The last two weeks were really busy!
- I participated in our grad students conference! Thats was really nerve-wrecking, but went reasonably well, I think. I'm not sure about the quality, but people could really relate to my topic.
- The whole day was actually pretty insane. It started with my German class, then I presented, then I moderated
a panel, then I had a 3-hour class, went back for Creative Night and watched the creative output of my awesome fellow grad students, and then I played hockey. It was a long day.
- I found a D&D group! A woman advertized on Reddit and the group she ended up putting together is mostly female, feminist and so far pretty cool. We're meeting sometime next week for the first time, so I'm trying not to get my hopes up, but they seem nice. It would also balance my social circle a bit. So far, I know most people from the university context. I'm cheating by not counting hockey, but a bunch of the others are totally unrelated to my work/study life. But that's okay with me, I like having friends at work, I just don't want ALL of my friends to be from that context.
- I had a visit from the local Beagle rescue today, two ladies with the most awesome Beagle t-shirts. We had a nice chat and we agreed on so many things (training, the "pack leader" idea and how stupid it is, nutrition, vaccinations, etc.). It was really enjoyable. They shared their crazy Beagle stories and the beagly things their Beagles do, the Beagle meet-ups (the only breed-specific meet-up I know of, it's funny - and apparently when a bunch of Beagles get together, they start barking at other breeds). They told me about a sweet Beagle currently with a foster family that had a rough life, being fed only fries by his first owner, then trained using the 'pack leader' idea that completely crushed his confidence, and given away because he peed out of fear of his owner. That's probably at least the seventh or eighth dog I'm considering, so I'm TRYING not to be hopeful, but I'm failing already, so we'll just have to see. The Beagle Paw lady is going to send me some pictures soon.
- I've started watching Sense8 and I'm really happy with it. I enjoyed Riley's character a lot at first, but didn't like the turn that took. Still, her introduction really hit a nerve. I love all the other characters, even the German one. I thought it was funny how well the show hit the tone of German movies, e.g. with the awkward naked scenes, in contrast to the others. The aesthetics alone were great. Usually I don't enjoy too many perspectives at once, especially when they're so scattered and independent, but since their distance and how they were coming together step by step was kind of the point, I ended up enjoying it a lot.
- Speaking of multiple POVs and how I usually don't like them: I've started reading Malazan
, and I'm positively surprised. Not only does it have multiple POVs, but it's also GRIMDARK. So I don't know exactly why I like it. I was warned that the first book isn't written as well as the others (who were written a lot later), so maybe I just have more patience? Although the first thing that intrigued me were the names - Tattersail, Hairlock, the Bridgeburners, Anomander Rake, Sorry. They have a nice ring to them. And I actually like the characters. I want to say they are not all like "THE WORLD IS GRIM. AND DARK. AND ALSO GRIMDARK." - they kind of are like that, but also more than that. Usually I hear the series mentioned in the same breath as ASOIAF (which I didn't like), but then I recently read a review, and the author said none in her circle of friends like both series. It's either Malazan or ASOIAF. Hm.
Well, that's not a very coherent comment on the book, but it's past 11pm, so I think I'm allowed to be rambling.