bubonicwoodchuck: (sheska)
Took the shuttle to the Welch Library this morning; the librarian at the Institute of the History of Medicine had organized a considerable number of old texts for us to look at. This, of course, made me ridiculously happy in a horrifically geeky way (they had a copy of the Articella from 1506! And a first edition copy of De Fabrica! And five-hundred-year-old medical texts in German I could partially understand! And we could touch them! And! Just! Eeee!).

Headed back to the Homewood campus for lunch and then took the shuttle to Welch again for Shigehisa Kuriyama's discussion and Q&A session concerning his recent paper (the aforementioned one about poo).

I really do love the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology department; it's very small, so it's easy to get to know people and you're not just another face to the professors. Professor Pomata and I talked a little bit about the Kuriyama paper in the elevator - it really is interesting how he took the classical humoral theory and looked at it from a completely different perspective - and besides myself, Dan and Jesse were the only undergrads who even bothered to show up, but we soon fell to discussing the paper between the three of us anyway. Also there was coffee and cookies.

...okay, that, and my dress sense (turtleneck sweater, jeans, etc.) fits right in with all the grad students and professors (two of whom were actually wearing tweed). Which may not necessarily be a good thing.

Anyway. Professor Kuriyama's talk was an extremely interesting one, and the Q&A session that followed was equally informative, even if it dragged on a little long to completely hold my interest. But I did learn a lot, and I've pretty much decided that I'm at least going to minor in HoSMT, if not major in it; I'll have more than enough time to do so. I've just loved every single lecture I've attended, and this talk pretty much decided it for me.

After the Q&A session, I solidified my status as loser dorkwad geek extraordinaire by producing my copy of The Expressiveness of the Body and asking Professor Kuriyama if he would sign it, which he did. Dan laughed at me, but I think Professor Kuriyama was kind of flattered and anyway it is a good book, so, um, there. Dx

And now you may have this absolutely hysterical link that [livejournal.com profile] ainu_laire also posted, just to remind you that I'm not only a geek academically (as if you needed reminding): Suicide at the Council of Elrond.

"You know, some of us don't base our policy positions on a literal interpretation of the Simarillion. Particularly since the pro-Elvish bias of that text is obvious to any disinterested observer."
bubonicwoodchuck: (ravenclaw)
Happy birthday, Professor Tolkien! :D
bubonicwoodchuck: (Default)
Oh, I'm sorry, did I say Easter break? I meant spring break. :P

Anyway. Yesterday's Chem double lab was possibly the most fun I've had in a science class in years. Basically, we spent an hour and a half playing with liquid nitrogen. xD You haven't lived until you've frozen mini marshmallows in liquid nitrogen and eaten it cold. Or strawberries - except those have a tendency to freeze to your tongue and that can be sort of painful. *learned that the hard way* We made ice cream with liquid nitrogen, too, and liquefied oxygen (it's a pretty blue color) and made dry ice, and dipped a golf ball in liquid nitrogen and borrowed a sledgehammer from Mr. Ohl and smashed it out in the courtyard. :D

And then Gopal asked if we could roast the remaining marshmallows over a bunsen burner, and Mr. Hnatow said we could only if we found the temperature at which the marshmallows began to roast. So Gopal dragged out a thermocouple and found the temperature (I don't remember what it was), and then we all got wooden splints and toasted marshmallows over a bunsen burner, though we switched to a propane burner later on. It was made of awesome. :D

The rest of the day wasn't as interesting, really. xD I think I did...eh, not too poorly on the Calc test. Then again, I don't think I did particularly well, either. xP


...oh well. It looks like you can only roam about Eriador. It's not worth playing if you can't visit Gondor, right?

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Also this. But even that can't beat the complete sheer nerdy awesomeness of the above t-shirt.
bubonicwoodchuck: (boromizzle (me))
A lot of stuff has happened recently. We visited UPenn on Saturday and - Valar, that place is gorgeous, in an old-architecture-and-stained-brick kind of way. And apparently the auditorium houses the eleventh-largest pipe organ in the world, upon which they play PotO during Halloween. And that is made of win, even if I'm not much of a musical phan. But yeah, UPenn's currently at the top of my OMG I WANT TO GO THERE Colleges List at the moment. xD

So! Um. A LotR survey I stole from [livejournal.com profile] luvboromir24601!

