Starring You!

Sometime this summer, I anticipate putting together some comics-based study guides for my students — things such as “What should I write an essay about?”, “How do I get my bibliography right?”, “I dunno where to find research sources”, “What makes some research sources good and some sources un-good?”, “How should I put my essay…

Tech Imitates Art

Just a couple of weeks after House featured an episode about a blogger who sought the wisdom of the crowd to help diagnose her extraordinary affliction, a nonfictional internet leader — the brilliant Jonathan Zittrain — came down with mysterious symptoms that his doctors were unable to diagnose. Carefully, guardedly, with the cooperation of his…

I Didn’t Think…

I didn’t think I wanted, or would ever want, to get a version of Rock Band, but this note from Jonathan Coulton makes the whole enterprise sound a lot more entertaining than just “learn how to mime fourteen songs according to certain (arbitrary) rules.” Not only do I like the sound of getting a much…

My Twenty-Four Hours

I suppose I have to admit it. Last night was Rose’s birthday party — her first thirtieth birthday — and I wanted to be a good colleague, socialize, see the gang, and all. But as the time to leave for the party arrived, I realized that I had to check the email Rose sent me…

Catch-Up Stromateis

• Scott McCloud pointed to the very ingenious music video by Hold Your Horses for their single “70 Million.” He likewise pointed to a Spanish post that identifies all the references. Relative to both of these, I thought that he appositely observed that the video can have its effect even if you don’t recognise each…

Preso Readified

I compiled the slide presentation for tomorrow; I’m much happier with it as a slide presentation than I was with it as a lecture-plus-handout. (I think that the slide presentation may have boosted the seminar’s receptivity to my talk at the Theology, Literature, and the Arts gathering a couple of weeks ago, too.) Anyway, now…

Two Points Of Academic Pertinence

I’m going over to St Andrew’s on Thursday to try to undermine the foundations of Western Civilisation (as usual) with my presentation on “René Magritte, Krazy Kat, and Biblical Hermeneutics.” I’m coming off a couple of warmly-received presentations (one was exceptionally encouraging, thank you all very much), but my stuff is sufficiently counter-intuitive for most…

Public Theology

Not only did I (reluctantly) wave goodbye to Margaret at 4 AM this morning, but I’ve also spent much of the day at sessions of a conference on Public Theology that my admirable colleague Julie Clague has organised. The papers have been very provocative — enough to keep even this drowsy listener awake (though Julie…

Makes A Difference

Leigh Reyes, whom I encountered online through fountain pen circles, made a video demonstrating the differences between ballpoint-writing and fountain-pen writing.     And much as I cherish the capacities of the computers on which I rely, the same point — “with fountain pens, it’s very different” — applies as well. The muscles you use,…