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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

birds turning into fish? now I've seen everything

I was making these cookies for our family reunion (this is what we spend much of our summer doing), and I was struck by their Escherian appearance. Hey, I'm a slatternly hausfrau. If I don't get jazzed about cookie dough and babies pooping in the tub, then I'm in for a lot of disappointment. Kidding! My job is totally fulfilling.

It is, you know. I especially love now that I'm coming out of the fog of toddlerhood a little bit and can see glimpses of what my varmints will be like as adults. FREAKING AWESOME is what.

When I was in college I registered for a class called "Goedel, Escher, Bach." (Not misspelled, I don't have umlauts.) From what I could glean from the syllabus it was meant to discuss the interwoven nature of art, music and mathematics. But I was not in a super learny phase of my college career, and once the five people in the room had exchanged names I was snowed. Totally out of my depth and felt like they were speaking a foreign language that was not Spanish, which I at least could have faked.

Oh! I just looked it up on the webernets, and I was wrong even about the purpose of the class! NOT about art, music and mathematics, YOU PROLE HOW DARE YOU DEFILE OUR LEARNING SPACE WITH YOUR IGNORANCE. Did I mention that I dropped that class?

I still love Escher, though. He's a righteous dude. And I think it would have been a tremendously stimulating class if I had been more "cognitively present," we'll call it.

4 comments:

All8 said...

I was just thinking about sugar cookie dough today. Maybe, just maybe I'm feeling a mite better.

Escher is great at reminding that even though we think it's something, it could be something else all together and to be open to the possibility.

Matt and Emily said...

I had to drop out of a class one of my last semesters too called the Science of Sound. It was so far beyond stuff I knew about that when I went to the book to try and catch up with what everyone else already knew & what the teacher expected everyone to know it was still way above me. I've never felt more out of the loop than I did in that class. I had to keep telling myself how "smart" I was for dropping the class :).

Unknown said...

I had a very reasonable-sounding course during my MA that was sort of the opposite of this... except that it was 50% populated with students of a "Social & Political Thought" stream, who dominated the class with rambling discussions about philosophy, theory and topics we mere Lit students knew nothing about.

The other 50% dropped out within 2 weeks, except for me and some other die-hards who really, really wanted to get our MA over with.

Amy said...

This sounds vaguely familiar. Pretty sure I registered for and then dropped this class too. Something in my mind tells me it was an honors class and involved a book about 6-inches thick.