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23 September 2015 @ 03:57 pm
Yep, it's practically official: this is the only thing happening on my LJ in the foreseeable future. I do have a(n awesome) Tumblr, however, so you might want to check it out.

Out of the BBC's "The Big Read" list from 2005, which ones did you read, plan to read or started to read, but didn't finish? The ones I read are fat, the ones I still want to read are in italics, the ones I started but didn't finish are crossed out and all the other ones I have either never heard of before or never wanted to read them.

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Read: 44. Want to read: 72.
(Read: +5, Want to read: +17)

That's what studying English (literature) does to you - you want to read all the classics, at least to see what all the fuss is about. And to be able to say that you read them. ;) Anyway. I removed some books from the to read list because I know I won't like them ("It", e.g., is said to be disgusting, so I won't bother). There's not enough scifi on that list, but what I identified as scifi is also on the list (e.g. Margaret Atwood and Dune) - add to that my personal list of scifi classics that I still have to read and the list gets so much bigger.
Okay, enough of me rambling about books. (READ ALL THE BOOKS!)
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Like I said, another update. Because I just thought of it. And because I'm trying to kill time during which I don't need to do anything university-related. ;-)

Out of the BBC's "The Big Read" list from 2005, which ones did you read, plan to read or started to read, but didn't finish? The ones I read are fat, the ones I still want to read are in italics, the ones I started but didn't finish are crossed out and all the other ones I have either never heard of before or never wanted to read them.

My Big ReadCollapse )

Read: 39. Want to read: 55.
(Read: +9, Want to read: +5 - why the "want to read list" isn't getting smaller is another riddle I have yet to figure out. ;) )

But as you can see, I've read quite a lot of Pratchett novels since the last update. And also some classics. Sadly the books from my "To read"-list for university aren't on this list, but I think I can survive that. ;)
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She wrote from: The West
She feels: distracting myself
Floating tune: How to Tame your Dragon Soundtrack
23 July 2010 @ 08:38 pm
I'm not doing much nowadays. Mostly I'm reading, listening to music, listening to audio books, doing my 2000 piece jigsaw puzzle ( :-D!), making music myself and drawing a little. I love this freedom. Along the way I'm still trying to decide where to go in octobre but that's rather a permanent task. ;-)

I'm heavily into Terry Pratchett's Discworld Series at the moment. I just love his witty writing and the phantastic world he so easily describes with all its weird components and inhabitants. What is really brilliant about the series is the fact that most main characters from Discworld novels reappear in other volumes as minor characters. The more volumes you've read, the more characters you recognize. Like I said, brilliant. And most of all, the stories are very gripping, too. Although I have to say that I like the earlier volumes better. The discworld is more magical there. But even though the newer ones are still very good. Still I try to squeeze in some other books so I don't get bored of them. Or whatever. ;)

And tomorrow I'm going to watch TrueBlood with my aunt again - that's gonna be fun, so long as they don't turn any heads again...
She feels: relaxedrelaxed
Floating tune: Loreena McKennit
01 July 2010 @ 07:46 pm
Da ich ja jetzt endlich den Weg aus der Schule gefunden habe und mich demnächst ins Unileben stürzen werde, stellt sich mir natürlich die Frage:

Da ich mittlerweile wenigstens weiß, was ich studieren will (Informatik und Anglistik gleichwertig) und weiß, wo das geht, muss ich mich nur noch zwischen Osnabrück, Münster, Erlangen, Oldenburg und Darmstadt entscheiden. Aber wie, ist hier die Frage? Ich hab keine Ahnung und bräuchte mal so allgemein Meinungen von den Städten, den Unis, den Fachbereichen, was man halt so beachten muss bei der Studienortwahl.

Also, es wäre super, wenn ich ein paar Meinungen bekäme, vielleicht könnt ihr mich ja weiterverlinken oder so ( *winkt thoran_ziyal  zu*).

Zu den Unis hinfahren wollte ich eventuell auch noch, vor allem, da einige ja gar nicht soo weit weg sind. Und nach Erlangen muss ich sowieso wegen des Sprachtests.

Jedenfalls danke schonmal (in der Hoffnung auf ein paar Rückmeldungen). :-D
She feels: weirdweird
22 May 2010 @ 10:58 pm
Slowly but steadily I'm getting more and more anxious about the results of my abitur. I'll get them next wednesday (in the 5th or 6th lesson - who thought of that shit?!) and I think I don't want to know. Researching all the stuff for my possible university studies (and the guides that tell my I should have decided 2 years ago), I keep thinking that I still haven't got my abitur. So now I'm panicking because I don't know what to study AND because I still don't know the results of that damn exams I wrote in fucking february!!! I have to admit, I'm not worried that I made it, I'm just... anxious. Can't describe it.

Yet, I found some pretty interesting degree programmes where you can study two subjects with equal emphasize, e.g. in Erlangen or in Darmstadt or Osnabrück. But, since I'm still researching, I hope to find some more cities with this option (even though Osnabrück has good reputations and rankings on my "maybe-subjects"). Well.

