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Tuesday, April 19th, 2005

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2:01a
Stacey thought i was painting my nails at the desk, but i was just using White-Out.
Oh yeah, Patriots Day is for the whole state.  Being as it is Marathon Day, i was conflating it with Evacuation Day (which only affects select Boston enclaves) and was thus confused at Forbes Library being closed for the occasion.

Cat didn't come to my Beloved class, but she went with Fefe to see The Hours and thus met Skarda, who was not scary because she was wearing floral print pants.

I was discussing with Emma earlier about how the (Buffyverse) pairings she reads are ones that don't particularly interest me, which is something of an achievement given the amount of pairings that interest me.  Talking to Kate later, our pairing interests don't much overlap either.  As per usual, the three of us manage to have three different sets of taste.  And thinking back over what i've liked, i'm big on the darkness/angst, which neither of them is so into.  (Also: i so need to steal doyle_sb4's setup for my recs page.  Will be a while before i have the time to do all that coding, though.)  Talking to Kate also reminded me how nigh on unsquickable i am, and listening to her talk about the bad fic she's read makes me so grateful for what i've read.  I sometimes think i have really low standards on what i rec, and at other times find myself reading such not-great fic and wonder if i just have unfairly high standards.  But listening to her renditions of so much of the stuff she's seen, i clearly habitate the mediocre-great section of the fandom.  Oh, and while Kate and Emma both read a lot of serial fic, i read almost none, both because i don't tend to run across it and because i like to finish stories in a single sitting (not to mention how unfinished works drive me batty unless i absolutely know they're being updated regularly).

It is starting to sink in that when i leave on May 15, i'm not coming back.  (Save visits, of course.)  At least a couple non-seniors are staying at least a couple days past the end of exams, though, and some Smithies return to the Boston area in the offseason.  'Twill be interesting to see what happens to my Smith friendships after graduation.
7:25p
Why have none of my friends heard the phrase "it's a wash" before?
Skarda, to Emily F., who was absent all last week: "We missed your body."
Jaime: "And your mind."

3 more Inklings classes.
3 more Skarda classes.
2 more seminar meetings.
1 more MAT class session.
3 final papers, 1 final exam, 1 final project.
26 more days of residence.

You'd think i could motivate myself to do work then?  But no, after lunch i sat down and stared at my paper for Skarda's class (due Friday at sunset).  I hadn't read fanfic in days, so i decided to go through the stuff i had bookmarked and send feedback and write up recs.  At least that way i was vaguely virtuous.

On the plus-side, work was not so overly air-conditioned as it was yesterday.

Jayne Mercier called about something and asked to whom she was speaking.  "Elizabeth Sweeny, one of the student assistants to Ann Johnson," i answered, figuring she was probably more interested in how likely i was to be able to answer her question than in my actual name.  So of course she responded with "Hello Elizabeth Sweeney, one of the student assistants to Ann Johnson," and joked that my title was about as long as hers would be if she ever wrote it all out.  I like her.

Also, i got my first wedding invitation addressed to me rather than than to me as part of my family. And really, Best Wedding Invitation Ever, so what better to my first very own wedding invitation?

After the first entry on the subject i was already sick of heairng about the new Pope having been part of Hitler Youth.

From TimesOnlineUK: "He joined the Hitler Youth aged 14, shortly after membership was made compulsory in 1941.  He quickly won a dispensation on account of his training at a seminary. 'Ratzinger was only briefly a member of the Hitler Youth and not an enthusiastic one,' concluded John Allen, his biographer."  It says also that "Two years later Ratzinger was enrolled in an anti-aircraft unit that protected a BMW factory making aircraft engines. The workforce included slaves from Dachau concentration camp," and talks about how he maintains that he never actually shot anyone.  The BBC says, "Schooled in the Nazis' power of rhetoric during his childhood in Bavaria, the Pope later deserted the German Army during World War II, only to be sent to a POW camp when the Allies reached his hometown."  I'm sure arguments can be made on both sides about how much Ratzinger cooperated with the Nazis and how much he should have been expected to resist and so on and so forth, but really, he was a teenager back then, and the people God chooses as leaders in the Bible often have less than pristine pasts.  I'm far more interested in discussion about how much influence the Pope has in the Church and in the world and stuff like that rather than cheap shots.  Does his previous involvement in Hitler Youth a stumbling block for improving Judeo-Christian relations?  Of course.  Is a preponderance of cheap shots about the matter helping anything?  No.

Other news: ancient papyrus documents being read for the first time thanks to multi-spectral imaging techniques.

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