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So, I'm sitting in my office, not being productive, waiting to go pick up Ro. I'll do some frenzied thing in fifteen minutes and try to get done by 5:10 what I should have been doing at a more leisurely pace since I got back at 3:30. But, no, HAD to download the Bab 5 video Ekat told me about, had to read other people's live journals, had to check my earthlink accounts. It's all just procrastination, avoidance, whatever.

Tonight I have to review the Byzantine stuff (almost wrote Babylon--hmmm) for tomorrow's class, then next week, it's on to Islam. Time to dig out those photos from the trip to Spain. Funny, my first encounter with Islam was a Frank Yerby novel I read when I was a teenager, set in Toledo in about 1140 (among other places). It permanently scarred me: I find it hard to demonize people when my first exposure was to the side of Islam that is clean, smart, and tolerant. Sure, it was an Islamic version of the Noble Savage riff that some writers propagated here about the First Nations, and just as "accurate" as the opposite extreme, but I'm stuck with it. It's there in my head, and it won't budge. Maybe that's okay, right now, though. My little darlings are going to get their eyes opened--I'll lay odds that out of the 21 students, maybe 2, tops, know that Allah and Jehovah are the same guy. That Abraham is honored in Islam, and that Jesus is a respected prophet, who waits in heaven uncorrupted by death, and who will lead the Armies of Allah at the last battle. That Islam dominated Spain and Sicily for centuries.

But I digress--first the Crusaders have to sack Christian Constantinople, and we've got to hopelessly mess up the Balkans before I can back up and talk about all that other stuff. And all those pretty icons. Yum.

I can't wait until I can start putting some music in. We did a bit on clothing when we were looking at the mosaics, and then there's the little bits I was able to dig up about Byzantine social life. I really admire the people who care about Byzantium, but it so ain't me. Fortunately, after Islam I can get to the cool stuff--those sick, twisted, ambitious Merovingians, Charlemagne, Beowulf, the Vikings (yes Viz, I know "viking" is a verb--in the SCANDANAVIAN language: in English it's a friggin' noun, so go stuff your holier than thou, I'm too smart for my clothes attitude up where it will do the rest of us some good, up your bum so far it chokes you).

Yup, cranky. Must do something about that. Food maybe. Later.


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Feb. 2nd, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
Well yes.

Viking is a verb, or a vocational descriptor...

Feb. 9th, 2006 12:33 pm (UTC)
Soooo, it's the same as saying, "...and save me from the fury of the butchers"?

(Big sis runs very fast away from little brother's position...)
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