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It’s One of Those Weeks

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I mean, really.

My friends got the computer straightened out, and now it seems like AOL ate my modem.

It’s a long story.

You can all send stuff telling me I should have gotten off AOL a decade ago.

But I’m at school, and I’ve just be witness to what came close to being a physical girl fight–stopped just short of that, thank goodness, but it was loud and required throwing one of the girls out of the computer lab–and it’s all sort of par for the course.

The really odd thing is that the book I picked up to read while the strange tests and all the other nonsense was going on was James Schall’s Another Sort of Learning, which is actually a collection of essays about  how to get an education in spite of being in college. 

I thought it was going to be one of those books–and I’m fond of them–talking about what university education should really be about.  I know Schall’s stuff well enough to know that when he does write on that subject, I like what he has to say.

As it turns out, however, this is a book about ways to counter what Schall calls “the modern project,” and how apparently deliberate misreadings of Plato have inspired Communists and Fascist both, and the ways in which the post-Vatican II Church has been complicit in the mess created by what one of the books Schall recommends calls ‘the coercive utopians.”

So I’m  having more fun than I thought I was going to, and the book comes with lots of little book lists that often contain things I’ve never heard of. 

And I’m just exhaussted. 

So I’ll go get some caffeine, and think about all you guys milking cows.

Written by janeh

September 22nd, 2010 at 12:09 pm

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  1. I don’t milk cows. Ever.

    We’re clearing up after one of the worst storms ever, or at least the people who have more damage than I do are, and I’m at my computer. I put the title of that book into the local university library online catalogue, to discover that they’ve now got something that enables me to search for the book in libraries worldwide. The book is available in four libraries which presumably are on some kind of ILL system – two in Alberta and two in Australia. In three cases, the software helpfully gave the distance to these libraries, and offered a map, presumably in case I wanted to pick the book up myself. I think Tasmania baffled the software, because it was unable to generate a distance or a map for the University of Tasmania’s library.

    Oh, well, so much for idle entertainment. I really need to do some work before I need to find a hardware store that has power and also sells the kind of extra-large battery my mother needs for one of her emergency lamps.


    22 Sep 10 at 12:37 pm

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