Bart Simpson writing the first line of Caedmon's Hymn on the chalkboard repeatedly

Bring Back Memorization

Whan that aprill with his shoures soote The droghte of march hath perced to the roote, And bathed every veyne in swich licour Of which vertu engendred is the flour; Whan zephirus eek with his sweete breeth Inspired hath in every holt and heeth Tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne Hath in the ram his […]

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The Dissertation Fellowship convenes.

The Importance of Fellowship

Absolutely no one is shocked to hear that I’m a complete nerd. I even hang out with nerds. It’s kind of hard not to do that anymore, to be utterly frank, since it has become acceptable to admit that you’re a nerd about something. Of course, I’m not just a nerd about something. I’m a nerd about almost […]

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A hole in a manuscript page shows the page below it.

Something Missing…

You know what I don’t seem to talk about much on my blog, which I’ve titled “The Digital Medieval”? No, no…if you look at the archives, I talk about digital crap all the time. What I don’t talk about nearly enough is medieval stuff, and there’s a reason for that. I’m not saying it’s a […]

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Liquid damage evident in the opening pages of the Exeter Book

What It’s Like to Touch the Past

I know that some folks don’t quite get the attraction. Old, dusty books aren’t everyone’s bag and I get that. Old, dusty books in languages that no one speaks anymore are even worse. That’s why when I tell people that I got to work with Exeter Dean & Chapter MS 3501 last week, I usually make […]

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A Viking longship arrives in Dublin

Difficult choices

I will soon come to a point where I have to make some difficult choices about who I want to be and what I have to do to get there. It’s not going to be easy, and it’s not going to make me feel better about myself, but I’m going to have to do it […]

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An old book

Guilty pleasures

Here’s something that non-academics probably don’t know about academics: reading for pleasure is a rebellious act. It may not seem like it to most folks, but finally getting to crack that novel I bought six years ago and just haven’t had the time to get around to yet is kind of a big deal, especially […]

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A single bare tree in the foreground, with mist shrouding other trees in the distance; frost covers the grass

The Holidays in Academia

Not all of my posts here will be long, introspective rants or thoughts about tech. Sometimes I’m just going to flat out complain. I’d worry about it more if the function of this blog weren’t to be a sort of dumping ground for words to help me get writing the stuff I actually need to […]

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The Gratitude Wall, with dozens of sticky notes listing what people are grateful for

Academic Gratitude

It would be bad form for me to start a post about gratitude without first thanking Flickr user Purdman1, who made the featured image for this post available for use under creative commons. The image was taken at TEDxBuffalo, and I think that this is a great idea. Once things simmer down here a bit […]

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