Not-an-Otterday (and Open Thread)

These school holidays seem to be using up everybody’s spoons! I’m certainly doing an awful lot of travel without much time for computing.  It’s nice to have a break, though.

Here, have a fox to honour my spending time in Alsace, where stories of Reynard the Fox‘s cunning and daring have entertained folk for centuries.

Conor Clowes with wild fox feeding from his hand by day.

Conor Clowes with wild fox feeding from his hand by day.

Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Is there anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Reading a good book (or a bad one)? Anything in the news that you’d like to discuss? What have you created lately? Commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?

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    “The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has made her first appearance on the international stage, meeting the head of NATO, Anders Rasmussen in Brussels.
    Dressed in a white, short jacket and dark trousers she arrived at the security organisation’s headquarters just after 9am European time and was ushered in by Mr Rasmussen, the former Danish Prime Minister and now NATO Secretary General.”
    I’ve submitted the above to Julia Gillard Sexism Watch.

  2. Aww, cute fox.
    I may have accidently had a rant at one of my new lecturers. It was a general grumble about how female Victorian historians have been neglected by academia, which was relevant because we were discussing the impact of having strict guidelines about what is labelled history and what isn’t. I just didn’t realise until afterwards that the lecturer also teaches a course on historiography from the 18th century which doesn’t mention any female writers until Joan Wallach Scott.

  3. I have been offered a new job! It’s rather exciting but was a little bit sad to tell my team who I’ve been with for (up to – depending how long they’ve been around) nearly ten years now… I’m going to be commuting Melb/Canberra.

  4. @Rebekka – Congratulations!
    I think everyone ought to know that I have a peacock-coloured mohawk.
    And aaargh assignment death. Just give me a H1 for getting out of bed.

  5. Thanks The Amazing Kim!

    You know what would be made of awesome? A peacock coloured mohawk with peacock tail feathers woven in. They fall out on their own, so no cruelty to peacocks required!

    • @hannah’s dad, thanks for the JG Sexism Watch submission
      @Kirstente, sounds like he needs the wake up call.
      @Rebekka, congrats!
      @TAK, your new colour sounds most splendiferous

  6. Thanks tigtog, I’m pretty excited.

  7. @ TAK – I always wished that I had the guts to do something like that. You are so cool. *shuffles feet and looks at ground* Of course now that I’m closer to 40 than 30 it would just look like I was trying to pretend that I was twenty again, and believe me I’m not going back there for quids.
    @ Rebekka – wow, lots of travel going on then. I hope you get lots of frequent flyer points for your trouble.
    @ Kristente – what TT said. It sounds like it needed to be said.
    @ hannah’s dad – they just don’t seem to be able to help themselves do they? I wonder if starting a blog commenting solely on what male pollies wear each time they are on TV would get any notice?
    Hello to everyone else out there trying to get through the holidays. I don’t count my energy in spoons, but I’m tired none the less. For those of you that do, I salute you. We’ve had ongoing battles to keep bulbs either in or out of the garden, a four year old attempting to cut her own apple with unsurprising results but at least the nurse at the Drs surgery fit us in. We were supposed to keep it dry for four days, but neither of us factored in a brother who was jealous of the attention his sister got and wet her with the hose (about twenty minutes after we got home from the doctor) so that she was dripping wet and the waterproof patch gave up. I can almost recite “The Wild” off by heart and now we are working on “Kung Fu Panda” and “Bee Movie”. Thank goodness for mothers whom I can leave son with tomorrow while I escape to a day of work. I’m taking them out to lunch soon, not because they deserve, but because I have earned it. Single parents – I don’t know how you do it. Really I don’t. Stay at home Mums – ditto.

  8. Yup, Mindy, stacks of FF points. One of my new coworkers told me he went from a base of nothing to platinum in under six months. I doubt I’ll be doing that much, but it’s still going to add up pretty quickly.
    Do we have any Canberra hoydens?

  9. @Mindy – Personally, I think that voluntarily taking on the responsibility of making a whole new human being from scratch is way cooler, and braver, than a boring old haircut. It’s hard enough doing it with kittens! (…turning into cats, not humans)
    @Rebekka – We must have great minds – I’ve been collecting raven feathers (great time of year for it) for that very purpose. I thought about shaving “disaffected youth” into the side, but thought feathers would be less subtle.
    @tigtog – Hope your holiday is going excellemment *ticks off “use French word” on weekly to-do list*
    @Kristente – props for the righteous rant. Do you have a favourite female historian? (I ask because I’m researching 18th and 19th century narratives for a game I’m making.)
    And I hope Mary is going well, too.

  10. Thanks, all! I’m glad I got the chance to say it, and he did sound interested in learning more about them.
    TAK – Oooh, tough question.
    I think my favourite in terms of her life story is Frances Margaret Taylor (also known as Mary Magdalen Taylor). In her teens she was part of an Anglican sisterhood which nursed people during a cholera epidemic, then she went to the Crimea as a nurse where she converted to Catholicism. On her return to England she editted two Catholic journals, wrote lots of novels and one history book and then eventually founded a religious community devoted to social work – The Poor Servants of the Mother of God. Her one work of history, ‘Forgotten Heroines’, is the story of resistance to the Reformation in convents in Strasbourg. While it’s not of the highest scholarly standards, it is interesting because so different to the mainstream, male-written Whiggish history of the time which portrayed the Reformation as an unequivocal good, and didn’t consider women’s lives at all.
    But I think the female historian I have the most scholarly respect for is Mary Anne Everett Green. She was one of the first editors of the ‘Calendar of State Papers’, and basically established the model and standard of scholarship followed by other editors.
    (Also, my name is Kirstente, not Kristente.)

  11. @ Kirstente – my apologies I think I started that misspelling. It is such a lovely name the least I can do is spell it correctly.
    @ Rebekka – I’m close, I think Jennifer is there and WP? maybe? I’m sure we could find a few if we looked.

  12. I apologise. I promised you an Ophelia post and have utterly failed to deliver. My problem is that I need to cut it down from a longer thing, and I can’t decide which bits to leave out. Goodness knows she is the most fertile of turfs (turves?) for patriarchy-blaming.

  13. I saw Pratchett’s I Shall Wear Midnight in Borders today: $55!! It might as well have a “support parallel importation of books” sticker on it.
    Does anyone know if it’s the last planned Tiffany Aching novel?

  14. It should be available heavily discounted in B*g W and K-m*rt. Apparently Mr P has voice recognition software that makes the writing process much easier for him and assistants to help pull it all together, so hopefully he will be able to continue his writing.

  15. @ Mary
    To answer your question, yes.

  16. Picked it up in Kmart for $32. Which I still find a bit excessive, but there we are.
    I have a spoileriffic review up at my new not-really-announced yet blog.

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