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For whatever reason, despite being bogged down enough with for-credit courses, I was led like a goat to FutureLearn, a website of free online courses offered by universities in the UK. I figured this 6 week chat on Hadrian's Wall is a nice little way to take a break from my daily grind. Or something.

But yes, free school is the best kind of school. And they offer certificates as well you can purchase if you pass the tests.

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/upcoming

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I somehow managed to get talked into going to the Red Sox/Yankees game on Friday. At Fenway. For Derek Jeter's last series in Boston.

Two teams that I abhor, for the sake of baseball history. Two teams that aren't making the playoffs this year right next to mine. So it's okay. I'll be in black for mourning and lament with the Sox fans of the good old days when Baltimore couldn't hold a division if their lives depended on it.

Either way, it only took me 12 years of actually living in New England, but I'm finally setting foot in Fenway Park. This means there's only one left in the AL East I need to go to, and that's the Skydome. But that involves Toronto.

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Is it steampunky too?

...Not like the movie, no. But there ARE random gizmos, like where they hide all the guns on the train.  :lulz:

In random movie news, Mr. Suu has been on a western kick as of late. Bad westerns. Though right now we are watching Fist Full of Dollars, which is of course, a goddamn legend among films, but some of these ones he's finding are just atrocious. Not just spaghetti westerns either, which he usually turns off because he can't stand the dubbing, but just old crusty ones from the 50s that are horrific in all the things.  :horrormirth:

I have actually never watched the classic Wild Wild West series until now, and it's FRIGGIN AMAZING.

Get him on some classic spaghetti westerns.  El Topo (if you're feeling WEIRD), or Los Manitas Gehennas.

I think we have El Topo!

Watch it sober the first time.

Oh, this is gonna be good.

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Is it steampunky too?

...Not like the movie, no. But there ARE random gizmos, like where they hide all the guns on the train.  :lulz:

In random movie news, Mr. Suu has been on a western kick as of late. Bad westerns. Though right now we are watching Fist Full of Dollars, which is of course, a goddamn legend among films, but some of these ones he's finding are just atrocious. Not just spaghetti westerns either, which he usually turns off because he can't stand the dubbing, but just old crusty ones from the 50s that are horrific in all the things.  :horrormirth:

I have actually never watched the classic Wild Wild West series until now, and it's FRIGGIN AMAZING.

Get him on some classic spaghetti westerns.  El Topo (if you're feeling WEIRD), or Los Manitas Gehennas.

I think we have El Topo!

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In random movie news, Mr. Suu has been on a western kick as of late. Bad westerns. Though right now we are watching Fist Full of Dollars, which is of course, a goddamn legend among films, but some of these ones he's finding are just atrocious. Not just spaghetti westerns either, which he usually turns off because he can't stand the dubbing, but just old crusty ones from the 50s that are horrific in all the things.  :horrormirth:

I have actually never watched the classic Wild Wild West series until now, and it's FRIGGIN AMAZING.

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Just a bit.

He was pretty clever, though, in pointing at "bad apples", rather than the bushel.  Considering when and where he published.

 I kinda of want to find a copy of the trippy Pasolini movie from the 70s.  :lulz:

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I have 2 conferences next month. Back to back weekends. The first is on Credit and Debt in the Middle Ages to Early Modern Period, that's just one day of panels. The weekend after that is a Classical Symposium focusing on mythology. My nerd cred is going to grow exponentially.

You'll get to sit at the head of the table in the cafeteria where all the other middle ages scholars sit.

 :lol:

I KNOW. With all of their epic moustaches, while we bitch about the latest version of the Chicago Manual of Style and reminisce about the old days of Turabian. All while sipping black coffee and giving dirty, if not sketchy looks to the undergrads that perceive all history professors are batshit.

You get bonus points if you make them recite Chaucer's The Miller's Tale out loud as a precondition for seating.

HOT.

I'm reading the Decameron right now. My husband wants to know why I keep wincing.

The 4th tale is a hoot.

