Friday, 9 August 2013

1. I don't work on Space Weather but some people in my team do so maybe I should pretend I do. They have lots of beautiful images of solar flares.

2. You've probably already seen Patricia Lockwood's Rape Joke.

3. I'm thinking of getting this image as a tattoo -- imagine that the sun is my shoulder.

4. I'm also thinking of using more gifs, mostly ones with Lucille Bluth in:

5. Does it matter that 'RSS is dead' and some young people only encounter the internet through Facebook? I don't see why it should, because the internet has always been a thing where unusual people can band together to make a self-sustaining mass. In the playground anyone odd is side-lined; at University those odd people will find someone to be friends with; and the internet is one step beyond, so if you have a passion for the works of Thomas Lovell Beddoes you can make contact with the very few other people in the world who care, and that way Thomas Lovell Beddoes lives on. I will be very sorry if the internet loses this character. I will also be sorry if those young people don't at some point realise that they are themselves a sub-culture -- of course this isn't an easy thing for the young to see. Long live sub-cultures!


  1. I think that would be an amazing tattoo.

    I realise this doesn't relate to your wider point, but I was pleased by the mention of Thomas Lovell Beddoes. I am currently trying to cut down the number of books I own, due to space constraints, which is a very difficult process. Beddoes has just made it through the latest cull. And having followed your link, I am very pleased to see that I'm not the only person who came to Beddoes through Dorothy L. Sayers.

    I do enjoy your posts, not least as a round-up of cool stuff I would never otherwise come across. Although considerably less entertaining, I'm now blogging about my latest academic exploits at - very niche, but just in case it's of interest.

  2. Maybe I shall flag down the the mobile tattoo parlour which I occasionally see driving round Exeter -- it's excellently named the Ink-U-Bus.

    I hate culling books. I've had to do it a lot over the last few years. The plus side was that when I unpacked them recently in my house in Exeter almost everything I took out of the boxes had really earned its place on my shelves, and I've been rereading them happily all year. I read a lot on kindle now, which at least cuts down on the space requirements, but I do worry that I'll never be able to let my niece and nephew and god-daughter loose in my library in the same way that I devoured people's random books as a kid. Though on the other hand perhaps they are so born digital that they'll find it easier to browse them on a device.

    Thanks for the link to your blog. I don't know anything about Cypriot art, but I found it very interesting anyway, especially the bits about nineteenth-century collectors and provenance. Digging around in annotated sales catalogues is an acquired taste but surprisingly addictive... In fact it's that sort of thing I've missed most since I went on research hiatus, though of course I was always looking at the provenance of manuscripts not artefacts, and they tend to have helpful flyleaves for people to scribble on, which makes life easier. (I've added your blog to my RSS -- hurray for the survival of RSS!)