jayeless: photo of me at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain (me)

This post is a crosspost from Jayeless, and can be read in its original location here.

As of next Monday, it’s re-enrolment season! This means that Monash is spamming me with approximately ONE TRILLION emails reminding me to enrol, even though it is NOT POSSIBLE YET, and it is quite annoying. I think you should know this.

Anyway, because I’m a BA(Global) student, I got this extra helpful “hint” about what I ought to be selecting once re-enrolments actually open:

Re-enrolment for 2011 commences next week, and it is expected that BA(Global) students entering their second year of study will take the unit ATS2559 ‘Global Studies’ in semester 1 and will need to select a minimum of two units for the year for the International Studies major.

Well…

No.

Sorry.

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jayeless: photo of me at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain (me)

This post is a crosspost from Jayeless, and can be read in its original location here.

As you’re probably aware if you’ve read my About page (lol who does that), I study Global Arts at Monash. When I was listing my preferences in VTAC around a year ago, I was tossing up whether I should list Arts or Global Arts first. They’re basically the same thing, except that Global Arts is more restrictive — you must major in international studies, you must go on exchange for at least a semester, you must take these “global studies” electives. You can do all of that within Arts as well (except for the “global studies” electives but they don’t look very fun, so I don’t think anyone would want to), but you don’t have to.

So I went with it, but I’m a little over the idea of Global Arts now.

You know why? Because international studies is possibly my least favourite subject. I say “possibly” because history and Spanish are also not very fun — basically the only subject I genuinely like any more is linguistics, although the only reason I dislike history is my fuckwit tutor and if not for him, I think it’d be okay.

Anyway, I was going to write a good old-fashioned rant about everything wrong with my degree and everything I want to do instead, but then I realised that would be a little boring. And we all know that there’s only one thing that can make a boring post interesting.

Lists.

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jayeless: photo of me at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain (me)

This post is a crosspost from Jayeless, and can be read in its original location here.

As you may know, last week was election week at Monash Clayton, and therefore a rollicking good time of real politic and finally understanding why Go! truly are the utter scumbags everyone says they are. It is absolutely exhausting and I say that even though I was hardly the most dedicated of campaigners, due to certain other life events getting in my way (do not feel obliged to talk about them, dear commenters).

Anyway, I could have written you a post about it. But I decided not to.

Yes, I decided to record an audio post about them instead. My last one seemed so popular, I might as well do another, right? (Since I already did do one, don’t tell me no!) I hope my accent and voice are clear and comprehensible, as well as awesome, but as I already mentioned in my last audio post I don’t think it’s that awesome. This is possibly a good thing as it means it can’t overshadow the awesomeness of the content that is to follow! Behold:

(In total, this post amounts to about fourteen minutes straight of me speaking, so I’m sorry! But on the bright side this probably means it would have been like a 2,000 word entry, so perhaps you should be grateful I decided to speak all of that instead!)

jayeless: ANGRYFACE (smilers)

This post is a crosspost from Jayeless, and can be read in its original location here.

Firstly, all the people finding this blog by Googling things like “doesn’t matter we’re all fucked anyway” and “I hate myself birds of tokyo”, I sympathise but you’re freaking me out even more than the people who found this blog by looking up my international studies lecturer… before I even wrote about him. Birds of Tokyo are there to ease our pain, okay.

Anyway…

Despite my pessimism late on Saturday night, Australia might not be as fucked as initially thought. The independents are demonstrating a little more antipathy to the Coalition than I was expecting, and while they are still conservatives and Katter is a nutcase, it means Labor still has a chance and that’s important. The fact that all three of these independents care so strongly about telecommunications in the bush is something that bodes well for Labor too, because Labor has its NBN policy that the Liberals have promised to scrap… which, I can well imagine, would infuriate rural MPs. The Liberals’ idea of throwing $6bn at corporations to “encourage” them to develop broadband would likely only benefit the cities, where the profits lie. Whereas a government-mandated network with a clear focus on rural areas — despite the $44bn cost — is going to be more effective and more equitable to rural populations.

So that’s good.

Too bad they’re basically still stupid-ass conservative hacks.

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jayeless: photo of me at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain (me)

This post is a crosspost from Jayeless, and can be read in its original location here.

“Armour for Liars”, off Birds of Tokyo’s second album Universes, is (in short) one of their most amazing songs ever. It does face some tough competition for this title I’d have to say, from “Like Rain” from Day One, from “Wild-Eyed Boy” and “An Ode to Death” from Universes, from… well, from basically half or more of their latest album Birds of Tokyo. It’d be tough for me to claim that “Armour for Liars” is my favourite song of theirs. And honestly, given how “In the Veins of Death Valley” and I bonded over that torturous document analysis for history, describing why Mussolini thought the twentieth century would be the century of fascism, I’m not sure I’m ready to make that claim.

However, “Armour for Liars” occupies a special place in my heart. It belongs where it does there because of what it’s about, what it represents — it’s an entire song about how the world is fucked and no one cares. For someone like me, who thinks that the world is fucked and who’s driven crazy by the apparent indifference of so many other people, the song really intersects with a huge part of my worldview.

Before I explain any more — the song!

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