For anyone who is interested in mysteries- As anyone is who still has a drop of Airedale blood in them, that noble species we are all descended from, from detectives, to dancers, to clog hoppers, to singers (hey, Airedale is in Ireland. They have some great tenors there.) or who … Continue Reading Quahog On A Tightrope: Here’s To The Crimewriters
Ever since I wrote the blog about March yesterday, I’ve been thinking. It doesn’t get more dangerous than that. But this time, I was thinking peaceful. Like… March is named for Mars, the god of war. It comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. Like a lot … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: That’s What You Get For Thinking About March
March is coming. Hurrah. The time of the most famous ides of all. Not to mention the time of year I wait- well, all year- for: The clock moves forward, the sun comes out of hiding, the white asparagus shivers under its plastic sheet in the fields, waiting to be … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: The Times of March, And The Plastic Paddy.
A couple of weeks ago, I got a mail in my box telling me about holiday gifts and toys, and warning me which ones can be switched on to listen in on your family. The list ranged from tvs, refrigerators and other kitchen appliances, to children’s toys, including bears, and … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Hark, Is That A Parrot I Hear?
Nearly two weeks ago we went to visit an old friend, born in 1854, and thus well over 163 years old, by last count. He was taking a small busman’s holiday, you see, mon Dieu, on the Orient Express. Fantastic wide vistas, a compartment of travelling companions, mostly all over … Continue Reading And Poirot Lived Here: Penn And Teller And The Murder On The Orient Express.
Have you ever wondered what happened to the first words ever made- The words sent out. And let flow into the earth, Where they mixed with tungsten, And lead, And all the other earthly elements, Until a particular mix was formed That held them solidly in place, And allowed everyone … Continue Reading And We All Lived Here: Have You Ever Wondered?
Way back in the years I started studying literature, everything was deconstructionism. We even had one prof who made us a “tool box” Only as a paper diagram, of course. With bolt cutters, you cut the title off the article to see what it is worth on its own. And … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Reconstructing Deconstruction
And not just Einstein. I found the above in a story about the awarding of the Nobel prize for physics. And, as flabbergasted as you feel at this moment, (hmmm) this article has nothing to do with either physics, or the Nobel prize. Or feeling flabbergasted, for that matter. (By … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: “Einstein Would be Flabbergasted…”
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, … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Dark, Darker, Comic.
What? The first of October is world coffee day? Good grief, how do I hide this fact so my husband Harald doesn’t find it? (He who can’t get up and moving without two cups, and I often felt would leave me for a senorita in Cuba, Guatemala, Columbia, or any … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: World Coffee Day.
“No man is an island…” Unless you live in Gutenberg Land. Where, at the moment, Harald and I, having just gotten home from Pitlochry, washed about 16 loads of still rain-damp laundry, and having a marvelous time looking at pictures we snapped while pretending not to be tourists- fat chance … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Believe It Or Not, We Are Walled Off Due To German Unity Day.
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. … 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?
One of the literary theories I like most, and find most applicable to life, is that you can create an atmosphere by changing the pace of what you are doing. Umberto Eco was an expert at this- see the Name of the Rose. Real Life in those days, medievally-speaking, was … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Of Pace And Pacing
We have been in the middle of a blizzard the last couple of days here in Gutenberg Land- wintry white trees, twisting in the breeze, and sighing “oh why didn’t I go to Florida in October,” squirrels throwing snowballs at anyone who tries to get at their nut supply, dogs … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Death in Causton, Stars Hollow, and Gutenberg Land
Yesterday, over a quick Greek dinner after a VERY long day at the U, the discussion turned to, as it often does when foreign guests are on board, Moguntia U versus the rest of the world. Main topic last night: Presence. Also called branding. As in: Our president, a very … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Moguntia U And The Viral Philo-Door
I read an article today that absolutely fascinated me: A smart watch that runs on body heat. Totally. I kid you not. The heat produced by your body, and escaping through your skin, assuming you are a normal, warm-blooded being, is enough to run a very sophisticated smart watch. AND… … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Of Invisible Watches, Body Heat, And The Real Dr Who