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Published: 2007-07-12T17:06:57-05:00


Semper ubi sub ubi


There has been a recent flurry of blog posts and news articles on the web repeating the suggestion made by Dr. Marco Mostert in a paper delivered at the Leeds conference that the recycling of linen underwear to make cheap...

Scip-gefere: Paddle your own canoe (part III)


(This is a continuation of these two posts.) Though Gulliver can sail anywhere in the world, sailing is still a risky business and he is frequently stranded. Both Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” and the outer frame...

Scip-gefere: Paddle your own canoe (part II)


(This is a continuation of yesterday’s post.) But back-tracking to the middle ages for a moment, we can see a similar metaphor, only the characterisation is different in the Christian world view. For instance, in the Old English elegies “The...

Scip-gefere: Paddle your own canoe (part I)


I’ve recently become interested in the relationship between science and technology on the one hand, and literature and culture on the other, and I’ve been working this into my lectures a bit. Here’s an example of a kind of neat...



It’s been almost a year since I’ve blogged regularly, and I apologise for that — it has been a busy year, what with the birth of my son, teaching new courses at a new university, and moving back to and...

Test Pattern


Stay tuned — new posts coming soon!...

Blogiversary III


This is a bit of a tease really. I haven’t managed a blog post in over six months—my apologies for that—and I don’t think I’ll have much time for more posts in the near future, what with work and a...



We’re back in Toronto now — have been for over a week now. Unfortunately we don’t have internet access yet, since Rogers never managed to make the connection work (they seem to be quite incompetent), and so we’re switching over...

Packing update #4


This will probably be my last post for at least a week or two, since we’ll be losing our internet connection as of tomorrow and heading out on the road on Saturday. I’m not sure when the internet will be...

Packing update #3


One week till the movers come! We’ve got a lot more done now, thanks to the help of Aven’s parents, whose summer home is relatively nearby in Nova Scotia, and our old friend Emily, who came for a visit on...



Last Saturday was my and my wife’s sixth wedding anniversary. In celebration, we went to the beach we found earlier. We ate lobster rolls, and I braved the numerous jelly fish and went for a swim. Later that evening, my...

Packing update #2


We’re making much better progress on the packing than I thought we would be by now. The books and office are all done now, the pictures and decorations are done, and we’ve made a good start on the clothes. The...

Quomodo Hibernici Humanitatem Conservaverunt


I’d been wanting to read Thomas Cahill’s How the Irish Saved Civilization for some time. Although I’m a medievalist, I’m not a Celticist, so this was quite an interesting read for me. As an Anglo-Saxonist, I was of course quite...

Packing update #1


We’ve finally started packing for our move back to Toronto. All the crystal and china has been packed — it’ll be going with my parents to Ottawa rather than with the movers. And we’ve organized the boxes which weren’t unpacked...



Tigger was briefly hobbled recently, due to blisters on his feet. The vet said it was probably the result of his FIV. This would be the first actual symptom of the disease he shown. He’s been put on anti-biotics and...