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Punic Hebil
Centurion
(id: Punic Hoplite)
posted 05-17-13 00:12 AM EDT (US)         
The Man with the Laughs





Gooooooooood-byyyyyyye Vietnaaaaam! That's right, I'm history... I'm outta here. I got the lucky ticket home, baby. Rollin, rollin, rollin'... keep them wagons rollin', rawhide! Yeah, that's right... the final Adrian Cronauer broadcast... and this one is brought to you by our friends at the Pentagon. Remember the people who brought you Korea? That's right, the U.S. Army. If it's being done correctly, here or abroad, it's probably not being done by the Army.







In honor of Robin Williams, I've decided to forsake the rules and simple post a lot of what made him special to us: his humor and ability to make us laugh!!


Genie: [turns into a cheerleader] Rick 'em, rack 'em, rock 'em, rake! Stick that sword into that snake!
Jafar: You stay out of this!
Genie: [Weakly] Jafar, Jafar, he's our man; if he can't do it, great!

When Christopher Reeve was in the hospital after his accident, Robin came to visit him. Reeve said this about that surprise visit:
Then, at an especially bleak moment, the door flew open and in hurried a squat fellow with a blue scrub hat and a yellow surgical gown and glasses, speaking in a Russian accent. He announced that he was my proctologist, and that he had to examine me immediately...it was Robin Williams...for the first time since the accident, I laughed. My old friend had helped me know that somehow I was going to be okay.
When Stephan Spielberg was filming "Schindler's List", Robin would call him to cheer him up. I think I only called him once, maybe twice. I called him when I was representing People for the Valdheimers Association. A society devoted to helping raise money to help older Germans who had forgotten everything before 1945. I remember him laughing and going 'thank you.'"










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Winners of the ICC Championship:
100: Awesome Eagle
476: Pitt
500: Hannibal the Conqueror
793: EnemyofJupitor
1066: EnemyofJupitor
1389: Awesome Eagle
1453: Awesome Eagle
1500: Punic Hebil
1789: Jax
1914: EnemyofJupitor
2000: Jetkill Fastmurder
2500:

[This message has been edited by Terikel Grayhair (edited 12-13-2014 @ 02:35 PM).]

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General Sajaru
Commodore
posted 10-24-13 10:53 PM EDT (US)     951 / 2504       
"The ghost in the ______" in reference to computer?
I believe the phrase is the ghost in the machine.

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." - Ronald Reagan
"Judge them not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Pick up a rifle and you change instantly from a subject to a citizen." - Jeff Cooper
"I like my enemies like James Bond likes his martinis- shaken, not stirred."
My first book, The King's Own
Ischenous
Mariner
posted 10-25-13 03:02 AM EDT (US)     952 / 2504       
and going out most nights of the week
And I've occasionally get called a party animal for going out twice a week in second year (which isn't even regularly)...

Calling all new people. USE THE SEARCH FUNCTION before asking a question. Thank you.
Alert the APOCOLYPSE is coming!!!!!!!

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOM(Itcame)
"TWH Guild Award (Best Duo/Trio) -Ischenous/IJ"- Tryhard. Why he chose that nomination, I don't know...

[This message has been edited by Ischenous (edited 10-25-2013 @ 06:27 AM).]

Kor
Busschof Happertesch
(id: Derfel Cadarn)
posted 10-25-13 03:46 AM EDT (US)     953 / 2504       
EoJ, all is well, working as a PhD candidate now (it's actually a job here, with office, wages, benefits, pension plan and everything) which is very nice, but also quite demanding! Have to lecture students now, etc.

TheKid, don't get me wrong, I thought Ghent Uni was very good in many ways, and I was impressed by the extensive knowledge of some of my fellow students. I'm now a PhD candidate in the Netherlands and have been grading papers this week based on a lecture and tutorial I gave and it's ridiculous the kind of rubbish students write down, saying that a 12th century cleric they had to write about converted the Irish to the 'religious faith' and lived during the Western Schism presided over by Innocent III. And these are master students, they should've known this stuff since the first year of their bachelor! (Of course there were a few who gave excellent answers, I must say, but these really stood out)

But that's one of the fundamental differences between the two systems I think: Flemish students tend to know a lot but are either quiet or not that great at making their point, whereas Dutch students will know a lot less but will be much more skilled at arguing. That's what you get when the system emphasises presentational skills, unfortunately. It did come up in the tutorials, too, where I noticed my fellow students in Flanders had much more respect for authority and had a very hard time disagreeing with articles they had to read and present in class. During a presentation I once bashed a pretty shitty article I had had to examine and one of the brightest of my fellow students remarked 'I'm not sure you can do that', simply because it was a published article with footnotes and everything.

