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Ok, so I suppose I should start with a bio. I am a graduate student in a history department in upstate New York. I'm a Canadian, but I've been in the states for almost ten years now. I'm a lot older than I ever expected to be at this point. This is my 2nd year doing this. I am married, and I have a kid, and I live with two cats. I'm tentatively exploring steam punk as an ethos. I already have too much stuff, and I don't really want all that much new stuff, so my requests are, with a couple of exceptions, small things. I think that covers everything.

Graduate student:
1) Good thoughts for my prospectus defense. The prospectus has to be approved by Dec. 24th, or I’m out on my ear.

Canadian in exile:

2) Candy/snacks from Canada. Macintosh toffee, Big Turk bars, Ketchup chips, Zesty Cheese Doritos, Kinder Eggs, Crispy Crunch bars. You can’t get them here in the States. (Coffee Crisp and Oh Henry bars have filtered down, and there’s a Tim Horton’s half an hour away, but I still can’t get Zesty Cheese. It’s a sin!) Oh, and I promise to share with the wife and the kid. Seriously!

Steam punk exploration:

3) A Zeppelin. It could be a real zeppelin, it could be a model zeppelin, it could be directions for making one out of cardstock – actually, I have that last one already, but I lack the crafty skill to do it right. So not that. A really good picture of a zeppelin, perhaps. Or, really, any dirigible - which is not the same as a blimp.

4) A military great coat. Ideally, Russian, World War I vintage (or facsimile thereof), but not necessarily – green wool for preference. I'm building a costume, to go with the zeppelin.


5) Cat nip pillows for my large, orange, and unruly Maine Coon cat.

6) For the same cat, a sturdy harness so he can go outside. I lost a cat to traffic a little over a year ago, so this guy doesn’t get to go out except on a string. Except when he breaks the harness and escapes. Large, orange, and unruly.

Small things that won't fill up my small apartment:

An I-pod Touch, 2nd or 3rd Gen, 16 or 32 Gig. Unrealistic, I know, but perhaps you just upgraded, but have no one who wants your old one? A tiny computer, camera, music player, text messenger thing all rolled into one? Plus, it's shiny. Yeah, I want one.

8) Lots of folks ask for mix CDs. I know I sent some out last year (I think they went out in time for Martin Luther King Day, but they went out…). So, why not – here are my two most prominent Pandora stations (and my Christmas station, for extra credit)– if your musical taste is in anyway close to mine, send me a mix CD.

9) Buy something from Heifer International. A goat. A cow. A bunny. Some chickens. You don't get to keep them - someone who really needs a goat or a cow or a bunny or some chickens gets them instead. So, you know, you can do this even if you live in a dorm room or something. And I won't get the cow or whatever, so it won't fill up my apartment. Although, you know, chickens... I could keep them outside...

10) Peace on Earth, and good will towards all. Takes up no space, but still fills everything up!

ETA: Forgot an e-mail address - little.carrotatgmaildotcom
Best of luck on your defense. Go kick some butt and take names.
no zesty cheese doritos? that IS a sin. [i'm a juvenile diabetic so its not like i get to eat these often anymore, but pfft if i DO eat doritos its these ones.]

remember the fries supreme ones back in 1998 and cheeta paws cheezies? those were most awesome upgrades never to stay too.
And it makes no sense. Zesty Cheese Doritos would fit in so easily with the rest of the crap that Americans eat. Poutine as well.

I don't recall the fries supreme or the Cheeta paws (maybe the Cheeta paws, vaguely), but I miss the spicy ketchup.
I'm writing about a pair of protests in 1946 organized to speed up demobilization of the US Army. It's fascinating, there's a huge collection of letters at the National Archives, and the whole project has gotten complicated to the point that it becomes hard to explain quickly. And it's only at the prospectus stage; I haven't even started writing the dissertation.
Good luck with that!

What you should know, before you proceed to post-grad, is specifically what you want to do within 19th and 20th Century Europe, because that's a huge area of study, and a very long time period. Also, figure out why you want to get a PhD - I sometimes wish I had done a better job of that before starting - because it's a lot of work to justify by saying "well, I wanted to stay in school." Once you start an MA, you really are spoiled for most work outside of your studies - lots of menial places won't hire you, because they're afraid you'll try to unionize them or something, and most non-menial places are looking for someone already skilled in their area, or tabula rasa so they can teach them the "right" way of doing things.
that's why I'm doing this too. So, here's your biggest hurdle - most of everyone else is getting a PhD in order to be the next William Chafe or Joan W. Scott or Michel Foucault. Teaching is something you're supposed to pick up on the side - it's a necessary evil, which allows for research and writing. So, if you want to teach, I suggest you start taking notes now - what about the way your favorite profs' style of teaching works for you, and what does not, how does it work, etc. Also, once you've got the MA, consider working as an adjunct at a community college, which will dump you feet first into teaching - much much deeper water than the sort of Teaching Assistant work you'll get as a graduate.

WWI is fascinating, and less well studied than it might be - it gets overshadowed by WWII. This is a good place to start: Researching World War One by Robin Higham, et al. Don't get sucked into discussion of the Versailles Treaty; it's over researched.
It's not a mix CD, but I can offer you a CD of my favorite band, the Decemberists. Interested?
PM me with your snailmail so goody can arrive.
CD arrived, thanks! I've heard of exactly none of this music, so that's very cool. Also, now I know about the band The Men They Couldn't Hang, which makes "Bobcaygeon" that much harder to understand.
Some of the tracks are famous in their own subgenres/time periods (One was written about the advent of Social Security in the US), but a couple are truly obscure, like the one I lifted off a Beanie Baby collector CD.
Good luck! My thesis defence was four and a half hours and I was unbelievably drained at the end of it - but all the questions were totally answerable. You're the expert on what you're working on so defend your expertise with gusto and vigour.
Thanks! I am the expert, especially in my current situation - my school, temporarily, has no 20th century Americanist qualified to examine me, so my committee is pretty ad hoq. This is just the prospectus, so it should only take an hour or so - I get to defend the dissertation in 2 or 3 years, when I really WILL be the expert.
Catnip arrived. Ned could smell it, kept trying to get at it, so I gave him the package, and he shredded the wrapping paper. He's happy, I'm happy, so thanks!