annwfyn: (Misc - journey)
This is a follow on from a conversation on someone else’s FB and my finding the CV of Failure that a Princeton professor wrote a while ago online again.

Today I have been thinking about the failures that at one point felt soul destroying. But which, with time, I’ve come to realize were the best things that could have happened to me. There are many, but for simplicity, I list the top three here for you.

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Results!

Jul. 8th, 2008 02:56 pm
annwfyn: (studious - the worst witch)
I just got my MA results.

I got a Pass.

Some academic angst. You know, my tiara is too tight as well. )

Results!

Jul. 8th, 2008 02:56 pm
annwfyn: (studious - the worst witch)
I just got my MA results.

I got a Pass.

Some academic angst. You know, my tiara is too tight as well. )
annwfyn: (studious - sally)
I've not written one of these in a while, and so I thought today I would give a general update on what is happening in Sally's World.

First of all, I think I'm mostly done with my MA. I've now handed in my thesis, the external examiner has been and gone, and I've finished the conservation of my object which is now on display at Camberwell College of Art. I spent most of yesterday putting together my display tiles, and trying to arrange it just right in the case.

If anyone is interested, the exhibition runs from today until Sunday and I am very happy to show anyone around on any day except Sunday. It is open between 10 am and 8 pm, and there are some wonderful objects on display.

It's an odd feeling to have my time at Camberwell coming to an end. I've been really happy there. It's this lovely, creative, warm, nice environment and it's quite strange to think that I won't be back there, in my place in G14, working on something new after this.

I have, however, had my new job confirmed as starting on July 16th at the Greenwich Fan Museum. I'm doing three days per week, at £10 per hour, for July. After that, Mrs Alexander and I will work something out for August, and I should hopefully start as a four day per week Curatorial Assistant in September. I went in to see Mrs Alexander yesterday and she was on good form, and being lovely. I think I'm looking forward to actually earning some money.

In other news, I have builders in my house today tearing out my old bathroom which they intend to replace with something new. Apparently the work will be ongoing for about a week, but we should have a functioning bathroom for all of that, one way or another. This may drive Jeremiah insane, and I'm rather expecting him to flee to Feltham at some point, if [livejournal.com profile] molez will have him.

I also have three potential holidays coming up, which is very exciting. Two are definitely planned (I'm going to the Pacific North West to go adventuring alone, which is very exciting) and I'm going to Cornwall in December with my usual winter holiday posse, plus [livejournal.com profile] astro_dust and [livejournal.com profile] reindeerflotila which means I'll need a new cat sitter for the period! There is also family talk of both a villa in Sardinia in September (which may be a bit close to my Seattle trip for the museum to be that happy with that) and a trip to Istanbul between Christmas and New Year.

The world is changing. I think it's changing for the better, but it's definitely changing. I just need to hold off on having any mid life crises in the interim. It's a good thing that I'm not a (full time) student anymore. It's a good thing that I've got a job. And the future will be shiny...

annwfyn: (studious - sally)
I've not written one of these in a while, and so I thought today I would give a general update on what is happening in Sally's World.

First of all, I think I'm mostly done with my MA. I've now handed in my thesis, the external examiner has been and gone, and I've finished the conservation of my object which is now on display at Camberwell College of Art. I spent most of yesterday putting together my display tiles, and trying to arrange it just right in the case.

If anyone is interested, the exhibition runs from today until Sunday and I am very happy to show anyone around on any day except Sunday. It is open between 10 am and 8 pm, and there are some wonderful objects on display.

It's an odd feeling to have my time at Camberwell coming to an end. I've been really happy there. It's this lovely, creative, warm, nice environment and it's quite strange to think that I won't be back there, in my place in G14, working on something new after this.

I have, however, had my new job confirmed as starting on July 16th at the Greenwich Fan Museum. I'm doing three days per week, at £10 per hour, for July. After that, Mrs Alexander and I will work something out for August, and I should hopefully start as a four day per week Curatorial Assistant in September. I went in to see Mrs Alexander yesterday and she was on good form, and being lovely. I think I'm looking forward to actually earning some money.

