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League of Married Gentlemen: Calendar Powers

As of yesterday, it is September, and that means my latest ring power experiment has failed: my wedding ring has not granted me any Calendar-Control powers. Wouldn’t it be nice if I could make it August forever? Unfortunately I can’t, and I apologize to all of the students out there.

Summer was great (and technically still is, I guess), but I’m actually looking forward to fall. I like cooler weather, and wearing jeans and hoodies, and wind, and falling leaves. Larissa is a big fan of autumn, too. If we hadn’t gotten married in April, we probably would’ve gotten married in October. But here we are, married for just over four months, and things couldn’t be better!

I don’t know if I’ll discover my ring powers in the next four months, or even the next eight. It would be nice to know what kind of superhero I’m going to be by Christmas, so I can gear my present requests towards that, but maybe it’s going to take a year or more to manifest. Not much I can do about it, I guess.

Things are moving along with my thesis. I have my second draft out awaiting feedback from another committee member; my supervisor has approved my revisions already. After that, it’s a matter of finding another committee member from an outside faculty (probably Political Science), and scheduling a defense date. Then the stress begins. Ah, I can handle it. Just a panel of career academics pointing out every single little flaw in my data collection, analysis, and presentation. No biggie.

Maybe the stress will reveal a magical public speaking or confidence-related power. I’d take that.

League of Married Gentlemen: Discovering Awesome Names

While working on my thesis earlier this week, it occurred to me that the name of one of the sociologists whose work I was citing was really pretty cool. That sociologist’s name is Donatella della Porta. I think that’s an awesome name. I said so on Twitter, and received this reply:

[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/George_TGF/status/99603269281779712″]

In the interest of testing the theory that my wedding ring has granted me the ability to find and identify awesome names, I did a search for “awesome names” and found this baby name page. On that page there are a bunch of names that are supposed to be “awesome,” but I can’t say I agree with a lot of the choices. Maybe I’m in the minority; the choices were supposedly based on popularity ratings, after all. So that’s a strike against the theory.

Slavoj Žižek has an awesome name.

To explore a variation on the theory, I looked up an old 50-word story I wrote called Proceedings of the Juvenile Court, in which I invented several names. The names I created for that story were, and still are, completely awesome (I especially like Fkaisl Ipsidav), but I invented them before I was married, so that can’t have been an ability granted to me by my ring. Strike two.

As my last attempt, I went to the Wikipedia page that lists sociologists, to see if my ability might just be tied to finding cool names among sociologists. This tactic showed some promise. A quick glance-through allowed me to identify Stanley Aronowitz, Enzo Faletto, Rick Fantasia, Tariq Modood, and Slavoj Žižek. You are obligated to agree that all of these sociologists have awesome names. Especially Mr. Žižek (some of whose work I have actually already been exposed to through various classes).

I still can’t be entirely sure that the awesomeness of sociologists’ names isn’t something that existed before I got married, but there may be something here to keep an eye on.