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Discussion in 'Dark Tranquillity' started by rahvin, Apr 13, 2007.
^ sizzleeeeeee hahaha.
sizzle sounds so much more cuddlier though
Hell yeah, my new camera finally arrived yesterday!
^ Nice! Which one is it?
The new Nikon D3100. Got the body only since I bought the lens 2nd hand from my dad, which is a 18-200 mm VR lens
Colorado tomorrow, ATA 51st conference here I come!
@Defiance: are you presenting something or just attending? i hope you enjoy.
Btw, thank you everyone for the support, i really appreciate it.
No problem, might sound "corny"/unreal, but we're here for you .
Nah just attending, didn't plan with enough time to present something. However, I do plan to submit my (unfinished) thesis for the World Conference in San Francisco next year (which is even more expensive. I'm paying everything now, but I hope the Uni can give me something for next year because the Hilton is $210 per night
but older again
than the ondine itself
linked it's scales to the gyroscope of time
a collection of failures
You'll be. Congrats for the PhD!
Hey, so we officially have the (as far as I know) first Philosophiae Doctor of the forum!!! Many, many congratulations! I only have a M.A., but I kind of have an idea of how strenuous it is to get a PhD (or M.A. too), so my most sincere felicitations.
I'd very much like to read what you published! Is it available in JStor or something like that? And most important: Greek or English?
Congress was amazing, met lots of interesting, kind and crazy people (oh, these translators) and had, overall (as you can't avoid entering lousy conferences) an amazing time. Back to CR on Monday, not sure what to do today, probably work.
Haha note to myself: Try not to be like Matse and actually read the posts thoroughly .
Anyhow, getting into the programme is difficult enough, so congrats!
You could send me a digital version and I'll just google translate it. My sister is studying medicine too, so she might be interested. You're a psychiatrist, right?
Thanks, hopefully the queue won't be too bad. I had to wait like 1:30 when I was in Dallas, very tiring. I just take out my Canadian passport so that helps, but it's still a nuisance.
Side note: I'll write a lot of my CO experience in my blog, so do read it.
I'm doing a Ph.D., also... 6 years in. I'm supposed to graduate in 2012 or something like that. They take a while. I'm writing the dissertation when I'm not begging people for money via grants and fellowships.
^ Excellent! What do you study? Yeah PhDs are really demanding (an understatement, I'm sure) but hopefully one will do something decent and in the end publish a book. PhDs usually take 4-6 years, so you're doing fine.
I study 20th century U.S. foreign policy history. I'm a storyteller, basically. I'm mostly interested in the early Cold War, although I like all kinds of history. I have a sweet spot for modern Spanish history, too, and my favorite thing to read when I'm not working is cheesy popular histories of the Roman Empire.
I saw one of those not too long ago... I lost my sense of taste and smell (it came back of its own accord).
PMed you! Nice, sounds… complicated hehe.
She's in…uhmm… 6th year? I think. She wants to go into Neurology, and will actually do an internship in Harvard in a year or so.
Nice, the Cold War was certainly very interesting period. So you study Franco and stuff like that too? I remember when a Spaniard woman came to give a conference on oh I don't know what (interpretation?) and she started telling everyone that she was in España when Franco was overthrown, I was pretty .
1. Interesting Cold War fact: it's prehistory stretches back to Western resentment of Russia's separate peace with Germany in WWI.
2. More interesting Cold War fact: while we're commonly taught in public school that the U.S. entered WWII to save our embattled allies and fight the grim specter of fascism, we actually joined the war after the Russians were winning it. We actually entered to stop them from holding all of Europe when they were done, hence meeting them in Germany. We were a little worried about that whole Finland fiasco happening everywhere else. This may be obvious to people living in these historical zones, but I did not learn this until college; it's grossly mis-taught in public school.
3. Juan Carlos of Spain is basically my fucking hero. He's the modern day George Washington: he could have had complete dominion over the entire nation for life, and he's like "Nah, we're giving this one back to the people."
^ Interesting! I never thought about point two, but it does make sense. Did the Allies really need the help of the US? Oh I remember this movie, one of those WWII ones, in which they mentioned something like that, that the world was going to be divided between the USSR and the US.
Have you read this book "Lies My Teacher Told Me"? I haven't, but I'm sure you'll find it quite amusing. (I have it in PDF if you want it.)
Not sure what to think of Juan Carlos, but España is certainly going through really, really tough times. Unemployment is what, 20.09% of the country, i.e. 4,645.500. That's a bloody lot of people, it's basically the entire population of Costa Rica (small country, I know).
What does this tells us? That the so called "crisis" is far from over, and a bigger and stronger wave is coming.
The cold war is certainly an interesting subject. I've always been interested in history, but my favourite subject has been quite different. When I was a kid (ok I still am, but when I was younger) I specifcally liked the medieval ages (yes, I wanted to be a knight). Later, that has been the classics for quite some time. I still find those very interesting, but I'm more interested in the 20th century now. So WWI, WWII, Cold War, communism etc.
Did you know that communism was about to succeed in eastern Germany? There was this large experiment going on to create the "new socialist human" when the wall came down. I've seen various interviews with people who lived in eastern Germany at the time and many want to go back to communism. What I actually found more unbelievable was that in Romania there are still people who think Ceauşescu was a good man, regardless of the fact that he is considered worse than Stalin himself. He is partially to blame for the fact that Romania is such a poor country at the moment. His regime fell in December 1989, so that's only about 20 years ago. Still, the people are facing the consequences as Romania is, together with Bulgaria, the poorest country in Europe.
It's interesting to see that there are various resemblances between Ceauşescu en Mao Zedong. They both were originally just farmers who worked there way op to create a communist system. Neither of them (just like all communist dictators, actually) really practiced communism as it was intended by Marx as they lived in great wealth themselves. Aditionally, communism should be some sort of anarchy, whereas they were more like the absolute monarchs that Europe has known in the centuries before the 20th century (and Russia actually until 1917).
The first is debatable (in a fun away), the second is not true (the USSR did not turn the tide until Kursk in 1943, although I would never argue with the statement that the Red Army defeated Hitler) and a big "yup" to the third. I think what happened with Juan Carlos is that Spanish monarchists were never really comfortable with Franco. That was evident during the Spanish Civil War, even though he did not totally devour them politically like he did the Falange. Juan Carlos gave the biggest "fuck you" possible to not only Franco, but most of the political groups that fought in the civil war. He gave power back to the small democratic middle that was decimated and humiliated before 1936. Cool stuff.
That's an interesting thought, but I'm not sure it squares up with how economically dysfunctional East Germany was before the wall fell. The reason people harken back to communism is because of East Germany's bumpy absorption into a unified German state. I think it's a similar phenomenon in a lot of formerly communist countries... the promises of some sort of American capitalist modernity turn out to be more about instability than prosperity. Communism may have been poverty, but at least it was predictable...