Well, the weekend is over so it was back to school once again. Kicked this week off in a good way though.
The first order of business was oceanography. Learned about why some people decide to pursue oceanography, and primary producers in the ocean. Odd that they produce half of the oxygen… when the ocean covers a lot more than half the earth.
Secondly, Art History. Learned about Medieval, Byzantine, and Renaissance. The khan academy course is very entertaining so far, and very informative. Odd that they decided “You know what sucks? Art. Lets destroy all art, except a couple stuff. That stuff is okay, and copies are okay, but NOTHING ELSE.”
And then somebody later decided “You know what? That’s a terrible idea!” and they stopped doing that.
Next up, a return to sociology. Continuing to be a good textbook, and has a lot of anecdotes and writings from sociologists sprinkled throughout. Just in the boxes that textbooks always seem to use, and they’ve been useful, gets me thinking about stuff.
And lastly, Monkey. We have passed the prologue, and are now into what seems to be the post-prologue prologue. The aforementioned and kind of formerly titular journey to the west has been brought up, and they’re trying to get that whole thing going. We’ve met the characters that will the assist the main person going on the journey. They can be summed up as follows.
Sandy: “I made a mess in heaven, and got banished to earth. Can I have some mercy so I don’t have to be stuck here? I’ll help with the guy going west.”
Kuan-Yin, The Bodhisattva: “Yeah, sure. Repent and help him. Later. We’ve got at least another chapter until the journey gets started.”
Pigsy: “I made a big mess in heaven, got banished to earth, died, and accidentally reincarnated into a pig’s womb, but I’m not a pig. So now I’m a freakish pig monster. Mercy, maybe?”
Kuan-Yin: “Well, sure. Just don’t eat people anymore, and help the traveler.”
Monkey: “Hey there. I’m kinda trapped under this mountain, caused I caused a really, really big mess in heaven. It’s really annoying. Can you let me go?”
Kuan-Yin: “And Why exactly should I let you go, pray tell?”
Monkey: “Because I’m not a bad guy anymore.”
Kuan-Yin: “You know what? Fine. You’re just gonna have to help a guy going west, he’ll get you out of jail, but you have to help him. And it’s gonna be a really, really long trip. Like, long enough to still be really long even when you cut out most of it.
Monkey: “Pfft. How long could it take?”