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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Nothing, absolutely nothing!

Completely unproductive weekend so far. Well, not really when you consider that I spent Thursday night finishing up my copyright paper before the midnight deadline. Thursday night is like my Friday night, so normally I come home and veg in front of bad 90's TV programs, but instead I had to work. I'm feeling not too good about that paper, either. It's ok. But the more I think about it, the more I know I didn't say enough about Fair Use and I certainly didn't talk enough about the policies in copyright law, which is something we were to focus on specifically. I talked about it some, but I know not enough. It was a hard problem, and if I'm to get a mediocre or even bad grade on one of my papers, it will probably be that one. The other two so far have scored among the top three in my section, so I still think I can probably work an A out of that class. And that is the only class I feel so confident in. Yay.

The rest of my weekend has been spent doing fuck all. I saw Harry Potter 7.1 today. It was much like the book: too much wandering around in the woods doing nothing. I think when Rowling wrote that tome, she must have been unsure where she was going herself, and so she figured wandering around in the woods would be a fine way to meet her pages deadlines until she figured out how to end it -- which she did really well in the last 100 pages of the 700 or so page book. The pacing in that thing was just really off, and I hoped they would fix it in the movie, but then of course they decided to squeeze double bucks out of it by making it a two-parter, thus allowing for full coverage of all the mundane woods-wandering details. Don't get me wrong: I liked things about the movie. The look of it is nice, and I actually like the slower feel, because it feels more like the books feel -- you are more immersed, get to take your time with the development. But the utter lack of action really gets to me.

Also, we discovered that there is a Jimmy Johns sandwiches shop in Beaverton, OR, which is where we go to the movies usually. It feels almost exactly like Sandy/Fort Union in the Salt Lake valley, except that somebody took a bunch of wet spaghetti, threw it down on a piece of paper, and said, "Trace the spag, boys -- here is where we shall lay the roads!" So Beaverton is the Portland equivalent of suburbian hell, but they have a few of my chain-store favorites, like said Jimmy Johns, and like Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Whoo boy. So I had a nice JJ's sandwich today.

And that has pretty much been my weekend. I guess I have to read a bunch of pages tomorrow in light of my slovenliness. But at least next week is a three day week.

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all.


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7 comments:

heidikins said...

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Sra!

xox

Zac said...

I'd figure two movies is usually just about right for most genre fiction books, though I haven't read any Harry Potter past the first, and plenty of books have crap to cut, especially if the author is too popular for editors to really edit them.

Jimmy John's is pretty good, but I've been leery of interstate chains, lately. I went there a couple times after the news they were voting whether to unionize reminded me of their existence. The vote didn't go through.

tennessee mike said...

Is the title of this post a reference to Weird Al's movie UHF?

Sra said...

Mike: No, I haven't seen that. It's actually a reference to my high school physics/calculus teachers who liked to drill things into our head with little chants and songs. (For instance, I still have the quadratic formula memorized to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat.) At one point, they had us chant "Nothing, Absolutely Nothing, N-O-T-H-I-N-G, Nothing, Absolutely Nothing!" The sad thing is I remember the chant, but have no idea what it was for!

tennessee mike said...

Some of my teachers used to do that, too! Ever heard of the Preposition Song?

Weird Al's movie contains a lot of crazy TV shows that his on-screen character creates, including the show Wheel of Fish. The line near the end of this clip reminded me of your post's title.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KezvwARhBIc

tennessee mike said...

Some of my teachers used to do that, too! Ever heard of the Preposition Song?

Weird Al's movie contains a lot of crazy TV shows that his on-screen character creates, including the show Wheel of Fish. The line near the end of this clip reminded me of your post's title.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KezvwARhBIc

Zac said...

I'd figure two movies is usually just about right for most genre fiction books, though I haven't read any Harry Potter past the first, and plenty of books have crap to cut, especially if the author is too popular for editors to really edit them.

Jimmy John's is pretty good, but I've been leery of interstate chains, lately. I went there a couple times after the news they were voting whether to unionize reminded me of their existence. The vote didn't go through.

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