Archive for the 'recommendations' Category

Chaucer on Battlestar

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

Gotcha there, didn’t I? The most excellent blogger, Geoffrey Chaucer takes a break from his parliamentary duties to blog on his recent media acquisitions. Amongst his most recent haul, what gems do we find?
Battlestar Ecclesiastica
by Johannes Wycliffe
In this boke of science ficcion, a man ycleped Wycliffe is the bishop of the gret chirche of Seynt […]

Teaching Carnival Heads-Up

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

Look! New Kid on the Hallway’s posted Teaching Carnival #15 over at her blog. It’s chockful of great posts on all sorts of issues in higher education and well worth a visit.
Carnival fans should note that Teaching Carnival #16 will be hosted here at the Abode on November 15th. You can aid in the preparation […]

Victims, Bullies and Victim Bullies

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

Dean Dad, whose wisdom and insight should be required reading for every academic, shares something valuable from a book he’s been reading, The College Administrator’s Survival Guide: the concept of the “victim bully”:
Gunsalus distinguishes between traditional, assertive bullies, who throw their weight around with bluster and force, and ‘victim bullies,’ who use claims of […]


Sunday, October 8th, 2006

That’s Battlestar Galactica for you sad folks who aren’t clued into the best thing to hit TV since colour. If you’re already clued in, you know all about why you should care about New Caprica and the Resistance, the tensions between the commander and the admiral and all the rest. Space opera it’s not […]

Because Weird Al’s Right

Monday, September 18th, 2006

It seems I’m just too White and Nerdy (link will take you to the music video at Youtube after Google yanked it after Youtube yanked it previously). It’s also posted at but you need to use IE and search the site (it’s currently 66 on the top 100 chart that’s linked at the centre […]

When in Rome

Monday, August 21st, 2006

We’re rewatching the HBO series, Rome, now that it’s out on DVD. There’s only enough time in the evening, after the girls have gone to bed, to watch an episode or two but, oh!, it’s grand! Sometimes it’s more soap opera than history and the characters can be drawn a bit too broadly, but […]


Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

I finally got around to seeing Good Night, and Good Luck this past week. Two hearty thumbs up as a thoughtful film about how we confront the monsters of our time and how even the most principled person has to choose his fights. Even though I’m not much enamored of American history, since high school […]

No Meat

Monday, July 10th, 2006

Knowledgable Canadians can just hit the back button now if they are not fond of this commercial, but I promised a link for my sister and my father: No Meat, No Hubert and for anyone else who enjoys the dynamics of cat ownership.

Addicted to Abe(books)

Monday, March 27th, 2006

That’s a terribly dangerous site for scholars, you know. Even more tempting than Amazon (which I love truly and deeply). Because at Abebooks you find all sorts of long-out-of-print books or just obscure texts that you could really, really, use. Look! For $11.50USD, including shipping, I won’t have to go down to the archives again […]

Indescribably Funny

Friday, February 3rd, 2006

Lisa over at the Paper Chase posted the most excellent video the other day. It’s entirely work-safe and only a minute long but if you don’t take the time to watch it, you’ll be sorry because you’ll have missed the best belly-laugh of the year to date:
Check it out for yourself