Monthly Archives: November 2010

Seething Fury

The polite way of saying it, “I’m particularly vexed at the University’s cumbersome, intrusive, onerous, and user-hostile network access policies and devices.” If I seem to be offline for the next week (while painters spruce up my office), please understand … Continue reading

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Guido Sarducci on UFOs

In honour of the shock and horror that Scotland has experienced with its current blizzard (we have 13 of snow on the ground outside our flat) (that was 13 centimeters, not 13 inches), I dug up a transcript of the … Continue reading

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The Idea of a University

   ‘Some great men… insist that Education should be confined to some particular and narrow end, and should issue in some definite work, which can be weighed and measured. They argue as if every thing, as well as every person, had … Continue reading

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Useless Beauty (re: Universities in Britain)

“When Mary Maudlen fractured the alabaster of nard over the feet of the hero of the Christian cult, the Sir Modred at the dinner-party asked: To what purpose is this waste? But the cult-hero himself said: Let her alone. What … Continue reading

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Exciting Wednesday

Margaret and I are on tenterhooks this morning! In part, that’s due to Margaret giving a lecture to Doug Gay’s “Political Theology” course; she’s talking to them about “The Church as Polis” in the work of John Howard Yoder, Stan … Continue reading

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Three Things

First, two and half years ago my dad died; he would have been seventy-five today. Prayers were offered for him at the cathedral. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful, by the mercies of God rest in … Continue reading

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Stump The Experts

While taking wild shots around St Mary‘s this morning, the problem of the following window once again provoked discussion:     The church inventory identifies it as The Flight Into Egypt, presumably because it shows a couple carrying a baby, … Continue reading

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Shoot St Mary’s!

Kelvin’s blog reminds me that, come Saturday, I’ll be welcoming to St Mary’s any and all who would like to come look around the church, perhaps ask questions, and take as many photos as time and lighting permit. I expect … Continue reading

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Impact or No Impact

The University of Glasgow is conducting a warm-up rehearsal for the UK’s Research Excellence Framework exercise; this particular administrative nightmare is rolling down upon us in 2014, so far as we can anticipate (the ConDem coalition may decide not to … Continue reading

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Know What I Like

Despite both parents’ rich immersion in the world of poetry, I have long had only a halting appreciation for poetic expression. Some poems grab me right away and hold me; others may be artful, or clever, or subtle, or deeply-felt, … Continue reading

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Twenty-Four Hours, Four Rainbows

Starting on the train on Friday, Margaret and I saw four rainbows (or portions thereof) within twenty-four hours.     On the train, east of Linlithgow.     A little closer to Edinburgh.     From in front of the … Continue reading

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Her Great Idea

On the train back from Edinburgh yesterday afternoon, Margaret was pressing me to publish my “Magritte and Krazy Kat” presentation and the “Sensing Hermeneutics” presentation. I demurred, arguing that they depend heavily on graphics and audio that would be hard … Continue reading

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