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01 February 2008 @ 07:55 pm
15 Yemen Road, Yemen  
I was watching a Friends rerun when I got home from class, the one where Janice decides that she is never going to let Chandler go again, and he tells her he's moving to Yemen. Well anyway, one of the side plots was with Monica and Rachel, still living in Chandler and Joey's apartment. Monica couldn't figure out what one of the switches on the wall did and it was slowing driving her crazy. She even started digging holes into the wall. 

That was so the roomie and I last night. There was this high frequency buzzing sound coming from somewhere in the kitchen. I didn't notice it until Heather said something and then it started driving me crazy. It sounded like it was coming from the microwave, but we unplugged it and the noise was still there. Then, we just started unplugging everything, the Senseo, the toaster. Nope, the buzzing continued. Then, I started digging stuff out of the cabinents to see if it was coming from there. Nothing. I don't hear the noise today, but it is still really bugging me that I don't know where it came from.

I have a paper due in my English class in a couple of weeks and I need to come up with a really good topic. For our first writing assignment, my prof told us to write a portrait of either someone we knew very well or someone we did not know. Well, it was 2 AM the night before it was due and I still hadn't written anything, so I chose to write it on my TV. I literally spent 15 minutes on this assignment. I turned it in, and the next class, he reads my paper out loud! I was a little embarrassed because it certainly wasn't one of my best. At the end of class, he stopped me and told me how much he enjoyed my paper and how he especially liked the "subtle build-up." 

My paper had subtle build-up? 

I just nodded along and I said thanks and left. He gave the assignment for our next paper on Thursday, and as I was leaving class he looked at me and said, "I just know you are going to come up with something interesting for this assignment." Great. Now he has expectations for me. So basically I'm screwed for the rest of the semester and I can't BS my way through this class and I have to wow him on every assignment. So, yeah, I need a really good topic.

We've been reading a lot of essays that dealt with either identitly, loss (pertaining to blindness or colorblindness), imagination, and memory. Basically, the assignment is left wide open. I think I'm going to write about phantom limbs, using the Oliver Sacks' (the neurobiologist who wrote "Awakenings" that was turned into a movie with Robin Williams, I think) readings that he gave us. One was on a painter who suddenly became completely colorblind and the other was about a man with dementia who thought his wife was a hat. I picked up an Oliver Sacks book today called "Musicophilia" that I thought I could use. I started reading it when I was driving home at the stoplights and it's so interesting. I mean, I'm a nerd, so of course I find it interesting. I read "Freakonomics" cover to cover and then spent weeks talking about it to anyone who would listen. But, this book is just so interesting. It's all these case studies about people who have bizarre neuro conditions associated with music. Like, a profoundly deaf woman who can't stop hearing nonexistant music, even after she got a cochlear implant (that got the audiologist in me to sit up and listen). Or a guy who was struck by lightening and suddenly had the urge to play the piano. So cool. 

So, yeah, what was I talking about? Oh yeah, phantom limbs. I can't decide on if this is a good enough topic or not. Any thoughts?
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Current Music: "Phantom Limb"--The Shins
jeeperstseepers: Squeakjeeperstseepers on February 7th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
Phantom limbs are cool because they're seemingly so wacky and weird, but the cause of them makes perfect sense. It seems like it's rare that something really weird exists and we actually understand it.

By the way, the man who mistook his wife for a hat had visual agnosia, not dementia.
robinpoppins: Fascinatingrobinpoppins on February 7th, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
By the way, the man who mistook his wife for a hat had visual agnosia, not dementia.

Doh! I knew that. I don't know why I put down dementia.

Edited at 2008-02-07 11:32 pm (UTC)