Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Second Notice -- Kazoo Blogger Meet-up

Second Notice -- Kazoo Blogger Meet-up

Hey, all -- I noticed elsewhere that people were asking about the meet-up, so here are the details again. I am pretty sure the name of the coffee shop is Mug Shots, if anyone can confirm. Please feel free to pass on the info.

See you there!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

No surprises

No Surprises

Got this in the mail from the AAUP. All about salaries. It's not surprising. And it pisses me off.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Carnivalesque 38

Carnivalesque XXXVIII

Argh! I am busy, busy busy. I forgot the latest Early Modern Carnivalesque at A Walk in the Berkshires. It starts with a one-sheet of the Albert Finney version of TOm Jones, and has all kinds of great stuff from blogs like Clews, which I love, but keep forgetting to visit in my spare time. Need a break from grading? Go and read!

Next Ancient/Medieval version will be in the middle of May at A Corner of Tenth Century Europe!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Google Books = yay?

Google Books = yay?

More and more of the old books I like to use are becoming available on Google books. I like this, in that most of them cost our ILL people (hence my department) $15-$35 each. But I don't like having to be tied to my computer. And I am not looking forward to having to justify my BL trips on other grounds ("But I need the hard copies, dammit!"). Still, if you're looking for a way to quickly check some of the classics of Ortsnamen- und Personennamenkunde, you may find them on Google books...

ETA: Well, it would be a whole lot cooler if I didn't keep getting pages that said "Image Not available"

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Haiku meme

Haiku Meme

Funny thing is, this is absolutely true! Nicked from Pilgrim/Heretic:

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Created by Grahame

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Charlton Heston, RIP

Charlton Heston, RIP

OK, Steven Colbert has probably the best tribute to the man. I had mixed feelings -- after all, he was in some decent science fiction films. He was in some amazing blockbusters that I loved throughout my childhood, although I watch them now, and prefer Cecil B. DeMille when he's directing someone like Gary Cooper. A friend of mine pointed out that he had an amazing screen presence -- which he did, but you know? I think John Wayne was better at that kind of presence. I've not seen Touch of Evil (a weak point, I know), so perhaps I haven't seen his best performance. I did like the piece I heard on NPR that tied his performances in post-apocalyptic sf films to the whole NRA thing. Makes some sense to me. But mostly, I just think of the man's unwavering masculinity.