Feb. 11th, 2007

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I found out Wed AM before I went to the book repair workshop for the day that I was to be able to make a scroll in honor of my lovely apprentice [livejournal.com profile] harlenquinzell receiving a Coral Branch on Sat at Ymir. Eek. I rummaged through my books and found one with a good selection of artwork that might work, and slammed it into my bag as I ran out the door. Sunneva and I conferred over lunch and decided which piece to use. Wed night I cleaned off my drafting table and played with scroll texts a bit. I was having absolutely no luck with fine motor skills that night so I took the wussy way out and retired to bed with a book. Thurs AM I hit the callig boards, so to speak.

I had no idea how much I rely on being able to print out everything on my trusty printer. I've been having trouble with it for a month or two, and in trying to fix the original problem (won't scan) I "fixed" it so it won't even print at all now. In fact, the computer doesn't even know I have a printer now. Damn, I'm good. The immediate effect was that I couldn't print out the final text and I couldn't scan and reverse the image from the book. Off to Kinko's.

I had sort of forgotten how long it's been since I did any callig, too. Sigh. I am SO not happy with the callig. Spacing issues, mainly, and spacing is always a problem for me. Sigh.

So, Thurs night I was going to Livia's to help her with final touches on the two scrolls she did for Ymir. In a stroke of good fortune or good planning, Sunneva lives one door down from Livia. Convenient, eh? I just went over a few hours earlier than I told Livia I'd be there, parked my thoroughly unremarkable beige car several spots farther away from her house, and took the callig'ed piece to Sunneva's for her to transfer the drawing and start painting. At the appointed hour, I showed up on Livia's doorstep, and we took care of our business as planned. When I left, instead of getting in my car, I sashayed back down to Sunneva's where we worked a bit longer before I took the (half done?) scroll back home. All I can say is, Sunneva and I must be the world's slowest combat scribes. Heh. I worked on it all day Friday, and took it BACK over Fri night. I had Sunneva call me when Livia left for site Fri night so she wouldn't see me come in. We took turns painting till I had to come home and get some sleep so I could be at least remotely coherent in class on Sat. (Which was only mildly successful, BTW. The sleep was good, but the coherent part... not so much.) I have progress pics here; the ones that say "Thursday" show work that was done by quitting time Thursday night. The Friday ones were what was done when I took it back to Sunneva's Friday evening. She finished it after I left. We are both very pleased with it. Livia seems happy, too. We'll have to get her to post pics of the finished piece.

Ymir was good. Weather was about as good as it gets for the second weekend in February. During the day, it was damn near perfect, but I admit that my toes were small round lumps of ice by the time court was over. I have no idea what the temp was by then; it got down to mid twenties during the night but it was surely nowhere near that at 7 PM. I helped in the kitchen during feast, and damn, Daemon and Emma put out a fine feast. The pork loin was particularly succulent, moist, tender, and garlicky. Does it get any better than that? I think not. There was also a chicken course and a leg of lamb course, but I was stuffed just from nibbling. I can't imagine whole servings of each dish.

All in all, a fine weekend. Now to do homework.

Oh, and you can also see a picture of poor Miss Molly with a nekkid neck, after the small tumor was removed. I swear, the vet took out a huge divot. And nekkid cat necks don't appear to be pretty even without chunks missing. Poor kitty.


Feb. 11th, 2007 07:00 pm
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I hate philosophy. I can only think of it as mental masturbation. You can thus imagine my joy at doing a second set of homework on how to find information about philosophy. The next two weeks we get to do religion. Even MORE joy. Some of those questions are kind of interesting, though, like, "Who is Kokopelli and why is he important in Native American culture?" Although I'm willing to bet he's only important to one group of "Native Americans" and not the whole batch of 'em. I'll have to make a point of saying that he is important to THIS tribe or nation or whatever. Another question is "Who do they think built Stonehenge?" I can only hope that the teacher is writing the questions this way because that's how our presumed patrons will ask them. I'd hate to think that a teacher of a graduate level class would say "Who do THEY think built Stonehenge?" Ummmm.... I dunno. "They" who? And why do we care what unknown people think, anyway?

Admittedly, I am not particularly impressed with this teacher so far; maybe that really IS how she thinks. For assignment 1, we were to answer "7 out of 10" questions, except there were only 9 questions on the list. This week it's "6 out of 8" questions, but there are 9 questions again. Next week it's "7 out of 10" again, except this time with 11 questions. Sigh.

Anyway, I'm presently being annoyed because of a question about finding a review of a specific book. I tried every database I could think of that might include it, including the general "Academic Search Premier", the more specific Humanities one, and the ultraspecific Philosopher's Index. Nada. No joy whatever. Finally, in desperation, I went to Amazon.com and looked for the book, on the theory that they usually have some kind of review there, and lots of times they'll say where the review came from. Yay! A review, from the Library Journal! I know that is indexed in the LISA database, so Yay! Except.... not so much. I can't make it show up on LISA, even though I know it should be there. I am so not amused. This sort of thing turns me into a terrier, and I just can't let it go. Dammit, I know there's gotta be a way! And now I'm just a frustrated terrier, because if there is a way, it has completely eluded my grasp. I have a terrible fear that I just don't know how to use the databases that well. They do tend to run together in my mind. I swear I have seen ones that allow so many limiters you can really tailor the results; right now I can't make 'em let me specify citation info, even. This is why I don't want to be a reference librarian. Let me just talk to little old ladies about murder mysteries. Or let me repair books. Something. Just not reference. Pllleeeeeeease. (God, I hope that's not the only job available when I get out of school.....)

Part of the question specifies that we are to document our search process, so I have listed all of these book review search steps, including going to Amazon and then trying to find it in the LISA database. I would be a lot happier if I had a clue what she's like. Does she have a sense of humor or is she literal minded? I might be totally screwed.

So. Back to the homework. I think next I'll try an easy one: provide citation info to ONE article from a philosophy journal about "ethics." Yeah, over 10,000 hits on that one. Whew.


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