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ich kehrte gern zuruck,
denn bleb ich auch lebendige Zeit,
ich hatte wenig Gluck.
    - Gerhard Scholem, "Gruss vom Angelus"

His eyes are staring, his mouth is open, his wings are spread. This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catstrophe which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them. This storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress.

                  ~ Walter Benjamin, IX "Theses on the Philosophy of History", Illuminations


So... I've been constantly in and out. It's a bit crazy [the relatively good kind though] around here. Apartment searching is... difficult. *HUGS* I hope you are all well.
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Sooo... it's NOT the weekend, but I just went to a great lecture today called "Naked Truth: Advertising's Image of Women," and though it was expanded to advertising truth in general, it was still amazing. The speaker, Jean Kilbourne, was just... she was witty, engaging, and overall, quite knowledgable it seems. If anyone's interested, her website is here.

The subject line basically references something she said referring to one of the newest marketing ploy where companies are trying to PAY new parents to name their child after their company or product as living advertisement.

But really, she gave such an interesting take and exploration into the history of advertising, particularly with a focus on tobacco, alcohol, medicines, and body image, and really, there are some instances where you don't really notice how photoshopped someone is until you look at the original pic. And just, in general, it was enlightening and entertaining, and it really reminds you to remain conscious, because even when you think that you don't pay attention to the ads, they stick to your subconscious.

Particularly intersting were the "ads" that journals give to companies basically offering their audience as the bait in order to draw support.
 
(I'm jumping off walls at the moment from a cup of hot mint chocolate, so this isn't as organized as it might have possibly been XD.)

Hmm...

Oct. 23rd, 2008 02:57 pm
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So today was my History of Science midterm... four short answers/essays utilizing lecture info, primary, and secondary sources to analyze a quote or image... Needless to say, I didn't write fast enough. (-_-)" But I wasn't the only one. I found it funny when the proctor had to repeat several times for people to stop writing.

So apparently, when I'm supposed to study... the other side of my brain goes active instead because I'm contrary like that and I miss BSG and Mary insanely so.

Therefore... I wrote fic. As always, I own nothing. All mistakes are mine, and this was an attempt at one of those "Five Things" themes that I found interesting.

Title: Five Pieces of Art Bill Adama Enjoyed Analyzing and One He Helped Create
Rating: T+ (?)
Pairing: A/R (of course?)
Summary: Sometimes, art can be found in places unexpected in everyday life, and all one can do is sit back and enjoy it.


 

Has anyone ever braided your hair?... )
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I'm so sorry that this is late, but I'm still settling in to my new schedule and courses, but I do hope you had a wonderful birthday! [profile] sirius_angel

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