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Whew…and the shackles come off (for a bit)

Well, I’m back, everyone (Mom). The exams are finally put to rest. Hooray! I feel like it’s been so long since I took a serious sit-down exam. The upper level history courses at my school have spoiled me for the past couple of years, I’m afraid. Papers tend to be the chosen poison for those profs, and I can say that I much prefer that method. Time constraints on in-class exams kill me. Anyway, I am back and extremely worn out. I’m back, though, and that’s what matters. I am trying to figure out when I picked up the habit of studying until two in the morning. It doesn’t work for me, but I’m not sure how to shake it. I must implement a way of breaking that habit over the summer in preparation for grad school. Oh…and speaking of grad school. I got my first acceptance notice (one out of four, I hope) this week. Still waiting to hear from the other three schools to which I applied, but this one was my top pick. I had forgotten what a high acceptance letters can bring. Although now they’re emails. Welcome to the 21st century! This is where I really want to go, but it’s still a bit early. Pragmatism, pragmatism, pragmatism!

I wish I had something exceedingly profound to put in this post tonight. Unfortunately due to the aforementioned badly thought out wee hours study seshes, my mind is akin to jello presently. I’ve even opted for take-out tonight because the thought of cooking just makes me want to nap.

I have missed my little electronic writing sanctuary, though, and I simply couldn’t stay away any longer. Rather than jump to my readings about communism for class tomorrow, I thought I would share a couple of nifty, yes nifty, links that you lovely readers may enjoy.

The first is from the archives at the Brooklyn Museum. They are images from the Columbian Celebration of 1892. I love the picture of fireworks over Prospect Park. I guess they’re hand-colored(?) Find the images here.

The second is also a photography related link. There is possibly the coolest photography and film museum here in Rochester, the George Eastman House. It’s the mansion where, surprise surprise, the genius behind Kodak, George Eastman, lived. It has since been turned into a veritable Mecca for enthusiasts of the photographic arts. If you are one of these and have never visited, you should. It’s amazing! One of these days I would love to go down into the vaults to see some of the thousands of cameras in their collection. Probably my greatest wet plate idol, Mark Osterman, works there as the Museum’s process historian. He’s seriously the greatest, and if I could have an ounce of hist know-how, I would be a happy photographer. Anyway, he writes a fun blog for the Museum, and the post for today discusses the daguerreotype workshop he co-taught recently. The blog is a nice way to keep up with the latest photography stuff happening at the GEH.  Check it out.

Last but not least, I’ll jump from photography to music. Spin released a list of “30 Must-Hear Albums of 2011.” The top three I’m most looking forward to: Fleet Foxes, Santigold (Finally!), and My Morning Jacket. 2011 is shaping up to be a good year.

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