Monthly Archives: October 2010

And yet more housekeeping

I’ve finally managed to find a way to rotate the header images, so I can have greater variety. So far there are five images, drawn from my personal collection of photos: Eldena Abbey near Greifswald in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern The Lloyds building … Continue reading

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So what happened to the old blog?

I had a lengthy post drafted, but that one needs more work, so here’s a short housekeeping post instead regarding the question (provided anyone is actually asking him- or herself that question): Whatever happened to the old site and the … Continue reading

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Recently Read Books

One of the things I used to do a lot on the old blog was talk about books I’d read, films and TV shows I’ve seen. I already had one TV post (well, sort of), so here’s a book post. … Continue reading

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Reflections on writing, teaching and TV

Found via Jay Lake: Jim van Pelt reflects on the similarities between writing and teaching and how both can eat your brain. I totally agree with this. Most of time, my brain is either engaged in plotting and character development … Continue reading

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Sapir-Whorf making a comeback?

It looks as if the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, which has been largely discredited, is making a comeback of late. A few weeks, there was a lengthy article in the New York Times, excerpt from a new book. And now there is … Continue reading

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Empathy and the lack of it

I’m tired and frustrated and don’t have a whole lot to say. I’ve seen a lot of stuff about the so-called empathy gap in recent times, which basically means that young people have been becoming less empathetic in the past … Continue reading

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More housekeeping

I added more haikus to The Haiku Zone widget on the sidebar. There are now 23 haikus in rotation. I have a lot of unpublished poems lying around, mostly dating from the creative writing workshop at university, and a lot … Continue reading

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Ischa Freimaak!

Tonight, I took a stroll over the Freimarkt, the annual Bremen autumn fair, which celebrates its 975th anniversary this year. Yes, you read that right. Freimarkt was first celebrated in 1035 AD, though the medieval version looked very different from … Continue reading

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The War on Long Hair

The New York Times asks the question Why can’t middle-aged women have long hair? As a long-haired person myself (mine goes down to my hip), I agree with the author. Though the pressure on women to cut long hair doesn’t … Continue reading

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The gothic roots of urban fantasy

Romantic suspense writer Gennita Low muses about the connection between Wuthering Heights and today’s urban fantasy and paranormal romance genres. Gennita Low does have a point there. Today’s urban fantasy and paranormal romance genres are clearly descendants of the gothic … Continue reading

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