After observing the title, before you ask, no kinds of activities involving the human-versions of the title's components occurred this week (by that I mean yes, I am not talking about human balls or a human phallus). Class dominated my time this week, but let me establish one thing: here is my classroom...
|My classroom is better than your classroom.|
|This classroom is an ADD nightmare.|
Monday dealt mostly with syllabi. We had senior design, which scares the crap out of me. Yes, even the syllabus scares the crap out of me. That was pretty much it for that day (don't worry it gets better tomorrow).
On Tuesday, our first class, theater, was at 9:00 AM and sounds fantastic, we get to go see a play virtually once a week, and most of the plays are contemporary, which is good news for me, because I tend to dislike the older plays. The came lunch, which was cool because a got to see the student lounge, which rules. The have so many good movies... on VHS, but that's okay. VHS never hurt anybody, even thought I probably won't have time to watch a single one. Next class was Pillars of a Global Society, which, if I can be honest, does not sound like it is going to agree with me. I'm just saying. Lunch, view movie selection, head to next class, which is... oh great... Pillars of a Global Society. However, this class we got to go on a field trip through Soho.
We were given little headsets so that we could hear our professor as he guided us through. Throughout the whole trip, my headset kept making this horrible scratchy, static sound that were LOUD AS HELL. I took my earphones off for half of the trip. As I figured out 3 minutes before the tour ended, my shirt had been repeatedly cranking the volume all the way up (since the transmitter was on my belt buckle). We reached Carneby Street, which you apparent MUST have heard of if you are above the age of 50. We were assured that in the 60's this was simply THE place to be, but...
|... I'm just not seeing it.|
|... the Brits just have this penchant for sitting on EVERYTHING.|
|... which is why Henry Whitehead doesn't get a pub...|
|... though to be fair, John Snow is a much better name for a pub.|
|What the hell are those circle things?|
Wednesday, my favorite day of this school week, started out with art and architecture. After talking about some administrative business (syllabus, etc.) for like 10 minutes, we decided to go on a field trip for the next 2.5 hours. We went to The City of London, which is an approximate square mile of London that is significant because it represents the core of historical London for a LONG time. It is now the modern financial district, which means there were lots of buildings to see.
First, we saw the Lloyd's Building, which looks ridiculous. The building was designed by architect Richard Rogers, who thought that this inside-out style would be the future of architecture. Never mind that all the exposed pipes and ducts make the build SUPER-inefficient. However, I personally think it is kind of cool looking.
|Pictured: the future of architecture|
Next we got to see one of my favorite buildings in terms of aesthetics and function. Designed primarily by architect Norman Foster, 30 St. Mary Axe (also known as The Gherkin or the Swiss Re Building) is in my opinion, one of prettiest modern buildings, and it is very environmentally friendly, using about half the energy of other buildings that are the same size. However, I cannot do it justice with just words, but I really only got two good shots of it. Here they are.
|... never mind. It clearly looks like a penis (there is even a clearly defined head).|
|You can't be serious.|
|This is better than most of the roads near my home.|
|... an f*ing I-beam in the middle of the wall.|
|Mr. Wallace, can you tell Hugo Weaving to leave it alone?|
|My church is better than your church.|
Tomorrow came. Theater class was first, and we discussed Into the Woods. It was very interesting to see on how many levels Into the Woods works. It also made me feel kind of dumb. Anyway, Pillars was next and we went though a brief flyby of London's history. Lunch. Head to class. Then I find out we have yet another field trip, and at this point I am just exhausted. Oh well, no use complaining. We went to see the Museum of London, which focuses on the history of London from several thousand years ago to the present day. We also had an assignment to do, which made the experience a little less enjoyable than it could have been. Overall I thought the Museum was fascinating. Here are all the pictures I took.
|There will be rap songs about this car.|
Friday I did not do anything. I mean this completely literally.
I am cutting this post short here because the weekend was very eventful. I will post about it soon.