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March 5th, 2009

Only non-awesome homework @ 06:03 pm

Right now I am annoyingly: aggravated aggravated
Soundtrack: Enya - I Want Tomorrow played backwards (I used to call the backwards version "Wii Game Mood")

UGH.

For history class, I have to write a 3-to-4-page paper on how the Age of Reason compares to modern times, which is due tomorrow, and for English class, the 30-40 notecards for the Research Paper of the Apocalypse are due Monday. I'm not even close to being close to being close to (insert infinite loop here) being close to being finished with either one.

It sucks being only good with math, computers, drawing, and having weird dreams. :(

 
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From:negoto_dayo
Date:March 6th, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)
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=( what's the research paper on?
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From:matt1993
Date:March 6th, 2009 02:27 am (UTC)
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It's a 1200-1500 page paper on... well, there was a wide choice of subjects, but I chose the influence of Greek philosophy and arts on the philosophy and arts of later cultures. Fortunately, pathvain_aelien is helping me with it.
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From:negoto_dayo
Date:March 6th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
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woah is that pages or words?
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From:matt1993
Date:March 6th, 2009 03:02 am (UTC)

D'OH!!!!

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Aw gnat, I meant words. Thanks for catching that.

*takes headphones out of iPod and strangles self with them*
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From:negoto_dayo
Date:March 6th, 2009 03:29 am (UTC)

Re: D'OH!!!!

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hahaha I was about to say...
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From:matt1993
Date:March 7th, 2009 02:44 am (UTC)

Re: D'OH!!!!

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If I got a research paper assignment that was 1200-1500 pages long, I would kill myself. Several times.
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From:rovanda
Date:March 6th, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
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Bird by bird, as Anne Lamott would say. Just start with one piece, then the next piece, then the next, and eventually you'll be done :)

Math, computers, drawing and weird dreams are all good things! Everything else, you can get through if you just break it down and take it step by step.

Compare and contrast papers are the easiest, to my mind. I suggest starting with a matrix - as simple as a lined piece of paper with a line down the middle where you start listing points of interest about the Age of Reason down one side, and then how modern times compare to each point on the other side. List all the points you can think of about the Age of Reason first, brainstorming style, then the corresponding points about modern times. Then you can see if any of these points of interest fall into groups (like all of these features have to do with gender relations or those four points all touch on politics, etc.) and if you have too much, cut out anything too repetitive or boring.

Fill each grouping out into a paragraph(or three), slap on an introductory paragraph (blah blah Age of Reason has points of similarity and contrast with modern times blah blah) and a conclusion paragraph (tie it all together somehow, even if you basically list "these things are similar and those things are dissimilar"), and you should be all set :)

Best of luck with the Research Paper of DOOOM too! Notecards are nice because you can do them in any order, brainstorming style, and then shuffle and sort them to suit you. Sometimes organizing them will give you ideas for more notecards too, as you see where ideas can connect or need to be filled out more or given supporting evidence.
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From:matt1993
Date:March 6th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
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Yeah, even if I try to do something like that, I still am not good at it. Good thing pathvain_aelien is helping me.
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From:rovanda
Date:March 6th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
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Definitely good to have friends to help :)

I'm just saying being good at things isn't a prerequisite for getting them done, or even for getting them done well!
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From:matt1993
Date:March 7th, 2009 02:50 am (UTC)
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Well, three things are for sure:
1) Not being good at something makes it harder
2) Not being good at something cuts into my free time, and
3) There isn't a #3 on this list.
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From:pathvain_aelien
Date:March 8th, 2009 10:52 am (UTC)
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We will get it finished. History is already done!
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From:matt1993
Date:March 8th, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, but I have 27 notecards left to do. :(
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From:pathvain_aelien
Date:August 21st, 2013 05:52 am (UTC)
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It's clear that you don't mean it's ABOUT the end of the world, but that it feels like it.
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From:matt1993
Date:August 21st, 2013 04:41 pm (UTC)
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(Explanation to anyone besides us who happens to revisit this entry even later than we did: Some drama on LJ that happened much later made it seem not only plausible, but likely, that a lot of my old entries and comments - including this one - might make people, even my LJ friends, hate me, so I linked to all of the posts that I was worried about.)

It's clear to YOU, and it MAY also be clear to everyone else who's read this entry or any other in which I said anything like this, but once again, how do I know for sure?
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From:pathvain_aelien
Date:August 21st, 2013 07:26 pm (UTC)
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I think it will be pretty clear to everyone.

Tidbits of Matt's Life

This is where I post my incoherent ramblings. It's where I post the coherent ones, too!