Archive for October, 2005

I found a napkin with writing on it

Monday, October 31st, 2005

I wanted to share this bit with the world. I went to the mall a couple years back to fill out job applications at Hot Topic & Torrid. (Don’t laugh; it makes me cry on the inside.) The last bit of the application had several blank lines that were indicated as “Any additional information”. So I decided I would write a sonnet, since it qualifies as additional information. I first wrote it on a napkin from the food court before transfering it to the applications:

>> It’s not that it’s bad,
merely unexpected,
not enough to reject it
or even make me mad.

I ordered a medium size.
He grabbed the paper cup
and picked the drippy pitcher up,
a blank look in his eyes.

He poured me some of the orange schlock.
I took a sip, and it would seem
the drink was less orange and more vanilla creme,
a melted dreamsicle in a sweaty sock.

I’m not saying that the place is dubious,
but next time I won’t order the Orange Julius.<< I was never hired. Fin.

Personal Statement

Sunday, October 30th, 2005

I attemped to write my personal statement the other day. I just spewed it without preparation and forethought. Unfortunately, it is conversational and unprofessional and unusable. So I figured I’d better post it, otherwise it would be a waste…

>> I never doubted that I would go to graduate school, and for the eight years since receiving my bachelor’s degree, I still did not doubt it. At first, I thought it was just a matter of time. Once I had completed my undergraduate studies in Mass Communications, I had to work to support my fiance through school. After that, my migratory pattern was based upon employment. In my time between undergrad and now, I worked almost exclusively in graphic production, both print and web, with a short period as director of a local cable access station. My academic successes early on seemed dulled by the proverbial ‘grind.’ I sadly admit that rent took precedence over intellectual pursuits, and this persistent cycle was difficult to break.

Upon my resolution to wake up and take action, I applied to Marquette as a non-degree seeking student and enrolled in an all-consuming history crash course. I am currently taking classes that I feel are obligatory to my preparedness for the history graduate program. I find that, with age, the mind, like the body, is less limber. I am steadily relearning much of what I took for granted while attending school for sixteen consecutive years. But I have also found that I am now willing to work much harder, partly because I must in order to gain momentum, but also because I have learned to appreciate my goals of continuing my academic experience into professorship. In high school and as an undergrad, a naiveté sets in that convinces you that you can coast by on talent indefinitely. But a stint in the workforce provides a swift boot to the keester, revealing that hard work and direction are required for true achievement. << ...Ok. That said, I must try again. But the ticker is running down. I doubt I'll even get a response in time for the Spring 2006 semester. But I really need the acceptance just so I can apply for FAFSA loans; as non-degree, you cannot get government loans. How do I say that I was a big smarty pants in the past, but then made stupid decisions and now am a dummy pants that will never live up to my standardardized test scores of yore? I am also unsure how to include the time I was working to support someone else, because I am no longer involved with that person, but I was set back so far because of it. But who wants to say, "I was a self-sacrificing girl with a charity-complex that spent too much time helping and supporting the wrong sort of people, and wasting years of my life doing it, until I barely recognized myself as anything but a springboard for the advancement of the selfishly 'troubled'." Anyway, I am going to try to revamp the statement. My friends suggested that I submit a video as my personal statement, but I don't really see how that would go over as well applying for history as it would for mass comm. They said I could just record myself reading what I wrote since it's "conversational", but maybe I should make a Flash movie of a kitty or Queen Elizabeth or something reading it. Or I could turn it into a catchy song that everyone with email to their co-workers and buddies, and I'll become anonymously famous over the internet. "Fa la la- a non-degree seeking student and enrolled- Fa la." In truth, I would probably have to make it a madrigal, because that's just how I am. Uh, why am I suddenly liking this idea?

Is this really what a blog is for?

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

You are Palm OS. Punctual, straightforward and very useful.  Your mother wants you to do more with your life like your cousin Wince, but you're happy with who you are.
Which OS are You?

The Old New

Friday, October 28th, 2005

I’m old. I go to school and am as much as ten years older than some of my classmates.
I’m new. I go to school and am struggling to keep up.
I’m old. So much time has passed and have nothing to show.
I’m new. So little time has passed and have everything to learn.

The old new is much different than the new new.
I feel as though it should be easy, but it’s not.
I feel as though I should know, but I don’t.
But I am the old new because I chose not the old old.

Everyone’s Doing It

Thursday, October 27th, 2005
You scored as Angel. Angel: Angels are the guardians of all things, from the smallest ant to the tallest tree. They give inspiration, love, hope, and positive emotion. They live among humans without being seen. They are the good in all things, and if you feel alone, don’t fear. They are always watching. Often times they merely stand by, whispering into the ears of those who feel lost. They would love nothing more then to reveal themselves, but in today’s society, this would bring havoc and many unneeded questions. Give thanks to all things beautiful, for you are an Angel.
What Mythological Creature are you? (Cool Pics!)
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Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

I just received so many crap comments todays, I don’t even want to look. When Steel Buddha has some free time, he plans to tweak it.

