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Friday on my Mind

I can't believe tonight's the final lecture of my twelve-week graduate course. What a fantastic group of students I've had the privilege of working with! Next up: I'm going to spend the next week or so putting to bed my two outstanding projects, both of which have been wailing for my attention.

A few notes:

* Reminder: if you'd like a holiday card from me, please respond here. Thanks!

* You may recall that I was part of the filming of the Italian documentary Oltre la Frontiera (Beyond the Frontier) in South Dakota - in fact, the filmmakers, Francesco and Massimo Piccioli, were kind enough to give me third "actor" billing behind the fabulous star, my friend Giuseppe Festa. (I've made a new tag to organize my older posts about the project.) The film was shown last night to an enthusiastic crowd in Mantova, Italy, and I couldn't be happier. Giuseppe sent me pictures of the poster at the theater...

Oltre La Frontiera poster with name credits

Giuseppe in front of the Oltre La Frontiera poster.

* Happy birthday to adamantrealm, and happy early birthday to sneezythesquid, m_stiefvater, bibliotrope, crazywritergirl, rymfireebooks, and darchildre. May all of you enjoy many happy returns of the day!

* The entire score for The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey is now available streaming here.

* Martin Freeman wins everything:

"Mike was not official name; I had nicknamed him for Mycroft Holmes, in a story written by Dr. Watson before he founded IBM. This story character would just sit and think--and that's what Mike did. Mike was a fair dinkum thinkum, sharpest computer you'll ever meet."
- Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress


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Nov. 17th, 2012 10:25 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much! *is giddy* I didn't even think about IMDB! \o/ LOL!
Nov. 17th, 2012 10:17 pm (UTC)
Are you familiar with the work of Janet Brennan Croft? She is one of the librarians at OU (where I'm getting my MILS) and we recently started a correspondence.
Nov. 17th, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes, I know Janet! She's wonderful. She's been most kind to me; she published my essays in two different book collections that she edited, and she also invited me to be the scholar guest of honor at the Mythopoeic Society's annual conference (Mythcon) when she was the organizer/director. She's written some great scholarship, too. I think the world of her and her work. Please tell her hi from me!

My sister got her Master's in Meteorology at OU. Go Sooners! I hope you're having a good experience there.
Nov. 17th, 2012 10:34 pm (UTC)
I definitely will! I actually was hoping to work with her a bit on a paper I've been planning for a while. I've been doing some research lately into the work of anthropologist S.J. Tambiah, namely his 1968 work "The Magical Power of Words." I'm hoping to write a paper comparing this theory to the philogical ideas and opinions of Tolkien regarding the way a language can create and define a world. I'm still in the extreme rudimentary planning stages though.
Nov. 17th, 2012 10:39 pm (UTC)
Oh wow - this sounds amazing! What a great premise. I can't think of anyone better to work with than Janet. That's brilliant. Best wishes!

It sounds like a great candidate for Mythlore, too. But wherever it ends up, please let me know. I'd love to read it.
Nov. 17th, 2012 10:59 pm (UTC)
Well, if I ever get around to completing it, it will be a ways off, so don't get your hopes up!
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Dec. 1st, 2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
I agree!!!
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