In other news, I have builders in my house today tearing out my old bathroom which they intend to replace with something new. Apparently the work will be ongoing for about a week, but we should have a functioning bathroom for all of that, one way or another. This may drive Jeremiah insane, and I'm rather expecting him to flee to Feltham at some point, if [livejournal.com profile] molez will have him.

I also have three potential holidays coming up, which is very exciting. Two are definitely planned (I'm going to the Pacific North West to go adventuring alone, which is very exciting) and I'm going to Cornwall in December with my usual winter holiday posse, plus [livejournal.com profile] astro_dust and [livejournal.com profile] reindeerflotila which means I'll need a new cat sitter for the period! There is also family talk of both a villa in Sardinia in September (which may be a bit close to my Seattle trip for the museum to be that happy with that) and a trip to Istanbul between Christmas and New Year.

The world is changing. I think it's changing for the better, but it's definitely changing. I just need to hold off on having any mid life crises in the interim. It's a good thing that I'm not a (full time) student anymore. It's a good thing that I've got a job. And the future will be shiny...

annwfyn: (studious - sally)
...and handed in.

I actually finished writing at 9 pm last night.

I then sat up to 4 am formating, spell checking, making sure my abstract was OK, putting my bibliography in alphabetical order.

I got up at 8.20 am today to go into college, and then spent until 10.45 am faffing around with the printers to get the damn thing to print.

I finally handed it in around 11 am. Mark Sandy looked bemused when I handed it to him.

I've now got a final show to prepare for, plus assorted NewCourse & NewJob admin stuff to get sorted, so I don't really feel as if I'm able to relax yet, but at least the reports are now in.

Today, at least, I'm going to be falling over and trying to take it very very easy...
annwfyn: (studious - sally)
...and handed in.

I actually finished writing at 9 pm last night.

I then sat up to 4 am formating, spell checking, making sure my abstract was OK, putting my bibliography in alphabetical order.

I got up at 8.20 am today to go into college, and then spent until 10.45 am faffing around with the printers to get the damn thing to print.

I finally handed it in around 11 am. Mark Sandy looked bemused when I handed it to him.

I've now got a final show to prepare for, plus assorted NewCourse & NewJob admin stuff to get sorted, so I don't really feel as if I'm able to relax yet, but at least the reports are now in.

Today, at least, I'm going to be falling over and trying to take it very very easy...
annwfyn: (nonsense - harley quinn)
Batman and Black Canary - the Mills & Boon years.

I think my brain just broke.

Nightwing...Starfire...come in. Guys. This is kinda important. End of the world type stuff. Guys...?

Oracle is far far too good for him, damnit!

In other news, I had a surprisingly good day in the studio today - I found some nice thick acrylic sheeting to provide a splint for the broken guard of the fan, and repaired most of the tears in the leaf. Another couple of hours tomorrow and I should be all done.

Go me!
annwfyn: (nonsense - harley quinn)
Batman and Black Canary - the Mills & Boon years.

I think my brain just broke.

Nightwing...Starfire...come in. Guys. This is kinda important. End of the world type stuff. Guys...?

Oracle is far far too good for him, damnit!

In other news, I had a surprisingly good day in the studio today - I found some nice thick acrylic sheeting to provide a splint for the broken guard of the fan, and repaired most of the tears in the leaf. Another couple of hours tomorrow and I should be all done.

Go me!
annwfyn: (mood - busy)
As most of you know, I'm currently writing my MA thesis on the ethics of displaying the photography of the Holocaust. I've got a billion quotes/opinions from assorted art historians/historians/sociologists/curators etc, but I really don't have anything from The Person Visiting The Museum (tm).

I was therefore wondering if there was anyone on here who would be OK with talking to me a bit, either via comments, or via e mail. Basically, if you've been to an exhibition of the Holocaust, in a museum context (Imperial War Museum, Holocaust Memorial Centre in the US or Israel, a local museum, a gallery - anything really), I'd really really appreciate hearing from you.

What I'd like to know, if possible, is

a) which photographs had the strongest impact on you/stuck in your memory the most.

b) what that emotional impact was - how did they make you feel?

c) what do you think about displaying holocaust photography? Do you ever feel uncomfortable or feel that it is inappropriate to display certain photographs? If so which ones, and why?

My e mail address is sally.brewer@wolfson.oxon.org.

