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26th-Jan-2007 11:23 am
Reborn - Yamamoto CHIBITA
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.

The good 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 (which lacewood 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 here.

Also: bravecows 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*
26th-Jan-2007 04:27 am (UTC)
Aha I shall buttonhole you while you're online! When is your birthday?! (You can comment on my journal or email me if it's a secret, but.)

And the Dresden Files are great! My brother enjoyed them so much he bought every single volume currently out so yes, Proven Guilty is good.

Good luck with school! I admire your work ethic~
26th-Jan-2007 04:38 am (UTC) - oh my heavens I am REMISS! *apologises profusely*
Buttonholing is ALL GOOD. ♥ But I think when it comes to you you could tell me potholing was good and I'd be beaming away happily and agreeing because it's you. *grin* I'll run off to comment on your LJ now! XDDDD

!!! You liked the Dresden Files too? They make me so happy! I normally stay away from urban fantasy, but this one is GOOOOD. I must have overdosed on the Anita Black novels - without even reading them. xD

YOUR BROTHER'S AMAZING. I'd do that if I wasn't spending half my money on Abyss. xDDDD I APPLAUD HIS UNWAVERING SUPPORT.

*snug!* Thank you so much! XD Although my work ethic probably isn't that stellar - I enjoy what I do very much, but I'm sure I could be much much better when it comes to actual technical proficiency. XDDD
26th-Jan-2007 04:27 am (UTC) - I MISS YOU ALREADY.
*gnaws you*


Actually, I shouldn't whine -- (SecReg and BankDoc are intelligent) but it's just that ICF drives me crazy with the way they go: "WHEN YOU GUYS FINALLY GO OUT AND PRACTICE" and "WHAT YOU NEED TO REALISE AS LAWYERS IS ..." while we're all going: "Yes, yes, tell us something we don't know."

*cough* Apparently it gets worse later too D:

26th-Jan-2007 04:35 am (UTC) - Have I ever told you how much I love you when you capslock? *griiiiin*
[my real emotional mood is the Mieu emitting a heart, but you make me so happy that it makes EVEN ASCH SMILE.] xDDDD

I have one awful one, one passable one, and one good one. That, or I have low standards. XDDDD Some teachers which others regard as boring I regard as wonderful.

OH. MY. GOD. I know EXACTLY what you mean. My Biotech teacher was JUST LIKE THAT. Going through the Plant Directive Act saying, "In this country most of your customers will be orchid farmers or hydroponics, and you should use this and this section". Very useful, yes, but I honestly do feel that it's getting rammed down our throats.

26th-Jan-2007 04:39 am (UTC)
NO THERE IS NO "DEAD" MOOD, because i remember complaining about that to myself a little while ago too. :(

heroes? i watched... a few episodes of that, and remember being amused at how the cheerleader (claire, is it?) is played by english!KH!kairi's VA xD
26th-Jan-2007 04:49 am (UTC)
... wait, what? O.o
26th-Jan-2007 05:50 am (UTC)
I've always loved the teachers who tend to verbally challenge you during their lectures. I had two in particular, both psychology teachers, that taught that way and I loved it. It made the class so intriguing...especially since both added humour to the lectures.

Unfortunately none of my teachers this term do that. t.t

What is 'Heroes'?
26th-Jan-2007 11:04 am (UTC) - *grin* I love this question! XD
What is 'Heroes'?
I LOVE THIS QUESTION! XD HeroesThe Heroes Wikipedia entry is informative but full of spoilers, the NBC summary tells you a little more. ; ) [Bad username: heroes_nbc"] is great for updates. People I know have been into this for ages, but I didn't see it until December, when a friend of mine got me into it. XD

Same here with the teachers who challenge you! It's the way students grow, really - by being challenged. And I love it when teachers actually have a good sense of humor - you really want to come into the lecture, and you enjoy it, too! I hope that next term you have good teachers, or at least one good one!
26th-Jan-2007 02:15 pm (UTC) - Newbie here...
Hajimemashite, aefallen-san...

