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Wednesday, December 18th, 2002
8:41a - Academic Notes.

  • I checked my marks and I didn't do too badly--86% in British History 261, 90% in American History 391. I haven't gotten my Canadian History mark yet, nor my paper in that course--I'll have to E-mail Dr. Moran.

  • I had a meeting with Dr. MacLaine on the Surfacing component of the paper. In many ways, it's the most divergent of the three novels, but I'd some cross-connections already and we came up with some more. Plus, the lunacy of early 1970's-vintage Canadian nationalism: we're on the United States' periphery in one way, Cambodia and Indochina are on the United States' periphery in another way, therefore the US is about to bomb Canada. That debased Maoism is fun.

  • I feel satisfied with my academic achievements this semester. This is good.

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1:13p - Hmm
Saw Erin this morning, when I was in Timothy's (formerly Grabbajabba) before work, looking to check my E_mail and drink some coffee. (Ah, coffee.) Am looking forward to The Two Towers tonight. Checked out Bret Easton Ellis' Glamorama to see what the fuss is about.

That's it.

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11:54p - The Two Towers
I saw it, with Jen, Allan, nire nagaf, and a few others. Yes, it was Excellent.

Yes, the epochal plot of a terminal battle between good and evil drove the plot. It was the painstaking attention to detail, though, that I liked. That, and the humour: Gimli, the Ents, the dry exchanges.

Go see it. Now.

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11:56p - The legendary lost sequel to J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings
From Matthew White's website, the plot of the unwritten fourth book:

Discovered in Tolkein's papers long after his death were the notes for a new story. It was to be set in a new age of Middle Earth, long after the dwarves had been rounded up and herded into to bleak, rural reservations, long after the elves were no longer to be seen anywhere outside the Museum of Mythical Creatures. The new Middle Earth was a quiet, no-nonsense world of airports, malls and sitcoms, but then Bonnie Baggins found a ring of power in her grandmother's attic.

current mood: amused

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