Yesterday the electricity went away which set off the house alarm and for a second I thought someone started a nuclear war. Turns out the fridge was acting strange but nothing else happened. We thought it broke and already lamented how much it'll cost to replace and how it'll take up the money my father earned, but apparently it works no problem now.
I wrote an okay Latin test today I think. Lecturer said "Collegae Ernst, you are like a pearl in a wine. You keep rising. Albeit very slowly."
Classical Chinese class went very well thought I spent like like 40 minutes before it sleeping in the library instead of preparing.
Lecturer asked me what's going on and I said I don't have anything to report on my projects or anything, but as it turns out, he was expecting me since apparently I always tell some relatively meaningful happening.
Told him about the practice article I wrote on Legalism for another class and he said "There you go, knew you had something to mention."
I'm satisfied with that article. Showed it to an "intellectual" friend who has nothing to do with the Far East and he said it was captivating.
They had free books out. They said they have more inside but I couldn't find it, but I stumbled into another library that had more. Took a Japanese novel, a Chinese novel (both in German), some sanskrit poetry (also in German), volume two of a Russian history book, a Huizinga volume, a Bismarck biography, Thomas Paine's Rights of Man and also Rybakov's "Unknown Soldier". They had two sets of "Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften" but both sets had volume one missing.
Then I carried it all back to the Far Eastern Library.
>Hey Miss, I want to test a stereotype. - I told the librarian
>Do you happen to have a bag?
>People who are big into books always have a bag on hand. I'm the exception.
She had a bag I could use.
Classmates were impressed with my finds and found it odd that I feel confident enough in my command of German that I read books in it.
Had a discussion about collecting books at the library with that girl and the librarian and basically the librarian concluded that we're both insanely autistic because we keep tables of what we read or have.
She (the girl) said that I might never read these books, but I told them that you don't need to read all your books, because a personal library serves as a database and a set of references. She also said that I'm possibly hogging up books people could read, but I told her that I no longer have this worry, since as I've come to find, nobody actually reads books, so there's no harm done.
Had the best translation seminar this semester. Instead of discussing pre-made translations we did at home, we focused on like 6 lines of dialogue and translated it on the spot. It was a really great clash of viewpoints.
We went hard at it with another guy and I felt like I felt short, because I kept falling back on "that's your literary taste, not a fact".
After class I told the lecturer that I think she should do more of this because it not only felt more stimulating intellectually but also more beneficial. Might have been a bit overly brave on my part but it was just so much better than the boring shit we did all semester sometimes just discussing each other's translations instead of stimulating each other.
Anyway I had a good pizza at that Türkish place I went to last time (Found out the guy's Turkish) and then went home between classes so I don't have to lug my laptop and books around. Fell asleep and because of this I was like 5 minutes late, but this time I could actually stay awake during the scientific writing class.
We talked about recensions and approaches to writing one. We also discussed the possibility of the workshop organising an Oriental Studies conference next year for students. By the looks I might be the organiser if it actually happens.
Also asked how should I approach possibly writing a study and holding a presentation in the "National Scientific Student Circle's" competition next year. It's good practice and also the possibility of winning is very enticing. Nobody actually gives a shit about it in the Chinese department. Koreanists and Japanologist regularly go toe to toe but we don't even represent ourselves.