Secure Specs

I forgot to mention yesterday that as I was sitting in front of the mirror, permitting the glasses attendant to fiddle with the temples and earpieces of my new glasses, he gave me a small spray bottle of fluid for cleaning my glasses (he admitted, “Soap and water will do just as well”) and a…

Spec[tac]ular Reflections

I scooted north to the opticians’ this morning to pick up my new prescription. I wasn’t expecting a huge difference, and neither in appearance nor function have they changed a lot. They do supposedly help with reading and close work; I haven’t tried much yet, but I’ll take the optometrist’s word for it for now.…

Plus Ça Change

I’m presently involved in an enail-based conversation about whether it’s possible to use blogs for nuanced, sustained, reflective writing; there’s a foofarah over among the bibliobloggers about the anonymous blogging of a (now-password-protected) satirist; and Tripp points me to a youth marketing blog that suggests social media are powerful tools for marketing to young people.…

Belated Victory

It occurs to me this morning, as I read up for my afternoon class on Luke’s Gospel, that after an interval in which Rudolf Bultmann’s theology was generally held in disfavor even by liberal scholars, the fundamentals of his outlook have now gained the status of “common sense” in the vast preponderance of the liberal…

That’s What Friends Are For

My recent conversation with Alex Golub pertains to the familiar question, “Why didn’t you friend me on Facebook (or LinkedIn or Friendster or Orkut — remember Orkut? — or whatever other social networking software)?”   I friend people pretty casually, but not indiscriminately. If I actually know you, I’ll friend you. If I don’t remember…

Free Love

Amazon is offering Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” for free, to celebrate Valentine’s Day and (of course) to lure you to their website where you might spend some of your paper and iron on other songs, etc. By all means, go get the classic come-on song; go all the way to disbursing your own…

I Can See Clearly Next Week

For the past few months — the past year or so, truth be told — I’ve been having trouble getting a comfortable distance for reading (and working on pens). Often as not, I just take my glasses off and use my presbyopic superpowers to read or examine nibs or whatever, four inches from my nose.…

Good Music Wants To Be Free

Or at least, it’s happy to be. Simon Phipps prods residents of the U.S. to notice that Amazon offers them the chance to download Mieka Pauley’s new album Elijah Drop Your Gun for free. According to Simon, it’s “really good, worth grabbing if you have a US [Amazon] account.” I haven’t had a chance to…

How To Do It

The illustrative graphic for last Sunday’s Week In Review at the Times shows the tremendous communicative power of intelligent graphic design (and of brand logos, too). I don’t know anything else about J. Lee (the grey credit in the corner of the image) but I count him or her brilliant for this illustration.

Felicitous Vocabulary

My friend Beth called my attention to a list of the “100 Most Beautiful Words in English,” posted by a gentleman who writes under the nom de Web “Dr. Goodword” (in more prosaic life he is Dr. Robert Beard, a professor of linguistics at Bucknell whose institutional web page features one of the most incongruously…

Victory!

I finally got the section off that obstinate Spors glass-nib fountain pen. I cleaned out the remnants of the old sac, and it’s ready for replacement as soon as I can order a sac of the appropriate size (the Spors turns out to take a very narrow ink sac). But in all its fluorescent marbled…