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2014: The Month With Two Faces…

In activity, beginnings, Just Because... on January 23, 2014 at 9:27 pm

In the days of the Roman Republic, the first month of the year was January, named after Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and endings, war and peace, gates, doorways, transitions, birth, and trade. He was depicted with two faces, one looking to the future, and the other simultaneously to the past.
What does this have to do with the turning of the year? Romans named the first month of the year in honor of this god, because of the beginnings, transitions, endings, et cetera, which occurred in this month. And this seems a good enough place to start this month and this year.
Year two thousand fourteen of the Common Era (so used by those who eschew AD (“Anno Domini”, or “In the Year of Our Lord”) and BC (“Before Christ”) dating) has been, in its first twenty-three days, an interesting year… the consciousness of the Vatican has been moving into the twentieth century from its previous stronghold in the fourteenth; in the estimation of many whose opinions I respect, the Republican Party in the United States continues to shoot itself in the foot – repeatedly; observations of the Canadian Parliament, posted by more people whose opinions I respect, don’t seem to be faring much better; it seems to me that all those in power have cried “Havoc!” and let slip the squirrels of war. [Squirrels are rats with better P.R. people.]
In my estimation, no one is likely to escape this year unscathed and unscarred… least of all we, the people.
Is this a good thing? Is this a bad thing? Is this a thing at all?
My best answer is this:
I got nothing.

And Four To Go…

In Just Because... on January 31, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Well, tomorrow is the first of February.  One month down, and four to go until the end of term.

I don’t know for sure if I’m pissed, happy, confused, or just tired.  (More than likely just tired, it seems.)

My script for the capstone class was NOT selected; this is mostly a good thing, I think, since I don’t have to worry about sharing any rights with WSU.  I just have to arrange everything to make it; that’ll come when I’m a bit less busy.

My research project for Intermediate Comp has been assigned, and I have to collect my sources and formulate a proposal and interview questions.  (The project is to interview someone in my “professional discourse community”, a/k/a film production, and to observe this person at work in the community, then to relate it to the readings we’ve had so far.)  Happy happy joy joy, right?  Still and all, it’s better than writing about something I have no real interest in, such as “The Ratiocinative Elements in The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe”, which I had to do back in high school.  (Yes, that was far too many years ago, but I still remember.)

The first part of my math class is statistics; the second, probability, permutations, combinations, and voting strategies.  Much of it I’m familiar with; some I need to study up on.

And tomorrow, I give a speech in my COM 1010 class.


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