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31 July 2005
Done and Done
Well, I'd have posted this sooner, except that I've been enjoying the sleep and lack of doing much of anything too much to spend time on the computer these last couple days. But I thought that after such a long silence as I've had lo these last weeks, it might be a good idea to post an update. So, here goes:

This past Thursday was my last day earning a corporate wage. Such a good feeling leaving that brain and soul-sucking place behind me. Some people can make it work. For me, it's a sort of personal hell. I need constant creative stimulation, or I wither and die. But now, I get to read books and talk about them and correct grammar for a job--how cool is that? I'll be meeting with my department head tomorrow, and it looks like I'll be teaching Junior level English, which is American Lit, and one section of Freshmen, which is World Lit (Odyssey, here I come!). Orientation starts Tuesday, and I'll be in-class teaching by next Wednesday. I can hardly wait!

Friday, I presented my course material for the two teaching classes I've been taking these last eight weeks. Two online summer classes and a 40+ hour work week do not mix well. I've not been so exhausted in an age. I'll be praying the massive shortcuts I took on the essay final, and some lesser assignments will not weigh too heavily against me. There just wasn't time. Also, I seem to have impressed the heck out of my prof with the unit and website I constructed for the two courses. My shining moment during the presentation was when she asked, in all earnestness, "Are you sure you haven't taught before?" She's going to be publishing it to the university server in the near future (which happily saves me the trouble of having to manually upload to a Geocities site as I'd planned), and I'll be posting the link here soon. Powerpoint messed up my fonts (despite embedding them), so I'm hoping I can fix that before anyone vistis it, but I highly recommend checking out that presentation and the Webquest. I'm particularly proud of them. Despite the exhaustion, I can't complain too much about the classes, though. In part, they got me the teaching position. Also, I can code HTML in my sleep at this point (though, admittedly, nothing too fancy). And the classes finally forced me to break down and throw an upgrade to Windows XP on credit, since Windows 98 (not even Second Edition) couldn't handle my RAM, my ROM drives--pretty much anything. Now I've just gotta find time to back up my drives, wipe 'em, and reinstall XP, since it seems there are remnants of 98 sucking harddrive space somewhere. Blarg.

So, now I get to relax a bit. Celebrated with kashi, Flambeaux, Stitchwitch, and another friend Saturday with some pizza and
Maredsous. And today kashi and I treated ourselves to a viewing of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which, by the way, is bizarre and absolutely wonderful. I'd sort of been wary after the last trailer we saw, which completely misrepresented the movie. It's freakish, wrong, and utterly fun--everything a Burton movie ought to be.

I'll be posting a bit more regularly for a while, I suspect, at least until classes start. I reckon I'll need some adjust time, so the blog might take a back seat again. Or not. Who knows--I might actually be able to juggle things better. After all, the future just got a whole lot brighter. And from the JPW, that's saying quite a bit.
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21 July 2005

There are some qualities--some incorporate things,
That have a double life, which thus is made
A type of that twin entity which springs
From matter and light, evinced in solid and shade.
There is a twofold Silence --sea and shore--
Body and soul. One dwells in lonely places,
Newly with grass o'ergrown; some solemn graces,
Some human memories and tearful lore,
Render him terrorless: his name's "No More."
He is the corporate Silence: dread him not!
No power hath he of evil in himself;
But should some urgent fate (untimely lot!)
Bring thee to meet his shadow (nameless elf,
That haunteth the lone regions where hath trod
No foot of man), commend thyself to God!

Edgar Allen Poe, 1809 - 1849
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15 July 2005
Friends and Neighbours...
I think I'm gonna faint.

Huzzah! I am a teacher! I just got an offer, accepted, and scheduled a time to go in and sign the contracts.

Thank you, everyone, for all your prayers. Woot!

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the
beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
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Keep 'Em Coming
Well, I've had my interview this morning, and though I am no great judge of these things, I think it went very well. Either way, I should know very soon, as new teachers start on August 2, and they need to make a decision quickly.

Meanwhile, school continues to rob me of sleep and anything resembling a social life, but there are only two weeks left. The end is near! I am, happily, blessed with a wonderful wife who has very patiently been putting up with my occasional crazed, bleary-eyed freak-outs. So tired. But like Warren Zevon, I'll sleep when I'm dead.

For those of you praying, I ask that you please keep at it. Mayhap soon I'll be a teacher!
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14 July 2005
Deep Waters
Deep Waters

Death could not come between us two:
What fear of death could be,
If thou, its shadow passing through,
But turned and looked at me?
Nor yet could pain the vision dim
With misty blur of tears:
The cup now clouded to the brim,
For him who drinketh, clears.

Deep waters could not quench the light,
The tender light that lies,
Like splendor of the Northern night,
In thy unquestioning eyes.
Though wide the wild, unfurrowed sea,
Though high the skylark sings,
My love should build a bridge to thee,
My heart should find its wings.

