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Sunday, January 21, 2018

When do we learn to twist ideas into essays?

Not much to say on most Sundays. William was studying. He focused some time on preparing for English and we talked about essay writing and how to take seemingly random pieces of evidence and contextualize them so that they support your central thesis in some way. It took me until I was twenty five to really get the hang of this, so it seems like a lot to try to teach him to do. However, no one challenged me to really try when I was younger, so maybe he'll start to get it. 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

William ready for finals

William's term is over for the first half of grade 11. Finals begin with math on Monday. The teacher covers the most important material for that class between 8:30 and 8:35 each day so William is constantly trying to catch up. I made him do the entire exam review booklet that was give to him and I tried to grade it. Problem is, he is now covering material I either have forgotten or never learned, even though I took some university calculus. The formulas don't look familiar to me, but I also recall needing to memorize formulas that I quickly forgot as soon as the test was over. I hope his math is later in the day next term. He took some breaks and isn't seeming too stressed by the looming exams, spending the entire weekend in pjs.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Puppets in grad class

Discussion today in class was screenwriting and story structures, all leading up to the quick writing of a one page script and shooting it with a couple of the SockVile puppets. I probably should have spread this to two days, but here is what we made anyway: PLAY "POETIC JUSTICE" VIDEO 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Shane Book poetry and film presentation

Shane Book, a poet and filmmaker teaching in Victoria, spoke at the university this week. I have to admit that I didn't really do my research on him before attending the talk, but assumed that someone with this dual role would be creating experimental films akin to poems. On the contrary. While there were poetry connections in the films, they were very high end dramatic productions. His first film (grad school I think) was shot on 35mm with free short ends, naively oblivious of the expense of developing said film. Overall a really good talk but disappointingly under subscribed. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

William's first published comic

William's first comic in his "Beardo" series was published this week in the local "Cathedral Village Voice" bi-monthly paper. It should be the first of hopefully many. We met with the editor around the beginning of December and he wanted some filler bits of drawings and a quarter page feature drawing. It seems that once he started laying everything William sent him in mid-December, he found that the small filler material was too dense and detailed and distracted the eye. William will create some more minimal filler pieces for next issue. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Quick and Dirty

Quick and Dirty talk this month included Vishal Rajput, one of my grad students, talking about his photography which all related to film, even though he seemed to not want to talk about film in connection to himself. After the talk by Ward Schell, William asked his opinion of 19th century romanticism. What kind of 16 year old does that? Now you know. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

complicated day at work

Met with the boss today. Had hoped it to be such a dull meeting that we would decided we didn't need to meet very often after all. It was far from that.