Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Easing back into blogging

Four links:

Did They Have Fanfic in the Middle Ages?

Yet anyone who's read the Canterbury Tales knows that the thing needs footnotes aplenty just to begin to get all the inside jokes and pop cultural references. Chaucer may not be obsessed with the A-Team or Strawberry Shortcake, but he's still unable to get through a paragraph without a sly aside that requires you to have read the Romance of the Rose or Boethius in order to understand.

Have you heard about the novelists' strike?

A report published last week by the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School for Communication found that the strike has thus far had an economic impact of approximately 0.00 to 0.01 percent. In addition, consumer habits remain unaffected, with 0 percent of those polled saying their reading habits had changed "significantly," 0 percent saying they had changed "somewhat," and an additional 0 saying they had changed "slightly." A significant number of respondents reported no reading habits.

Would you like your tragedy with a side of misery?

It all begs the question: why on earth do I insist on reading novels that make the general public want to jump off a cliff?

But where are all the zombie dinosaurs to be found?

Unlike almost every other dinosaur fossil ever found, the Edmontosaurus named Dakota, a duckbilled dinosaur unearthed in southwestern North Dakota in 2004, is covered by fossilized skin that is hard as iron. It's among just a few mummified dinosaurs in the world, say the researchers who are slowly freeing it from a 65-million-year-old rock tomb.

Back for sure tomorrow!


  1. I love the one about Chaucer and fan fiction!

  2. I like the Chaucer one, too. I hated reading those tales when I read them but now I feel like I'm in some kind of literary sorority.

    Welcome back!

  3. Glad to see you back!

  4. Thanks, all. :)


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