Dec. 11th, 2010 09:25 pm
elirrina: (Marian)
I finally got around to seeing The Secret of Kells, and I'm sure this will come as a great shock, but it is now one of my new favorite movies.



Special Collections has a gorgeous facsimile of the Book of Kells, it's full size and has everything reproduced, including the holes where moths ate through the membrane.

Next semester I'll probably get to go back to spending half of my time Special Collections - I only got to go in a few times this term for tangential research and the librarians say they miss me.



Now that everything is turned in and I finished helping Dr. J grade finals, I'm going to sit down and paint before I head home.

Arrival

May. 12th, 2010 09:07 pm
elirrina: (astronomy)
I made it to Kalamazoo alive, after a reallllly early morning flight to Memphis, Chicago, a misunderstanding of meeting places, and carpool up to Michigan. I've already had pizza at Bilbo's, where most of the food is named after Lord of the Rings characters, and which has a sign out saying "Welcome Medieval Fest" (that caused some murmurs in the car, of course. "It's not a renaissance festival! We don't get to wear costumes!") Apparently eating at Bilbo's is a tradition with the carpoolers, as was playing "spot the medievalist."

I present tomorrow afternoon! (Eeeeeeeek!)

And I can meet Geoffrey Chaucer! Hopefully that won't conflict with any of the other things I'm supposed to be attending!
elirrina: (illumination)
The exciting news is that today I found out that I've been accepted as a panelist on the "Travel in Early Middle English Texts" session at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo! As such, I will be presenting a paper based on part of my thesis there next May, and then I'll get to witness all the zaniness that I hear about first hand! And I'll get to see the professor who directed my thesis! It's all going to be terribly thrilling.

But first I need to survive this week.
elirrina: (robin)
Does anyone reading this know how to use Junicode? I need to be able to type in Anglo-Saxon, and I can figure out the ash, but I cannot for the life of me find the wyn or the thorn. And the directions make no sense whatsoever, and they're not even proper directions.

...

This situation led to me yelling that THIS IS WHY ANGLO-SAXON DIED OUT! I CAN'T TYPE IN IT! THIS IS WHY IT IS A DEAD LANGUAGE. (disregarding the fact that it evolved into Modern English. Eventually).

And then my roommate (who is an Anglo-Saxonist, but doesn't know how to type it - this is for palaeography, our professor told us we should download this font, it's brilliant, you can use for transcription, etc. etc. etc.) decided to yell back that NO, THIS IS THE BLASTED NORMANS' FAULT. IF THEY HAD STAYED IN FRANCE, THINGS WOULD BE MUCH BETTER! AND CLEARLY THIS IS ONE MORE EXAMPLE OF NORMAN OPPRESSION AND THEIR NON-ANGLO-SAXON COMPATIBLE COMPUTER SYSTEMS.

I'm going to have to resort to using a pencil and paper for my homework, oh the horror.

mood: Photobucket blasted normans.

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