I wasted the entire day on browsing the web to follow the happenings in Ukraine, which in retrospect, was a colossal waste of time, since I failed to get a grip on it and learn anything.
Ultimately it just causes me anxiety and wastes my time.
Not going to say that I'm shaking, but I do get goosebumps thinking about the situation sometimes.
I feel like I should buy some long shelf-life items, just in case, though most people don't seem to care. I didn't see any difference on the faces when I went out or anything.
Presentation yesterday went well, though I think I again subverted the lecturer's expectations. (In a good way of course.)
Basically instead of just talking about this 19th century translator, I instead decided to examine his works in a dual light, by showing excerpts from a work that was later canonised in Hungarian by another translation instead of his (The Divine Comedy, which is canonised in Hungary via Babits Mihály's translation) and an non-canonised work (which was his Nibelungenlied translation, the only version available in small print numbers until 2020.)
Basically my hypothesis was this way we can appreciate/evaluate Károly Szász's translationwork on the grounds of its aesthetics instead of writing him off as a mediocre precursor to Babits and the 20th century.
I think I succeeded, and I also go a few people to appreciate his fine translation of the Nibelungenlied, shedding a new light on this otherwise forgotten translator who is held in regard as someone who was very productive, but whose achievements ultimately got undone by the paradigm shift of early 20th century Hungarian literature.
But ultimately the lecturer probably didn't expect this approach to the 20 minute long presentation we had to give (she probably expected no approach at all besides giving a summary of the assigned essays). Oh yeah, did I mention that I managed to stay within the time limit. Very nice.
After classes I went out and bought a new mouse for university, some notebooks, pens and page markers, plus I had lunch at McDonald's.
I need to prepare for next week's classes. I'll be writing at least two tests, one in Latin and one in modern Chinese. >>67913
If the Russians succeed in forcing their will upon Ukraine, then it is very much the end of the post-war "rules based" order imho.
But even if they don't win, it just shows that the current world order was a house of cards that was all built on this giant bluff that the US will fuck you up if you step out of line.
Currently the western "retaliation" is another round of sanctions and "angry letters". The Polish and the Estonians have sent ammo and guns, but nobody else stood up for Ukraine.
And the Russians already announced smugly that they can get everything they want from China or other non-Atlanticist powers. >>67909