Thursday, April 17, 2008

Although obviously not French in the least, Bach wrote some of his organ pieces in the French style of the time

Campus finally feels like campus again. It’s an odd sensation, when one finally feels something click and thinks, “This is my campus. I’m home,” after a long, cold, alienating winter. I, at least, feel like the cold and layers of snow somehow barricade me from some essential part of campus that I treasure, something that has only returned with the flowers of spring. Perhaps it is merely that I am easily miffed about not being able to commune with nature whenever the fancy strikes me without pulling on eighty layers of coats and sweatshirts and five scarves. But I exaggerate. Campus is indeed in bloom, however, and the magnolia bushes and trees in particular are putting on a great show. Even the trees that I winterized in the room (yes, ignore what most people tell you; you can winterize trees indoors, at least small ones. The tiny ginkgo next to me right now is proof of this, though I do grant doing this with larger trees would be… tricky.) are sprouting tiny green leaves of their own. The end of the year is nigh, though, so enjoying such beauty while one can is even more transient than it first appears…. Everything seems to happen within the last month of things. I have so much to do within the next few weeks that I loathe thinking on it, but presentations and papers wait on no one, and meetings setting things up for next year are more than a bit important as well. I can, at the least, say that I know where and with whom I plan to room, so at least that headache is in order. (Setting up rooming for the next year is a peculiar “lottery” of sorts that seems more confusing and stressful than I am sure that it is.)

In the recent past I attended a talk and tasting on tea and its health benefits, an amazing and moving organ concert I dare not belittle with words, a talk by Dr. Deborah Lipstadt on her trial against David Irving (a case that involved Holocaust denial; if you’re interested, I suggest Google-ing it), and probably a few other things I cannot recall at the moment. In short, busy. Tonight I still need to run to a geology talk and go to Stammtisch besides my normal getting of things done! Fun? You bet your sweet bippy.

German Word: Ich moechte fertig sein… I want to be finished. Papers are just that exciting.

Pictures:

Ham-Will acting all cool one evening…



Robert Griffith is amazing, and you should give him a high-five for being being awesome.



Cool profs teach outside when it gets hot.

...yeah, the vague pun there doesn't really work, I know.



This is the Faerie Tree; he enjoys keeping a garden of violet flowers (not violets, though) in his roots every spring. His hobbies also include...

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