Thursday, 19 April 2012

It's Crunch Time

And I'm busy being distracted by a boat load of non-school related stress, insomnia, and the interwebs (not that I can stay on one page for more than a couple minutes...)

All of my term papers start being due as of 18 hours from now.  I haven't opened the file for the first one since I wrote the first draft.  Why?  Because it's freaking depressing and I'm already busy crying over everything else.  The next is due Monday (and guess who hasn't started it), then the last is due Wednesday.  I was going to go to Bentley tomorrow to finish up my research, but since I haven't gotten around to sorting through the research I've already done, methinks that will happen after class on Monday.  Should be less stressed out over the other two papers by then and be able to focus a little better.  Then it's work for a few days, last two exams, work for four, then somehow manage to move... somewhere.  I haven't heard back from Leelanau State Park yet, and I'm trying not to freak out because I was supposed to hear from them "early" this week.  If I don't get that job... well, frankly, May and June will absolutely suck and then I'll be jobless unless I can find something else.  So I'm just praying (really hard) that they're busy and they'll call me tomorrow.  If they don't, I'm calling them anyway, because I'm not freaking waiting all weekend to know whether or not I got it.  May is too close, and I need to at least steel myself for sleeping on a couch for the next two months if I didn't get it.

Books update though, add two more!  Always Faithful: A Memoir of the Marine Dogs of WWII by Captain William Putney and This Realm of England: 1399-1688 by Lacey Baldwin Smith.  I'm not at 7/24!

Always Faithful was fantastic.  It was super easy to read, really interesting, and got me thinking about the non-fighting side of war, i.e., training, logistics, transport.  I read this for my USN/MC history class and wrote a review for that, so again, I may post that once the class is over.

This Realm of England is the second in the History of England series, but I didn't like it as much as the first.  It's written by a different author, and the writing was still good.  The subject matter was a lot more, I don't know... political?  That might be the right word.  In this volume, England and its major players start to look familiar.  The bulk of the book is Elizabeth I onward, which is a pretty short time span considering how many centuries (like 10 +...) the first volume covered.  I've never been a fan of studying the Reformation because it's simply too political when I really just want it to be religious, and I think that's what bugged me about reading this volume.  It's not the book's fault.  That's how it was.  Religion and politics went hand-in-hand.  Still readable though, far less dense than the first.

And thus my attention shifts to something new.  I should at least open that stupid file and fix the bibliography. -_-;

Monday, 9 April 2012

Considering leaving Blogger

I'm really unhappy with this new upgraded interface. It's cleaner and appears to work better, but there's no auto save feature, or if there is I can't find it (and I'm pretty good with the internet - it shouldn't be this difficult) and I'm tired of my posts getting deleted. Also, I've been trying to send feedback and post on the forum about this issue, only for some reason I can't, it's saying I don't have posting permission after following the "post problems here" link, and there is no way I can see to get permission. I'm annoyed. I may be moving my blog. We shall see.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Academic Projects

Love, love, love research. I'll say it again, I love research. I HATE putting it all together for someone to judge. Read, fine; talk about, fine; present, fine; grade and judge, only if you don't mind me hissing at you. Unfortunately I can't exactly hiss at my professors if I want to work with them... Most people frown on that mode of expression. So I'm working on two major projects, and I should soon get started on the third less major term paper (only less major because I have a ton of extra credit and it's only worth 20 points as opposed to 400 or 50% of my grade).... Anyway, I presented my research for the African Women's project, so I have a solid outline in my PowerPoint. It's the first one due, so I should get started on it. Instead I'm blogging because I'm annoyed at Apple again. Are we surprised? My annoyance: Pages for iPad can't do footnotes. Say what!? It's targeting students, and yet it can't do footnotes. Durrr... My problem is majorly exacerbated by the fact that both my laptops are breaking. As long as I don't bump the screen of the one, it works. I tried fixing it, but I only managed to make the screen casing funky without solving the problem of the display not working half the time. I think the back panel is loose on the other one, because it has trouble recognizing the power cable and won't recognize the monitor plug-in at all. Still usable for about five minutes until the battery dies.... Or if I don't move it one I get it to recognize that it is plugged in. So I've been doing almost everything on my iPad, and it's mostly been okay. Hard to multi-task, but doable (unless you're using a website, because safari thinks it has to reload every single time you go back to it from another screen). Except, footnotes! I need footnotes! I've solved the "Pages fails at outlines" problem, but footnotes are an issue. I read one suggestion to use it as a light editor and just put in simple paranthetical citations for now... Which I will probably do, but I guarantee when I'm going through and editing my papers and putting the dumb things in, you'll hear from me again. I hate dealing with citations... Especially in large numbers. Oh, but exciting news on the research front! While there is absolutely NOTHING done on my research topic for my LBJ class, I found sources I can use! I guess I can be less offended that Michigan's Native Americans in the 1960s have been ignored by academics since all of Michigan also appears to have been ignored as well... But that's another rant. All I have to say is "Thank you Bently Historical Library!" Those people are awesome there too.... Unless you mess with their books. One guy got chewed out by the nice librarian for how he was handling his book, but considering the stuff they have in their archives, I totally don't blame them. I'm so excited I'll be working so close to them next year! And I got ahold of what I hope will be enough primary sources on the 1960s programs... I might need to go back again, but I've been having some success finding old newspapers on google, so we'll see. And in procrastinating I have used up all the time I gave myself this morning for working on stuff. Oops. There is the rest of today though, and I'm sure I'll be up until ungodly hours again being frustrated by writing. At least it's easier at home with an actual keyboard. The worst part about the virtual one is the stupid auto-correct correcting words that don't need to be corrected. (I do appreciate being able to type don't without having to find the apostrophe though... So I leave it on... Guess I shouldn't complain.) Happy Monday all! .... I was going to upload a picture... Then I remembered Safari isn't integrated with the native Photo app so it can't upload anything... Seriously, Apple, great product, now let's look at what people actually want to do with it, shall we? Grr.