yesterday's fortune cookie: "You will soon change your present line of work." See? God does have a sense of humor.
The first week of school is over, so let's go through what the classes are like so far.
CRTV 118 - Introduction to Radio, Televevision, and Film: "Designed to assist the beginning student in understanding radio/television/cable/internet/mass media." I hate this class. They need to take out the "film" part of the course title because the instructor is more interested talking about the other two, especially the radio. And he seems to be gearing more towards the journalism aspect of media -- he's always talking about the news. Granted, it's only been a week. But I really am not interested in the history of radio, how AM and FM came about, or even journalism. That's Gracie's territory.
CRTV 121 - The American Cinema: "An examination of the American motion picture industry as a unique economic, industrial, aesthetic, and cultural institution." Class that actually talks about film. I love it. I've already learned what the terms best boy and script girl are. I've learned what producers actually do. I've learned the purpose and usage of the clapper. These things may sound boring to you, but I'm fascinated. I want more!
JAPN 101 - Elementary Japanese I: "Focuses on the four major skills of language learning-listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing -- and the grammar and vocabulary necessary to acquire these skills." The Wench and I are taking this class together, and she seems to really like it, mostly because of our instructor. I can't really explain why she's funny, but she is. The course itself is moving pretty fast but I'm okay with that; I'm learning a lot already. When I go to Japan next Summer (and it will happen dammit) I won't be lost like Bill Murray. I'll soon be able to watch NARUTO without subtitles. That means not having to wait so long for ANBU's releases.
15 more weeks to go.
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