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16 March 2011 @ 06:53 pm
I don't know why I seem to always come to the conclusion "oh it's a presentation day, time to get the waist out of hiding!" Provides not-so-comfortable clothing for spending hours in front of a computer in the library and tends to make going to the loo more difficult than it could be. Silly Kiwi. Waists are for people with tolerance and patience.

I was super peeved with my Mammalian Reproduction group today - well, at one of the others, anyway. She didn't read the material before our first meeting, she didn't actually do her part properly, she overlapped someone else's work (because she didn't do hers properly), she didn't read any of the emails, she couldn't make our meeting yesterday and she didn't come in early today as we had planned...she came five minutes late to the class, instead. alskdjfklasjdf group work you are the bane of my existence. But I joked with the professor and at the end of our presentation he turned to the audience and asked, "Any questions for our skilled presenters?" which he didn't say for any before or after us. I was a bit put off by the student blatantly sleeping in the middle of the lecture theatre, but I was pleased when I watch from be hind as he made up marks for us - all good marks. :P

I have finally finished sorting listing my citations so I can get one portion of my results re-done. That took way too long. And now for a video dump!

Today I have been feeling very Ani DiFranco, 'Studying Stones' in particular. By 'today' I mean 'for the last x amount of time I can't remember to clarify.' So here is a cover, because I like supporting people who do covers:

Real version of the song is here.

I am out here studying stones
Trying to learn to be less alive

Using all of my will
To keep very still
Still even on the inside

I've cut all of the pertinent wires
So my eyes can't make that connection

I am holding my breath
I am feigning my death

When I'm looking in your direction

'Course numb is an old hat
Old as my oldest memories

See that one's my mother
And that one's my father
And that one in the hat, that's me

It's a skill I'd hoped to abandon
When I got out on the open road

But any more pent up emotion
And I think I'm gonna explode

There's never been an endeavor so strange
As trying to slow the blood in my veins
To keep my face blank

As a stone that just sank
Until not a ripple remains

I am high above the tree line
Sitting cross legged on the ground

When all of the forbidden fruit has fallen and rotted
That's when I'm gonna come down

'Course numb is an old hat
Old as my oldest memories

See that one's my mother
And that one's my father
And that one in the hat, that's me

It's a skill I'd hoped to abandon
When I got out on the open road

But any more pent up emotion
And I think I'm gonna explode

If you want to hear the L Word theme song sung Alvin-and-the-chipmunks-style fast, head toward the later part of this video.

Or if you'd like a less-acoustic-but-still-fun cover of the Indigo Girls' 'Power of Two' by another lesbian, check it out over here!

But really you should watch this next video, because it is hilarious and I want you to witness the expression and pose of absolute terror that I occasionally take on in the face of my dissertation...and the hysterical laughter that can occasionally follow when I remember that I do, in fact, possess a sense of humour. (Actually I don't: I'm pretty sure it possesses me. I don't choose when to laugh; my humour is my Mistress.)

Now I am hungry and thinking about getting some food at Mojo's. Probably going to the Evolution of Language lecture with Claire at 8pm (because, uhm, I can't get enough of lectures?) and I'm excited (because I am undeniably a geek). Until then it's more dissertation work!

Oh! And Nick responded that he's pleased to hear of my progress, pleased to hear that I'm beginning to enjoy it and (this is the best) can't actually read it Friday morning, so I just have to get something to him by 6pm Friday. A procrastinator always likes to hear she has more time... (How have I never used the 'working' mood before? It's brilliant! ...I suppose that's because when I'm on livejournal I'm procrastinating!)

I am not ashamed of this long entry because it makes me grin. :Þ


"It was the rainbow gave thee birth, and left thee all her lovely hues."
[W. H. Davies]
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Nickiperoxidepirate on March 17th, 2011 12:59 am (UTC)
How have I never heard that song before!?! Number one, I'm having an Ani-ish week over here, too. And number two, I am going to deconstruct that song and come up with a line-by-line series of drabbles about Kel out of it. :D (And since Kel/Maura is up this week in SMACKDOWN, and I just might have some time to write after all, this is very timely.)

I haven't watched all that much L Word, but I swear the theme song is my favorite part. The chipmunk version made me giggle so much!

Kiwi Crocus: Readwrite || Rosethorn || Stare.cranky__crocus on April 3rd, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure how you haven't heard this song before! I love it. I have an Ani-ish life (not in that my life resembles Ani's, but because I always have cause to listen to her music).

You know what this song really reminds me of? (This isn't going to be a shocker, but stick with me.) Rosethorn. Not necessarily as part of a couple, but maybe with some Rosethorn-with-Crane-and-realising-interest-in-Lark, especially if she's with another woman at the time.

But I think of Rosethorn because of her upbringing - with her father valuing her more for her green gift's than she herself. And having it then followed by her best friend's rape and having to get the heck out of Anderran... And how the song reminds me of harsh meditation, strong-willed I-will-control-you-mind-and-body meditation; Rosethorn always said meditation was 'controlling' the mind while Lark considered it 'clearing' the mind, you know? And the tree-line verse, with forbidden fruit (such a Rosie metaphor to bring in, Lark-or-someone, or even another situation she wants but shouldn't follow, being fruit). I really, really wish I had it in me to write things! It's so frustrating that I just don't.

(Am I just being crazy and projecting Rosethorn and Lark - separately or together - into everything?)

The L Word theme song has always been a great inspiration for laughs in my life. :B