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Spent most of my day at uni pottering around in the library trying to find resources on martyr trial narratives in early Christian literature. Rick is absolutely confident I can write 20,000 words on this. I'm still more inclined to include apologia in with those since they're defence speeches too, in effect. In any case, my starting point on the thesis is with the trial narratives in the gospels, with the argument that any discussion of Christian apologia needs to begin with Christ's defence of himself, the example for all other martyrs who came afterwards.

I'm rather pleased to say that I don't have any other assessment this year besides the thesis. I was a bit worried that I'd be asked to do a seminar in front of twenty people on my work, which would suck because I'm hopeless at that sort of thing. But no. The most extra work Rick's requested is that I give a short talk to the other four honours students he's supervising, and that I then get feedback/questions from them on my topic. And after that he shouts us lunch. Which isn't that taxing at all and means I get concrit from people who aren't Rick but are doing topics in the same vicinity as mine. So huzzah for that!

I also drafted an e-mail to my old Japanese teacher today as well (just have to ring the school and get his e-mail address now). I'm e-mailing to let him know that we have a Japanese student staying with us for a few days. She first visited us in 2004 when she attended Stuartholme's Japanese sister school, Obayashi and now she's travelling along the east coast and is popping into Brisbane for a few days. She stayed with us as Maryke's guest (and Maryke stayed with her family when she went to Japan in 2004 with Stuartholme), and I think it might be an emotional visit in some ways because of that. But I hope it'll be a happy visit too, and I'm looking forward to quizzing her about what I can do while I'm in Japan. She's about my age and happens to be writing a thesis as well, so we'll have the stress of that in common. :)

I'm also hoping my former sensei can rec some good Japanese language textbooks so I can refresh my knowledge of the language sufficiently before I go there at the end of the year. Ideally, I should probably enrol in one of the Japanese courses that the IML at UQ offers, but since most of them are in the evening, I just can't be bothered. Considering I struggle with late afternoon lectures, I doubt I have the energy to be re-learning the complexities of Japanese in an evening class.

And finally, is to be Moffat tiem nao? We got the first two eps of Jekyll last night! However, I fail at life in that I thought we were just getting episode one and not one and two. After five hurried minutes of programming the dvd recorder, episode two is probably missing the first ten minutes. *facepalm* I sort of wish the ABC would show the six episodes one at a time rather than compiling them so it looks like a three-parter. But what can you do? I won't complain too much, because it's teh Moff and it'll probably be really kickass (haven't watched it yet because I'm Very Busy and Important, you see).

Current Mood: cold cold
Current Music: Bat for Lashes- Prescilla

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kapitankraut From: kapitankraut Date: March 3rd, 2008 09:43 am (UTC) (Link)
So you don't have the fun of a presentation seminar in August or so? Lucky you I guess, although some of the cross-discipline questioning (Germanists asking Russianists about their understanding of French postmodernism) last year really helped me out.
From: lillibetpip Date: March 4th, 2008 08:40 am (UTC) (Link)
I definitely wish the ABC had kept it as six parts.

Despite the fact that I adore Moffat's work (and I've been following the story since Page One.) Due to tiredness etc., I was a bit frustrated with how it was developing. Probably my fault rather than the writing. But I so want to like it, I'm just not quite there yet.
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