I've got a whole load of rambling thoughts myself that I'll happily share with anyone who asks, but I'll try and avoid doing that on this post.

I'd really really appreciate anyone who can offer some opinions. I don't need to use anyone's name in my thesis, and I can avoid quoting anyone directly if they don't want to be quoted.
annwfyn: (mood - busy)
As most of you know, I'm currently writing my MA thesis on the ethics of displaying the photography of the Holocaust. I've got a billion quotes/opinions from assorted art historians/historians/sociologists/curators etc, but I really don't have anything from The Person Visiting The Museum (tm).

I was therefore wondering if there was anyone on here who would be OK with talking to me a bit, either via comments, or via e mail. Basically, if you've been to an exhibition of the Holocaust, in a museum context (Imperial War Museum, Holocaust Memorial Centre in the US or Israel, a local museum, a gallery - anything really), I'd really really appreciate hearing from you.

What I'd like to know, if possible, is

a) which photographs had the strongest impact on you/stuck in your memory the most.

b) what that emotional impact was - how did they make you feel?

c) what do you think about displaying holocaust photography? Do you ever feel uncomfortable or feel that it is inappropriate to display certain photographs? If so which ones, and why?

My e mail address is sally.brewer@wolfson.oxon.org.

I've got a whole load of rambling thoughts myself that I'll happily share with anyone who asks, but I'll try and avoid doing that on this post.

I'd really really appreciate anyone who can offer some opinions. I don't need to use anyone's name in my thesis, and I can avoid quoting anyone directly if they don't want to be quoted.
annwfyn: (mood - dandelion thoughts)
1) The Times has a featurette on the inside of Indiana Jones' house. It's like Cribs for imaginary (but very cool) people.

2) I am considering going to the Imperial War Museum tomorrow. I know I've already tried to pitch this to [profile] skinny_cartman and [profile] ksirafai, but I'm wondering if anyone else is interested. You'll have to spend a lot of time in the Holocaust exhibition and listen to me wiffle a lot.

3) I have just been given a random extra week of holiday. Apparently my college was broken into over the Easter weekend and now needs to be shut down for a week while they 're-secure' it. This is making me think that either a lot of damage was done (apparently most of the IT equipment has gone) or they are secretly hiding government secrets in there which now need to be concealed yet again.

Either that or Camberwell realized that only the MA students were due back on Monday anyway, and decided we could all wait, and they could just tidy up the mess from the break in in their own time. I suspect the latter is the most likely, but the government secrets just sounds so much cooler.
annwfyn: (mood - dandelion thoughts)
1) The Times has a featurette on the inside of Indiana Jones' house. It's like Cribs for imaginary (but very cool) people.

2) I am considering going to the Imperial War Museum tomorrow. I know I've already tried to pitch this to [profile] skinny_cartman and [profile] ksirafai, but I'm wondering if anyone else is interested. You'll have to spend a lot of time in the Holocaust exhibition and listen to me wiffle a lot.

3) I have just been given a random extra week of holiday. Apparently my college was broken into over the Easter weekend and now needs to be shut down for a week while they 're-secure' it. This is making me think that either a lot of damage was done (apparently most of the IT equipment has gone) or they are secretly hiding government secrets in there which now need to be concealed yet again.

Either that or Camberwell realized that only the MA students were due back on Monday anyway, and decided we could all wait, and they could just tidy up the mess from the break in in their own time. I suspect the latter is the most likely, but the government secrets just sounds so much cooler.

*squee*

Jan. 16th, 2008 11:53 am
annwfyn: (Mood - green bugaboo)
First of all, I'm so very glad I went into college today. I haven't got any studio work done, but I have had a chat with the head of course, who didn't say "curse you, Sally! Your project proposal was due in before Christmas and I DO NOT HAVE IT! You are now thrown off this course," which my foolish brain had convinced me would happen. Instead he just asked when my fan was arriving (which is my current practical conservation project) and bimbled on contentedly. I then got to have coffee with Keira and Anna, who are on my course, and discovered that everyone else was a bit behind, had their own crisis, and it wasn't just me.

My zen is now restored!

Secondly, I got home to a 'save the date' note from [profile] blatherbits in Seattle who is getting married. I have been invited to his wedding. This makes me very happy, for Brian is lovely, and it is also making me seriously consider heading out to Seattle this summer.

