Thursday, March 25, 2010

Il fait ce qu'il fait

Quand je me suis reveillé ce matin à 7h, il faisait froid, mais maitenant je me trouve à la fac, il est 9h20 et il fait chaud. Je me demande si je suis à Melbourne, parce que ca arrive souvent là-bas.
Il me reste 35 minutes avant que je doive aller au cours, donc je peux boire un café de m. Beans.

Monday, March 22, 2010


I've had to turn comment moderation on for this blog because I've had to delete some pointless or useless comments recently, including two left this morning by 'anonymous'. This just means that comments won't show up until I've approved them. I will only delete comments that are spam, or offensive, which is exactly how I've been operating recently except that now I'll be deleting them in advance rather than after they're posted.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Laird Sean?

I know it's an old thing and they've been around for a while, but I think I'd like to get myself a Scottish Lairdship.
I could be Laird Sean of Lochaber. And for only 30 GBP.
What do you think? Should I get one?

Monday, March 15, 2010

'Tis Brillig

I've been thinking about the Jabberwocky recently, due to having recently seen the new Alice in Wonderland film, which includes a Jabberwocky and a scene in which the Mad Hatter recites the first verse of the poem.
It's a verse that I know well, though the pronunciation of it has always been a bit iffy. Take, for example, "gyre and gimble"; I'm certain that they should be alliterative, and therefore either both hard g's or both soft g's. Together, they conjure up the idea of movement, in my opinion, and 'gyre' seems like it should come from the same basic root as words like "gyrate" and "gyroscope", which suggests that the g should be soft. According to Wikipedia, Lewis Carroll once worte that it should be a hard g in both cases, and while his opinion on the matter is an important one, is it possible that he was wrong? I feel that the poem flows and sounds better if one uses soft g's.
On the other hand, "gimble" is apparently related to "gimlet", a small hand-tool for drilling holes, which is pronounced with a hard g.
Personally, I'd prefer to pronounce gyre with a soft g and gimble with a hard g, rather than use the hard g versions of both words in spoite of the loss of alliteration.

(By the way, it is currently brillig, at least at the time of posting this.)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Toe update

Sometime ago I wrote about the injuries my foot sustained in the course of walking the dogs on the beach at Sunshine and Sunrise Beaches.
The first injury has all but cleared up and returned to normal, but the second injury still has some work to do.
I injured the nail, which is the sort of thing that does take some time to heal. At the weekend, I noticed that the nail had become very loose, to the point of hanging by little more than the gravitational attraction between the nail and my toe. I've kept the nail there with the help of band-aids acting as duct tape to hold the nail in place in order to protect the ultra-sensitive flesh underneath.
I hope a new nail grows quickly.
It's been a while since I last posted anything because I tend to forget to write when I have a decent internet connection - hence why I posted a lot when I was up at Noosa.
So, what's happened recently? Uni's gone back for the semester, and I've started tutoring again. I like tutoring at uni, but why do I always seem to get tutorials in the worst building on campus; Hartley-Teakle? Other tutors get allocated sensible rooms in the more civilised area of the uni, like James Foots, Frank White, or even Hawkin. But, for the rest of the semester, I'll be in HT, in a room devoid of air-con. Merde.