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You Are Not Prepared

Last exam before daylight. I barely got any sleep last night because my mind wouldn't settle. This bodes ill. I'm gonna try and cram a bit before I leave (12:30), to make sure I know what I need to. I've done pretty well in the course (better than 220, definitely), so I should pass regardless, but I'd like to go out on a good note. Thus, nerves.

ETA: Done, done, fucking done! *happydance* I'd say...yes, good note, though I wasn't precisely happy with my answer to the last of the four essay questions. Still, this combined with the excellent (3.9!) mark on my term paper should see me through the course. She even liked the subtitle! :D

I'll wait until all my marks are in to be sure (mainly 458, which still worries me if only because that paper is worth 70% of the grade), but it seems like the degree is well in hand.

Certain things I've heard about the upcoming Golden Compass movie have left me kind of wary of it: mainly the frequent changes in directors, and the current director's reluctance to mention religion and/or God in the film because being perceived as anti-religious would spike the film's finances in the US (because the books sold so very badly...), but, having always wondered what my daemon would be like, I liked this quiz they stuck up on their website. Next someone will write a good Dragaeran House quiz, and my life will be complete. :D

(A wolf? I might have expected some sort of housecat. Though given the way this seems to work, the odds of it being a wolf when you read this are slim to none.)

So, do you all think I'm deluding myself? I must admit I'm curious to see. You've got twelve days before Azaria settles, so have at it. :)


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Apr. 26th, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC)
Hey, have you played Supreme Commander much yet? What's your opinion on it?

G'luck on your last test, dude.

I know not of this Golden Compass.
Apr. 26th, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC)
Hey, have you played Supreme Commander much yet? What's your opinion on it?

I've played it a bit, though not as much as I'd like - my system is manifestly not up to it (it's a hell of a CPU hog), and I eventually got sick of listening to it whine every time I started it. :) Basically, if you don't have some sort of dual-core based system (or a really, really buff single-core, but ideally dual), prepare for pain and suffering.

I love the game, though. Once you get used to the zoom you'll wonder how you ever played an RTS without it. The sheer scale of it is awe-inspiring, and it does "strategy" like basically no other game in the genre - this is a mixed blessing, though, because it means a lot of the outcome of a battle will be determined by actions leading up to it (economy management, force mix, intelligence-gathering), rather than the battle itself. I love this. A lot of people don't. I know you were a fan of TA, so I'd stick you in the first category.

I know not of this Golden Compass.

What, you never read Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy? For shame.

It's a very intelligent fantasy trilogy that I suspect you will like. If I had to come up with a pithy but not-quite-accurate description that doctorcomputer will kill me for, it would be "Paradise Lost goes steampunk". Kind of targetted to young adults (largely because the main characters are children), but there's enough there for readers of any age.

Thanks for the well-wishes. I suspect I will need them.
Apr. 26th, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC)
We had this thread when the news about the church thing broke.

What it comes down to is that in Lyra's world, the "Church" is more of a governmental organization than a religious one (though the two do blend). It's not the church of our world, so it makes a decent amount of sense to rename it, just to prevent a few folks from wetting themselves.

However, the entire third book is really crammed full of God/The Authority, and Original Sin. I'm not sure how they'll change that and have it still make sense. At least they're doing the movies in 3 parts, so they've got another 10 years to figure out how to deal with that. :p

I haven't looked at the movie info in years at this point, and I'm thrilled to see Nicole Kidman on cast! And they got a new girl as Lyra! *pees herself* I'm really excited now that the movie is actually happening. Back when I was following it, it was still a preproduction nightmare.
Apr. 26th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
Also, remember that in Lyra's world, things are typically backwards. Her "experimental theologans" are our "physics majors". So even their form of religion is skewed.
Apr. 26th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
This is precisely why I've always maintained that HDM should be a 3-part miniseries co-produced by the BBC and HBO (a la Rome). They're the only ones with enough cojones to do it justice.

Apr. 26th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I just came across this teaser trailer, and if they can walk the fine line between staying true to the original novel and not causing the collective Christian right to firebomb the studios, it'll be jawsome. Daniel Craig as Asriel? Whoooo.
Apr. 26th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
Yes, I was quite pleased by that particular casting decision too. Though I haven't seen the trailer you speak of - I'll do that when I get home.
Apr. 26th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
I keep hearing about this Rome. I suppose I should download it...
Apr. 26th, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
So should I, actually. This is the second time I've heard it referred to so reverently. :)
Apr. 27th, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC)
It's pretty good - it's funny because ancient Rome is known for its violence and explicit sex, and HBO is also known for its violence and explicit sex, so when you put the two of them together, whoo nelly boy now.
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