When I came back from South America I promised myself that my focus would be on the UK for a while, because I felt like I needed to sort out my life here very badly. And that's mostly what I've been doing for the past four or so years. As a result, my life is pretty drastically improved. I've done one MPhil, firmly sorted out in my own mind that I'm probably not cut out to be a hardcore academic, but have discovered that I'm quite a competent conservator. By August, I'll have finished my current MA, and hopefully will be working.

And that, I think, entitles me to go haring off again. Even if it is only for a wedding.

So, I am poking at flights to Seattle. What I'm considering doing is seeing if I can afford to take a week to fly over there, maybe drag [profile] pierot along (I've wanted him to meet Brian for ages, mostly to check that they aren't the SAME PERSON based on some of their views, especially about role playing), get a hotel and just wallow in the loveliness that is Seattle (it's my favourite US city and one of my top ten cities in the world). I could try and meet up with [profile] melsner, who I have not seen in a long time, and he and Jeremiah could run off together to shop.

The only thing that might get in the way of all this is the possibility that I'll be either working, or moving house at the end of August and it might be difficult to arrange a week's holiday around that. I am, however, hopeful that this can be resolved.

*squee*

Jan. 16th, 2008 11:53 am
annwfyn: (Mood - green bugaboo)
First of all, I'm so very glad I went into college today. I haven't got any studio work done, but I have had a chat with the head of course, who didn't say "curse you, Sally! Your project proposal was due in before Christmas and I DO NOT HAVE IT! You are now thrown off this course," which my foolish brain had convinced me would happen. Instead he just asked when my fan was arriving (which is my current practical conservation project) and bimbled on contentedly. I then got to have coffee with Keira and Anna, who are on my course, and discovered that everyone else was a bit behind, had their own crisis, and it wasn't just me.

My zen is now restored!

Secondly, I got home to a 'save the date' note from [profile] blatherbits in Seattle who is getting married. I have been invited to his wedding. This makes me very happy, for Brian is lovely, and it is also making me seriously consider heading out to Seattle this summer.

When I came back from South America I promised myself that my focus would be on the UK for a while, because I felt like I needed to sort out my life here very badly. And that's mostly what I've been doing for the past four or so years. As a result, my life is pretty drastically improved. I've done one MPhil, firmly sorted out in my own mind that I'm probably not cut out to be a hardcore academic, but have discovered that I'm quite a competent conservator. By August, I'll have finished my current MA, and hopefully will be working.

And that, I think, entitles me to go haring off again. Even if it is only for a wedding.

So, I am poking at flights to Seattle. What I'm considering doing is seeing if I can afford to take a week to fly over there, maybe drag [profile] pierot along (I've wanted him to meet Brian for ages, mostly to check that they aren't the SAME PERSON based on some of their views, especially about role playing), get a hotel and just wallow in the loveliness that is Seattle (it's my favourite US city and one of my top ten cities in the world). I could try and meet up with [profile] melsner, who I have not seen in a long time, and he and Jeremiah could run off together to shop.

The only thing that might get in the way of all this is the possibility that I'll be either working, or moving house at the end of August and it might be difficult to arrange a week's holiday around that. I am, however, hopeful that this can be resolved.
annwfyn: (Sally - top hat)
[profile] pierot, [profile] ksirafai and I went to Borough Market this afternoon, hunting for interesting food for dinner.

We found interesting food for dinner (poussin stuffed with assorted cool stuff) and also found a variety of other amazing things.

We found a shark displayed on a fishmonger's stall )

We found strangely named whiskey )

We also found very weird tobacco chocolate! )

We also found baklava, but I refuse to put up pictures of baklava as that always misses the exceedingly decadent point of them. I had one piece of walnut baklava and I'm still feeling exceedingly fat!

In other news, I had an hour in college today, and then class broke up for tutorials, which are continuing next Thursday (when my tutorial is) and Friday. I'm also feeling slightly odd. This is, technically, my third Masters. If you don't count the Scottish Masters I got from Edinburgh, then it is my second Masters. It's my fourth year in postgraduate education. It's also the first year where I am going to be doing something which is not, in any way, shape or form, a taught Masters. It is a research based Masters which is strangely scary and also means that apparently everything I was taught last year is meant to be enough to carry me on my way into independent research. It must be said, I'm feeling strangely insecure right now...
annwfyn: (Sally - top hat)
[profile] pierot, [profile] ksirafai and I went to Borough Market this afternoon, hunting for interesting food for dinner.

