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Fire and Ice

April 13, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Wow, sorry for the inconsistency of posting days! I got so pumped about the idea of an April Fool’s Day entry that I went super-early last week and then this week got so crazy I forgot to update for real. To put it in writing (for myself, really, and my friends in web services [Hi, Jaye!]): I will really shoot for posting on Wednesdays this term.

So: Greetings from spring at Carleton! The thing we’re all trying to forget is that there’s still snow on the ground. New snow. Urgh. The rabbi who leads services at Carleton was saying that this is a really positive non-global-warming sign. I might just be bitter because there's not enough snow to go skiing. But whatever. For the record, this is the first time in my four years here this has happened. And it’s supposed to be warming up.

My term is off to a good start, though somehow there’s a lot going on already.  A lot of my friends were back on the Sunday before classes started, which happened to be Easter, so we dyed eggs and sat around our living room listening to themed music. (In the words of my friend Alex: “Wow, I have a lot of hipster music about rabbits!”). I’m hoping some more of chill, friend-y moments happen soon, since recently things have been pretty busy.

I work at the LTC, which is an amazing center at Carleton basically devoted to making teachers better teachers, and students better students. This week, we put on a really fun program called Academia’s Judgement Day, which featured five professors explaining why their discipline should be the one to survive an apocalypse. It was really, really fun: the professors had a great sense of humor about it, and all gave amazing, hilarious defenses.

Academia's Judgement Day 

We had “representatives” from Economics, Religion, English, Computer Science, and Chemistry, and I must say they were skilled both at self-advocating and extremely witty put-downs. Someone was there videotaping, so hopefully that will be available soon (when I find it, I’ll put it here!). One of my favorite details is that three religion faculty came to support the professor who was speaking. Another is that we taught one of my co-workers how to bake, just for the occasion. 

And, then, of course, there are classes and homework and pictures of the universe (OK, that was due Friday). This term, I’m taking three courses whose titles actually don’t tell you much. They are: Tao and the Art of Wisdom in Asian Literature, Metaethics, and Cosmology and Ethics: Philosophical Visions. What might be more helpful is to say that for the next two days, I’m reading ten sections of the Tao Te Ching, an article called “How To Be An Ethical Anti-Realist,” and a chapter called “A Free Will: Origins of the Notion in Ancient Thought.” I'm not sure how helpful that is, but there you go.

And, the prospective students have landed! I’ve spent a fair amount of trying to talk people into coming to Carleton. (I also asked someone who actually goes here if she was lost. Whoops). So far, the potential freshpersons for next year seem like a pretty good bunch. If you are a member of this set, I’m sure you’re awesome, too. And I’m sure you’ve heard this from everyone, but the entire Carleton community feels bad that you’re experiencing this weather. Please, on behalf of the forces of nature, accept our sincerest apologies.

Finally, I’m also finishing my comps, which is due in two weeks. Ayiyiyi.

But the thing is that all of the things are great. Even comps, not least because a good friend is doing the same thing and also because I realized I can bring themed food to my presentation. Even though a lot is happening, I’m trying to stop and smell the snow (OK, that sounds weird). But life is pretty great. Because, hey:

Econ poster 

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