But in the Netherlands, you're kind of expected to do that. Knowledge is seen as useless if you don't utilise it in the discussion, and disagreement and debate are all part of the study of history from the very start. The only time I found support from the students for analysing and criticising a text in Flanders was when I was dissecting a text written by a German history professor who had actually been a member of the NSDAP. What's more, Flemish professors are similarly frustrated with passive students and so it was pretty easy for me to get quite high marks for presentations and essays (as contrary to some Dutch students I don't just spout rubbish), but I didn't do as well at regular exams - hadn't had an oral examination since high school!

Yeah, my thesis would fall in the short range of your list, I think it had about 45k words (but with a few appendices with data, which took a ridiculous amount of time to compile). The one I wrote in Nijmegen (on a different subject) had around 30k words I think, but normal MA theses here are expected to have some 20k words. Some professors here actively mark down your work when you pass the word limit (I know one allegedly stops reading when he reaches it, and marks based on the quality of the text up to that point). In Ghent I asked Marc Boone how much I had to write and he said there was no minimum or maximum limit, which is a very good thing I think, but when students are not all that familiar with composing long texts and framing their arguments it does mean that a lot of people get stressed out and think they have to write far more than they should. Boone also told me not to write too much, which is probably something he should have told the Flemish students instead, as many of them took it far too seriously (quite a few said they were going to do 'thesis years', which seemed a bit over the top), and 100k words is far too many for an MA thesis. That's approaching PhD dissertation length, and for an MA student I think it will actually be detrimental as it serves to obscure the argument in a mass of words. I know Boone is seen as one of the strictest professors when it comes to grading papers, and if he thought my thesis was long enough I'm sure more professors won't mind theses hovering around or below the 50k mark.

I can understand how it would be busy with so many activities on the side (but in that case it's not necessarily the MA that's demanding ). I had to give that up when I decided to do two years in one. But I still found quite some time to do things with friends in either Nijmegen or Ghent, laze around, or just play the tourist in Ghent, which is now one of my favourites cities. Don't have plans to return any time soon though, the train connection has been altered for the worse and I have a very busy schedule now. But thanks for the offer!

That's enough for now, before it reaches 100k words as well!

Kor | The Age of Chivalry is upon us!
Wellent ich gugk, so hindert mich / köstlicher ziere sinder,
Der ich e pflag, da für ich sich / Neur kelber, gaiss, böck, rinder,
Und knospot leut, swarz, hässeleich, / Vast rüssig gen dem winder;
Die geben müt als sackwein vich. / Vor angst slach ich mein kinder
Offt hin hinder.
Earl Scruffles
Mariner
(id: generalscruff)
posted 10-25-13 04:54 AM EDT (US)     954 / 2504       
I've got Utrecht on my list of possible Erasmus places in 2016. I've applied to two History courses with a year abroad (and another that offers it, but has to be applied to when you're there) (got an offer from one and not heard back yet from the other) and one of them has Utrecht as a connection. Also got the usual options in France, Germany, Italy and Spain as well as Poland, Hungary, Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic and Norway

But I won't go to England due to the prescence of scruffy in shottingham. - Scenter102
This is Scruff we are talking about. I can't think of anything I don't see Scruff doing just for the hell of it. - Agrippa 271
The cake was made by Scruffy and it was... a rude shape. - Liam
monkey in a suit on a cycle - Scenter102 describing Scruffy

[This message has been edited by Earl Scruffles (edited 10-25-2013 @ 04:55 AM).]

Enkidu of Uruk
Mariner
(id: thekid951)
posted 10-25-13 06:36 AM EDT (US)     955 / 2504       
But that's one of the fundamental differences between the two systems I think: Flemish students tend to know a lot but are either quiet or not that great at making their point, whereas Dutch students will know a lot less but will be much more skilled at arguing. That's what you get when the system emphasises presentational skills, unfortunately. It did come up in the tutorials, too, where I noticed my fellow students in Flanders had much more respect for authority and had a very hard time disagreeing with articles they had to read and present in class. During a presentation I once bashed a pretty shitty article I had had to examine and one of the brightest of my fellow students remarked 'I'm not sure you can do that', simply because it was a published article with footnotes and everything.

