Well, I've started uni again this week and boy am I in for one hell of a semester. I'm taking four awesome subjects - one on Alexander the Great and the following Hellenistic age; advanced Coptic; Egyptian literature and a subject called Capstone which is supposed to finish off your undergraduate studies - all of which I'm really excited about and want to study. All of which are also pretty difficult. On top of those four, I'm also teaching advanced Middle Egyptian Hieroglyphs (which I love) and supposedly going to try and maintain a job and a social life. Yeah, that last one is probably not going to happen but whatever. As part of our Capstone unit though, we get to write a miniature thesis. I've actually written one before (IB student - if you know what that is, you understand. If you don't, feel free to ask but you may get a longer than expected answer) on gender in the reign of Hatshepsut. So I've got a bit of practice and I'm not freaking out like every other student in the unit. My problem is that I have six (SIX!) different topics all of which I want to write about. So I thought maybe I could tell you guys about them and you can help me choose!
1) Medical papyri - not really sure of an actual topic for this but I'm interested in medicine and in ancient languages so combining the two seems like fun. Positives: there's an established corpus of ancient sources I can work with. Downsides: it's been done before, comprehensively.
2) The intersection of Egypt and the Old Testament: from a personal point of view, I'm really interested in the evidence, archaeological and literary, for the events recorded in the OT in egypt such as the plagues, exodus etc.
3) The succession after Akhenaten and the identity of Smenkhkere: you've probably never heard of Smenkhkere seeing as he's the pharaoh we know least about. In brief, he appears in the 18th dynasty, in the Amarna period, at almost exactly the same time as Nefertiti disappears off the historical record. Who the hell is he? Is he Akhenaten's son, brother, lover, some combination of all three? He gets elevated to the status of co-regent during Akhenaten's reign but only survives about two years after Akhenaten's death. The conspiracy theory goes that he was deposed and replaced by the puppet boy king Tutankhamun whom the elite officials could rule through and we all know how well that turns out. The other thing is, our major source of information about him is actually from Tutankhamun's tomb. There are a whole bunch of artifacts in there that originally belonged to Smenkhkere but have had his cartouche cut out and replaced with Tutankhamun's. That's pretty strong evidence that Tutankhamun actually predecesed Smenkhkere. So where the hell did he disappear to? What happened with the rest of his life? Obviously, I'm really keen on this topic. The downside is, not many people are, so there's not a hell of a lot of secondary sources I can work with and only a limited amount of primary ones as well. There's a reason we don't know much about him.
4) Evidence for homosexuality in ancient egypt: obviously I have a personal interest in this topic but like the above topic, it would require a lot of original research and searching for primary evidence. I think then, this would be a better PhD topic as it's never been looked at before.
5) Gender in the iconography versus the literary evidence from Hatshepsut: kind of an extension of my last mini thesis, Hatshepsut (the female king of egypt, in case you don't know) is exclusively male in her iconigraphy and yet still retains female grammatical endings in her literature. It's cool but I'm not sure there's an essay in there since I sort of just summed it up in one sentence...
6) Does the difference between Di and rDi indicate a morphological distinction between the nominal and verbal sDm.n=f forms? Yeah sorry about this one, I'll explain. Basically, we have this particular verb form called sDm.n=f (sedjem-en-ef, is how you'd say it) that isn't actually one form, it's two forms that happen to look exactly the same. The only way we can tell them apart is their placement in the sentence itself. If it's at the beginning, it's nominal. If it's anywhere else, it's verbal. Except however, this one particular irregular verb rDi (redjee) which flips between being written as Di (djee) and rDi (redjee). I want to know if that change is actually representing the change from the nominal to the verbal sDm.n=f. Again, this would be brand new research so probably a better PhD topic and it has a significant downside - I could be wrong. Totally wrong. Then I'd be left with nothing to work with.
Whichever one I chose, this is going to be a crazily busy semester for me so I'll apologise in advance for not being around much. I've got a little countdown set up on my desk to remind me it's only actually 13 weeks - I can handle 13 weeks of anything.
