Back in the giddy (read "anxious") days of grad school, when I was a more constant bloggess, I decided that if there could be such a thing as a collective noun for curated links to varied eccentricities, it would be this: an enthusiasm of links. These are altogether more frantic times for me, so Sycorax Pine is no longer quite the model of clockwork efficiency it once was. I thought I'd prime the pump (and begin as I mean to go on with this new site) with an enthusiasm of links. Some of them have been knocking around my archives for a bit, but all of them - I guarantee it - are brilliant.
- Some stocking-stuffers for those, like me, who always forget that not everyone has cast off the shackles of compulsory calendrically-mandated gift-giving, and end up rushing to the mall on December 23 and collapsing in overwhelmed tears on a Pottery Barn sofa: Sinisterly Minimalist Disney Posters (my favorites are the terrifying Bambi and the clever symmetry of Peter Pan), Game of Thrones Sigil Tees (if only you could really buy them), the Thomas Hobbes Thong (because every woman wants to think of the words "immense fishy beast" when she puts on her underwear), "That terrarium idea has legs!", some Austenish items on Etsy (I narrowly restrained myself from getting D an "I am Mr. Darcy" shirt), and an alarm clock that will run from you (because, you know, tempus fugit).
- London in Puddles. Earth hath not anything to show more fair....
- On the sad passage of the Kabuki generations, and the continuity of the legacy: "Mr. Kanzaburo is survived by his wife, Yoshie, the daughter of a Kabuki actor, and two sons, Kankuro and Shichinosuke, who are themselves Kabuki actors."
- For those who adore the books of Kristin Cashore as much as I do, this quite brilliant account of her process. For those of you who don't yet adore them, go and read Graceling immediately. Seriously: right now.
- A Victorian Lady and Her Deep-Sea Diver: And Therein Lies a Tale...
- We were disappointed in SantaCon this year, perhaps because we were expecting a veritable ocean of naughty Clauses to stumble with drunken jollity through the centre of Waikiki. Instead we got a steady holiday-themed trickle. Humbug!
- The best royal baby news of last week: "Norway's Crown Princess Mette-Marit secretly traveled to India in order to care for infant twins born to the surrogate mother of a gay palace employee unable to get a travel visa, the palace said on Monday." While there, she was mistaken for a nanny by hospital workers.
- Controversy surrounds a 50,000 pound, publically-funded Library of Wales program to republish "lost" Welsh classics: "We look after castles and museums look after artefacts. Books are dead artefacts unless they're read."'
- Is this a dagger I see beside me? The OED, obsolescence, and rogue editorial choices: "This is really shocking. If a word gets into
the OED, it never leaves. If it becomes obsolete, we put a dagger
beside it, but it never leaves."
- Every single moment of this story is pure delight: "A World War II code found strapped to the leg of a dead pigeon stuck in a chimney for the past 70 years may never be broken, a British intelligence agency said Friday. The bird was found by a man in Surrey, southern England, while he was cleaning out a disused fireplace at his home this month." 1) I really wish that the British would come up with another word for devotees of messenger birds than "pigeon fancier." 2) There was a volunteer National Pigeon Service during the war. 3) There is "an animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross awarded to humans for bravery in battle," and it is called the "Dickin medal." Seriously: !!!!.
- The status of this ("You Can't Grade Students' Behavior, Prof Told After Introducing Civility Clause") as controversy baffles me a bit. Isn't civil and constructive (as well as active and creative) engagement in discussion a portion of the class participation grade (if there is one)?
- D frequently tells me that the internet is not, and will never be, my friend. This story about Munchausen by Internet (and what happens when people feign personal catastrophe in online support communities) did serious work to bring me 'round to his way of thinking.
- Scott Lynch responds to reader criticism that his novel is a bundle of "politically-correct clichés": "God, yes! If there’s one thing fantasy is just crawling with these days it’s widowed black middle-aged pirate moms."
I'll call it a day there, although I've barely scratched the surface of the backlog. Off all these poor remaindered links go to a post for next week!