Just to get caught up on a few news items in my life:
I got my Joyce paper back, I got an A/A-. Yes, they give grades here; it’s a shock but probably a good one since I’m going to be required to give grades to my students so I should remind myself how the system works. There are a few revisions I have to make but nothing that’ll take up much time. Other than that, I have a small paper for my Romanticism class, as well as a take-home test (!!!) for that same class. Then I’m done with fall quarter. Since the major piece of work was done about three weeks from the end, and since I don’t have class next week (finals week), this one is ending with more of a whimper than a bang. Still, I’ll be glad to be done, and my review of the quarter is definitely Success.
As for next quarter, things are up in the air. I didn’t get into the Emily Dickinson class, and I’m waitlisted on my second choice–a class on technology and culture, which I think would be a great help for my blog paper. At least I’m in my third choice, on medieval romances, and I might still get into that tech class. Or I could audit it, although the idea of attending three classes while I’m teaching sounds insane; still, I guess I’ve gotten to the level where I’m supposed to do a lot of extra work just because I love it.
I’ve settled on the rules for the Universal Drinking Game; thanks to everyone who contributed. They are:
1. Drink whenever someone is bitten by a snake (or stung by a scorpion, etc.) in an embarrassing part of the body and needs someone else to suck out the poison.
2. Drink when one character says he or she has something to tell another character, but is prevented from doing so (by the other character saying, “Tell me later,” say, or by the sounding of the Emergency Alert).
3. Drink whenever a fruit cart is overturned, and an angry vendor shakes his fist. (The orange restriction suggested by Brian has not been adopted, although you can take an extra drink for oranges if you’re an alcoholic.)
4. Drink whenever anyone reverses the polarities.
5. Drink whenever foreshadowing occurs, in any form. Drink again when the foreshadowed event comes to pass.
6. Drink whenever someone gains access to a strange computer system without any knowledge of the passwords, or with only a “backdoor” password. Also drink whenever a character, by hacking a computer system, is able to control something that probably wouldn’t be controlled by a computer system (cf. the school sprinklers in Hackers, or the traffic lights in The Italian Job).
7. Drink when one of the principals asks the other if s/he trusts or believes him/her. Drink again if the other principal says, in essence, “I don’t know.”
8. Drink when a character doesn’t say “goodbye” when hanging up the phone.
I think that should keep us drinking through our movies for a while. Print the list out, take it with you when you watch a movie with friends. Get people involved.
That’s all my news. I’ll be back in Berkeley in a week, and that’s something I’m very excited about.