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Posted on Thursday 11 December 2008 at 9:10 am

Happiness Meme (2/8)


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Rules and Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8

Things that made me happy yesterday (Wednesday 10 December 2008)

Animal crackers dipped in leftover runny eggnog frosting

One of the things I was supposed to do yesterday was read a book on politics and society in colonial New York. 90% of the articles in that book seemed to think colonial New York began in about 1725. Since I'm studying an uprising in the late 1680s and early 1690s, this did me no good and was very frustrating. Of course, I had to read enough of each article to make sure it wasn't useful, so it all took too much time to get nowhere. Since it largely wasn't useful, it didn't take as long as I thought it would so I finished earlier in the evening than I usually do and didn't have anything else with me to work on. Rather than going home, I went to the teen section at Barnes and Noble and picked up a book I've been wanting to read for several weeks. It's The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and was a really great read and totally killed my frustration at the book of articles. It is a well-done example of my favorite sub-genre which we will call dystopian societies being overthrown because I don't know what else to call it but suspect it has an actual name. Of course, this was the first book of a series (I've no idea how big the planned series is), so it was mostly world-building, showing why things need to be overthrown, and introducing characters and we haven't gotten to the actual overthrowing bits yet. I'm just assuming those are coming. This one was very well done world-building and left me with questions and curiosity for the next book, which is always good for the first book in a set. Why are all the good over-throwing dystopian societies books young adult novels? Are teens the only ones with enough faith in the ability of one person to change the world to read these books?

Watching Jon Stewart school Mike Huckabee regarding gay marriages on Tuesday's episode of The Daily Show. Which I got around to watching online on Wednesday and telling you about on Thursday. Not that my Daily Show habits are a metaphor for my life and I'm generally behind or anything.

Comments:

kate_scarlet
kate_scarlet at 11:26 pm on 11 December 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I asked a friend of mine the other day if she'd ever heard of the Leisler Rebellion and she looked at me like I had two heads. Your posted reminded me of it! :)

That's what I love/hate about doing historical research. You can read and read and learned tons of new cool stuff and get absolutely no where. I feel your pain, sister.
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 1:39 am on 12 December 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I was at the history department Christmas party and mentioned Leisler to a couple of 20th century people and they stared at me blankly. It's fabulous.

My advisor said something about he once spent a month reading stuff on a tangent that he thought would be important and he learned lots of interesting stuff and not a bit of it was useful. That seems to be par for the course.


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