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04:12 pm: Gravity is not caring about you.
I don't think I've yet written in this journal about my Astronomy lab teacher. Imagine, if you will, an eternally optimistic Russian woman who looks almost exactly like Mrs. Achenbach and who laughs and smiles her way through the language barrier with encouragement and life lessons at the beginning of every lab session. For example, today before the final Astronomy exam, she wanted to be sure that we took with us in our lives some important lessons of Astronomy.

(You have to read this part in a deep Russian accent so thick and gooey you could cut it with a spoon, and imagine the teacher smiling brightly the whole time.) "You see, scientific law, they are always there. And if you are deciding 'I do not care about scientific law, I am not caring about gravity,' and you go to window and throw yourself outside, law of gravity will make punishment for you because gravity is not caring about you and will work no matter what you do."

Then there are the life lessons, that will be helping us for always, not just today, if we can be attentive to them. Today, she drew a rough pie chart on the board and filled in the percentages to show that 70% of the universe is dark matter that we can't observe. "But you must try, try very hard in your lives to be radiant good energy, and to take my positive energy that I give to you and to use it in your Astronomy class and in your lives, and to always strive to be making harder choices to be good and in the thirty percent of the universe that is bright and luminous and beautiful like all of your beautiful selves." Yay for adorable Astronomy teachers, even when they take up twenty minutes of the exam period encouraging you to do well instead of administering the exam so you can do well.

So I saw Golden Compass this weekend, and not to spoil the ending or anything, but I can't. Grr. Hooray for Prince Caspian coming out on May 16th, 2008! Hopefully it will be more endingful. I have watched the trailer many times, scrutinizing it for plot details and things, and I really like the way Narnia looks in this movie. That might have been my problem with Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe--watching it again recently, it occurs to me that it doesn't feel like Narnia. It feels like some place pretending to be Narnia. Now, I never liked LWW the most out of all the books, and the Narnia in my head is a greenish-type one rather than the hundred-year-winter Narnia, so this Caspian summer-version Narnia does naturally come closer to my mental vision. The ruins of Cair Paravel look good, and I like Georgie Henley with longer hair. It flatters her. Oh, sadness... this is probably the last time we'll see Susan, unless they make The Horse and His Boy, which would make me really happy but probably make some movie producers really not. The Horse and His Boy is kind of to Narnia what parts of The Silmarillion are to Lord of the Rings: an interesting side-story that takes place in the same world, but that has nothing really to do with the main storyline. Not a good formula for a movie. If they don't make The Magician's Nephew, though, I will punch somebody at Walden. It is my very favoritest of all the books and if I don't see The Return Of Tilda Swinton In All Her Pre-Icy Glory I am going to be very angry. [/fangirl]

I'm excited about going home for break, but worried about the job that I really have no excuse not to get now. I do need the money, and I need the work experience even more. But... gah, I'd be happy doing nothing but unpaid theater volunteer work the whole time, I don't want to go to some scary place and have to fill out job application forms. Mruf.


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Date:December 11th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC)
Wow. Astronomy teachers are wonderful, aren't they? On the day we studied the asteroids, my teacher said "Remember, if you hear about an asteroid coming, put up your umbrella." ^_^
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Date:December 11th, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)
Sounds like an awesome prof.
I forced my bf to see GC with me. I liked it better than LWW.
Squee for caspian.
Sorry-pain killers kill my mind.
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Date:January 12th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
You're the first person to tell me that there was a Caspian trailer out! Now I must go look for this. I've been a huge fan of the books for ages.

I think the thing that gets overlooked with the Silmarillion is that it DOES have something to do with the storyline...it just gets lost in all that info. The Silmarillion is the history of events leading up to the trilogy, rather than a side-story....and it sets the entire stage for why different groups are fighting each other and how they came to be.

My mom actually read it for the first time in the past month or two, and said it truly shows how brilliant Tolkein was. This wasn't just a man who brought four stories to life, snapshots as it were, but a man who created an entire world and centuries of history, language, and culture all from a very powerful mind.
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