But in the Netherlands, you're kind of expected to do that. Knowledge is seen as useless if you don't utilise it in the discussion, and disagreement and debate are all part of the study of history from the very start. The only time I found support from the students for analysing and criticising a text in Flanders was when I was dissecting a text written by a German history professor who had actually been a member of the NSDAP. What's more, Flemish professors are similarly frustrated with passive students and so it was pretty easy for me to get quite high marks for presentations and essays (as contrary to some Dutch students I don't just spout rubbish), but I didn't do as well at regular exams - hadn't had an oral examination since high school!
Yes, this is extremely true. We are genuinely very shy. Only now in my master's year do I have my first seminars, and so only now I'm starting to get used to discussing articles with other students. That's indeed very late - too late, even, because we're already writing our theses.
(but in that case it's not necessarily the MA that's demanding ).
That's a good point, not sure how I overlooked that.
I know Boone is seen as one of the strictest professors when it comes to grading papers
Definitely! Strict but very fair. Excellent professor.

Kor
Busschof Happertesch
(id: Derfel Cadarn)
posted 10-25-13 09:34 AM EDT (US)     956 / 2504       
Yeah, Boone is great. He immediately proved one of my expectations wrong when I first arrived: that Belgian academics are incredibly formal and distant. (This may still be true at other universities, particularly Leuven.) He was one of the main reasons I even came to Ghent, so I contacted him in my first week to ask if he wanted to supervise my thesis, as I already had the subject thought out and it was his kind of topic. He was immediately very welcoming and I could knock on his door at any time and he'd help me, and he'd always make dry Belgian joke in the process. At one point we appointed to meet and he said he actually had a board meeting or some such at that time, gave me his phone number and told me to call him to give him an excuse to leave the meeting! Genuinely amazing. That he manages to free time for so many students and is willing to give so many tutorials really makes him stand out (I took the onderzoekseminaries medieval history and urban history, he participated in both). And at the same time he publishes like crazy. I hope he can keep all of that up even now he's dean.

I found the atmosphere at the history department in Ghent to be very pleasant and I regret not having been taught by some of the people there, particularly Jan Dumolyn, who was in England that year I think. But Jeroen Deploige and Ann-Laure Van Bruaene, who I had in my seminaries, were also very good. What courses are you taking, and with what professors? And what's your thesis subject and who is your supervisor?

And yes, we have much more intensive courses from the get-go in the Netherlands. This is partly possible because we have fewer students but it's also very much intentional. It's thought (quite rightly I think) that most students won’t grasp the complexities of subjects like the theory and philosophy of history, and so this is taught with tutorials from the very first year of the BA now. I was surprised that this course only appeared in Ghent in the MA – we had used the Lorenz handbook in the second year of the BA already.

The way to get students to participate used in Ghent for that particular course was terrible. Not sure if they’ve changed it, but back then students had to analyse an individual historian with a group of other students and present their findings in the second half of the weekly lecture. Except all the students who didn’t have to present anything kept leaving in the second half so most presentations had almost no audience and no discussion, and the students had no supervision so most presentations weren’t very good anyway. But I did like that the first half of the lecture tended to have some political and social discussion, which was missing here in the Netherlands.

Kor | The Age of Chivalry is upon us!
Wellent ich gugk, so hindert mich / köstlicher ziere sinder,
Der ich e pflag, da für ich sich / Neur kelber, gaiss, böck, rinder,
Und knospot leut, swarz, hässeleich, / Vast rüssig gen dem winder;
Die geben müt als sackwein vich. / Vor angst slach ich mein kinder
Offt hin hinder.
EnemyofJupitor
HG Alumnus Superbus
posted 10-25-13 11:49 AM EDT (US)     957 / 2504       
Yeah, well. Chemistry. I used BuLi today which can blow up a room if left in air. Yeah.

In all seriousness, I'm kind of wondering if there's a few history of science courses about, and what it's like. One of my lecturers thought one of the London universities might do one.

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
Ischenous
Mariner
posted 10-25-13 01:07 PM EDT (US)     958 / 2504       
Sounds fun. The only thing I did today was get shown some rather horrible pictures of Necrotising fasciitis. Yay for Streptococcus infections! Doesn't really compare does it...
I'm sure I've seen of them, but I can't rememeber the places.

Calling all new people. USE THE SEARCH FUNCTION before asking a question. Thank you.
Alert the APOCOLYPSE is coming!!!!!!!

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOM(Itcame)
"TWH Guild Award (Best Duo/Trio) -Ischenous/IJ"- Tryhard. Why he chose that nomination, I don't know...
General Sajaru
Commodore
posted 10-25-13 07:48 PM EDT (US)     959 / 2504       
Finally some posts less than 5 paragraphs I was getting worried that I'd be here reading them all evening (although it is nice to hear about your experiences in higher education, Kor and Kid). They're rather different than what I've had exposure to.

