Drama!

If you tried to visit this site over the weekend and got an “attack site” or “badware” warning from Google or Firefox, my apologies — somebody managed to sneak an iframe into a couple of pages on the site. But now everything is shiny, new, and clean, just in time for Alcestis to launch in…

Spirit

Did you wear purple today? I found myself looking around on campus for other people in purple shirts, and wondering if they’d worn them for Spirit Day or not. I hope they all did. I wish I actually owned rainbow gear, so I could’ve made my allegiance even clearer. I’m usually pretty skeptical of activism-lite…

Rejiggering

I’ve added some new material to the site this week — pages containing my CV and an overview of my teaching experience at UT. I’m afraid this site needs to be all things to all people: a useful source of information about Alcestis and about me for readers interested in the book, a professional web…

Back in Austin

My brief jaunt out of town turned into a slightly longer jaunt out of town, thanks to the snow and ice storm that hit the mid-south this week. But I’m back, just in time for the official launch of Alcestis! Expect a longer blog post tomorrow, but for now, check out this Washington Post article…

Now with pomegranates!

This site now has a shiny new WordPress theme — many thanks to T., my in-house web designer/tech support! I’ve also added two new pages to the site: one contains an excerpt from Alcestis, and the other features extra bits of material related to the book. If you have any other questions, comments, or suggestions…

anecdotes about anecdotes

My blog is called “Anecdotes” because of Hester Thrale Piozzi’s Anecdotes of the late Samuel Johnson, L.L.D. When I named it that, I never really thought about the traffic it might generate. But I get a continuous stream of hits from search strings about anecdotes. Around May and June, “anecdotes about graduation” is always a…

Oh, and–

You can also find me on Twitter now, far more frequently than here. Turns out that prospectus-brain can easily manage tiny “what are you doing?” posts. Prospectus-brain can also handle: fussing with new WordPress installations for the digital humanities project update blog (link soon!); googling gluten-free places to eat in Austin; reading NY Times articles.…

Well, I never!

It turns out that if one forgets to update one’s WordPress installation, saucy little link-farmers running exploit scripts will look upon one’s mostly-dormant blog as fertile ground. I’ve just gone back and peeled hidden links out of half my old posts. Feh. (If you read this blog via RSS, you might still be able to…

une chatte commer├žante

After an exciting discovery — namely, that my five-year-old PowerBook Titanium was giving me a small but constant electric shock — I’ve left the Mac world for Linux, at least for now. I’m typing this on my new Ubuntu-running desktop, which T. built for me last week. It took me a few days to get…

recent blog problems

Apologies for the 404 error messages that have been popping up today — T. and I were playing around with the stats admin stuff yesterday and goofed something up. But we have fixed it now. Carry on! More posting later, when I am not stricken with post-migraine fragility. Bah.