Which one? The 4th on the 1st day? The young woman and the abbot? Yup. It's actually part of my required reading for tomorrow, since we're talking about secular opinions of the church.

TELL US HOW YOU REALLY FEEL, BOCCACCIO.

You'd almost think he felt there was corruption in the clergy.

Just a bit.

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I have 2 conferences next month. Back to back weekends. The first is on Credit and Debt in the Middle Ages to Early Modern Period, that's just one day of panels. The weekend after that is a Classical Symposium focusing on mythology. My nerd cred is going to grow exponentially.

You'll get to sit at the head of the table in the cafeteria where all the other middle ages scholars sit.

 :lol:

I KNOW. With all of their epic moustaches, while we bitch about the latest version of the Chicago Manual of Style and reminisce about the old days of Turabian. All while sipping black coffee and giving dirty, if not sketchy looks to the undergrads that perceive all history professors are batshit.

You get bonus points if you make them recite Chaucer's The Miller's Tale out loud as a precondition for seating.

HOT.

I'm reading the Decameron right now. My husband wants to know why I keep wincing.

The 4th tale is a hoot.

Which one? The 4th on the 1st day? The young woman and the abbot? Yup. It's actually part of my required reading for tomorrow, since we're talking about secular opinions of the church.

TELL US HOW YOU REALLY FEEL, BOCCACCIO.

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I have 2 conferences next month. Back to back weekends. The first is on Credit and Debt in the Middle Ages to Early Modern Period, that's just one day of panels. The weekend after that is a Classical Symposium focusing on mythology. My nerd cred is going to grow exponentially.

You'll get to sit at the head of the table in the cafeteria where all the other middle ages scholars sit.

 :lol:

I KNOW. With all of their epic moustaches, while we bitch about the latest version of the Chicago Manual of Style and reminisce about the old days of Turabian. All while sipping black coffee and giving dirty, if not sketchy looks to the undergrads that perceive all history professors are batshit.

You get bonus points if you make them recite Chaucer's The Miller's Tale out loud as a precondition for seating.

HOT.

I'm reading the Decameron right now. My husband wants to know why I keep wincing.

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I have 2 conferences next month. Back to back weekends. The first is on Credit and Debt in the Middle Ages to Early Modern Period, that's just one day of panels. The weekend after that is a Classical Symposium focusing on mythology. My nerd cred is going to grow exponentially.

You'll get to sit at the head of the table in the cafeteria where all the other middle ages scholars sit.

 :lol:

I KNOW. With all of their epic moustaches, while we bitch about the latest version of the Chicago Manual of Style and reminisce about the old days of Turabian. All while sipping black coffee and giving dirty, if not sketchy looks to the undergrads that perceive all history professors are batshit.

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I have 2 conferences next month. Back to back weekends. The first is on Credit and Debt in the Middle Ages to Early Modern Period, that's just one day of panels. The weekend after that is a Classical Symposium focusing on mythology. My nerd cred is going to grow exponentially.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Syria reported to have use Chemical Warfare
« on: September 22, 2014, 05:04:35 pm »
Oh.

But then you get the DHS involved.  :lulz:



I'm sorry, I'm having a WEIRD day. The thinking part isn't firing correctly over here.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Syria reported to have use Chemical Warfare
« on: September 22, 2014, 04:44:51 pm »
Where do you think you live, some kind of surveillance state?

Sorry, we're aren't the UK.

 :lulz:  Of course we aren't.   :lulz:

Our cameras are privately owned.

And let's face it, the defense budget doesn't have enough money to pay for the tapes.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Syria reported to have use Chemical Warfare
« on: September 22, 2014, 04:43:23 pm »
So they found them trying to cross into Canada.

Those don't sound like terrorists, those sound like refugees who don't want to go home.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Syria reported to have use Chemical Warfare
« on: September 22, 2014, 04:42:45 pm »
Where do you think you live, some kind of surveillance state?

Sorry, we're aren't the UK.

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