We found interesting food for dinner (poussin stuffed with assorted cool stuff) and also found a variety of other amazing things.

We found a shark displayed on a fishmonger's stall )

We found strangely named whiskey )

We also found very weird tobacco chocolate! )

We also found baklava, but I refuse to put up pictures of baklava as that always misses the exceedingly decadent point of them. I had one piece of walnut baklava and I'm still feeling exceedingly fat!

In other news, I had an hour in college today, and then class broke up for tutorials, which are continuing next Thursday (when my tutorial is) and Friday. I'm also feeling slightly odd. This is, technically, my third Masters. If you don't count the Scottish Masters I got from Edinburgh, then it is my second Masters. It's my fourth year in postgraduate education. It's also the first year where I am going to be doing something which is not, in any way, shape or form, a taught Masters. It is a research based Masters which is strangely scary and also means that apparently everything I was taught last year is meant to be enough to carry me on my way into independent research. It must be said, I'm feeling strangely insecure right now...
annwfyn: (studious - matilda)
So, yesterday was my visit to the Fan Museum in Greenwich, to chat to them about volunteering there.

It was a fascinating place to visit. It is a very grand little museum - it feels a bit like a rather aristocratic home rather than a museum, with ornate brocade couches for visitors to sit on, and amazing regency style print wallpaper everywhere. The owner of the museum - Mrs Alexander - is a lovely, but grand lady with a grey beehive, and a terribly cut glass accent. It is also very smart - if I volunteer there I think I'm going to need some new clothes!

It went well - essentially they are interested in me working for them. Unfortunately they are closed on Mondays, and I am in college on Wednesday - Friday. They are, however, going to chat to the girl who volunteers on Tuesday to find out whether she can move to Thursday, at which point I can volunteer on Tuesdays in her place. It would be mostly front of house museum work - greeting visitors, doing occasional tours - and it would be unpaid, but it would be museum work. More importantly, they are also looking for someone to work occasional weekends, which they do pay for, and they are interested in my working as an assistant to their conservator on any commissions they get in (they apparently do a lot of fan conservation and restoration for individuals and other institutions) and they will pay me for that.

So, potentially yay! We'll see how the scheduling works for both of the latter jobs, and I've still got to wait and see whether the current Tuesday volunteer is able to switch days. I've got my fingers crossed.
annwfyn: (studious - matilda)
So, yesterday was my visit to the Fan Museum in Greenwich, to chat to them about volunteering there.

It was a fascinating place to visit. It is a very grand little museum - it feels a bit like a rather aristocratic home rather than a museum, with ornate brocade couches for visitors to sit on, and amazing regency style print wallpaper everywhere. The owner of the museum - Mrs Alexander - is a lovely, but grand lady with a grey beehive, and a terribly cut glass accent. It is also very smart - if I volunteer there I think I'm going to need some new clothes!

It went well - essentially they are interested in me working for them. Unfortunately they are closed on Mondays, and I am in college on Wednesday - Friday. They are, however, going to chat to the girl who volunteers on Tuesday to find out whether she can move to Thursday, at which point I can volunteer on Tuesdays in her place. It would be mostly front of house museum work - greeting visitors, doing occasional tours - and it would be unpaid, but it would be museum work. More importantly, they are also looking for someone to work occasional weekends, which they do pay for, and they are interested in my working as an assistant to their conservator on any commissions they get in (they apparently do a lot of fan conservation and restoration for individuals and other institutions) and they will pay me for that.

So, potentially yay! We'll see how the scheduling works for both of the latter jobs, and I've still got to wait and see whether the current Tuesday volunteer is able to switch days. I've got my fingers crossed.
annwfyn: (studious - sally)
Squeeeee!

I'm going to the Greenwich Fan Museum to meet their conservator and talk about volunteering there!

Go me!

I just hope she's not expecting me to have any experience with fan conservation.

*looks very very hopeful*

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