And Gutenberg Lived Here: So How Do You Write A Blog Without Beans?

A couple of days ago, I had a discussion with a colleague, and we decided we would have to meet to discuss a plan of action. It is technical, (having to do with teaching,) so I won't bore you. The interesting part though, was the fact that he, a German, actually studied a while at … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: So How Do You Write A Blog Without Beans?

And Gutenberg Lived Here: Carnival In Review: Duck When They Throw The Candy, And Mercy For Sykes.

Yesterday was wind-down Tuesday here in Mardi Gras capitol Gutenberg Land. So far we have had: "cut the mens' ties off, storm the town hall, old ladies dancing in the streets" Thursday, Then "you can't get a hair appointment, buy flowers, or candy, or really anything but milk-less hard rolls, wine, and huge garlic-laced rings … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Carnival In Review: Duck When They Throw The Candy, And Mercy For Sykes.

And Gutenberg Lived Here: Dark, Darker, Comic.

Murder mysteries here in Gutenberg Land are, to quote a shop owner at the unfortunately now defunct and much missed Murder One in London, "usually the "noir" type:" taking place at night, in a cemetery, with¬† a shovel, preferable to a country house on a weekend. And then, of course, they must be full of … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Dark, Darker, Comic.

And Gutenberg Lived Here: Have We Moved From ‘Bonanza’ To ‘Three’s Company’ To ‘Sex And The City’ Only To Get To Vampire Filk?

When your field of study was comparative lit, your view of the world tends to be just a little different from most folks (Not that everyone else's isn't- Or have you ever tried to discuss a new film with a dentist? Sorry all dentists out there. Make that mathematicians. Oops. Mea Bobaqi, mea maxima Bobaqi.) … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Have We Moved From ‘Bonanza’ To ‘Three’s Company’ To ‘Sex And The City’ Only To Get To Vampire Filk?

And Gutenberg Lived Here: Of Quaint Ancient Local Customs, And Not So Ancient Greek Restaurants.

Last night we went to one of those ancient historical culture phenomena, no, not Bavarian dancing in dirndl dresses and short leather pants and hat with goat's beard, ¬†like you always see on the news, or on shows like NCIS, whose local production staff took them all the way to Berlin, to film, and embarrassingly … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Of Quaint Ancient Local Customs, And Not So Ancient Greek Restaurants.

And Gutenberg Lived Here: Yes, I Know Louis De Funes Is Just Swiped Donald Duck- Speaking French

And the topic for today is.... how many times can you swipe a plotline or a character, without someone catching on. Answer: Until you go to the theatre with one or more comparative lit/ writer types. Ie: I once was invited by friends to go see Amarcord. Five minutes past the ice cream commercial, the … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Yes, I Know Louis De Funes Is Just Swiped Donald Duck- Speaking French

And Gutenberg Lived Here: Of Happy Engineers Named Herman, “Hermann Ze German,” And Global Warming Through Earl Grey.

A couple of days ago, I got a neat little icon picture thingy, a "W" in a laurel wreath, with a silver loving cup and the inscription "Happy Anniversary." It was signed by Herman, my personal happy engineer. Thank you, Herman. I didn't even know we were going together. Are you by any means related … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Of Happy Engineers Named Herman, “Hermann Ze German,” And Global Warming Through Earl Grey.

And Gutenberg Lived Here: The Night Of The Great Cosmic Vampire Squid

Last night my husband and I watched a science fiction show- what else do you watch when you studied literature, and he is a scientist? And suddenly, while thinking that what I really needed, in this retro-scientific noir atmosphere- that was bigger on the inside than the outside- and that was the show- was a … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: The Night Of The Great Cosmic Vampire Squid

And Gutenberg Lived Here: Tech-Tock- You Are Collecting What…?

As I am writing this: There are kids out on the soccer field near us, fans of the local soccer team, training to yell and stomp for each other, and hopefully one day get a place either in the local pom-pom girls. cheering for the pro team, or drumming, to heat up the crowd, (more … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Tech-Tock- You Are Collecting What…?

And Gutenberg Lived Here: What’s The Plogli Word For ‘Take A Hike?’

When I went to college, all of us language major types, high-minded as we were, did our bit for world unity, by learning Swahili. Don't ask me. It was the thing at the time. Then, in grad school, after I met my mathematical other half, we moved to Cologne, where it was de rigueur to … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: What’s The Plogli Word For ‘Take A Hike?’