Thursday, November 1, 2012

Updates During a Busy Week

Okay, I haven't posted in a few days, so here's a quick update on some of the stuff that's been happening.

#1: Last week, I had my first two graded events: a presentation on Intelligence Agencies of the World in Strategic Intelligence, and an "in-class essay" (what we would have called a "mid-term examination" in the States) in Strategic Theory. I performed well on the presentation, and tied for the highest score in the class on my essay.

#2: Last night, a bunch of us from the Strategic Intelligence class, including E himself, went to see Skyfall at Union Square. Having absolutely loved Casino Royale, and having absolutely hated Quantum of Solace, I was quite keen on seeing a vast improvement from Eon Productions' latest offering. Skyfall didn't disappoint, it was excellent and I highly recommend it. Mark Kermode recommends it, too...

... which is noteworthy since he hated Quantum of Solace as much as I did.

#3: I finished Modern Military Strategy, and I've moved my school focus to Intelligence Power in Peace and War. At the recommendation of Lady Jaye, I spent a week reading No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden by Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer, and will now presumably return to slowly reading Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger in hard copy and In the Service of the Sultan: A First Hand Account of the Dhofar Insurgency by Ian Gardiner on my Kindle Fire.

#4: On the topic of the Kindle Fire, I took it on my recent trip up to Orkney in lieu of my laptop, and was thrilled with it. It displays both Kindle books and PDFs in an easily readable format, it's fantastic for keeping updated on news stories using Google Reader, and I had fantastic results planning my daily expeditions using it with Google Maps. At some point, I'd like to download some additional apps and get it set up to use the Google Play store, but that will come later. It's such a disappointment that the University's network won't let me use the thing, because it's such a brilliant piece of kit.

Alright, it's getting to be late in the morning and I have plenty to accomplish today. Keep fighting!

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