Meaningless Rankings

The Times Higher Education has published its highly subjective (50% “reputational”) rankings of the top 200 universities in the world — and although such ranking are quite unreliable, I was pleased to see that my Masters alma mater is third in the world, my doctoral alma mater was 14th in the world, and that although…

Poetry Day

It’s National Poetry Day i the UK, and the designated topic is “Heroes and Heroines” — so as a sign of solidarity with my new home, I’m submitting this (with a special nod to Phil Cubeta):   The Liberal Christ Gives a Press Conference   I would have walked on the water But I wasn’t…

Observed

One problem with having one’s office on the third floor (US: fourth floor) of a multi-story walk-up building is that it provides a very powerful disincentive to do things that would require a round trip to the ground floor.

In The News

Thanks to Mark Goodacre, my response at the Duke “Archaeology, Politics, and the Media” Conference is now available (for free!) from iTunes University in the iTunes Store. If you want to listen, download Mark’s talk and listen to it first. And ignore all the stammering and “Uh”-ing from me; that’s why I’m expecting to give…

Tabbed Stromateis

Really nothing that associates there with one another, but they’re in my tab bar, waiting for me to link to them.   The Boston Globe notes the illuminating studies of metaphorical usage that some of us have known about for more than twenty years (and that acute readers of Dinosaurs Comics read about back in…

Victory, Of Sorts

This afternoon I walked back from the office and stopped at my local bank office. I waited in line, and when I got to the window, they actually allowed me to deposit a check cheque. Of course, I won’t be allowed to withdraw any of it till it clears Thursday, but there is now a…

Good Day

I woke up early, headed into Byres Road for coffee and breakfast, read much of the book I’m reviewing (which is not bad), took the Cute Subway into the city centre to pick up some ink, came back to Byres Road, checked out the Comics and Toy Show at Hillhead Library, had some lunch, meandered…

Why Not? Part 2

It might, after all, have been raining.   Actually, it was raining this morning: a light steady drizzle all the way to work. That wasn’t so bad, though, and it was warm enough that the rain didn’t chill me. I had a productive morning, prepping for my afternoon class and helping students. Early lunch on…

Why Not?

We’ve gotten matters pretty well squared away here in Partickhill. Internet, check. Rhythm of grocery-shopping and dinner-making, check; laundry, check (that reminds me, I need more detergent); friendly, encouraging colleagues, check; comfortable churches, check. So life in Scotland’s most populous city, home of its top two football powers as well as the Partick Thistle (who…