Typing Time Away

One good thing about writing in this blog is the amount of time that it takes to crank out an entry into it. Sure, some would say that this is a bad thing, while others would argue that it is all in the perspective and context that it is taken in, but I am using it to my advantage. Right now at this very moment I need to burn a couple of hours of time, mainly to take my mind off of the course material that I have been going over repeatedly for the last three days, and also to keep myself awake until 9:00pm so I can get my promised eight hours of sleep I have been planning.  I have a midterm tomorrow, and I need every minute of sleep that I can get for better performance during the exam.

This week will be relatively mild, with just this small midterm schedule for tomorrow, and just regular lectures, but the week following will be another week of exams, with a presentation on the 27th. Presentations are weird because no two profs grade the same, yet everyone that I have seen and been apart of, all seem the same in their basic components. You have the Power Point, from which most just read from it; and then you have the well prepared introduction, list of points, and a small but eloquent closing. Everything can either be squeezed into a five minute spiel, or the presentation could go on for hours. It is different from one group to another in term of preparation and the amount of data used, but they all follow the same pattern.

The Male and Female brain is one of the most fascinating topics I recently got involved with last week. Once in a while you do find yourself immersed into a full blown discussion on or in your field of expertise. How men and women learn was the topic of this one. It was fascinating at the many different points among undergraduates. Some argue that boys, when they are developing, fall into three distinct groups of learning behaviour, where as girls, in the same age group, seen to have four or five. This is all new to me as I never read any of these research case studies they cited, so I would really have to go out and do some serious reading to catch up and be able to participate in this discussion. But I found it intriguing to say the least. Psychology is a very wide field of study, and it could take one up to six years just to graduate from it, and have enough knowledge under your belt to become an expert.

In my field, Criminology, I took some time today to follow a live twitter feed of  Colonel Russell Williams’ court appearance during his deposition hearing, where he plead guilty to all 82 counts of break and entering where he was sealing women’s underwear and taking pictures of himself in the homes of the women he stole the garments form, while wearing those garments, and two murders, and some sexual assaults. He will get automatic life in prison.

What I found profound was that his criminal spree reportedly went back roughly two and a half years before his eventual capture by police. One side effect of criminology is that we automatically try to label and categories criminals, and put them in lists for further examination. We are always looking for that magic pattern.

The benefits of the live twitter feed is that you get to read, in detail, what both the Crown and Defence are saying in almost real time, a you get perspective that you otherwise would not get unless you were actually there. I guess in court you can bring in your Blackberry and type away. I know that you cannot record the audio, or take photographs. But hey, texting is the next best thing.

Tomorrow the hearing continues.

Well, I still have some time left, so I may do some cleaning then off to bed. Talk to you all later!

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