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Of timetables and elections - Vox Audita Perrit, Literra Scripta Manet.... — LiveJournal
The heard word is lost, the written letter remains...
Of timetables and elections
I've spent a good portion of the last two weeks trying to figure out my timetable for this year. The good news is, this morning, I managed to fix it up adequately. I was hoping to do the Discovering Greece course for Ancient History, but I've had to do Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia instead, which is disappointing, but I enjoy all ancient history, so I will cope. :)

That said....accomodating everything has been quite difficult. Virtually everything was clashing until recently. Now I just have to sign up for tutorials and lectures for each of my subjects and wait to see when Latin tut times are and pray there aren't any more clashes. :p The timetable actually looks quite good, as I get most of Thursday off and all of Friday. Yay!

Also, it's two days until the state election. I'm getting bombarded with propaganda from all sides. Radio, tv, mail. I even saw a Greens candidate driving a car with one of those huge speakers announcing stuff. Frankly, I'll be glad when all this is over.

Steven's birthday's on Sunday. I'm not going up to Warwick for it, as he says he's spending most of it with his friends and I have to be here to vote. :p But the good news is that he's coming up for the next weekend, which is the Valentine's day. How sad am I? I am actually going to indulge in this capitalistic superficial event this year. We're going to go and see Big Fish and then there's a concert in the Botanical Gardens that evening featuring the music of Tchaikovsky and Strauss. I'm actually quite looking forward to this....hee, about a week until I see him! That makes me happy.

This journal entry was brought to you by Steph's boredom and need to avoid ironing her clothes in the laundry basket.

Oh, and I'm praying for you, scarlatti. *sends hugs*

Current Mood: busy busy
Current Music: Elliot Smith- A Question Mark

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scarlatti From: scarlatti Date: February 5th, 2004 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)
*hugs back* Thank you. :)

I hope you have a fabulous Valentine's Day!
thecoweyed From: thecoweyed Date: February 5th, 2004 05:14 am (UTC) (Link)

Vox audita manet...

I said a while ago I had some notions on your page title. I've been around LJ since getting to Rome but never quite in the mood to do so. But in sheer gratefulness for the pretty my heart feels in that icon of your'n... I'll lay out my basic argument.

When stories were passed down vocally they were committed to memory by each succeeding generation. Thus, while they did change slightly over time, they retained many similar characteristics and certainly traces of older stories can be found under the later language,esecially when all cultural knowledge (i.e. story) was looked at as a whole. Writing in a literary sense originated as a help to orality... letting a poet have a little reminder of "what came next." The use of scrolls limited the use of texts for storing information. It was the advent of the codex, most specifically the bible (Greek: Book) that allowed mass laying down of story in a codified form. People no longer having to remember all the texts, the codex became like a separate memory of mankind. Along with this separate memory came the notion of their being "one truth" instead of the more biological variations that had proceeded it. Thus the shift from love of Story to obsession with History. Since information in books didn't need to be continually passed down, people began to question the accuracy of each other's references to it, and began to use it as an arguing point to support their own interpretations of it. And so many interpretations are developed that nobody can agree on what anything means and culture is shattered into a bunch of individuals with very little common story or feeling. People feel distant and unrelated to one another. The spoken word, heard by each succeeding generation, remained for millenia. Then, once written down, it has died.

And Father Mulcahy wins! Nice icon :)

The Cow Eyed
normandie_m From: normandie_m Date: February 5th, 2004 02:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Vox audita manet...

Wow. Thanks for the explanation! :D I've often thought that the written vs. spoken argument was a very interesting one...I go for written myself because I'm simply not good with speaking. :p But yeah....thank you for explaining your theory. Glad to hear you're enjoying Rome and glad you liked the icon. :)
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