I'm new to LJ, as you can see, and I'm looking for friends who are interested -no, wait- crazy about Tales of the Abyss. Would you mind if I friended you? I have this habit of asking people first before adding them. Please reply ASAP, arigatou...

P.S. Are there any new ToA books in Kinokuniya? Because I live in Indonesia and I haven't been to Singapore a looooong time now. (Sorry if that sounded weird!)
30th-Jan-2007 03:41 pm (UTC) - Why hello there! *smiles*
Hello there! *smiles* Welcome to LJ, and welcome! *grin*

*grin* I don't mind at all! You're welcome to friend me!

The new TOA manga should be coming out in February. *grin* Kinokuniya normally has one or two of the Abyss doujin compiliations, although the novels sell out very fast - if you're coming down, reserve it first so they can bring it in for you. *smiles* And there's always a new novel coming out every three months or so. The Famitsu ones have ended, but the Super Dash ones are still going on! ;)

Heh, it's not weird at all! If you do come down to my country, let me know and I'll show you around if you need help!
26th-Jan-2007 04:12 pm (UTC)
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. d00d, you can't blame me, I totally had no idea about Thomas and his, uh, potential, when I pointed out the books to you. XDXDXD

I HEAR OMINOUS THINGS ABOUT THE TV SERIES. LIKE THE FACT THAT THEY ARE NOT EVEN SHOWING THE EPISODES IN ORDER. I FEEL... SUSPICIOUS. It also sounds like they are not making Harry loser-ish enough or Murphy awesome enough. But oh well... XD Maybe we could watch 'em together, even, snerk. XD

30th-Jan-2007 03:44 pm (UTC) - HEHEHEHEH. but it was a GREAT recommendation, nonetheless!
Thomas has GREAT potential, and he is fulfilling ti very, very well. XDDDD *grin* It was a great recommendation and I emit an avalanche of heartmarks at you for it! *grin*

I SHALL TELL YOU WORSE: The TV show isn't even going according to the book. ; ) There are a lot of changes. The first episode was interesting but didn't have the gripping quality of the book, nevertheless, I wish to show it to you! ; ) It would be great to watch it together! And also I would love to hand over the rest of the Dresden books so you may finish reading them, and also enjoy Thomas in all his awesomeness. XDDDD

Don't worry, Harry is still a loser! But it seems like now, he's more of a jerk, too, and Murphy, definitely not awesome enough. Now she's divorced and has a daughter. .... gimme my Dresden original back.
26th-Jan-2007 09:17 pm (UTC)
*smooch* Love you, dude.

So I take it The Dresden Files is awesome? Should I check it out? Who is this Thomas and why are you madly in love with him? :)
30th-Jan-2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
I love you too! *smiles and hugs you tight* ♥

I'd say at this point in time that the Dresden Files books are more awesome than the TV series! ; ) Thomas is the narrator's gorgeous vampire brother - a vampire of the succubus order. >D He's so pretty the narrator notices it. Repeatedly. xD He's wonderfully pretty and has many slashy moments with the narrator. ♥
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30th-Jan-2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
*griiin* YES INDEED! Heroes Kitties had to be shared, it was so good! XDDD

You're most welcome! Glad you liked, and even happier you're watching Heroes! XD
28th-Jan-2007 12:45 pm (UTC)
ahh T__T forgot to watch heroes 12!

anyway the sites are:
28th-Jan-2007 01:38 pm (UTC)
OH DARN. Official NBC website here screens them direct if you don't want to download?

Petrellicest wins the day. ;)

XDDD!!! Thank you so much! I will have GREAT FUN discovering all these sites!

Interesting pairings I am discovering off the general search engine:
Ashe/Penelo, Van/Fran (0__0), Balthier/Penelo, Fran/Penelo. ... A vast majority of the pairings I'm surprised by appear to involve Penelo.
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