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." - Ronald Reagan
"Judge them not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Pick up a rifle and you change instantly from a subject to a citizen." - Jeff Cooper
"I like my enemies like James Bond likes his martinis- shaken, not stirred."
My first book, The King's Own
Scenter102
Mariner
posted 10-26-13 05:50 PM EDT (US)     960 / 2504       
Finally some posts less than 5 paragraphs
K
Awesome Eagle
Spear of Mars
(id: awesomated88)
posted 10-26-13 10:17 PM EDT (US)     961 / 2504       
Oh lord- not the 'K'!!!!

Nice to see you again Kor- nice to know that your well and progressing in your career.

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it- George Santayana
History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are- David C. McCullough
Wars not make one great- Yoda
DarthDovah101
Mariner
posted 10-27-13 01:48 PM EDT (US)     962 / 2504       
Just got back from SNIMS (Scottish and Northern Ireland Medic Sports) and have had the worst 18th. Birthday was Friday and the guys we were staying with gave us absinthe, I remember getting to a flat then I woke up at 9 the next day in a drunk tank.

Ah well it makes an interesting story.
EnemyofJupitor
HG Alumnus Superbus
posted 10-27-13 02:36 PM EDT (US)     963 / 2504       
I met Isch today and did the archery competition competition. Unfortunately crashed out the first round, but I got a PB and hit my share of discs. Wasnt much more I could do, really! Ah well

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
SwampRat
M2TW Ladder Leader
posted 10-27-13 02:40 PM EDT (US)     964 / 2504       
Is it worth doing a pumpkin pictures thread? I've got a couple I've drawn faces on and will be carving at some point, I sort of wonder if I'm alone in that.

Last year some meanie stole our pumpkin, or it walked off of its own accord, which would be a better story
Ischenous
Mariner
posted 10-27-13 05:04 PM EDT (US)     965 / 2504       
You didn't do badly considering how much shouting one of our members did at almost everone. I know I saw you get atleast one hit after I shouted something your way too.

EoJ is definately unreliable at pool though

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EnemyofJupitor
HG Alumnus Superbus
posted 10-27-13 05:28 PM EDT (US)     966 / 2504       
I wanted to shut that bastard up in the gallery. I know he was only kidding, but Jesus We completely lost it in the third end. I think we actually failed to hit a single disc, and it was when Oxford B drew level. We never recovered.

Pool is... curious. I'll nail a hard shot and then ruin an easy one straight away. I should imagine every time I take a shot the Pool Gods flip a coin to see if I'm going to be good or terrible.

Pumpkins! I'd love to see pictures. It's onrushing a bit quick for us to do some carving this year I think but it'd be great to see other people.

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
Ischenous
Mariner
posted 10-27-13 05:34 PM EDT (US)     967 / 2504       
Probably a good job he didn't get a microphone, we had a few lying around. I'd say Birmingham got off lightly tbh, but he was so loud he probably put ours off too. Probably a good job the questionaires didn't get used ( I loved your toddler weapon answer, one of the best on it.) as well.

I'm dissapointed none from Birmingham tried the burger challenge too, though going from what I saw you were probably just more sane.

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[This message has been edited by Ischenous (edited 10-27-2013 @ 05:41 PM).]

Ischenous
Mariner
posted 10-30-13 07:35 PM EDT (US)     968 / 2504       
Don't like biochemistry. I didn't pick chemistry for a reason...

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BOOOOOOOOOOOOOM(Itcame)
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General Sajaru
Commodore
posted 10-31-13 00:04 AM EDT (US)     969 / 2504       
I take it you're studying Biology, then? Or perhaps something more esoteric?

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." - Ronald Reagan
"Judge them not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Pick up a rifle and you change instantly from a subject to a citizen." - Jeff Cooper
"I like my enemies like James Bond likes his martinis- shaken, not stirred."
My first book, The King's Own
Ischenous
Mariner
posted 10-31-13 05:50 AM EDT (US)     970 / 2504       
Microbiology. Which unfortunately means I have to do plenty of biochemistry with all the metabolism stuff.

