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Lauren, me & DVDs

Every summer, Lauren and I try to find a Theme, something to guide us throughout that's consistent like a few summer's ago, we read several of the  Newbery Award Winner young reader books, another we studied 20th Century art movements and artists of her choice...mostly, last summer, we studied poets and their poetry and so on.

This year, we have dedicated ourselves to the DVD, enjoying, for instance
The Teaching Company's The Great Courses, DVDs.

We have already watched to completion:
My choice: A series of 24 half-hour lectures on how to write more well thought-out sentences and

Lauren's choice: A series of 36 half-hour lectures on all things relating to the brain, neuroscience,
and from which she's decided neuroscience isn't exactly what she wants to major in once out of high school, obviously.
More like behavior psychology with a minor in neuroscience and with a strong interest in philosophy yadda yadda.

Daiv has his Masters in Sculpture, I have my BS in Fine Arts so, understandably, this whole science thing is kind of leaving us both a little breathless and confused. When she told me she thought she wanted to major in neuroscience, I said, 'What? no art school?', then googled neuroscience, after I figured out how to spell it -- 'e' before 'u'...'e' before 'u' -- in order to have clearer understanding of what this means schooling-wise. I now do have a clearer, if not clear, understanding, and so, apparently, does she. Partially, what it means is ultimately a PhD. I guess we should probably start saving our nickles and dimes right about now, yeah?.
Click on either graphic to find out more, if you have any interest.

Nevertheless, this will always be remembered as the Summer of 
ONE: I haven't watched the show since it went off the air, yet still consider myself a member of the fandom so,
I thought I should and
TWO: at 16, Lauren is, in OUR estimation, fin..NA...ly old enough to actually watch the show, something I have been unwilling to allow her to do up until now no matter how prettily she may have begged. She is, after all, a child who at 11, had all the cast members real and characters names memorized, had pilfered my copy of the above-referenced book so soon after I'd bought it that I had actually forgotten having bought it, and who has been crushing' on Gale since first ever she saw his face. Awwww.
So far, we have completed and , are a couple of eppies into ,

and will soon, though not by the end of summer, be on to and I do get a little squeamish now and then, at certain parts, just a little but, seriously, we're having a blast.

Plus, every Friday morning, we watch Lauren's choice of movie from . So far we seen' Sherlock Holmes' which has become a new obsession for her, 'An Education', and 'Where the Wild Things Are'. Wheee.

And, yes, we do actually get out of the house...once in awhile, really, we do. Just last week, we had an appointment with the eye doctor so...yeah.




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Jul. 24th, 2010 12:46 am (UTC)
I am uber-impressed by your summertime programmes! I've always found your sentences well-thought-out, and I'm fairly critical by nature. There's always room for improvement, I guess.

As for Lauren's neuroscience, well, I'll just join you in confusion.

I love your choices of DVDs. Quite eclectic. FanSee

Edited at 2010-07-24 12:47 am (UTC)
Jul. 26th, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Summertime
This particular professor, he teaches at Iowa, is tired of the short and simple mantra, showing how even Hemingway, the poster boy of short-and-simple, wrote some very LONG and complicated sentences. The professor likes the type of sentences that, if not done properly can easily become very confusing, sentences that approach paragraph length and sometimes push the limit of what I can find acceptable or at least approachable. BUT his enthusiasm, his pure love of words and how they can go together is inspiring. I will watch the series again. Lauren and I were constantly stopping, discussing, and then starting each episode and parts remain a little confusing.

As for the neuroscience, I'm glad I'm not the only one but I am learning and I'm sure that will continue for the foreseeable future. Plus she's taking Art and Photography next year so, mine and Daiv's genetics haven't entirely given up the fight. YAY!!
Jul. 24th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC)
i started rewatching qaf to write out a list of memorable scenes but i got stalled on 121. i'm not sure when i'll pick it back up again. let me know what you think of "an education." i seem like the only one who didn't think it's the greatest movie ever.
Jul. 26th, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
with QAF, Lauren and I are working under time constraints, we're trying to get as much done before school starts so, we just keep moving on.

We thought 'an education' was a very good movie but not fantastic by any means. The performances were very good but I don't know that I rec it much. So, to us anyway and like you, not the greatest movie ever.
Jul. 24th, 2010 03:49 am (UTC)
I haven't rewatched QAF in a while. It's still one of my favorite shows. I'm glad you are finally enjoying it with Lauren!
Jul. 24th, 2010 03:01 pm (UTC)
I know, how cool is that? To realize she actually was only 10 when I first started watching the show, she was with me when I discovered it a Blockbusters. What's also cool is that she sees things differently than I do, we actually discuss each episode.
Jul. 25th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
g, i loved an education...great film, terrific performances. neuroscience? very interesting, even as a minor!

Jul. 26th, 2010 03:27 pm (UTC)
it was a very good film, and you're right, the performances were excellent. You knew there was something wrong with the guy from the get-go but could easily see how he could seduce even the girl's parents, let alone her.

And yeah, neuroscience, I'm learning alot and expect to learn more as we go along. One thing I find interesting is that this whole area of study involves a great deal of philosophy, something else Lauren will need to study. Kind of cool.
Jul. 25th, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC)
Summer of QAF = summer of loooove. Do you refrain from throwing things at the TV and calling CowLip all manner of genitalia in 513? I don't think I'll ever get over it.

PS: AWESOME educational DVDs! Nothing like a brain full of firing neurons to make you love life.
Jul. 25th, 2010 03:03 pm (UTC)
thanks for friending me, I've friended you back, seems we have much in common.

Truth about 513? I wrote a multiple chapter Post513 story, finally posting it in 2008 and 2009, and in doing that made myself feel much much better about how the show ended. I cried, just a little, when the last eppie aired but now, I'm fine with it. I was able to give all of the characters the life I thought each deserved, even by suggestion, Ethan who I never disliked.

'Nothing like a brain full of firing neurons to make you love life.'
Couldn't agree more.
Jul. 31st, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
Once again you AMAZE me! May I take you as a role-model for being the very best 'great-auntie' once The Boy & Mrs Boy start making babies?

~I realize I'm a bit late in commenting but I'm just now playing catch-up on my 'Friend's List'.

Aug. 1st, 2010 01:35 am (UTC)
'~I realize I'm a bit late in commenting but I'm just now playing catch-up on my 'Friend's List'.'

I am, of course, delighted that you comment whenever. I'm also always playing catch-up with my flist. I'm also honored that you'd even consider me as a role-model for your 'great aunt' status once The Boy & Mrs. Boy make babies. But seriously you won't need any role-model, you're going to be fabulous just being who you are.

Thanks for the lovely comment, makes my day.
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