The Book of Hours

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

Research paper for History of Western Art 1

The Book of Hours is part of the collection at the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, acquired in 1985. This particular manuscript dates to the second half of the fifteenth century in France and fits the formula for illumination of that period. Also, being a book of hours, it had a very specific purpose when it was created, in addition to being a fine volume of medieval art.
Manuscript illumination was the painting of small illustrations in a volume of text. Illuminations are historically important painted works because many of them have been preserved inside closed books in libraries instead of in the open where they may be subject to damage. They varied greatly in subject matter, from the nativity to medieval farming techniques, which offers great insight into medieval daily life. Illuminated manuscripts were originally produced in monasteries ‘for the Greater Glory of God’ and included religious texts and commissions from kings. During the thirteenth century, the style of illuminations shifted from an abstract and idealized form to an attempt at realism; the Book of Hours came from this later time period. At this same time, manuscript illumination was expanding beyond the monasteries, and guilds of illuminators were formed, taking commissions for personal use. The most prolific period of manuscript illumination was from 1000 to 1500, at which time the printing press was invented and the art of handwriting books faded.
Considering the date of this work, the Book of Hours was most likely commissioned by a member of the aristocracy, someone who could afford to pay for the months of labor required. During this period, the Dukes of Burgundy were patrons and collectors of illuminated works, and they inherited the territory of Flanders, from which came the renowned Flemish illuminators of the fifteenth century. The date and location of origin of the Book of Hours places it during this surge of Flemish illumination.
A book of hours was a personal prayer book designed for the laity and modeled from the extensive religious duties of the clergy. It provided a canon of daily devotion for secular folk. On a less devout note, a book of hours was also a status symbol, and the lavishness of the work illustrated the wealth of its owner. There were more books of hours than any other type of manuscript because of their popularity. A book of hours usually started with a calendar; important days were often indicated in red ink, hence the phrase “red-letter day.” The contents were most often the same, since the books were intended to lead people through their daily prayers in a uniform manner. The contents contained a calendar, prayers of the Virgin, hours of the Virgin, hours of the Cross and Holy Spirit, penitential psalms, suffrages of the saints, office of the dead and litany. The subjects of the miniatures often followed the same pattern, with a specific scene designated to a specific type of prayer. For example, an illustration of the Annunciation usually accompanied the prayers of Matins.
The Book of Hours is a delicate work of 160 leaves (pages) of vellum- finely prepared sheepskin. The leaves date to 1460-1480 C.E., and there are 33 miniatures- small paintings of an illuminated manuscript- within the book right now, though there should be 34. The miniatures are painted with tempera and gilded in gold leaf- a thin sheet of gold. The blocks of text are written in black ink on twelve ruled lines, with the occasional use of red ink or gold. For instances in which a line of text does not reach the full length of the line, the artist filled the remained space with decorative motifs. Even though this work comes from the France, the text is written in Latin, which is appropriate for sacred works. The miniatures and blocks of text are off-center, shifted toward the top and binding edge of the page. Throughout the text, the artist used larger ornate monograms to accentuate the beginning of new passages. Empty space, particularly around the miniatures, is filled with elaborate scroll designs of flora and fauna themes accented in gold leaf. Unlike the earlier style of illumination, which often had a blank or abstract background, the miniatures in the Book of Hours, as in other later manuscripts, has detailed landscapes in the background with gothic architecture.
The Book of Hours is bound in red morocco- goatskin leather tanned in sumac- and has triple fillets- narrow strips- in gold and floral stamping on the spine. The binding dates to the eighteenth or nineteenth century, quite some time after the illuminations of the leaves. The red leather cover is stamped on the spine with the word “Heures”, which means “hours” in French. It is also stamped with the date “1416”, but that appears to be an inaccurate assessment made when it was bound in the eighteenth or nineteenth century. Measuring 4-5/8″ tall, 3-1/8″ wide and 1-1/2″ thick, the small size of the Book of Hours was designed for ease of daily personal use. The Book of Hours has sustained some damage, including three to six missing pages, tears, water damage, and a few flaked, smudged and retouched miniatures.
The Book of Hours begins with a title page that appears to have been added during the binding, which reads: “Horae in laudem beatissime virginis Mariae ad usum Romanum ad longum sine require f. acquix. 1416.” This is a common inscription and translates to: “Hours in praise of the blessed virgin Mary…” The original text begins with the months of the year, listing the saint’s days within each month, and the calendar pages are ornamented with zodiac symbols and decorative border. The Book of Hours also includes excerpts from the four gospels, accompanied by miniatures of St. John, St. Luke and St. Mark; the miniature of St. Matthew is missing. There are sixteen miniatures of other saints and fourteen miniatures of Biblical scenes, coordinating with the common structure of books of hours.
The Book of Hours is a fine example of both form and function. The delicate paintings highlight the sacred texts used in the daily prayer of the aristocrat that commissioned it. The nature of the illuminated manuscript aids in the preservation of this painstaking medieval art.

Bober, Harry. technical analysis of manuscript. Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee.
Book of Hours (Horae B.V.M.). Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee.
Harthan, John. The Book of Hours. New York: Thomas Y Crowell Company, 1977.
Mitchell, Sabrina. Medieval Manuscript Painting. New York: The Viking Press, 1964.

Temp Entry

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

I am going to revamp this sometime soon… I hope… You know how it is… Well, maybe you don’t… But that doesn’t make a difference either way…