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Enkidu of Uruk
Mariner
(id: thekid951)
posted 11-01-13 03:37 PM EDT (US)     971 / 2504       
Yeah, Boone is great. He immediately proved one of my expectations wrong when I first arrived: that Belgian academics are incredibly formal and distant. (This may still be true at other universities, particularly Leuven.) He was one of the main reasons I even came to Ghent, so I contacted him in my first week to ask if he wanted to supervise my thesis, as I already had the subject thought out and it was his kind of topic. He was immediately very welcoming and I could knock on his door at any time and he'd help me, and he'd always make dry Belgian joke in the process. At one point we appointed to meet and he said he actually had a board meeting or some such at that time, gave me his phone number and told me to call him to give him an excuse to leave the meeting! Genuinely amazing. That he manages to free time for so many students and is willing to give so many tutorials really makes him stand out (I took the onderzoekseminaries medieval history and urban history, he participated in both). And at the same time he publishes like crazy. I hope he can keep all of that up even now he's dean.

I found the atmosphere at the history department in Ghent to be very pleasant and I regret not having been taught by some of the people there, particularly Jan Dumolyn, who was in England that year I think. But Jeroen Deploige and Ann-Laure Van Bruaene, who I had in my seminaries, were also very good. What courses are you taking, and with what professors? And what's your thesis subject and who is your supervisor?

And yes, we have much more intensive courses from the get-go in the Netherlands. This is partly possible because we have fewer students but it's also very much intentional. It's thought (quite rightly I think) that most students won’t grasp the complexities of subjects like the theory and philosophy of history, and so this is taught with tutorials from the very first year of the BA now. I was surprised that this course only appeared in Ghent in the MA – we had used the Lorenz handbook in the second year of the BA already.

The way to get students to participate used in Ghent for that particular course was terrible. Not sure if they’ve changed it, but back then students had to analyse an individual historian with a group of other students and present their findings in the second half of the weekly lecture. Except all the students who didn’t have to present anything kept leaving in the second half so most presentations had almost no audience and no discussion, and the students had no supervision so most presentations weren’t very good anyway. But I did like that the first half of the lecture tended to have some political and social discussion, which was missing here in the Netherlands.
Yes; it was great fun to interview Boone - he was very casual, made jokes and sometimes switched to off-topic gossiping on the condition that we'd not record those particular segments

Jan Dumolyn was on my shortlist of professors I considered I'd like to work with for my thesis. Unfortunately I've never had any kind of seminar with him so he definitely doesn't know who I am. I do know quite a few people of his marxist circle of friends.

My research seminar is Sociale Geschiedenis na 1750, supervised by Antoon Vrints and Ine Linthout. I really like it. The seminar is based on a close reading of a book on historiographical debates (le vingtième siècle comme champ de bataille by an Italian historian).

My thesis' promotor is prof. dr. Berber Bevernage. He is actually the professor lecturing Theoretische Geschiedenis right now. And yes, the course's principle is still the same. Groups of students have to pick a classic of history writing, and analyze it. The analysis is done by comparing the book to Peter Burke's thesis of western historiography. I like the course, but I agree with you a hundred percent : theoretical history should have been a part of the bachelor years.
Since I work with Bevernage, the goal of the thesis is to link some part of "theoretical history" to a specific casus. My casus is the Israel-Palestine conflict. Specifically, I will investigates initiatives of reconciliation/collaboration where historical narratives are constructed in one way or another. Then questions arise like: how do Israeli and Palestinian historians, who work together, come to a consensus? What are the deontological consequences of a "consensus-history" What narratives do they use? And so forth. The thesis might also include a listing of all such reconciliation initiatives.

Awesome Eagle
Spear of Mars
(id: awesomated88)
posted 11-03-13 06:23 AM EDT (US)     972 / 2504       
Ah, i cannot wait to go to Uni and get stuck into some history..

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it- George Santayana
History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are- David C. McCullough
Wars not make one great- Yoda
Alex_the_Bold
Mariner
posted 11-03-13 12:50 PM EDT (US)     973 / 2504       
I have to wait a whole year before I (hopefully) begin studying at a Uni, preferably Medicine or Biology...

Invincibility lies in defence, while the possibility of victory in the attack -Sun Tzu
Akouson me, pataxon de (hit me, but first listen to me)-Themistocles to Euribiadis prior to the battle of Salamis.
DarthDovah101
Mariner
posted 11-03-13 01:25 PM EDT (US)     974 / 2504       
Woo Medicine!
Hannibal the Conqueror
Mariner
(id: HannibalBarcaXXI)
posted 11-03-13 01:27 PM EDT (US)     975 / 2504       
1 year left to Uni, going to study something in Business/Finance.

"I long for Darkness."
- Cormac McCarthy, The Sunset Limited.

"We are a species that ravages, plunders, kills, destroys, rapes and enslaves in the name of progress."
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