I could not miss thee in the throng,
Nor pass thy dwelling-place,
No noise of war could drown thy song,
Nor darkness veil thy face.
With thee to mount from earth to sky,
With thee in dust to sleep,
What height for love could be too high,
Or depth for love too deep?

Van Tassel Sutphen, 1861 - 1945

*Thanks to kashi for finding this one; gotta love the poet's name!
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13 July 2005
Prayer Request
I've got an interview with a local area Catholic high school for an English teaching position on Friday, so any and all prayers would be greatly appreciated. Since I've no experience to speak of, I'll need to do a bang-up job in the interview, so the more support the better. Mercy buckets.
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12 July 2005
Requiescat in pace
Our bishop, Joseph Delaney, of the Fort Worth Diocese, has died after a long battle with cancer. Very few details yet, but I'm sure more info will be posted
here as it's available.

Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen.

**UPDATE: Here's an article from the FW Star Telegram.
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06 July 2005
Behold, as Goblins Dark of Mien
Behold, as goblins dark of mien
And portly tyrants dyed with crime
Change, in the transformation scene,
At Christmas, in the pantomime,

Instanter, at the prompter's cough,
The fairy bonnets them, and they
Throw their abhorred carbuncles off
And blossom like the flowers in May.

- So mankind, to angelic eyes,
So, through the scenes of life below,
In life's ironical disguise,
A travesty of man, ye go:

But fear not: ere the curtain fall,
Death in the transformation scene
Steps forward from her pedestal,
Apparent, as the fairy Queen;

And coming, frees you in a trice
From all your lendings - lust of fame,
Ungainly virtue, ugly vice,
Terror and tyranny and shame.

So each, at last himself, for good
In that dear country lays him down,
At last beloved and understood
And pure in feature and renown.

Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850 - 1894
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02 July 2005
On Poetry
Very good article by Mark Goldblatt of NRO on the current state of poetry in America
here. It's long been a hobby horse of mine, and it's nice to see others notice how pathetic our poetry culture is.

*Many thanks to kashi, who pointed me to the piece.
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Make Love ... The Bruce Campbell Way
Added a new link to Bruce Campbell's website in the authors section (since I do not have, nor ever will, an actor's section, and Campbell's now got two books to his name). He's got a new book out, the title of which is the title of this post. Alas, I fear I won't make his book signing here in Dallas on the Thursday the 7th, since I can't possibly make it there by 6pm. Of course, if any good-hearted folk out there can make it and get a copy signed by Campbell as perhaps a very early birthday present for the JPW, I'd be eternally grateful. Also, you'd be doing yourself a favour, since he's hilarious, very personable, and loves chatting with his fans.
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A Night at the Symphony
Last night, kashi and I attended the Fort Worth Symphony for their presentation of
"Dear Friends," Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu's gift to fans of the long-running video game series. Or course, there've been orchestral versions of his music for years, and other performances in Japan, but I believe this is the first time it's been put on the road, as it were. Wonderful evening--after all, how often is it one gets to hear video game music at the symphony? An interesting crowd, too. Mostly young gamer types who don't have the decorum to realise that video game or no, they are still at the symphony and ought to at least attempt to look presentable. Half of them looked as though they'd just rolled out of bed; however, there were a goodly number of young people who managed to smarten themselves up a bit without relinquishing their gamer style, and of that I highly approve.

Anyway, on to the music. The orchestra was terrific, as was the chorus, who got perform some pseudo-Latin chanting from FFVIII's Liberi Fatali, which opened the show, and then returned for the encore, A One-Winged Angel, Sephiroth's theme from FFVII. Much choir-of-doom goodness. We even got a selection from the forthcoming Advent Children, which is a film sequel, of sorts, to FFVII (which will, hopefully, explain and expand upon the somewhat incomprehensible plot of the game).

Throughout the show, there were scenes from some of the various games' cut-scenes cast up on ginormous screens, though as kashi noted, it did rather distract from music. Still, the scenes (particularly one of Zidane saving Dagger in FFIX, the best of the series, in me own humble opinion) carried happy memories with them. And the screens also allow one to see the conductor, who's just great to watch. Miguel Harth-Bedoya is extremely energetic, and has the best facial expressions while conducting--you can tell he's very into it. In fact, he was so into it that after the encore, he ran back out and had the orchestra run through Sephiroth's theme again. The highlight, though, was the medley of pieces from the first three games, including the classic opening harp chords, and the original chocobo theme. Such good games, such good music.

The concert's travelling the states now, so if you check the link above to Uematsu's site, you might be able to catch it. Also, a new concert's begun in LA, called "More Friends" and Uematsu's band "The Black Mages" will be playing for part of it. With luck, it too will travel.
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