Cut for length )
bubonicwoodchuck: (gondorsarmy (unknown))
I was bored this afternoon, so I risked life and limb to go through the LotR Musical footage multiple times for the sole purpose of bringing those with dial-up a few of the more...memorable scenes in the video clip.

I would now like to present The Lord of the Rings: The Screencaps.

Er - well - to be honest, I wouldn't have done this for the sole purpose of providing horrible images to people with dial-up, so here's a little comic I drew yesterday in response to the video clip. Enjoy. xD


Aug. 23rd, 2006 08:58 pm
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I'd heard about the Lord of the Rings musical before it premiered in Toronto, but I'd sort of forgotten about it over the school year and I only went back to the website today to see how it'd gone. There're video clips and such online, and...gnah.

Maybe I'm being overly judgmental about a show I haven't even seen yet, but those clips are...slightly...not disturbing as much as...worrying.

My brain was kind of on "o.O;;;;" the whole time I was watching the clips, but underneath it all my thoughts sort of sounded like this:

Why is all the footage black and shadowy? Surely the Fellowship did some traveling during the day? Are those orcs? Okay, orcs. Orcs, orcs, orcs, orcs...Eru Iluvatar is that a mohawk on Saruman?! ...orcs, orcs...hobbits...orcs...I can't believe they gave Saruman a mohawk. Orcs...orcs, orcs...ooh, Council of Elrond. I think. Is that Elrond?! He looks more like a Thranduil than an Elrond. Oh well...spinning hobbits. Riiight. Lots of spinning people. Spin, spin, spin holy crap is that Galadriel?! Why is she wearing a ridiculous antlery giant moon thing on her head?! Oh, Valar, this is painful. I can't believe that's Galadriel. Right, more hard-to-see probably-action-scenes. Wow, there are a lot of those in this musical, apparently. Heh. Wow, these probably-action-scenes don't look too bad OH. VALAR. THAT BETTER NOT HAVE BEEN WHO I THINK IT WAS. THOSE BETTER NOT HAVE BEEN DREADLOCKS.

Stop. Rewind.

Oh Valar.


And then my brain exploded. I don't remember much after that.

After I recovered (this took some time and a good deal of fanfiction therapy), I went in search of reviews. To my surprise most of the attendees found it quite good - even MrI'mTheOnlyBlackGuyInTheFellowshipAndIHaveDreadlocks!Boromir, apparently - except for the possible exception of Gandalf. And, understandably, some parts have been changed or deleted - after all, the musical's only three hours long. Hm. Okay. Oh, here're a few characters who've been removed...

Faramir and Denethor? WHAT IS THIS?!

Oh, good going, Mr. Producer. I bet you didn't remove Éomer or Éowyn. Or Théoden, for that matter. What, is Gondor not good enough for you? Huh? Huh? Something wrong with Minas Tirith, perhaps?

...which brings me to the horrifying thought that if Faramir and Denethor don't exist, is Mr. Dreadlocks the Steward of Minas Tirith? Is there even a Steward?

Right, now I'm definitely disturbed. And yet Dad's going to Toronto next week to visit Grandma, and were it not for the fact that the tickets probably cost a ton by now...I'd feel oddly tempted to go with him.

Then again, maybe it's a good thing I'm not going. I wouldn't want to distract the actors with my horrified screams.

(The link to the video clip, should you be so masochistic as to wish to view it, can be found here: http://www.lordoftheringsmusical.com. Click "Toronto," then wait for "See the show's production footage" to show up on the marquee and click that.)
bubonicwoodchuck: (ireny is a loser)
February 26, 3019 T.A.: Breaking of the Fellowship. Death of Boromir; his horn is heard in Minas Tirith. Meriadoc and Peregrin captured. Frodo and Samwise enter the eastern Emyn Muil. Aragorn sets out in pursuit of the Orcs at evening. Éomer hears of the descent of the Orc-band from Emyn Muil.

(Well, actually, since the date in the Appendices is Shire reckoning, I think, February 26 would actually have been February 16 our time, but - *intestine leaps up and throttles brain*)

I am such a loser. *slinks off*

Oh, right, and:


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