Sunday, July 6, 2008

What Was I Thinking?

Ok, I know what I was thinking when I signed up for this class. I was thinking it was going to be an extraordinary amount of information in a very short time and that I was going to spend a lot of time studying in the month of July. I did not know about the 10 page paper requirement and, for some reason, I thought the lectures would be delivered in a clear, consice, coherant manner allowing me to take notes to use to study later. What a concept.

Sadly, the instructor is not very good. He reads from old lectures and then just throws random definitions at us that don't seem to fit anywhere in the lecture. He is from somewhere in the NE and he talks FAST. I get about every fourth word and I am a pretty good note taker. So I have a recorder that I am using to tape the class. This means that I get to live through the lectures twice and that takes away time from actually studying the notes. Add that to the 10 page paper requirement (I have just over 2 pages so far) and I am spending a lot of time in front of the computer, but not doing anything fun. :-(

I did manage to get away on the 4th and go with BabyBoy to see "Hancock." This has been a tradition for us since the divorce that we watch a movie on the 4th of July, because normally there is no one else there. The place was packed this year. I actually enjoyed "Hancock" because it is funny. I give it an A+ for hilarity and a C- for storyline (although that is probably a little generous).

I hope everyone in BlogLand had a wonderful, fun, happy & SAFE Independence Day.

A toast to this country of ours and to hoping that things are better next year.


Pete Bogs said...

what class are you taking?

haven't seen Hancock, but am seeing Batman for sure!

pissed off patricia said...

I had to drop a class once just because I couldn't understand but about half of what the Indian instructor was saying. I resorted to a tape player too, but even that didn't help me one bit. I feel for you and what you are dealing with in this class.

Shel said...

Good luck with your class. While in graduate school, I once dropped a class because (a) I couldn't understand the instructor through her thick accent, and (b) she had the fundamentals wrong [i.e., 64 is twice as warm as 32...not quite how the temperature scale works]. I figured if she had the fundamentals wrong I was totally screwed when we got to more complicated subject matter.

LeftLeaningLady said...

I am taking a religion class. Kicking my butt!

PoP and shel: I can understand him, even when he says Karmer instead of Karma, it is just too fast, so the recorder is working.

Go on, ask me about Hinduism, anything, I am ready for that damn test!

fallenmonk said...

One of the 3 primary Hindu Gods Shiva is known to represent the creation, protection, and destruction of the universe. How are these three attributes often represented in images of Shiva.

LeftLeaningLady said...

Actually, Shiva is one of the 'other' gods, part of the trilogy, while Bhramin is the main god. However, Shiva is easily recognized, because he has three heads. :-)

At least that is what the instructor has instructed. So, if I am actually incorrect, please let me know on 1 Aug AFTER the final.

fallenmonk said...

Shiva is also often shown with a trident and the three points representing the 3 aspects.

LeftLeaningLady said...

Hmmmm, maybe I should read the book.