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, and I was waiting behind them to pay for the nutritious start to my morning,…

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, Facebook, and Google Reader.   If I were worried about this, I’d complicate the enterprise…

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 for me with my daily random thoughts.   Eight years of blogging have brought wonderful…

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 though he knows what he’s talking about. I’m beginning to think I was right, and…

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 uneasy about that; by the time our finances stabilize, a great many other things will…

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 doing his stuff; we lecturers don’t often watch one another in action. (Mark, get Duke…

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 colleagues intimate that more sinister administrative priorities lurk behind that innocuous corporate façade. I regret…

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 originating source if someone points it out to me):     That’s just beautiful, and…

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 AFC championship.   And I see that Jay Leno put on a great show last…

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 lot; I was able to browse much more freely this time than when I had…

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 music recordings without the permission of the record companies. We’ve been ’round this bush a…

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 Steve would do something (uncharacteristically) clearly anti-Randian to dispel the connection.