The first order of business today was oceanography. Continued with the course, learned about Antarctic ecosystems and kelp forests. Interesting that Antarctica just has one consistent current going around it, and that sea urchins are apparently the size of dinner plates.
I would not advise eating off of them.
Unless you’re eating foods off a stick, or roasting marshmallows over a fire, maybe it’ll work.
Second order of business, art history. Finished with the basic section of the course, and it’s been really good so far. Very informative, and it even talked about cultural heritage, and how there is even some mingling of different cultures. The Mona Lisa, for example, is a part of both Italian culture and French culture.
Third thing for the day, Sociology. You know, I really like this textbook, despite some oddities. In the first chapter it refers to stuff much, much later, as if to give you a teaser of what is to come. The author is very personal as well, sharing his own experiences in regards to sociology, and his experience is college where professors neglected mentioning some sociologists, such as W.E.B. Du Bois.
And finally, more Monkey! I’m almost at the end of the prologue, chapters 1-7, and the story can be recapped as follows:
One day, a monkey is born from a stone.
Another day, a bunch of monkeys come across a waterfall.
“Hey,” said one of the monkeys, “What’s behind this waterfall?”
And then the stone monkey is just like “I’ll jump through a check, if I get to be king.”
And the other monkeys are like “Sure.”
And then the stone monkey jumps through the waterfall, finds a kickass cave with utensils and bowls and stuff, and gets to be king.
And then he’s like “Crap, one day I’ll die, and that’s gonna suck!”
And one of his monkey advisers is like “Immortals are a thing, you know.”
“Wait, really? Thought those were just a myth.”
“It’s ancient China, my king. Of course immortals exist.”
“Oh yeah! Time to learn religion. Be back later, have fun.”
And so the monkey king left. He traveled for a really long time. A really, really long time. And then he meets a woodcutter.
The stone monkey heard the woodcutter say something wise.
Monkey: “Hey, you, immortal, teach me how to be immortal.”
Woodcutter: “I’m not an immortal. I learned it from an immortal though.”
And so he went, and learned from an immortal, so that he would live forever and can transform into 72 different things, and turn his hairs into basically whatever he wants. He can also ride clouds. And then he angers the immortal, and goes back home.
he gets back home, and finds out that his monkey buddies have been kicked out.
“Help, Monkey King!” They said, “A demon took over our cave and is kidnapping us and our children.”
Monkey is naturally upset about this. So he deals with the problem. And he gets the kid back.
And then a bunch of stuff happens, including the aforementioned acquirement of equipment, becoming a stable hand in heaven, realizing that he is a stable hand in heaven, and leaving heaven, and then going back when they give him a title that really doesn’t mean anything.
And then he causes a ruckus, rebels, and it goes well for a while until he gets his butt kicked. Really, he had it coming to him.