Jan. 20th, 2010 11:15 am
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Have an exam in less than three hours. Am not prepared enough. Just spent an hour reading fandom secrets and Penny/Sheldon fic. A) I need to be revising and B) I've never read either of those things before. What the hell brain?!

Just concentrate for three more hours on macromolecules and metabolism then I promise that you can have as much fandom ravings as you want.

You know if I don't get a job I won't have money for internet.

(Not that this is actually that important an exam and I think I'm going to pass but still... How can one be a perfectionist and still be so bloody lazy? Why am I still typing?! WTF brain?!)

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Date: 2010-01-20 01:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kathyh
What the hell brain?!

LOL! Fortunately for me the internet didn't exist when I was at university otherwise I would *never* have done any work. My ability to resist fandom temptation is non-existent!

Good luck with the exam.
Edited Date: 2010-01-20 01:36 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2010-01-20 03:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
See i'm sure I would have found some other way not to get anything done but the internet just makes it too easy!

The exam went okay. Don't think I've failed but I did find myself marking the Don't know box an bit too much for my liking.

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Date: 2010-01-21 02:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Fandom Secrets is the time suck of doom! I always make the mistake of commenting on the more controversal secrets and getting caught up in a storm of wank, bickering and lulz. Totally worth it every time.

Hope the exam went well!

Also, psssst! What's your email? I'm having some inbox problems, but I do have a long-awaited present for you and I'd like to get it you asap.


Date: 2010-01-21 03:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If you get this in the next ten hours, what if any thoughts do you have on Margaret Thatcher?

Aaand, do you mind if I ask you similarly irritating questions throughout the semester? I'm doing an ongoing project about how British people feel about certain historical events and recent news stories. The professor said it's got something to do with 'rational empathy' and 'cultural understanding'.

Re: Alsoalsoalso,

Date: 2010-01-21 10:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Margaret Thatcher is a bit before my time but I know enough to laugh along with the occasional jokes about her that come up on Mock the Week and Have I Got News for you.* As a young person from a middle class background who wasn't around at the time I have rather mixed views about her. One one hand I've watched Billy Elliot and know how much of an effect the whole miners strike had on our country. (We import most of our coal now when we still have stacks of it left over under Yorkshire, the unions have virtually no power and there was mass unemployment which is never a good thing.) Generally it is the left wingers, people from the more working class backgrounds and those from the North will still practically spit when her name is said. However I get the vague feeling that what she did was some how necessary.

For most people nowadays, especially comedians, she is an fairly standard joke that is guaranteed to get a few laughs.

But yes I would be more than happy to help in any way I can.

*(Which BTW would probably really help you with your project. They are weekly shows where a bunch of comedians sit around and discuss what has been happening in the news that week. HIGNFY is probably the more news focused one but both will give you an insight in to the British mind. Mainly because the Brit/English response to most things is to make a joke about it. Oh an in the spirit of "cultural understanding" may I recommend a book called "Watching the English" which is a quite funny but heavily researched book about English habits and culture.)

Exam was okay. Not brilliant but glad it is over. Haven't actually commented on fandom secrets yet. I feel that if I did I would be sucked in beyond hope of rescue. Email is: thorny rose 42 at hotmail dot com Obviously with out the spaces and with the proper email bits.

Re: Alsoalsoalso,

Date: 2010-01-21 11:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks for all that rambling. It actually was very helpful. (And I will totally check out the book and the show. Something tells me that British shows making fun of politics will be a bit more daring that the American counterparts.)

Exams are like that. I'm sure you did better than you feel like you did. It's definitely a good idea to avoid Fandom secrets comments. Yesterday, I wasted several hours discussing the merits of the Dumbledore-is-a-cold-chessmaster-bastard-who-doesn't-care-about-anyone theory. It was not at all conducive to studying.... or, uh, revising. Hee, I sound so British.

(Let me know if you don't get an email from me.)

Re: Alsoalsoalso,

Date: 2010-01-22 02:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
/Something tells me that British shows making fun of politics will be a bit more daring that the American counterparts./

You could say that. The Daily Show and the Colbert Report are sort of there. I think the difference is that the British shows /aren't/ daring because that level of eye rolling/piss taking/home truths is the norm not an aberration. Its like two different classrooms with the Daily Show and the Colbert Report I always get the sense that they are the guys at the back of the class throwing paper aeroplanes at the very scary teacher's head while the rest of the class looks at the askance because this is serious business. Where as across the hallway you've got a teacher who tries to keep control but is openly mocked at every step by the whole class.

I was actually involved in a politics discussion today. With a real mix of people as well. North, South, Labour, Conservative and Lib Dem, hell someone even said they's vote for one of the Britain out of Europe parties. Sure, all university students and mostly physicists but hey no sample is perfect. But the over whelming attitude towards politics goes something like this: "All politicians are crap. That is the base line. Anyone who gets into politics obviously couldn't think of anything else to do. Anyone who wants to be a politician shouldn't be running the country. All of the parties have fairly similar policies. They are all vaguely left wing/centreish but nothing concrete because they want to appeal to as many people as possible. Gordon Brown is crap. Almost everyone thinks that. In fact it has almost gotten to the point that people just feel sorry for him. Not enough to vote him back in though. The Lib Dems are never going to get in. Opinion diverges at this point as to who you will actually vote for.

Conservative (quote almost verbatim): "I hate Cameron but anyone is better than Brown" Lib Dem will never get in, neither will any of the other ones therefore in order to get Brown out I will vote Conservative.

Lib Dem (Should say this is the view I ascribe to just to warn for bias etc): Brown is crap, Cameron is almost as bad, Lib Dem won't get in to government but because they won't they actually represent their constituency rather than getting tied up with Party Politics and the banking crisis. We have a Lib Dem MP. He is doing alright. Ergo vote for him again. Also if there was proportional representation the Lib Dems would have been in power for ages because over all more people vote for them. But first past the post means that they don't get in.

BNP, UKIP: Dito the Conservative but more emphasis on Cameron being crap and ending with something about wanting to get the hell out of Europe.

Monster Raving Loony Party: All politicians are the same. Why bother. Also it sounds cool.


Okay that was rather a lot of writing for two in the morning. I did get your e-mail. Loved your comments. Will look at it some more in the morning.

Now back to trying to go to sleep.


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