July 19th, 2012


Mah mussles, let me not show you them

I like presents. Also, Dr Wheel is awesome. <3

In other news, I bought a Kindle. Last year after expressing an interest in readers I was given a second-hand Kobo by the lovely caycos, which helped me get used to the idea and decide whether I would use one or not. It was fantastic, but I always had trouble with the desktop app that Kobo required being incompatible with something else in my system*, and each time I tried to buy and download a book, I'd have issues. This weekend the issues led to much cussing and still no book and in the end I was all "There has to be an easier way."

There was. It arrived this morning. Within 15 minutes I had it set up, had got a book, it'd been delivered through the Wi-Fis and I could start reading. ROCK! Also yay for having set aside a bit of 'pin money' to be able to actually do this. I consider it a present to myself for doing well in Drug Policy and nearly finishing my degree. Yup. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. Meanwhile I passed the Kobo, which works perfectly fine, on to pombagira whose own one had malfunctioned. I love being able to make gadgets do the rounds like that. ;-)

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This course has a lot of reading. Last night I read about strain theory (which I'm already familiar with), new deviance theory (which is a constructivist theory related to labelling and symbolic interactionism that is very interesting IMO), and Marxist criminology which makes me pull out a big fat yawn and wish that Marx wasn't such a one-trick pony. Yes yes, it's relevant, but OMG Blame Capitalism For Everything Ever is so tedious to keep reading about. Yes Karl, we know. Can you please get out of my theory now?

I guess the bottom line from having now read comparative descriptions of a number of theories is that they are all relevant in their way but they all have drawbacks, and I can see how none gives a definitive explanation for crime, and in many cases more than one theory applied together might be more appropriate to use in analysis - and that really, which theory or combination of theories fits best is going to vary from situation to situation. I think this means I'm not a classicist, eh?

Also, a lot of these theories were developed before women were acknowledged as people, and they are phrased accordingly. Women are almost entirely erased from the discussions - "Classicism assumes that all men are rational actors..." well that's nice for them, what about the women? Etc. Yes I realise they are a product of their time but it grates, and also makes me realise how far we've come. Much of the modern writing I have to read for school doesn't suffer from this problem, which is nice, just saying.

* My desktop is set up for gaming. It's not hugely modded or anything, but it does have some funky drivers and whatnot to help it be optimised for killing dragons and sexing aliens, not for applications that allow you to download DRM-loaded thingies. Pretty much all I use it for these days is gaming and writing essays. Everything else happens on mobile devices or at work.