Thursday, January 24, 2008

Victory...1 of 7

So I finished my first essay. This one was about Baptism, its relationship with the Eucharist (which should be rock-solid, but today isn't) and whether it is a private event or one for the whole church (it should be the latter, but to our detriment, it's seen as the former), and my experience of both of these (which is a fairly comprehensive overview of the region that I live in).

I have to admit, I only started on the essay because I couldn't get to sleep. At all. I waited for over an hour before deciding, 'y'know what? I'm going to write an essay'. Not my most logical thought, but quite a productive one nonetheless. I slammed down a bottle of red eye (different from my usual practise of having a little as the night goes on) and slammed out an essay. Which is awesome :D

Completing this was actually easier than normal, but that was mainly because I'd done the research already and knew where to look to justify my pontifications.

Much to my constant annoyance, I had to use the Chicago form of referencing, which is apparently the standard for American humanities, but I'm well and truly used to Harvard (the humanities standard for Commonwealth countries), so it was annoying to have to footnote all the time. I think I got about 17 footnotes, with five references in the bibliography.

Doing a reading course has it's own pecularities, but none so much as when one is used to having a minimum amount of referenced materials. In this course, I got the impression that the marker would be more surprised that other references would be used; in my last degree, we were set minimum amounts (about a minimum of 5 for a 2000 word assignment - can't remember well enough).

The word count, not including references or bibliography, came out to 1936 words over 6 pages, which is right between the 5-7 that was expected. If footnotes were included, though, I'd have written 2308 words, a very respectable total (and more than most of my university assignments). By that count, half of my essays expect 1600 words; the other half, 1300.

Nonetheless, getting back to my main point - I am very happy to have finished one of the essays. Only six to go.

And in other news...
At the moment, I seem to be averaging out at weekly blogging. I'd expected to be so much more than that; but, stuff has been happening.

On the weekend, I found out that my theology course is, in fact, sponsored by the archdiocese, which will make life so much easier for me.

Yesterday, I moved house. Because I've broken the lease, I'll have to pay rent there basically until someone else does...kinda a sucky deal, but not unexpected.

On Tuesday, I communed for the first time in a long, long time. Also got to chant with an Athonite monk, Fr Palladios. Nice guy from what I could tell, but not having a common language has its own problems. For the first time, I read the epistle in Greek, and got plenty of compliments for it. Something tells me that I'll be doing that a little more often.

Later that day, I came second in Mahjong, which I mainly attribute to not losing a lot and winning a couple of hands.
Explanatory: in Mahjong, you only pay in two circumstances - in the more common, because you directly allowed someone else to win; in the other (and less costly) instance, because the winner picked up the tile they needed off the draw.

On the weekend, in my now-old place, I had the experience of sharing a room with not one (like was normal), but three guys - none of whom small. Definitely a new experience in sardines, definitely not one I'll have to repeat any time soon (hopefully).

2 comments:

Lucas said...

During my degree I had to do both referencing styles, and pretty much simultaneously during every semester: the History department at UQ used the Chicago style, and the Political Science department used the Harvard style.

Personally, i prefer the Chicago style, mainly because i prefer footnotes over in-text referencing.

For me the in-text stuff breaks up the visual look of the writing, and interrupts the normal flow of the eye in reading over the text.

Using a footnote allows you to take in the content of what is written without all the brackets and crap. It allows you to look at the references in your own time rather than having it rammed down your throat after reading a sentence (Costi 2007a).

Annoying...

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