20 Apr 19

“An extraordinary work — pure excitement.” — New York Times Book Review One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling […]

17 Apr 19
Violent Brain Fever

As a medievalist, watching the fire at Notre Dame was gutting. I’m incredibly relieved that the damage was not worse. The remaining original 13th century glass survives! We all know about the cathedral’s importance as an architectural marvel, but you might not know about its importance in music history. It holds a very special place. […]

16 Apr 19
The Kimboburly Tales

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will […]

16 Apr 19


Word of the day: ELEVENTY (19th century) – a very large, indefinite number, it can also mean 110. (via @qikipedia)

16 Apr 19
Spice and Sauce

An emotional day for me. I woke up, got up, fired up my iPad, and the first item was a newsflash. Notre Dame was on fire. The photograph showed that this was not trivial, and it got worse. Video showed the spire falling in, hundreds of shocked onlookers, praying, singing hymns, stunned and silent. As […]

16 Apr 19
Dispatches From Cascadia

…Hubris. Seriously. Whether it is the hubris that says “I can be a woman, even though I have the chromosomes and plumbing of a male (and HOW DARE YOU QUESTION MY ASSERTION!!!111!!!eleventy!!!)” or the hubris that says “I’m nobody to millions of people, but I am precisely what this country needs as a President.” or […]

13 Apr 19

It’s spring and I am back on my bike. I always hate the thought of cycling again, the week of sore bum that follows the first outing, the ache when sitting in the saddle a second time. But then I am off, wheels turning more easily than I remember, the hedgerows moving by, fast and […]

11 Apr 19
Emily Wilson, Writer

Hey friends. Bad news: I have cancer. More specifically, breast cancer. Shitty, right? I’m still reeling; vacillating between crying in the shower so the kids can’t hear me, and cracking reeeeeaaaally inappropriate jokes about it all. But that’s my way, isn’t it? I mean, for those of you that know me in person I think […]

11 Apr 19
[cfsp key="getamac.jpg"]"A Wall Street investment bank initiated coverage of Apple stock with a neutral rating on Thursday, saying Apple's growing services business won't be able to offset declining iPhone sales in the near term," Patrick Seitz writes for Investor's Business Daily. "Credit Suisse analyst Matthew Cabral set a price target on Apple stock of 209," Seitz writes. "'Investor perception of Apple as a hardware-centric company will be hard to shake against a backdrop of double-digit iPhone sales declines,' Cabral said in a note to clients. He predicts iPhone sales will drop 12.4% to 182.9 million units in 2019. Last year, iPhone sales fell 3.2% to 208.8 million units." Seitz writes, "Apple's services business includes the App Store and subscription offerings such as Apple Music, Apple TV+ and Apple News+." Read more in the full article here. MacDailyNews Take: Predicting a number that will never be revealed. Daring. We estimate eleventy gazillion iPhone units sales in 2019 and umpteen bazillion in 2020. And we’ll be just as right as every other so-called analyst, too, since Apple no longer reports unit sales. — MacDailyNews, November 29, 2018
06 Apr 19
Blog Askew

As our government twiddles its thumbs on the biggest issue of our time, I’m often left wondering whether at what point, or any point (gulp!), we will see some collective action. I read and think about climate change a lot, perhaps or probably more than I should because even scratching the surface of some topics […]

06 Apr 19
Ginny Lurcock

Previously on Fangirl Follow Along we broke down THE BTS COMEBACK! PERSONA!! ELEVENTY-ONE OH MY GOD. Today I’m sick, having trouble breathing, and don’t have my glasses on. So let’s breakdown a song by a band I’ve never listened to before. What could go wrong? Bring on Blackpink. I am already positive I’m not cool […]

05 Apr 19

‘WrestleMania’ is Sunday night, and resident wrestling nerds, Jeffery X Martin and Richard Kirwin, predict the outcome of every match on the card.