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02:48 pm: Music through the ages
School continues to go as usual. The one big change is that the workshop on American Culture that I do Wednesday afternoons is only a semester-long class, so I have a new batch of students this term.

If you recall, the previous class (of two students) were watching Supernatural. This time I got four students, and they had heard what the first pair had done in class, so they were kind of expecting to watch videos right off the bat. Instead, I started the way that I had the first time, by having them brainstorm as many aspects of culture as they could. When they went through the list, they decided that they would prefer to study the history of American music.

I thought that was great--they were actively showing an interest in an educational topic. The main problem is that I only have a superficial knowledge of the subject, so I had to do some websurfing for ideas.

Today I started with two songs: "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "Follow the Drinking Gourd." I downloaded mp3s to play in class, along with a few images (like a picture of the Big Dipper). I gave some general background of the social issues of the times, played the songs, explained what they were about, and then asked them some simple questions about their thoughts. At the end of the class they seemed to have enjoyed it, though one commented that some of the issues were depressing to think about.

In Warcraft news, my guild alliance took down Gruul over the weekend, and I got the leg armor to match my shoulder armor. (Seekrit gamer code: The winning strat was to bring in a tree druid to keep HoTs up on the tanks during reverbs.) Our guild is now ranked #15 on our server, and is among the top 5000 nationwide.

Also, I finished my second custom interface: Crane UI. (The area in the bottom right corner is for the minimap, which is invisible in the screenshot.) I'm still fiddling around with where to place things, but I'm liking this one even better than the first.

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From:megory
Date:September 12th, 2007 10:02 am (UTC)
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Oh, my goodness! What great news on all fronts.

The music class sounds so interesting, maybe for you as well as the students.

Your student is so right about the depressing issues. I suppose all of history is full of depressing issues. They don't seem to go away.

I hope your semester class goes very well.

I'm really proud of your and the guild's work. Do the red and blue names indicate whether the guild is alliance or horde? It also put things into a different perspective. I wonder if the guilds that are at the top have players in them that play for a living? I can't imagine having time to do all that they have done, knowing how much time it took for your groups to accomplish your achievements.

The Crane UI is strikingly gorgeous.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 12th, 2007 11:39 am (UTC)
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I suppose all of history is full of depressing issues.

It got to be kind of a joke, almost, as I was going through a quick rundown of major historical events.

Me: So, what did they do?

Students: Fight!

It's rather sad that this answer works in so many situations.

Do the red and blue names indicate whether the guild is alliance or horde?

That's exactly right.

I wonder if the guilds that are at the top have players in them that play for a living?

Yep, the hardcore guilds raid seven days a week sometimes. They have more members, though, so they can swap out people if schedules conflict much more easily than we can. Also, they care more about making progress than about having people with good personalities; if someone is nasty, they just put up with it.

The Crane UI is strikingly gorgeous.

Thank you!
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From:cybertardis
Date:September 12th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
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What server are you on? I recently took up WoW and have been leveling a Pally solo on Exodar. I have a few other characters scattered around as I try various things as well. Fun game. :)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 12th, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
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What server are you on?

My main characters are on Uldaman. I have a few others scattered around elsewhere, though I rarely play them. I have the most on Frostwolf (Alliance side), a PVP server that I had been on before my guild moved to Uldaman. My Tauren hunter is on Greymane, and I have a level 11 human priest on the RP server Argent Dawn.

I'm always happy to play with friends if you ever have a character where I am!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 6th, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC)

American historical music

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Hi, I am Traci, the girl creating the Japan Odyssey with Jeff Stanzler. I am finally reading your blog!!!

FYI: There are great CD's available with music from the Civil War era that you may want to check out.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 8th, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC)

Re: American historical music

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It's nice to hear from you. I hope you find it useful, and thank you for the suggestion.
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