As I already mentioned, I don't even have my abitur and this is all kind of weird. At least on wednesday I'll have some confirmation. If I don't faint or something. (Just kidding ;) )
She feels: anxiousanxious
12 May 2010 @ 07:36 pm
And friend of mine and I had a free period today, so we sat in her kitchen and read the newspaper. At one point she discovered a note about Ascension Day (Christi Himmelfahrt). She read it and then turned to me (me being catholic) and asked me: "Why is Ascension Day 40 days after Eastern?" I answered: "Hmm, I don't know. That's what it says in the Bible."
"But why 40 days?"
"I don't know, I'm not thaaat into the Bible, you know."
"Yeah, but why 40 days? Why set it there? They don't even have proof for that!"
I didn't answer.
"Religion. They just say things but nobody knows for sure wether it were really 40 days or not." She rolled here eyes and shut the newspaper.

I still didn't answer. Because you can't discuss religion with her. She was raised agnostic and doesn't believe that there can be a god, seeing all the bad things in the world. But, conveniently, she believes in heaven.
That's not my problem, I think everyone can believe what he or she wants to believe. My problem with her is her way of approaching religion. I think it's okay to ask why things are how they are in a certain religion. But the point is: I think religion, and especially christianity, is meant metaphorically. I mean all the stories in the Bible. Even for me it's hard to believe that Jesus really turned water into wine and healed people just by touch - although that could well be some kind of psychological healing.
Back to the point: Seeing the Bible metaphorical means, that there is no need for exact dates, like 40 days or 12 apostles. So it is absolutely pointless to ask why it's 40 days to Ascension Day, because it's just a random number. With a symbolic character.

My problem is also, that I can't discuss with people who don't take religion as religion but as facts. I can't make them see it from the same level I do. And on different levels, you can't discuss properly. Frustrating.

I wouldn't mind that, if she didn't degrade my believe every time she mentions religion. That's just annoying. And she won't stop. Grrr.

Someday I'll be able to make her see my point of view. Someday. Until then...
She feels: frustratedfrustrated
23 April 2010 @ 08:02 pm
I've got a free week-end! ;-P But, after several weeks of saturdays and sundays spent doing things for school (like preparing presentations, reading BOOKS, calculating things) I finally got two days without limitations ahead of me. :-D! Unfortunately, I don't know what to do with my time just now, but I think, after I slept sufficiently, I'll have some ideas. Meanwhile I can watch the latest 3 episodes of the Mentalist, because I'm behind schedule...

Other things: My German teacher is very interesting. As are all the other teachers who give me marks. Regarding the fact, that I didn't really participate in class and just sat there making some stupid jokes (more or less related) and being angry at my teacher, her marks are a little - far-fetched. She gave me 12 points! Why, on earth? I expected, I dunno, 9? Maybe 10 if I promised to be better? But, since she told us the marks just after we got back our exam and handed me another 12 points, I reckon she just made a match of them. Or, as she so fittingly told us "I don't make my marks by rolling dice, I've got standard marks." Well. That could be it.

Another suprising fact is my maths teacher who gave me and my friend each 14 points with a hint of 15 points. What, exactly, is a hint of 15 points? And, even though I think I earned the 14 points, I don't think we deserved a hint of 15. We're not that good. Even though I like stochastics. But that's nothing new, since I like almost every kind of maths. ;)

Aaaaand: Just 3 exams to go! No presentations, just one roboter presentation but that one doesn't count since it's only the roboter who has to do the thing and not me. After the disastrous philosophy exam today (I totally made up the criteria and reasoned something very stupid. But hey, it's my last ever philosophy exam, I'm entitled to some bullshit!), everything's gonna be better! *dops*
She wrote from: at home
She feels: tiredtired
19 April 2010 @ 03:36 pm
An update.

Out of the BBC's "The Big Read" list from 2005, which ones did you read, plan to read or started to read, but didn't finish? The ones I read are fat, the ones I still want to read are in italics, the ones I started but didn't finish are crossed out and all the other ones I have either never heard of before or never wanted to read them.

My Big ReadCollapse )

Read: 30. Want to read: 50. A good start. ;)
She feels: tiredtired
08 April 2010 @ 07:23 pm
... er, I don't now. But:

82 Wörter


She feels: refreshedrefreshed
07 April 2010 @ 07:48 pm

There are these things about free afternoons. Either you get a lot done or you don't get anything done at all. Today, fortunately, was one of the former days and I succeeded in writing the paper for my presentation in history. It's about the history of Congo, which is kind of bloody, but nevertheless. While doing this, I once again discovered how biased Wikipedia can be. They didn't mention exactly why the second Kongo War started and blamed it entirely on Rwanda and Uganda - but in fact, the congolese leader drove their troops out of the country, threw a rwandan counselor out of his office (the metaphorical, not the physical ;) ) and withdrew from an agreement that granted Uganda diamonds. No wonder they didn't like that. Well. Still maths to go, but that won't be that much of a problem. Then I'll have to go throuh my notes for the frakking German book again, because we'll write an exam tomorrow.

Apart from the fact, that we didn't even try to talk about the role biographies, we didn't exactly talk about the book at all. Yeah, I'm serious. We had to read it in 2 weeks (well, one for me, remember?) and then write those frakking biographies and what are we doing? We're getting presentations about the real life of the characters, Humboldt and Gauß, and their scientific achievements. Well, it was kind of interesting, but didn't really matter for the topic of the book and doesn't matter at all for our exam tomorrow. *grumble* So while we were first working till death and than did nothing, we'll be writing this exam about something we didn't ever talk about. Great, I tell you this. And now... I'll do maths. Far more satisfactory.

She feels: motivated