Like Old Times

I woke up this morning to discover that David Weinberger has been blogging about ethics and technology. It was almost as though I’d been projected backward in time nineteen years! David sketches two main approaches to ethical deliberation, consequentialism and deontology, and invokes the contemporary ‘ethics of care’ in passing. He doesn’t say anything about…

Monday of Noughth

It doesn’t feel like it, in part because of the lockdown and the concomitant absence of students, but today is the first working day of Hilary Term. I shifted fairly smoothly into administrative productivity despite working in a heat-deprived environment today and yesterday. The heater person came in to replace the fan in our heater…

It Had To Be Snakes?

No, it had to be the coldest day (so far) of the winter that the exhaust fan on our heater went out. That means the pilot light won’t go on, because there’s no exhaust fan to blow the fumes to the outdoors. No pilot light means no heat. No heat means very cold house. We…

Seven Days In January, Day Four

Day Four of the US Fascist Crisis dawns (in the UK) on the note that various social media providers have cut off the Presidunce and his enablers. This is probably a good thing, but there is plenty of time for DJT and company, and the various Proud Children and Q-cumbers, to strike again — four…

The Day After The Day After

Today I extended my streak running streak to thirteen days (running in the snow, which is no big deal for my friends in the northern US or Canada, but which borders on madness, madness I tell you, in England). Later in the day I finished off an editing project (with invaluable feedback from my generous…

So, That Happened…

Late last year I tweeted a comparison of US politics to the novel Seven Days in May. If we start with the Georgia election, I make this the end of Seven Days in January, Day Two (USA time). We’ll see how the next five days go. On an unrelated note, my streak running streak is…

Congratulations, Georgia (and USA)

Job well done, Georgia, if by an uncomfortably narrow margin. I know it would have been a wider margin without the voter-suppression activities that the stte government has pursued for the past few years. Now that Mitch McConnell is no longer absolute monarch of the Senate, here are some developments I’d like to see: National…

Hey-ho!

I just caught myself letting a day slip past without having blogged. That will not do! Over the weekend I saw an article on ‘streak running’, which I first thought referred to nakedness. It develops, if your frame of reference matches mine, that it has become a thing to run on consecutive days. This revelation…

Shannon and Interpretation

For this morning’s entry, I’ll just flag up (again, sorry) my article in Horizons in Biblical Theology, wherein I make the connection that links Claude Shannon’s information theory (a very good thing), Roman Jakobson’s redeployment of it (a questionable thing), and the way it has become an ossified set piece in the conventional discourse about…

Monolingual Judges

Friday I noted on Twitter that in Louis Ginzberg’s Legends of the Jews (have I mentioned here before how much I relish that compendium?) volume 3, on the digitised version of which I’m now working, Jethro instructs Moses to delegate (recapitulating the scene from Exodus 18). Moses wants nominations from the floor, but reserves to…

Trappist Origins

Over the holiday I took a lead from Fr Robin’s recommendation and read the Abbé Henri Huvelin’s Some Spiritual Guides of the Seventeenth Century; it was so captivating that I then cleaned it up (editorially — no need of censorship) and posted my fresh edition to the Internet Archive. You can download it from here,…