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I've never been much of a baker, but the following recipe makes me wish otherwise:

Nietzsche's Angel Food Cake

(One finds the most interesting links while under the influence of cold medication, does one not?)

Sick Leave

Feb. 15th, 2010 11:30 am
amongmycabbages: (phoq veidt portrait)
Greetings, fellow denizens of Cuss Memorial:

Given that I seem to have come down with the latest seasonal malady, I'll be out for the next day or two.  As always, I'll be available via email or phone (although for the latter, reasonable hours apply, please).   World Civ crew, remember that your proposals for your creative projects are due on Wednesday-- contact me if you want to discuss your ideas further.  Microeconomics students, the test scheduled for Thursday is still on, so brush up on your game theory.

Be virtuous, all.   (Those of you uncertain what that means should seek out Mr. Kovacs or one of his philosophy students for cheerful debate.)

Best,

A. Veidt (Elder) 


((I have a cold-- for the second time this month, FFF-- so I figured I'd share the pain.  Feel free to poke him.))

Deja vu.

Jan. 29th, 2010 09:13 am
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Those of my World Civ students who recall the Great Herodotus/Thucydides Debate we had in class (and the tone to which it eventually devolved) will find the following very familiar: 


[To Mr. D]

Dec. 16th, 2009 03:24 pm
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Dan, I recently came across this remarkable footage and thought you and your students might find it interesting for the behavioral unit in biology class:



It seems the phylum Mollusca is rapidly catching up to us. All hail our new cephalopod overlords!
amongmycabbages: (phoq elder adrian)
I've had a couple of inquiries about whether or not we will be making our own contributions to the Festive Non-Denominational Winter Holiday Season by having a Saturnalia party this year. 'Tis the season to don our pilei, select appropriate gifts, and throw the existing social order into upheaval, after all.

Sadly, ever since the Mysterious Disappearing Toga Incident of 2007, Principal Nixon has been quite firm in his blanket ban (no pun intended) on celebrating this particular holiday. Short-sighted, I do agree, but the poor man develops an uncomfortable-looking twitch every time he sees me approaching, and I don't wish to exacerbate the situation further. We must all pick our battles, and so the hallways of Cuss High will not be resounding with joyful cries of "Io, Saturnalia!" this year, optimo dierum though it may be.

I'd be happy to speak with you about authentic Roman holiday traditions should you wish to organize your own celebration but please, let's be discreet, shall we? Perhaps we'll try again for Lupercalia...

Best,

Adrian Veidt (E.)
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Lost: One specimen of Testudo graeca, the Mediterranean spur-thighed tortoise. Answers to Plotinus. Enjoys dandelions. Shows a remarkable talent for channeling a doorstop, nine-tenths of the time, but, if inspired, is capable of surprising feats of speed. (And stealth. Evidently.)

Cut for mug shot. )

If seen, please return to Adrian Veidt (Elder) in the World History classroom. Alternately, inform her that Plato misses his mate and wishes she would seek to attain eudaimonia back in their large, comfortably appointed terrarium instead.

...This is the second time this month. Gott in Himmel.

App

Nov. 18th, 2009 08:38 am
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Character: Adrian Veidt

Teacher or student? Teacher

Personality:

Cordial, engaging, and ridiculously organized, this Mr. Veidt is one of those teachers who students find both terrifyingly likeable and terrifyingly intimidating, usually at the same time. He teaches World Civ, European and World History, and various Classics courses, as needed (he's willing to sponsor independent studies in Latin, Greek and the like, subject to demand), and his classes are fairly popular even though it's common knowledge that you have to work your ass off for an "A" grade. He's a good deal older than his predecessor-- in his mid-sixties, in fact, although he still doesn't completely look his age.

Mr. Veidt is one of those older teachers who's at the point in his career that he pretty much does what he pleases, administrators and parents be damned, as long as he thinks it will have positive effects in the long run. This extends to sharing risque historical anecdotes, occasionally bouncing chalk and other small objects off the head of anyone who has the temerity to fall asleep or otherwise fail to pay attention in his classes, assigning bizarre hands-on projects, and threatening to use students as practice dummies for obscure martial arts (and, indeed, common wisdom has it that he actually knows all that stuff even though somehow no one has ever seen it demonstrated). If called on any of this, his response will be akin to Goode's "Suck my dick, I really don't give a fuck", although he would never put it in quite such bald terms (he'd be more likely to nod and make some oblique comment, probably in a dead language).

Personality-wise, he's somewhat of an enigma for both the students and the faculty: he's certainly pleasant to be around, but he doesn't volunteer information about himself and no one knows much about his past. (He'll drop random facts about places he's visited or small events that have happened to him, but that's it, as a general rule.) When it comes to the other faculty, he's amenable to being dragged out after work, but he doesn't initiate such gatherings; when it comes to students, on the other hand, there's very little he won't do for them (including listening and responding to requests for personal advice, but only when asked directly). He tends to toss around a lot of random quotations and allusions (trying to track them down, or return them, could easily become a game at school). Common wisdom among the students has it that he's got some mysterious and ridiculously dramatic past, like being a lion tamer (his affinity to cats has not gone unnoticed) or an assassin. If only they knew...

Background:

This is actually Adrian from Watchmen canon, albeit about twenty years after the main events. Teaching at Cuss Memorial is therefore a second career for him, and one that he chose for very deliberate reasons, although he'd be most likely to toss something off about "developing the potential of young minds" if asked about it. (Of his prior career, all he'll say is that he was "in management".)

I am assuming that this is a true AU in that Squidpocalypse/Big Blue Balls O'Doom never happened in the Cuss Memorial continuity, and that this Mr. Veidt therefore made a deliberate "jump sideways", for reasons known only to him, and that perhaps can be explored further. Therefore, he's not going to be thrown much by interacting with a younger version of himself. If people have other interpretations of the whole canon/AU thing we can absolutely talk about it.

Anything else:

Smart but casual dresser, and he (surprisingly) doesn't wear that much purple except for an occasional bit of jewelry. He has a sedately-decorated apartment with a metric fuckton of poetry and (of course) a cat. He also doesn't give the impression of being bitter or jaded about his teaching career, although this year's crop of students could well try even his fortitude...

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