wolfpangs: (made a swiveling chair--now I nap)
Five hundred nervous fits later, I finally got my first paper for Early Republic back:

Ooh, suspense... )

And in other American history news, I finished Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter today and while I'm not sure how I feel about the very end, it was a fun read.
Wednesday, I woke up feeling unwell and by Thursday morning, I could barely stay upright. I missed a day of class, but luckily, I had the whole weekend after that to recover. I was a bit worried that it'd be something more serious, but it seems to be nothing more than a cold or lycanthropy. This is the first time in a long time that I've been sick and been able actually to do all the things you're supposed to do, like rest and get plenty of fluids and feed it. It's awesome! It kind of sucks because I can't go out and do anything--don't need to spread my sickness--but I want to do all kinds of things because I'm so well-rested.

Instead, I'm having to confine myself to indoor sports, like movies and homework. Registration for spring semester will open next month, so I wanted to go ahead and plan out my schedule, especially since I didn't get to this semester and wound having to pick the bones. My tentative schedule for spring:

Religion and Crime
Early Republic, 1789-1828
American Film and Violent Society
Intro to Forensic Science

I am very excited about all of them. I haven't been able to find out much about Religion and Crime, beyond the books we're reading, but it sounded interesting. I wanted to take Early Republic since I first saw it in the catalog ("This course covers the history of the United States in its first four decades, a period designated the “early republic” by historians.")

And I was like, :D but then I went snooping on my professor (doesn't matter how great the class is if your professor is like, "Derp, what's a history?") and found that "[h]is current research focuses on early American nationalism and conceptions of national identity, with a particular emphasis on the thought of Thomas Jefferson."



AWESOME. Of course, I should start reading now because according to the last available syllabus, there are six required books, along with various other articles and whatnots. [Strap in, we're about to go super-nerd.] Of course, it kind of annoys me having to buy The Essential Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers. I already own the Federalist Papers I use them as an aphrodisiac, but I guess I get to own them again.



In movie news, I watched Trick 'r Treat last night/today and I really liked it. It's very 80s style and hearkens back to the classic horror anthologies. I read that some people think it's overhyped and that it shouldn't be compared to the classics, but some of those classics are not-so-great in my opinion and you know, sacred cows make the tastiest hamburger.
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I'm making this face, too!-------->

Just doing some more genealogy research and I've found some really interesting stuff. I've managed to trace my family back to the 17th century! In Virginia! I read about my great^5 grandfather, who went to court at 73 to get the pension he was rightfully owed for his military service. The court found that "the above named applicant George VEST was a revolutionary Soldier and served as he states." So I really am a daughter of the Revolution. Oh, but wait.

Going back further, I found some information on his brother James, who seems like quite the righteous dude. On Nov. 14, 1785, James signed a petition supporting separation of Church and State. And then there was his will. After specifying the distribution of his possessions, including his "horse mountain" (I want a horse mountain!) and his "utenshuls," he said, "I do appoint my two trusty friends Thomas Burfoot and Archer Trayler for my Executors to this my last will and testament whereunto I have set my hand and seal this day and date above written."

That's where a light flickered on in my fevered brain. Archer Trayler, one of the trusty friends of my superb uncle (that's gotta be better than great), is a descendant of Christopher Branch II. Christopher Branch's great-grandson was a man by the name of Peter Jefferson, who gave his father's name to his third child, a boy he named Thomas.

Y'all. Now if there were someone in Virginia who would have had something to say about the separation of church and state, I wonder just who that could have been.
wolfpangs: (made a swiveling chair--now I nap)
After I posted that story about Jefferson wanting to burn the city of London in my last post, I realized that it reminded me of this exchange. That's the scene, by the way, where Adams realizes who should write the declaration of the colonies' independence. Jefferson was...not a fan of public speaking to say the least--his public speaking voice was described as "nearly inaudible." But he was a writer nonpareil...and oh man, did he dislike the British.

The rest of the clip (a collection of Jefferson scenes from the miniseries) is worth watching. I've never seen a portrayal that I've enjoyed as much as Dillane's. What else am I enjoying? The pile-on going on in the media re: the end of (this Presidential term's) days. Here is a clip of CNN's Rick Sanchez responding to Joe the Blunder's statement that the media should be "abolished" (!!!) in war:



Schadenfreudelicious. Now I'm going to get back to my very important, serious activities (watching my Tivo list and eating lemon cookies*).

*Mission accomplished.
Links that have made me laugh recently:

Two Straight Boys Explore the Intricacies of Grind Dancing Together: "This is soooo appropriate right now."

And now... every "Extreme horror" story ever written: Begin to scream.

