Monthly Archives: January 2010

At The Bay Tree

A few weeks ago I was stopping in at the Bay Tree, my Sunday morning oasis of coffee on my way to church, and business was slow. A couple of gents had come in to order coffee to take away, … Continue reading

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Uniqueness Has Felt Better

According to the Panopticlick, my browser profile is unique among the quarter million they’ve tested so far — so it would, presumably, be easy to track my browser if someone wanted to spy on my trail of fountain pen sites, … Continue reading

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Missed By That Much

I remembered today that my blogiversary comes round this week. Came around, actually, on the 23rd. On 23 January, 2002, I entered a few settings into Blogger.com, pushed the “Post” button, and darned if it didn’t start up a website … Continue reading

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Re: Yesterday’s

See also Kevin Marks and Michael Pusateri. By the way, Michael, thanks again for that breakfast in California five or so years ago.   And now Steven Frank’s. I know Kevin and Michael are certifiably smart, and Steven sounds as … Continue reading

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About the iPad

OK, first make the predictable two or three jokes, some cleverer than others. Get it out of your system, I can wait.   Now, what do I think of it? Well, I doubt I can afford one, and I’m not … Continue reading

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Go, Dale!

I’m greatly enjoying watching our friend Prof. Dale Martin’s lectures on the New Testament, available in video an audio forms through iTunes University. Dale’s a great scholar and a gifted lecturer, but it’s especially fun to see a good friend … Continue reading

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Now It Can Be Told

The University of Glasgow is undergoing a comprehensive academic reorganization; all the departments will be dissolved, and the various [now-called] Subject Areas will regroup into larger Schools. The ostensible rationale for this process mostly involves economies of scale, although some … Continue reading

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In Flight

This one’s for my Mom:   The web has been kicking around an insufficiently documented photo of an owl in flight (“acidcow” is a photo sharing site, to which “sandhouse” pointed on his reddit account; I’ll happily link to the … Continue reading

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Nothing Much

A long time ago, I was a Baltimore Colts fan, and I was deflated by their Super Bowl loss to the New York Jets. All of which means I wouldn’t mind if the astroturf swallowed up both teams in the … Continue reading

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Shop Ahoy

Remember when I commented about shopping at second-hand and vintage goods shops in Scotland? (Not charity shops, which are typically much more orderly.) This is what I meant:     To be fair, they’ve actually cleaned out the interior a … Continue reading

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Dinosaurs Protest Mammalian Ascendancy

The news outlets are picking up on a report from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry that bemoans, yet again, the extent to which people use the internet for transmitting data — in particular, for transmitting digital versions of … Continue reading

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Wish I Hadn’t Thought That

The other day, my mind flashed the thought “Steve Jobs is John Galt,” and the possibility unnerved me. I see that many others got there way before me, so at least I’m not utterly off my chump. Still, I wish … Continue reading

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