2 March 2011
history, Image, Links, manors, medieval manor, medieval manors, middle ages, Video, YouTube
The illustration in my textbook was visually pretty, but so lacking in detail that I simply had to re-do it. I also made a static image to go along with it, which you can find here.
Update: I believe it’s important to show how places like manors changed over time, so there’s a pair of resources in my blog you may find helpful:
I hope you find these useful.
16 May 2009
blogs, Links, web2.0
I kept a blog at anselm23.livejournal.com for years, and before that at anselm23.diaryland.com. In the last few months, I’ve been keeping a blog at http://www.gravitysgrace.net/, which is is a .mac-enabled website. But… my school is thinking about building a WordPress site, and it would be fun and more useful to have a WordPress blog so that I can teach students this fall about WordPress, and have them write their homework there.
What do you think? Should I port my gravitysgrace.net site to WordPress, or continue to maintain several separate blogs?
29 December 2007
Magic & Spirituality, Personal
I’ve updated my website. There’s an experimental podcast on New Kingdom Egypt, and a podcast describing our Sunreturn night here in northeast Connecticut, and a short movie of me learning to breathe fire. The last one is particularly cool.
There’s also a gallery of photos of Clio attached to this page, which is not particularly well-designed, but could work well with a little more thought into how it should be set up.
I’ve got the ability through mac.com to use a domain name that I buy the rights to, but they don’t offer the service to buy the rights to a domain name. Anyone have thoughts on how to go about buying or registering a web domain name, what domain name I should buy, and whether or not mac.com is a good hosting service?
27 November 2007
Art and Design, Current Events, FutureShock
clock restoration, france, Links, news, ninja
this amazing story of unauthorized volunteer landmark restoration
a photo of the restoration crew
So… a bunch of anarcho-ninja architects and engineers secretly entered Le Panthéon, one of the old and respected churches of Paris. They secretly arranged to take control of the building in the midnight hours, and repair the famous clock in the clocktower, which had been abandoned since the early 1960s. Then they reported it to the authorities, who were dumbfounded that the anarcho-ninjas managed to assemble a workshop the size of Javabill’s in the clock tower itself without anyone noticing. This was achieved by putting up some dummy crates in a storage area, apparently.
Meanwhile, I have no space for my fencing gear to be stored, repaired, sorted or inventoried. I remind the careful reader that all of Holden Caufield’s drama and misery probably stemmed in part from having to be the equipment manager of Pencey Prep’s fencing team. No wonder he chose to get expelled from school; the job’s a misery, and no mistaking it. Far, far easier to get expelled and never have to do it again, than do it.
20 February 2007
Magic & Spirituality, Poetry
calendar, Links, magic, pagan, prayer, roman
Tonight is the Eve of Feralia, a festival in honor of the dead.
Thursday is the Charistia, a festival in honor of making peace with neighbors.
Friday is the Terminalia, the festival in honor of year’s end, and the rethinking of boundaries.
I invite you to do with this information as best suits your needs, your love and your will.
20 December 2006
audio, Links, poetry
I’ve published my podcast of last night’s improv here, at my new website:
Feel free to go listen.
13 December 2006
Magic & Spirituality, Poetry
hymn, Links, poetry, sophia
Hymn for Holy Sophia
Hail, holy Wisdom, earth and heaven’s queen,
who governs nature and guides human hands.
From your point of view, no path is extreme;
you are rock in a world of shifting sands.
When we know your advice, our path is clear.
Both council circle and broad lap of earth,
both tidal cycle and seasons’ changing
rest upon you: though the loom of the year
warps and wefts good fortune and loss of worth,
you abide yet in stillness unceasing.
Myth calls you veiled bride of the Nameless Name,
door-ward and guide of the Watercourse Way.
Youthful, and age-old, for ever the same —
our paths your passions are; our work, your play.
Calendar and space-time are in your care;
Hours and weeks with you are heaven-spent;
No word from you but what is true and right.
You build foundations for castles in air.
On your good repute is all credit leant;
to find you behind veils is our delight.
Holy Sophia, help us to prepare —
help us to plan to meet you face-to-face.
For though we would wish to meet one so fair,
only by work, preparation and grace
can anyone gain your full loyalty.
Teach us to be worthy of your favor;
grant us a stirrup-cup of your good will.
Who speaks your thought, we do call royalty.
love, wealth and fame are spices to savor;
of your sauce alone would we eat our fill.
I’ve posted five other hymns for the holidays, backdated to December 11 (Feast of Dionysius [Oct3], Castor and Pollux [Oct 25], Meditrinalia [Sept 30], Artemis of Music [Nov 22], and Artemis [Nov 10]). Now they won’t clog the front of your friends page. Enjoy.
11 December 2006
Links, music, pachelbel, Video
A musician haunted by Johann Pachelbel, greatest hits of the 1790s! Awesome link from and .
I’ve made more cookies tonight than I’ve made in about six years. I was never very much of a baker, but I’ve promised to make bread for a party on Thursday, and I didn’t really want to go into it cold. That’s a recipe for disaster. I also wanted to make cookies for my dormitory and my fencing team, so that they each had a bag with a half-dozen cookies or so on the last day of school, which is for all intents and purposes tomorrow (although they do make us attend school on Wednesday and Thursday, though we don’t get much accomplished).
I also finished writing another three of the odes for the pagan gods, and found three more that I had written but not typed. I’m debating whether or not to post them to LiveJournal; they’re all out of sequence and it might be confusing. I’m going to try to do three more tonight, or at least one more. There are seventeen pieces left in the whole sonnet sequence, and I’d like them all to be done by Christmas — New Year’s at the latest.