This morning my friend Sabrina, in Bukima Faso for work on sustainable irrigation, circulated this by email:
the horrible terrorist attacks took place in a hotel less than a km away.
I am fine, and have been advised not to go out today, as the office is near an area that was cordoned off for a search for perpetrators.
It’s strange to be here in this situation – I am for now confined, but to a calm and lovely guest house, surrounded by trees and birdsong, and yet so close by, there was such unspeakable carnage. Continue reading
We do not need physicists to teach us about parallel universes – we create our own, in social media cells where we can polish alternate realities to perfection. Continue reading
Two months ago, Harry Brighouse posted his marvelous Teaching’s not exactly brain surgery, is it? on the Crooked Timber blog. It’s a good thing Brighouse did so right then, because he was playing off of the exalted status we accord brain surgeons, which as we know one American brain surgeon has in the weeks since single-handedly left in tatters. And though we know that, it’s always worth seeing the Guardian’s Marina Hyde pile on in her inimitable style.
Check out Ann D. Gordon’s great blog, “Historical Details, It’s All in the“: wonderful stories which draw on her archivally deep knowledge of the lives and times of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
The joys of teaching at Birkbeck occasionally include emails from students like this
I’ve just accepted a 12 month contract to work in Sierra Leone as operations manager for [redacted]. Their focus is to improve the resilience of the Sierra Leone health service post ebola. Started induction in their London office today, will fly out to Sierra Leone 1st July.
I’m still planning to complete my dissertation for first week in September, though would be grateful if we could skype for meetings!
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Click image to enlarge; thanks to John Fleck, via Rabett Run, for this beautiful graphic. Of course it reminds you that the city’s water – Chinatown and all that – is coming from desert rivers that don’t flow quite like they used to.