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 peace.
Second, this is the weekend of the Society of Biblical Literature conference back in the USA. It’s the first one I’ve missed since (I think) 1985. A few days ago, Jim Davila noted that I was the first biblical-studies scholar to begin a weblog (there having been, of course, many active in listserves, bulletin boards, usenet groups, and so on before weblogs took shape); so far as we know, I was the only one who blogged about SBL 2002 (here, and here). Thanks for the hat tip, Jim, even though I am but a liminal member of the guild of “bibliobloggers” (since I write about whatever I care to, rather than principally about the Bible).
Third, those who have heard me enthuse about the Mountain Goats, but who know not the music, may be interested to note “Seven Little Dolls — A Mountain Goat Introductory Mix,” a website with a selection of tracks from the Mountain Goats’ history. The selection is not by any means a greatest-hits album; it includes some popular favourites, but tends to emphasise older material and includes a few rarities. My article on tMG mentions three of the songs: “Love Love Love,” “1 Corinthians 13:1-8,” and “No Children.”
Time for bed — see you later. Don’t stay up too late, SBL-goers. Bless you, Dad.