia13 on January 16th, 2005 09:40 am (UTC)
... WHAT?!

Yeah, I knew the meaning of "fit" - one of the girls I stayed with when my LAX team went to England explained it.

No. Well, yes, I suppose, but that's not why the line is so not American. Just the wording is something you'd never hear an American say, much less sing, the word "fit" not withstanding.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 16th, 2005 10:23 am (UTC)
Yes; and electric shock therapy on gay men, so that shown a picture of a naked man they'd automatically throw up. You were wierd back then...

Yeah; but I guess you would hear gansta music being sung over here, either! What's LAX?
Caitcoralia13 on January 16th, 2005 10:24 am (UTC)
LAX = Lacrosse.

Dude, everyone was weird back then. And even now...
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 16th, 2005 11:48 am (UTC)
Ah! *nods* Like Mallory Towers!
Caitcoralia13 on January 18th, 2005 08:41 am (UTC)
Who, now?
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 18th, 2005 01:21 pm (UTC)
*shocked gasps* You've never read Enid Blyton?
Caitcoralia13 on January 18th, 2005 10:07 pm (UTC)
Who, now?
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 19th, 2005 10:47 am (UTC)
Our mutual education continues...

Blyton was an English writer for young girls. She wrote books about jolly girls with lots of fresh air and adventure and dogs. The Secret Seven, the Famous Five, the Magic Faraway Tree...she's staple, like CS Lewis and Roahl Dahl.
Caitcoralia13 on January 19th, 2005 01:50 pm (UTC)
It would seem that she is one of the British writers that did not penetrate the American consciouness. At least, not my American consciousness. I should check her out. I really should be writing all these down.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 19th, 2005 02:26 pm (UTC)
Well, they really are kiddies' books. But I loved the Faraway Tree, with a slide inside, and a land at the top that changed every day...and Malory Towers has inspired worse people than I to want to go to boarding school!