You have to say this for the very bright teachers - they pull no intellectual punches, none at all. Whenever I am fortunate enough to get one of these teachers, I always walk out of lectures feeling that I've learnt something from it, and I only wish I was able to give half as much back to the teacher.
law seminars are those which are the intellectual equivalent of being raked over hot coals, but in an enriching and fulfilling way. I actually do say this with a straight face, because halfway through this morning's seminar, I realised that my International Commercial Litigation teacher asks questions the way I imagine Jade would, were he a law lecturer - the kind that make you question even the most basic assumptions you make about what the legislation or what the case law says. That's a good thing, and that's a great thing, really, because that's the way you should be taught. There is something to be said for seminars (read tutorials) which you spend 3 - 5 hours preparing for, and you come to class, sit down, and have half all your assumptions blasted out of the water. You can still be right
- but what the teacher's done is made you realise that being factually correct isn't all there is. I like teachers like these, because I find all too often that law lecturers (especially ex-practitioners) get fixated with what the correct answer is, and while that has its place, you want more than that.
I'm also quite fond of my teacher's uniquely British sense of humor, having learnt to appreciate that fine art over the years in which I was taught by mainly British teachers. I especially love those teachers who have a sense of the inanity
of what we do, and are willing and able to laugh at themselves and at the profession. I get very annoyed when people have an artificially inflated sense of their own importance and of the work they do - I like to think that everyone knows
that what they do is important and vital, but to lord it over everyone else seems to me to smack of self-importance. "Have you ever done restitution?" asked our lecturer. "Think of it as the worst headache you've ever had."
I liked it when he asks us whether the courts had any business being attracted to a particular proposition in the first place. And when we were working on a hypothetical question (whether a company who isn't registered in the country can still be sued in the country if its President comes down frequently to play golf), he said, "I think anyone who comes here to play golf
should be sued, really."
But as elvaron
has observed, even in workshops on bilateral foreign investment treaties, I'm "one of whom started being a Kadaj halfway and going: "EL WA KAASAN; KAASAN GA DAISUKI DESU!!!!!"
So maybe my approach to what I'm studying isn't quite the conventional one.
I am occasionally of the mind (and indeed it is an attractive proposition) that the harder I work, the more I get spoilt rotten by whatever series I'm into, and I certainly had that in spades. D. Gray Man is going through a filler arc that makes me very, very happy because Kanda's in every episode, and I find Kanda's cranky/grouchy/shut up and make snowmen, I'm going off to fight the Akuma attitude a very appealing take on the Asch-type personality, so I'm happy every time Kanda's onscreen. Especially when he does something that reminds me of Asch, which is 50% of the time.
To my great joy, The Dresden Files
evilly introduced me to, resulting in my embarking on repeated visits to Borders in an attempt to get every single book which mentions Thomas) has been turned into a television series
. The first episode was released free on itunes, and was streaming on the site - haven't yet had the time to watch it, though I will certainly get down to it. The Dresden site yielded great happiness, namely my discovery that there's a Dresden Files book I didn't know about (Proven Guilty
, no less), and that April will see the release of the latest book: White Knight
, which to my deepest delight is Thomas-centric.
Happiest Dresden Files moment lately, though? The discovery of dresdenslash
, and the realisation that I am far from the only Thomas/Harry supporter out there. I especially enjoyed becroberts
' The Talk
(which has a massive spoiler), which to my mind captured Harry's particular brand of humor and the spark-and-jest substance of Harry-Thomas interaction. Beautifully in tune with canon, and very, very good. Reading it made me think of one of the very first Tales of the Abyss stories I'd read, and the way that reading it made me feel that I honestly did not care if the fandom ever produced any more fanfiction - a single story like that is worth everything.
ALSO: Rob Thurman's Nightlife
is set to have a sequel released in March. I'm thrilled to bits, and you can read an extract
wrote The Unopened Door
, a truly inspired Mary Poppins/Kingdom Hearts II fic. If you've ever read the Mary Poppins books, you'll know Zen got her spot-on. And anything that can make me laugh out loud in riotous joy after an Evidence seminar/tutorial is something real special. *grin* '
Episode 12 of Heroes is out - if you want a quick run-down and spoiler summary the way I do, read lin
's Episode 12 review
. Anyone who begins with mentioning Petrellicest wins instant affection from me, and this one's well-written, and funny. Also, I probably found lil_fatty
's Heros Kitties
(Heroes, Hello Kitty style) more funny than I should have, but I really enjoyed this one
! Especially when Peter ran in screaming that his hair was eating his face, because it does.
So much to do
and so much to see
- and not nearly half the time I need to do all of it in. *laughing*