Archive for February, 2006

When Scientists Dabble in History

Monday, February 27th, 2006

Bad things can happen. (Note: the reverse corollary where historians dabble in science also holds great peril.)
Just up over at Boing Boing is an article reporting that scientists at Utrecht University are positing that the Black Death caused the Little Ice Age. (Original link at the BBC.)
I sit back and wait for the medievalists among […]

Lost in the Snow

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

You know the snow is too deep in your yard when your youngest daughter, out sledding, loses one of her boots in the drifts at the top of the hill. You know you’re too conscientous a parent when you head out, barefoot in ankle boots, to haul her down the hill on the sled which […]

Meme of Pseudonymity

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

Nabbed from jo(e):
Is your blogging persona more serious than your real life persona? Hell, no. More the opposite, I’d say. Online, I rant, I snark, I snipe and only occasionally do I tackle something serious here on my blog: usually only to do with politics oracademics, although I can turn serious on other topics.
Do you […]

No longer funny

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

Another 5-10 cm of snow tonight. Drove out with the girls to pick up Mike from work in the face of quite a windstorm of snow flurries. Worrying about him driving home later.
My neighbour down the hill has abandoned the path to her back door — the snow has filled in that space between our […]

Calm Between Storms

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

I went into the office today for the first time in, what?, a week?
Yes, between sickness, snowstorms and holidays (Monday was Founder’s Day and the entire university was closed down), there wasn’t much point in going into the department. Not that anyone missed me; I love WebCT for keeping me in contact with students. Which […]

Snow Go!

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

The city’s doing a good job — the last few days we’ve had work crews crawling through the neighbourhood hauling away the snowbanks. It’s a bigger job than it sounds, involving a team of snowplows to tear away the bank, a monster snowblower that pulverizes these piles and torso-sized chunks and shoots them into an […]

Second Article Underway

Monday, February 20th, 2006

I’m working on my second article for the encyclopedia. Of course, I left at the office one of the books I’d wanted to consult for this topicand it’s Founder’s Day so everything’s closed tight but, no matter!, I’ll write around that part. I expect I’ll find the limit of 750 words on this subject more […]

I’d rather have the postcard

Friday, February 17th, 2006

Over at Boing Boing, someone’s highlighted the strangest damned cross stitch project I’ve ever seen: more than 600,000 stitches, more than 1,800 colours; the Sistine Chapel.
Somehow, I think Pope Julius would not have been impressed.

Spring *hah* Break *hah*

Friday, February 17th, 2006

Well, we don’t really call it spring break here. It’s Reading Week, and a good thing, too, as we’re halfway through the term and my students have lots of reading to do. And it’s not as if the weather (another 30 cm of snow last night!) is even remotely springlike. We have drifts all over […]

Better now

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

Eleven hours of sleep really helps after being sick as a dog. Thanks for the comments, yesterday, and the sympathy over cancelling class. (It’s a good thing I did as by seven last night I was uncontrollably shivering with the chills, having to give up the fight to remain upright and just fell into bed.)
Now […]