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 Last entry I talked about the Rec Center, a lot-- I'm impressed by it, on the other hand I should talk about uni and actual classes. This term I'm taking Language and Society, linguistics 223. It's a core requirement for an Anthropology degree, sort of the closest thing PSU has for a Linguistic Anthropology class.  It's a pretty nice easy going class so far, three small writing assignments of language aspects and a presentation about a myth on language. My group's myth is "Do women talk to much?" The short answer according to the reading I've done so far is no. In fact men do most of the talking especially in public. This has to do with gender and society  roles, I won't go on about  in length, that's what the presentation and more research is for, but there it is. I got some books from the library yesterday, here's hoping I can dig into them soon. The presentation isn't due until the eighth of May or sixth (will check) but I like to have the jump on things. It's a pretty interesting class, however I feel a little lost when Mr. Childs talks about the jargon, because I've never had a linguistics course. I also wish we weren't focused on English so much. I was hoping we would talk about aspects of language, and then Childs would give us examples in languages where it occurs. Yet most of our examination has been on dialects of English, which is good to learn about, but I confess... a little boring. Well I have to go history 300 is in a couple of minutes. Wow! I guess I'm going to need a part three to talk about my history 300 class! That's okay though, my little live journal needs more attention anyway. *Gives it a big cuddle*

Hayley ^_^
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I have been thinking for a little while now, really since coming to PSU, that in history and anthropology I there are certain aspects that I find fascinating, perhaps more so than periods. I know anthropology wise I would like to specialize in achaeology (I dream of digging) but social history and arcaeology are very similar in decipline and interest, that even then, I find myself having favorites. Attending my African History Before 1800 ce class today really got me thinking about it. I thought for keeping track of things I would make a list of things I like. I may add to it later.  ;)

The list of things in Archaeology and History that I love!

The Medieval Period- especially... Anglo-Saxon England in early times, and in the period of Alfred the Great, The Black Death, and the Thirteenth Century

The Late Roman Period to Medieval cusp

Especially what it was like to be a soldier, cavalry (all sorts, but especially Late Roman/medieval cusp and Mongols/other nomad groups), warbands, battles: like Hastings, WWI, Russo-Japanese War (much the same reasons for interest in WWI)

African History- Especially before 1800's and below the north. Mysterious to me, new, and not  covered very often.

Chagatai Khanate- mysterious, intriguing, while studying the Mongols over the past term and now this one not much on this Khanate.

Byzantine Empire- Is interesting in many ways, the last of the Roman Empire, the Eastern Church, relations with Western medieval in the west and vikings, and lack of coverage in history education. 

Slavery- I feel kind of like a sicko for having this an interest, but it seems like a big part of a lot of human experience. Also it is really different in that these are human beings, but they are treated as something apart. My interest lies mostly with the slavery in earlier cultures, in antiquity and the middle ages.
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Here is my little report of Steam Con. I figured that it would be best to make a journal about the convention, it's a busy couple of days. As my birthday was the right before Steam Con, I decided to use the Con as a way to have fun for my birthday. I would say that plan definitely worked. I carpooled with Brian, Cheri, Kat, and Maimai up to Seattle. It was exciting as I hadn't been on a roadtrip with Kat, Cheri, or Brian in a long time. Maimai, I'm still getting to know. We drove up in his new car, a good way to break it in, on the way up. Kat, Brian, and I were pretty squished in the back, but that didn't bother me. Also it was very cold out, we had quite the cold snap around Steam Con, so the body heat was nice.

I was really happy to see Tyson when we arrived, and ran off with him to see the panel about "The world's Oldest Profession". It was a great panel the ladies hosting it had really done their research. I didn't know about certain details, like there being over a hundred "steamstresses in Seatle, but only on sewing machine." *Lol*  One lady even had an artifact brothel token and key, the token said it was, good for one quality lay :D!

I'll continue on with my report later, but I have to get to class at the moment. More to come...

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