Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The FIRST post

So my first post is going to be about my first day of this reading and project class.

I entered the class, with maximum zest to learn.

Dr. Edwin, as usual, awesomely cynical, explained to us what we are going to expect throughout the semester and what are to be expected from us.

I exited the class, with maximum horror to just go on with life.

Position paper. Research paper. It's horrifying.

I can't even think of an acceptable thesis statement let alone write a 500 words position paper, and a 3000 words research paper. And to work with our yet-to-be-known supervisors? I had visions of unreplied text messages, rejected papers with bloody marks and M.I.A. supervisors. Scary! Besides, aren't we suppose to do this in our senior, and not now?

But I guess I'd have to suck it up then. I'm pretty sure out of my 74 suggested thesis statement, one will hit the spot. And I swear I will hunt down my supervisor at all cost. Maybe it won't be so bad after all. Maybe.

As for the readings, I find it really interesting. And no, I'm not being sarcastic. It actually makes you want to read it.
I read the Son of the Turtle Spirit and I thought...blah. I didn't get the deeper meaning of it.
I read the Mahabharata, and I had an interpretation different that everyone. I think that the fisherman's daughter is Shantanu's wife, reincarnated, and Dev's mother. So that's why Dev is willing to 'step down' from his future throne 'coz he knows he will be king anyway. So far, nobody has agreed with me yet.
I read Daedalus and Icarus...Inneresting, but I can't see why a naked guy falling from the sky can be made a great deal out of it -paintings, poems. There's so much I need to learn.

And that's what my next post will be: Understanding why a naked guy falling from the sky can be made a deal out of it. I assumed his naked from the paintings, so don't get me wrong.

1 comment:

  1. Firstly, I really think you need to understand the Chinese culture to understand 'The Son of The Turtle-Spirit'. Or else, it will be just a funny story about a turtle whose head is cut off. hehe.
    And, as for the Mahabharata, although i only get your meaning after reading times and times, I think there's a possiblity that your guess will come true. If it's not, maybe you can create your own version of story. I would be grateful to be the first reader.
    Next, about the Daedulus and Icarus, the first thought came to my mind is, 'isn't it cold to fly naked in the air?' HAHA. However, I think Daedulus is kind of 'stupid'. He should haved warned Icarus once he saw Icarus was approaching the sun, since he was so worried about Icarus. And, he knew that Icarus was too young to fly 'rationally' and 'steadily'. So, it is very irrational for him to let Icarus fly on his own. Still, he is undeniably a loving father who really cares about his son, it's just that he is too careless and doesn't think of all the circumstances.