It’s been a crazy week. A series of force-adds, course drops, dorm politics, scheduling conflicts and the transformation of my summer savings into a growing mountain of textbooks has left me feeling very grateful for the weekend.
While enjoying some conversation with my friends this evening, I came to realize that my mechanisms for coping with stress and frustration are a somewhat baffling combination of the following:
+ dark chocolate
+ applying Sriracha chili sauce to everything I consume
+ industrial music
+ violent action movies
+ more tea
So if you happen to wander into my room to find me making a pot of Earl Grey with Nine Inch Nails blasting at full volume in the background, do not be alarmed: I’m just a bit frazzled and will be right as rain shortly.
I fully intend to lead a colloquium at some point, but I’m not sure that this semester will be the best time. There are already tons of neat ideas floating about (The Technology of James Bond? Doctor Who and Philosophy?) and I really want to participate in those — several of them, if I can fit them into my schedule.
Topics I’d Lead (Or Join, If Somebody Beats Me To The Punch):
+Tea (proper brewing techniques, its historical impact, and its roles in both ancient and modern cultures)
+ Science Fiction’s Influence on Real-World Technology (Star Trek’s tricorders are iPhones! Biometric identification in Gattaca is a reality! The military is working on its own Iron Man suit design to give soldiers more strength and endurance! Seriously, the possibilities are endless.)
+ Dystopian Fiction (examining books, movies, and other forms of media like V for Vendetta, the Fallout games, Mad Max, or 1984, and discussing both their impact on popular culture and if the concepts presented in the stories could ever come to pass in the real world.)
…Hmm. Now that I’ve written these out, they sound pretty appealing. I’ll sleep on it and see if I’ll want to lead one of these this semester after all.
So. Here’s another HRC blog, this time run by yours truly. Let’s see how this goes.