I love Josh Brolin: "Josh Brahlin," he drawled when he took the podium at the National Board of Review awards ceremony, mimicking host Whoopi Goldberg's mispronunciation of his name. "That's how fucking famous I am... I just whispered in her ear, I said, 'What the fuck is the matter with you?' And she goes, 'I don't know. I'm high.'"

Fuck Yeah Ryan Gosling: I think I'm giving you the biggest hug ever.

Fuck You Penguin: I know I've posted this site before, but the funny has dramatically increased in the wake of FUP losing a Weblog Award. A personal favorite at the moment. Relevant to my interests: baby pandas.

7 Badass Animals Presidents Have Kept As Pets: The Brent Spiner lookalike was able to acquire a couple of grizzly bear cubs which he promptly sent to President Jefferson as either a gift or an assassination attempt.

Speaking of the love of my historical life, I've been reading my Christmas presents and I learned something interesting already. I knew that after the British burned down the Library of Congress, Jefferson sold his entire personal library to the federal government below cost to start the restocking (almost 6500 books). What I didn't know is that he was so offended by the destruction that he suggested hiring goons to burn down a few British buildings in retaliation. Wait, did I say "a few"? "Our present enemy will have the sea to herself, while we shall be equally predominant at land, and shall strip her of all her possessions on this continent. She may burn New York, indeed, by her ships and congreve rockets, in which case we must burn the city of London by hired incendiaries, of which her starving manufacturers will furnish abundance." Whoa. He let his rage go, though, out of loyalty to James Madison. And this has been Salomé is a giant history nerd.

Other links I have enjoyed:

HRC on the subject of female empowerment: "If half the world's population remains vulnerable to economic, political, legal and social marginalization, our hope of advancing democracy and prosperity is in serious jeopardy. The United States must be an unequivocal and unwavering voice in support of women's rights in every country, on every continent." I had to smoke a cigarette after watching that.

Speaking of politics, Mr. Stewart has been on point lately. "You didn't need to--you sold ours." Hang on, I need another cigarette. Anyway, like I told Tanis, I really want some lemon cookies right now it feels very Frost/Nixon: "I'd like to give Richard Nixon the trial he never had." Oh, if only. However, I was reminded earlier that we are now in the last 100 hours of GWB, so praise the Lord and pass the ammunition. By the way, don't miss the collection of Jon's impressions of Bush.

PEBO had dinner with George Will, Charles Krauthammer, Bill Kristol AND David Brooks?! Oh, good Lord.

ETA: Chocolate in my peanut butter, pandas in my politics: DC Pandas Celebrate Inauguration With Early Orgy.
wolfpangs: (made a swiveling chair--now I nap)
I'm watching episode 2 of the John Adams miniseries and yes still, omgsogood. So while I'm doing that and discussing the differences between the Virginia Plan and the New Jersey Plan for my actual homework, here's one of my favorite scenes. It's Franklin and Adams going over a newly written piece my boyfriend Jefferson has just produced, in which the Continental Congress calls for the sovereignty of the American colonies. You know, it's like a declaration of independence. I love how cranky Jefferson is over any editorial changes.



"Well, it's what I believe." *big red cartoon hearts*
wolfpangs: (made a swiveling chair--now I nap)
I am (still) lovin' the John Adams miniseries on HBO and I haven't even seen the whole thing. I was going to wait until July to post a clip but like Nu Shooz, baby I can't wait. One of the things I like the most about the series is that it provides fuller, more fleshed out portrayals of the Founders. Too often in school, at least in the bulk of my experiences, they're presented as almost abstract ideas--like something akin to storybook characters or superheroes. [I may or may not agree with the premise of that linked entry. I definely agree with the last line. :)] I don't think I considered for the longest time how absolutely terrifying it must have been for all of them, especially when they'd gone past the point of no return.

And on that note, we have our clip. I'll set it up for you in case you didn't learn US history or slept through it. It is 1775 and the colonists had fought the British soldiers at the Battle of Bunker Hill that June. A month later, the Continental Congress sent the King the Olive Branch Petition, hoping for reconciliation. However, around the time the petition arrived, King George got an intercepted letter from Adams to a friend, in which Adams said that he wasn't pleased with the petition and thought the war was inevitable. Unsurprisingly, the King doubted the colonists' commitment to Sparkle Motion and so he sent them a little love letter called the Proclamation of Rebellion. In this scene, John Adams (Paul Giamatti) is discussing the funding problems the Continental Army is having, when John Hancock (Justin Theroux) receives and then reads the Proclamation to the assembly, which also includes Samuel Adams (Danny Huston), Ben Franklin (Tom Wilkinson), John Dickinson (Zeljko Ivanek) and omg, I love you, Jefferson. [Uh, played by Stephen Dillane.] Now cease ado.



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