Ten Years Blogging at The Mast

I began this blog on January 21, 2002. My very first post is here. My friend and former colleague iPaulo is still blogging. My friend Kip started blogging in 2002 as well, and is celebrating. I’ve started a few other blogs since then, on IT: Technology, Language and Culture (also started in January of 2002, and life in the Pacific Northwest, and an entire site related to the books I co-wrote about the iPad. (And others too!)

I’m delighted that Medievalist bloggers Scott Nokes and Michael Drout of Wormtalk and Slugspeak are back blogging. (Professor Drout also began blogging in 2002). The blogosphere, as some call it, has changed a lot since I started, but then so have I. Michelle Ziegler is actively blogging at Heavenfield, Tim Clarkson at Senchus, and a number of other medievalists in the blog roll to the right are still going strong, but I’m especially happy to see Scott and Michael back and blogging.

Something New and Different

I confess that I’ve been so very busy writing about things neither medieval or Celtic, that Scéla has been neglected. And I’ve noticed that my fellow medieval bloggers haven’t been much more active in terms of blogging.

I further confess that I’m moving this month. And, perhaps most telling of all, I’m a Christmas junkie. So I’m going to post about Christmas stuff for most of this month. Now, since I’m a Medievalist, and a Celticist, there’s going to be a decided Medieval and Celtic bent, so’s to speak, to these posts, but they will be Holiday Oriented. Some of them will involve Music. Many may involve intoxicating liquors.

Consider yourself warned.

Birth of a Blog: Reprise

I began Scéla, my first real blog, on January 21, 2002. That’s eight years of more-or-less regular blogging. You can still read my first post, which is very much an instance of me trying to figure out blogging as a tool for sharing content.

Since then, I’ve finished my Ph.D. I’m now blogging quite a lot—though not, alas, blogging as often as I would like here. I’ve moved Scéla from my primary site at Digitalmedievalist.com, to here, at Digitalmedievalist.net [ETA: and back again as of 11/15/2014]. I’ve also converted from Blogger to WordPress, and am iconverting the Celtic Studies Resources content from static pages (pages that go back in some versions to 1997) to WordPress.

When I began, I was the Digital Medievalist. Now, there’s an organization. When I began, I was one of about five Medievalist bloggers; now, there are about sixty of us, and three or four that emphasize Medieval and Celtic.

That said, here’s a tip of the hat to the folks who’ve been doing this as long or longer than I, or more reliably, especially: S. Worthen/Owlfish, the keeper of the Medievalist Blogger List, Richard Nokes of Unlocked Woardhord, Elizabeth Carnell of The View From Kalamazoo, and Michael Drout, who started blogging on Wormtalk and Slugspeak at the hind end of the same year I did, and makes much more sense.

The Medievalist bloggers as a group, never mind those I’ve been lucky enough to meet at Kalamazoo, have added a lot to my life, scholarly and otherwise.

Thanks guys.

Carol Dana Lanham requiescat in pace

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine:
et lux perpetua luceat eis.

Carol, the beloved wife of Richard A. Lanham, died November 5, 2007 of a brain hemorrhage at age 71. Her husband of fifty years was at her side when she died. Carol was born in Englewood, NJ on January 18, 1936, the daughter of Irma P. and David W. Dana. She was educated at Marblehead High School, Marblehead, Massachusetts; and at Connecticut College for Women, New London, CT, where she graduated, in 1957, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She took her Ph.D. at UCLA in 1973, with a special field in Medieval Latin. She subsequently was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics at Brown University and tutored in Latin at the Getty Center. From 1978-87, she was Senior and then Principal Editor at the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. She was a member of the American Philological Association, the Medieval Latin Association of North America, and the Medieval Academy of America, where she served as a Council member, 2002-2005. She is the author of Salutatio Formulas in Latin Letters to 1200: Syntax, Style, and Theory (1975) and the editor of Latin Grammar and Rhetoric: From Classical Theory to Medieval Practice (2002). Her best essay, in her husband’s estimation, is “The Bastard at the Family Reunion: Classics and Medieval Latin,” which appeared in Classical Journal in 1975. Although her name does not appear on the title pages of her husband’s books, her learning and good sense appear on almost every page of them. She is survived by her husband, Richard; by her aunt, Marion Spear; and by her cousins, Kathryn Spear Lacey, Robert Spear, and Stephen Spear. A memorial will be held Tuesday, November 13, 2007, 5 p.m., in the Hacienda Room of the UCLA Faculty Center, 480 Charles E. Young Drive, East.

I can’t begin to describe how much Carol affected my life, as friend, mentor and role model. She taught me more about editing and scholarly ethics than anyone, just by watching how she worked. This is a sample of the kind of thoughtful, intelligent, and solid scholarship she routinely produced, with care and joy.

In paradisum deducant te Angeli:
in tuo adventu suscipiant te Martyres, et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Jerusalem.
Chrous Angelorum te suscipiant, et cum Lazaro quondam paupere aeternam habeas requiem.

Status Report

Yeah, I know, I’m not exactly burning up the web with blog posts.

But I figure the five people who actually read this probably know I’m working on the diss . . . thing. It’s actually going really well. Of course the minute I think that I think “what if the committee hates it?” but anyway, that’s why you’ve not heard much.

But in the meantime, go read Teresa Nielson Hayden’s suitably medieval AS Bon Bons.


I know, y’all are heartbroken at the dearth of posts. Well, it’s like this:

I’m making lots of progress, lots of slow but steady progress, on the diss . . . the thing that shall not be named. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the university does not now, nor has it ever, offered me financial support (and no, being a T.A. is not “financial support.” It’s a professional apprenticeship, for me, and cheap labor, for them.) So I’m working as a technical editor, and doing a variety of other kinds of writing-for-money, so I can pay my registration fees (which I must pay if I want access to university faculty or the libraries) and my filing fee. Writing for money and writing the . . . you know, pretty much eats up both the time and the desire to post.

But there’s lots of other Really Good Stuff for y’all to read. Take a look on the left there, those people are much more interesting. And you are following Cassini’s journey to Saturn, right?

If I had time, I’d write an entertaining and illuminating post about this manuscript fragment. Those of you familiar with the general thematic trend of similar images already know All your base are belong to us.