March 14th, 2006


Paper down, GSP to go

Yep, my paper is done.

If you're into reading through 36 pages of morphology and aspects of sacred architecture plus my bibliography, you are, of course, more than welcome to try it:

The Slow Burn and the Flash in the Pan: Teotihuacan and Xochicalco: Broad Similarity and Focused Differences

If you're just interested in representations of the plumed serpent "deity" of Mesoamerica, then start on p. 26. There's about 4 pages of info comparing the serpents at both sites. I am unconvinced that they're the same one.

This paper got so out of control so quickly it wasn't funny. I'm terrified of being seriously docked for overkill.

Target range for these papers was 10-20 pages, though that was never explicitly stated.

I'm also unhappy with the conclusions, all told. They're slightly unclear and could have been better presented.

But I am, on the balance, very happy with this paper.

Now, off to finish that GSP before midnight.

I'm applying for clergy status today.

Oh, yeah:

I've also decided to start dating again.

No real idea who I'll date, but I figure I ought to give it a shot.

I'd initially thought about putting up an application (such things are wonderfully useful), but the gauntlet of questions was becoming far too detailed and frightening. Some example questions:

  1. What are your measurements?
    This included *all* measurements, but the most important one was ring size on the left ring finger. I'm a fan of having such measurements just in case they eventually become useful. The other measurements were primarily to be requested so that I could shop for the person.
  2. What's your gender?
    I may be 100% straight so far as I know, but I'm really not that picky about who I go out with, and hey, who knows? Maybe I just don't know what's going on. I'd just like to know how to identify a potential date when I meet them at the coffee shop.
  3. Got any STD's?
    Once again, I won't base my determination on who to date off of this. I'd just kinda like to know in advance, ya know?
  4. I'm called to being a Priest in a Neo-Pagan church. How's that affect you?
    As a central point in being broken up with by Tina, this one's important.
  5. I still live with my ex-girlfriend. We're damn good friends. What's your position on that? In particular, does it make you uncomfortable?
    I don't see this changing in the near future, so it's an important question.
  6. If I were asleep and you were my alarm clock, how would you wake me up?
    Oh, come on. You know you want to answer that one!

The central problem with the application, of course, is that it seems like I'm trying to weed people out. That's not the case.

The thing is, I don't really plan to be my usual picky self about dating. I'm interested in testing the waters, getting out there, and seeing what there is to see. The questions weren't at all designed to limit, but to expand my options. It also allowed me an honest way to get out information, like living with Tina still, and working on ordination, and so I saw it becoming a two-way street.

However, I figure I can get ahold of the information on my own, anyway.

So, no application.

But I'm available for dating.

As Jimmy Buffett sang, "I came off the rebound, started lookin' around, and figured out it's time to have a little fun. . ."
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