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February 5th, 2004

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12:11 pm - "Rum and cooked animals and bullshit by the ton . . ."
I need a real Magic 8-Ball.

I'm tired of just making up what the 8-Ball says. Like the Rubic's Cube, Ninja Turtles, and a 2600, I never owned one of these true relics of the 80's, and I feel like I missed out on quite a bit. (Yes, I am aware that some of these things are older than I, but this is where I associate them in history.)

I love the idea behind the song "Semi-True Story":
It's a semi-true story
Believe it or not
I made up a few things
And there's some I forgot.
But the life and the tellin'
Are both real to me
And they run like the rain
All the way to the sea.
I'm looking at courses for next quarter. I'm planning to take Jones' "Myth and Ritual", and kinda trying to decide between the following:

  • Classical Archeology
  • Topics in ancient myth and society (taught by Fritz Graf)
  • The Hero in Classical Myth
  • Persian myth and folklore
  • Myth of ancient Egypt and the Mesopotamian
  • Marx, Nietzsche, Freud

Help me out? What other class would you take?

On a very random side note: does anyone know if the lady on the cover of Cunningham's "Truth About Witchcraft Today" is/was actually Wiccan?
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Current Music: "Bank of Bad Habits", -JB

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Date:February 5th, 2004 05:22 pm (UTC)

believe it or not...

I had an eight ball..
A rubics cube.
And a rubics triangle (much cooler because it had neon colors and was a pyramid for those budding pagan kids...)

Yes, I was a 'with it, kid of the times..'
And yes, I'm that much older than you..
Date:February 5th, 2004 05:33 pm (UTC)
I took Persian Myth and Culture, and it was an awesome class!
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Date:February 5th, 2004 06:00 pm (UTC)


Must keep that in mind :) I like the idea of taking it.
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Date:February 5th, 2004 06:07 pm (UTC)

Re: Signs point to Yes

*grins* Yes, I've used the online ones. But I want one I can hold in my hands. There's something more mystical about physical divination tools, don't you think?
Date:February 5th, 2004 05:49 pm (UTC)
Hmm. All sound interesting to some extent. Probably Myth of Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. What's the course number for that class?
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Date:February 5th, 2004 05:59 pm (UTC)


NELC (Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, I think) 370. I have just realized that I don't have a time. I need to make sure it's offered next Qtr.
Date:February 5th, 2004 06:06 pm (UTC)


eeeenteresting. If it's offered fall quarter I'll see about taking it. My schedule for next quarter is chock full of psychology goodness.
Date:February 5th, 2004 07:28 pm (UTC)
We have a few 8 Balls rolling around. They were made specifically for the job my Husband works at so the answers say things like "404". You could get custom ones made as well:


It would be great for rituals....
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Date:February 5th, 2004 08:29 pm (UTC)


What a fun idea - using a Magic 8 ball for rituals. LOL
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Date:February 5th, 2004 08:31 pm (UTC)
I had a magic eight ball also - when I was a TEENAGER, which, believe me, was over three decades ago! I used it all the time. :)

If I were to choose, I would take either the Myth of Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, or the Marx, Nietzsche, Freud course (mainly because I would love to hear what they have to say about the three of them together).
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Date:February 5th, 2004 08:34 pm (UTC)
I would, undoubtedly, take classical archaeology.
Date:February 5th, 2004 10:24 pm (UTC)
Topics in ancient myth and society sounds like a thematic class in which you will cover many archetypal characters and "journeys," which may or may not cover Egyptian, Mesopotamian, and Greco-Roman mythologies. You might also do a lot of Freud and Jung, as well as Joseph Campbell.

I'd take this if you can't decide on anything, because then you know this will generally cover the majority of the themes of the other classes you listed.
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Date:February 6th, 2004 12:33 am (UTC)
I'd take Classical Archaeology. But then I'm considering an MA in it, so I'm clearly biased. ;) Topics in ancient myth and society would be a close second - in fact if it were me I'd probably take both, even if that meant dropping something else.
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Date:February 6th, 2004 02:40 am (UTC)
Classical Arch, all the way. Assuming that it's a true archaeology course and not that art history crap that they gave us in college, that is. But of course I'm biased towards both the classics and archaeology. Second choice, topics in ancient myth and society.

You can easily acquire the basic magic 8-ball at Wal-Mart or the like. Just remember to phrase your question so that they answer you want to get is "yes" -- I took stats once, and there are about 10 positive, 5 neutral/ask again, and 5 negative answers on the icosohedron.
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Date:February 7th, 2004 04:39 am (UTC)
I took both world and greek archaeology, and I hated them. Well, world archaeology would have been good, except that it was an entry level course and completely not challenging for me. Greek archaeology was the total opposite. It was based entirely on artifacts, and identifying artifacts, and the time period of the artifact's creation, and the significance of said artifact to greek culture, from a picture in thirty seconds. I wasn't fond of greek stuff before the class. I think I could be quite content if I never have to set eyes on another red-on-black amphora with dancing humans by the Euthydimes painter from the sixth century BC that shows the further detailing and realization of nature in greek art ever again.

Although there was this one really cute statue of Hermes.

But, I digress. Take a biology course! We loveses biology, yesss, we's do indeed.

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