- Current Mood: excited
And your favourite book if you want to share that too :p
- Current Mood: curious
( Part 1 - Trip with DadCollapse )
( VeniceCollapse )
( VeronaCollapse )
( RomeCollapse )
( BerlinCollapse )
( KrakowCollapse )
So that's my life for the past month in very very brief form. I'm sure i'll continue to share more details in the next few days and I'm looking forward to catching up with your guys' lives as well!
Now, apart from gushing about rugby, I also wanted to quickly rant about two of my pet peeves.
1) People that complain about the ref - As I just said, of course we got penalized more than they did, we made more mistakes, we took more risks and it didn't always pay off. Who cares? We would've lost the game no matter what the ref did. In fact, had we played a safer game, people would've still whinged that we were boring. Instead, your team went to a hell of a lot of effort to give their fans a game to enjoy. Maybe the fans could try and appreciate that? And I'm saying this especially to the young man who sits directly behind me every home game and does nothing but hurl abuse at the players and the ref. a) No one else cares about your opinions and we certainly don't need to hear them every few seconds b) I know more about rugby than you do and I'm a girl (not that that should matter, but it obviously does to you) c) if you could do so much better than them, why aren't you playing and d) I throw a mean punch for a girl of my size, so you would be best to shut up.
2) Mexican waves - I dunno, am I the only person who doesn't like them? I mean seriously, if I'm going to be jumping out of my seat every few minutes, I want it to be related to the rugby game I'm trying to watch. Is it crazy that I go to the rugby to watch the rugby?
And rant over, thanks for reading.
I've been in a real slump lately and it's totally stupid to admit why - I'm just really tired of my fandom.
( I'm going to whine about it, you really don't need to read it if you don't want toCollapse )
Anyway, it's pretty pathetic of me to be so miserable over something so stupid when a lot of other people have actual problems to deal with. I suspect my current moroseness is also related to my health problems, B12 levels dropping again which causes depression. Not a good sign for the next few months as I'm supposed to be headed off to Europe in a week or so and I want to be happy and healthy whilst I'm there. One good fic for Matthew Reilly, really, I swear, that's all it'd take.
But instead, I'm going to bury myself in the rest of the Merlin seasons and read awful lots of fanfic and wait until Matthew Reilly's next book comes out and hope like hell that is brings some life back to the fandom because otherwise, I just might cry.
I know I'm a little late to the party but does anyone want to squee over Merlin with me?
And sorry for being a grumpy git.
- Current Mood: apathetic
I put them under cuts because (if you haven't worked it out by now) I'm pretty long winded so I wrote a lot...
( 1) Who in your life has influenced you the most?Collapse )
( 2) Best decision you've ever made?Collapse )
( 3) First thing you notice about people? (Offline and Online)Collapse )
( 4) How is your relationship with your parents?Collapse )
( 5) Have you ever been in love?Collapse )
( Which was the First Three of the Ten CommandmentsCollapse )
- Current Mood: thoughtful
Run Program: DUM-E by Amuly
Taking care of Tony is a lot of work. Especially when you’ve only got one arm. And your code dates back to the 1980s.
The Butterfingers G. D. I. Stark Guide to Problem Solving by Epiphanyx7
Tony begins to notice that things are going missing from his workshop... and discovers that his bots have been hiding a very, very big secret from him. Or rather, a very, very small one.
In which Dummy is a kleptomaniac, You is painfully shy, Butterfingers is a programming genius, JARVIS is a sarcastic sonofabitch, Pepper takes care of Tony outside of the workshop, Bruce is Tony's boo, Thor is Tony's favourite, Clint is actually kind of smart, Steve has terrible timing, and problem-solving is never simple or easy.
Gah, the bot!feels in both of these are just superb. They cannot fail to make you happy!
I'm twenty years old and it's a Friday night. Whilst all my friends are out at wild parties, what did I do?( I baked cupcakes and had a glass of wine with my mumCollapse )