Book of Lyrics

Last night, I finally began to collect my favourite song lyrics for a binder of them in my room. I thought for a while about the first entry, for a song that I felt should not only be preserved but proliferated. A great song is one that is worth re-singing again and again.

The choice was clear. I choose Gilbert and Sullivan’s “He is an Englishman.”

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Master of Arts in War Studies @ RMC

Every once in a while, I like to plan ahead on future things I want to study, even if they will be long after my next MA or a PhD.

Program Details

  • School: Royal Military College of Canada
  • Course Description: The MA “in War Studies is a multi-disciplinary program that provides students with the opportunity to explore human conflict in any or all of its military, diplomatic, social, political, psychological or economic dimensions.”
  • Location: Kingston (Ontario) or by Internet
  • Admission Requirements: A minimum of B- (70%) in the field of study. Competence in an Official Language.
  • Tuition: $2,840 (full-time study per term). $1,130 per course when part-time.
  • Progression: PhD in War Studies. (Applicants with an A- (80%) in another MA program may proceed into the PhD without a MA in War Studies.)

Curriculum

  • Duration: Typically 2 years (4 terms), full-time. Maximum of 5 years. Part-time option is available.
  • Compulsory Course(s): WS500 – Theories of War from the 18th Century to the Present.
  • Structure: By coursework alone (10 credits), by coursework (8 cr.) and DRP, by coursework (6 cr.) and thesis
  • Academic Requirements: Any grade less than 70% is a failing grade. Thesis and DRP options are only available to students with an in program cumulative average of B+.
  • Directed Research Project (DRP): The research paper shall be between 12,500–15,000 words (40–50 pages) in length.
  • Thesis: The thesis must be no longer than 40,000 words (150 pages in total). Theses must comply with the ethics board. Theses must be submitted at least 8 weeks before one’s examination date.

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Sixpence None the Richer

I haven’t mentioned it, though everybody probably knows it, but I’ve heard a lot of late-90s Sixpence None the Richer between mid-February and now. Not sure if it was a Valentine’s Day phenomenon or how everything from the ’90s is just coming back as whole rather than sequentially. For a long time, I wondered if songs like “There She Goes” (originally by The La’s) and “Kiss Me” would have been strong enough to survive the decades, but I am glad that these gems from my youth have survived and have endured as treasures for a new generation.

Perhaps it’s time that I revisit There She Goes, the first novel that I ever plotted chapters for and gave a soundtrack to back in 2006 but never wrote…

Nah, I’m deep into musings concerning my thirtysomething-lothario-dying-of-a-wasting-disease NaNoWriMo novel.

What am I reading right now? (2018-3-11)

I am reading a bunch of stuff right now, with several dozen things bookmarked and at least 45 items on one of my library cards.

Anyways,

  • I am reading chapter 3 of Junction Landlord, by Toronto activist and fellow York U alum Jessie Zimmerman.
  • I should be in chapter 2 of Dune Messiah but I haven’t checked in a while.
  • I started Noble House last month.
  • I’m trying to quickly start and finish Daisy Miller.
  • I believe I’m done reading the parts of Friedrich Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography that I was interested in, specifically those about his university years and later professorship in Basel.
  • I have purchased the final available copy of Janice Kim’s To Live to Work: Factory Women in Colonial Korea, 1910-1945 that was on Amazon and I will read it once I receive it. Janice was my first professor at York University and has been a friend for over a decade.
  • I am reading Ontario labour law for one of my jobs.
  • I am always enticed to borrow a Toni Morrison novel from work, as we have a stylishly designed set. However, I always forget that I have a copy of Song of Solomon in a to read pile next to my desktop.
  • Bought a copy of The New Yorker after speaking to an associate at Chapters. Should’ve asked for her name.
  • >40 other books and movies in my room to read or to watch. I need another IKEA Billy shelf for these.

Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Ends

And, that’s a wrap!

Overall, while I did not agree with everything I saw in Star Trek: Discovery or its tone and its modern TV story-telling style, it has been an exciting season of Star Trek, full of twists and homages. I am confident that the franchise will not only survive on the small-screen but also thrive, even before I saw Discovery‘s version of the original Enterprise. Heck, I’ve been thinking that Discovery‘s show runners should prepare another Star Trek series set after Voyager to run concurrently with Discovery.

Grade: somewhere between B+ and A-, for presenting a lot of new ideas and a fresh version of the future without using the established Prime Universe as a crutch. Discovery doesn’t get a full A from me because its shorter season structure leaves many characters and story lines rushed and underdeveloped, technical and stylistic incongruencies with the Prime Universe, and its lack of memorable musical scoring, a la Ron Jones or Dennis McCarthy. I mean, will Keyla Detmer say anything yet and will we know more about Airiam, one of the few cyborg or robotic Starfleet officers ever seen?

Regardless, the world needs more Star Trek. And Toronto, where Discovery is filmed and where I live, needs more Star Trek!

Salute!