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Vox Audita Perrit, Literra Scripta Manet....
The heard word is lost, the written letter remains...
I have a presentation on Nostradamus to give when classes resume next week. A 750-word paper and a 15 minute oral. How am I supposed to get 15 minutes out of 750 words? It'll take me two minutes to fill everybody in on Nostradamus and probably another five showing some overheads with pictures and quotes. *boggles*

Then again, isn't the purpose of an arts degree to take what can be said in five hundred words and make it into fifteen hundred? ;p

In other news, I badly feel like making some new icons. Perhaps tomorrow. And I bought Alan Cumming's novel on Tuesday. I plan on reading it once I get through all those other books that I'm halfway through. I've managed to get a few out of the way on this break, at least. I finished the Marquis De Custine's journals written during his trip to Russia today, and I can understand why the Soviets were so quick to ban them from publication. Old Astolphe was rather spot on with his assessment and predictions for the future of the Russian state. Still, his bleak descriptions of St. Petersburg and Moscow haven't put me off the idea of travelling there someday. Not before Italy, though. :)

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pinksaltines From: pinksaltines Date: September 29th, 2005 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Does the 15 minutes include questions? Those can be good for eating up time (nothing wrong with planting a few questions if you're worried about not getting any ;3).

It's been a while since I've done any school-related oral presentations. -_-;
comfybluechair From: comfybluechair Date: September 29th, 2005 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

I have an idea for you.


So how will you do a 15 minute presentation based upon a 750 word document? I have a few ideas for you. :D

1 ~Use PowerPoint as you can import video, pictures, summarized points and even draw on the slides themselves to circle or underline important facts.

Or is you do not have computer plug ins and or are not allowed to use PowerPoint in this case, a few more ideas. I keep forgetting that not everyone uses PowerPoint, being a business student makes you a pro in MS Works and you wonder why everybody else isn't. Its an odd feeling.

2 ~Perhaps you can give a disclaimer before the start of the speech and ask that everyone leave their questions to the end? That is if you can do that. ;)

3 ~Instead of should overhead pictures of who he was and a few of his quotes, maybe you can incorporate the qoutes into your speech? This way if people are curious what he looks like, you can mention at the beginning of the speech that you have pictures and books for reference if anyone is interested in seeing more.

But this is just me and I'm not sure what you can or cannot do with this. All I will say is best of luck and you can do this, as you have been in your course for a while and want to pass well. So you worry far to much Steph. ;)

As always;

Be cool,
Take good care of the ones you love.


From: threeoranges Date: September 29th, 2005 10:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
[i]How am I supposed to get 15 minutes out of 750 words?[/i]

Specific prophecies of Nostradamus *evil grin* Take the quatrain

Le sang de juste a Londres sera faute,
Brulez par feu, de vingt et trois, les Six,
La Dame antique cherra de place haute
De meme secte plusieurs seront occis.

[The blood of the just shall be wanting in London,
Burnt by fire of three and twenty, the Six,
The ancient dame shall fall from her high place,
Of the same sect many shall be killed.]

Describe how the elements "London", "burnt by fire" and "six" have led many to believe it a prophecy about the Great Fire of London in 1666, and the "ancient dame" to be St Paul's Cathedral (!) which was destroyed in the conflagration. Point out that this is a bit of a stretch and, far from prophecying something that would happen a century later, Nostie was talking about events which were contemporaneous - many of the "same sect" (Protestantism) WERE being killed, by fire, in London, by Queen Mary, an "ancient dame" whom many hoped would soon die and leave the throne free for a less bloodthirsty successor. "Twenty three, the Six"? Possibly specific groups of martyrs, it makes more sense than trying to make it into 1666 ;) You can probably do this with a couple more "prophecies" and then bingo, 15 minutes will have whizzed by!
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