Archives: August 2007

“A man chooses. A slave obeys.”

I still have 5 million things to accomplish today, but I thought I’d comment briefly on Bioshock, which I recently finished. I will avoid spoilers for those that are adverse to such. Bioshock is easily in the top 5 computer games I’ve ever played. It’s not at the top – Fallout or Thief, probably the

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Busy

Maybe I will actually get to write something this Friday afternoon, such as a review of Bioshock, which I’ve finished already – but not yet. What a busy first week of the semester! More later.

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Passed

I passed my comprehensive exams yesterday. In the parlance of the trade, I am now ABD, All But Dissertation. Yay.

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Third Exam done

The third part of the comprehensive exam is done. It was a week-long take-home question. I went a little overboard and answered it in 9,400 words with about 30 sources; in other words, I wrote what amounts to a light article draft. Hopefully, some of it can be used as a dissertation proposal. About the

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Second exam done, various baseball metaphors

Well, that was nerve-wracking. Two two-hour questions this time; I was fortunate on the 2nd to remember an article or two, so I think I got a blooping single off that pitch. But I think I may have misunderstood or mishandled the first question by intepreting it in a historiographical manner rather than in a

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First exam done

I think I did ok. The question was pretty close to the one I’d submitted, and I thought of a few points during the exam that I hadn’t considered before. Next exam is on Friday.

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11:28 pm

To read more would be reckless. I will get eight hours of sleep, and trust to my drafts and instincts.

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Getting close

The first exam is only a few days away, and I’m going to stop posting from the backlog of summaries and concentrate on drafting responses to possible questions. Today I’ve written a 3,000 word draft for what I think will be the gist of likely questions in the first area; tomorrow, I’ll write a draft

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Goulder’s Luke: A New Paradigm

This book was loaned to me, as copies are exceedingly rare and expensive, and I have not read all of it, only the first 200 pages or so. But I’d like to make a few notes on it here, as I’m sure it will figure heavily into answering one of my exam questions. LNP is

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Quintilian Books 6-8

The march through Quintilian continues. Book 6 begins with a moving account of how Q’s 10-year-old son died while he was composing these works, not terribly long after his 19-year-old wife and their first 5-year-old son. As he was writing his work on rhetoric for his apparently gifted sons to read after he was gone,

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