Architecture: all gargoyles are grotesques, but not all grotesques are gargoyles.
Pedant’s Corner: Dear BBC Knowledge Channel,
Your earlier show “A Victorian Farm” could have been arguably marketed as “the dawn of the Industrial Age”, but it was well past noon by Edward’s time. Why does your marketing department have to embarrass all those poor historians like this?
Pedant Corner: it’s Free REIN, whoa Nelly!
It’s an equestrian metaphor, not a monarchy metaphor. OK?
Carping Corner (Historical Drama Division): The Tudors
There are many things for a history nerd to greatly enjoy about the lush 2007 miniseries of The Tudors, the first season of which is currently showing on cable here in Oz…but now the carping must commence!
100%. I repeat, ONE HUNDRED PERCENT! Can’t you read? ………. oh. wait.
I’ve blogged on the “partnership” between the International Breastmilk Project and for-profit human-milk-mining pharmaceutical company Prolacta before. To catch up: Feed the wo-orld”¦ one baby, anyhow. Salon’s “Milk Money”: media scrutiny of the IBMP-Prolacta partnership Milking it in California and… Read More ›
So what is the difference between a Boffin and a Wonk? Is it merely that “wonk” is a USAnism and “boffin” is a Britishism? Or is it to do with scholarly rigor – wonks are fascinated but waffle (or at… Read More ›
Note to SBS
A couple of old bones which cause a revision of an evolutionary timeline model (about which species coexisted with which others when) do not “cast doubt on the theory of human evolution”. All this discovery may mean is that instead… Read More ›
I can’t believe I missed Pi Day!
I haven’t read any of the “geeking it up” sites in my Google-reader this week, because I have been busy. If I had, I’m sure one of them would have mentioned the nerdalicious celebration of Pi Day on March 14th…. Read More ›
David and Margaret are back
And David Stratton suavely used “meretricious”* in the most appositely contemptuous fashion. How delightful when one’s favourite film review show appeals not only to one’s inner geek but also to one’s inner vocab nazi. * A long, long time ago,… Read More ›
oh, and by the way
“The suspect has only one hand“. This was tagged on at the end of a standard description (medium height, short brown hair etc etc) of a con-artist the police are looking for, as read out on the radio while I… Read More ›