• Music,  Resource

    On the Irish Tin Whistle

    Phelan has posted an excellent “Introduction to Irish Tin Whistle” over at Kuro5hin. Go read it. Buy me a Coffee! If you find this post or this site interesting, and would like to see more, buy me a coffee. While I may actually buy coffee, I’ll probably buy books to review.

  • Uncategorized

    Why Medievalists are Digital?

    Sasha Volokh, in response to an interesting post by Garrett on the preponderance of blogging lawyers, writes: Similarly, when I was first on the Internet about eight years ago and participating in or lurking on various medieval literature listservs, someone posted a theory on why medievalists were more wired than their counterparts who studied Shakespeare, the Romantics, and so on. The theory had to do with how e-mail and posting on listservs — anonymous forwards and the like — was similar to the way writing was treated in the Middle Ages and different from the more modern ideas of the fixed text and the authoritative author. All very interesting, but…

  • Language & Lingusitics

    Gaelic Nova Scotia

    The New York Times has an article on the resurgence of interest in Gaelic in Christmas Island, Nova Scotia. (You’ll likely have to register to read it). As the article makes clear, the earlier Scottish settlers of Nova Scotia, and their descendents, commonly spoke Gaelic until after World War 1. My first Gaelic book, a present in my early teens, was a “teach yourself” pamphlet with cassette tapes that came from Nova Scotia. Today there’s a wide variety of Nova Scotia Gaelic and Celtic cultural resources on the net, starting with the Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia. And there’s still Gaelic and Celtic culture elsewhere, for instance, Cape Breton’s Gaelic…