Archive for October, 2007

History Bites

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Soon, thanks to the power of the intrawebs, the first collection of History Bites episodes will be mine, all mine!
I’m not sure exactly what’s contained in the first collection — one downfall of the listings. If it’s just season one, I’ll be quite happy as that includes several of my all-time favourites:

Dead Philosopher Walking : […]

The Costume Arrived!

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Yay! Pictures turned out great and she’s happy to be able to wear this to school on Hallowe’en. Thought you’d want to know!
Now back to my regularly scheduled marking. And teaching. And writing. And everything. Ack!

Emergency Costume

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

Youngest is still waiting on a hallowe’en costume in the mail, so I took her to Fabricland today where she picked out some fabric for an anime kimono outfit. Got home by eleven and the outfit was finished by two, in time for us to take her to the Respite Services Hallowe’en party. She […]

Fun with Blurbs

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

I was checking out the Cambridge online catalogue and discovered that a snippet from my glowing CJH review is featured on the listing for an essay collection dealing with early Tudor religious history.
That’s nice enough but what’s more amusing is the blurb featured a little bit further down the page:
“A valuable and highly recommended addition […]

The Utility of History

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

An email from one of my students proves there is value in history:

Hi Dr .Ancarett,
Just a quick funny story about class: When I went home I dragged my step-dad to go see the movie about Queen Elizabeth and ended up making a bet with him about who won the war (Spanish vs. English) … easiest […]

It’s Fall Break

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

So, of course, I’m alternating between frenetic batches of marking and attempts to write. And fruitless attempts to sleep because there are kids who are sick and not sleeping. So pardon me if all that’s running through my mind are snippets from that wonderfully opium-fantastical Jabberwocky:
One, two! One, two! And through and through
The […]

Why Supervise Graduate Students?

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

Lagretta Gradgrind’s Chronicle column has been grist for the blogger mills this past week, with noteworthy posts and discussions at New Kid’s, again atNew Kid’s, from The Little Professor and even tangentially at Ianqui’s, as well.
It’s from the last of these links that the best insight comes. Because, really, why do we supervise graduate students, […]

October’s downside?

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

The proliferation of horror movie advertisements on TV. No fun for someone who abhors the genre and can still get scared to death just by the string-heavy score they use in these commercials.

Go Eng

Sunday, October 14th, 2007

Yesterday I took eldest to an event at the U: Go Eng Girl. It was a great event despite the relatively low turnout because, when I walked in with eldest, she really didn’t have much of an idea of what was meant by engineering but, when we walked out three hours later, she was pumped […]

The Price of Access

Saturday, October 13th, 2007

These stories on the release of the Processus Contra Templarios are absolutely ridiculous. What person, in their right mind, trumpets the publication of a book of historical documents when each 300 page volume costs a staggering $8377USD?
That’s right. A single volume, of three hundred pages, closing in on five figures.
What libraries can afford this? If […]