I found the edition of my book with the mistakes all marked. That version did NOT make it to the printer.

So I have errors in my book. Errors I had already found. But somehow I lost the copy that those were noted on.

Maybe I won’t read my own book so I won’t see the errors. It’s not going to be such a hot seller that there are numerous editions where I could fix it, either.

Oy vay. Such is life.

I’m still happy it got printed and published.

Article on “Rethinking Masculinity”

An article that has some thoughtful points is from In These Times. It is entitled “Rethinking Masculinity.”

[T]oday’s typical man is seen as independent, ambitious and competitive, naturally suited to market work and the breadwinner role. Meanwhile, today’s typical woman is seen as nurturing, expressive and responsive to the needs of others, naturally suited to homemaking and the emotional work required by secretaries, flight attendants and nurses. These basic tenets of separate spheres continue to shape our default understandings of men and women, reproducing stereotypes that systematically advantage men and disadvantage women in the workplace.

These stereotypes lead to powerful social expectations that link our sense of what one needs to be successful in historically male professions to masculine personality traits and traditionally masculine life patterns. One prominent physicist put it this way: “In particular, our selection procedures tend to select not only for talents that are directly relevant to success in science, but also for assertiveness and single-mindedness.” In other words, physicists are expected to have stereotypically masculine personality traits: to be forceful, proactive, assertive—”agentic,” to use social psychologists’ chosen term.

Physicists, the quote reminds us, are expected to be not only assertive but also single-minded. Hard-driving lawyers, neurosurgeons and investment bankers—indeed, all historically male high-status jobs—also require some version of assertiveness and single-mindedness. In other words, such jobs are designed around masculinity and men.

Masculinity holds the key to understanding why the gender revolution has stalled.

How Japan Saw the West

Looking at Japanese art and seeing their representations of the West is particularly interesting to me. I haven’t done a wholesale study of it, but I think it would be fascinating.

So I was caught by Happy Catholic’s visual and discussion of an article in the Wall Street Journal.

So while artists in 1860s Paris were discovering the beauty of Japanese “floating world”—or ukiyo-e—woodblock prints, many Japanese artists were heading to Yokohama, scouring European publications and creating their own genre of exotica: the Yokohama-e.

These prints are the focus of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s “Picturing the West.” Drawn from the museum’s permanent collection, its 97 works express little of Japan’s mistrust of foreigners—only excitement and curiosity. Typical of the genre, the prints are in turn amusing, beautiful, revealing and puzzling in their efforts to inform, entertain and sell. In the early rage for Yokohama-e, publishers churned out as many as 250,000 copies of about 500 designs.

Japanese pic of Russian couple 1861This is picture of a Russian couple from 1861.

“Lost” City of Medieval Spain

The BBC has an article on the excavation of what was, in the 900s, the most magnificent city in the known world.

It has been 100 years since excavations started on the Madinat Al Zahra, the magnificent 10th century palace city near Cordoba in southern Spain.

Although only 11% of the city – built by the powerful caliph Abd Al Rahman III – has been uncovered, it is unlikely that it will take another century to unearth the remainder of the site given the rapid advances in excavation technology.

In a curious parallel, new techniques such a tele-imaging, that are being used in order to understand the 115-hectare site, reflect the revolutionary building techniques developed here a thousand years ago, and which came to define the distinct “Andalucian style”.

Recycling: A 1600-year Tradition

According to Discovery.com, the ancient Romans recycled glass.

The 21st century’s three Rs — Reduce, Reuse, Recycle — were all the rage in Britain during the last century of Roman rule, a compositional analysis of ancient Roman glass tableware has revealed.

According to the study, published in the Journal of Archaeological Science, large quantities of glass were recycled in Britain during the 3rd and 4th centuries A.D.

The reason wasn’t exactly a desire to go green, but a shortage of raw glass in the northern regions of the Roman Empire during the last centuries of Roman rule.



Song from God

In the shadow of the cross, I leave my fear and woe.
In the radiance of his love, I let my anger go.
He is my Savior. He rescues me. He is my lord for eternity.
He is my shepherd. He comforts me. He is my love for eternity.

In the shelter of his wings I come his love/my lord to know.
Even when I feel alone, I trust it isn’t so.

I’ve already lost the lines with XXXs. Hopefully the Holy Spirit will give them back. And he did.

He is my Savior. He rescues me. He is my lord for eternity.
He is my shepherd. He comforts me. He is my love for eternity.
I have his love for…
I am his love for eternity.

In the shadow of your cross, I leave my fear and woe.
In the radiance of your love, I let my anger go.
You are my savior. You rescue me. You are my lord for eternity.
You are my shepherd. You comfort me. You are my love for eternity.
In the shelter of your wings I come your love to know.
Even when I feel alone, I trust it isn’t so.
You are my savior. You rescue me. You are my lord for eternity.
You are my shepherd. You comfort me. You are my love for eternity.
You are my love for…
I know your love for…
I have your love for….
I am your love for eternity.

Eat Dark Chocolate. Save Your Brain.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have discovered that a compound in dark chocolate may protect the brain after a stroke by increasing cellular signals already known to shield nerve cells from damage.

Ninety minutes after feeding mice a single modest dose of epicatechin, a compound found naturally in dark chocolate, the scientists induced an ischemic stroke by essentially cutting off blood supply to the animals’ brains. They found that the animals that had preventively ingested the epicatechin suffered significantly less brain damage than the ones that had not been given the compound.

While most treatments against stroke in humans have to be given within a two- to three-hour time window to be effective, epicatechin appeared to limit further neuronal damage when given to mice 3.5 hours after a stroke. Given six hours after a stroke, however, the compound offered no protection to brain cells.

from Science Daily

A Job I Wanted

After I turned down an adjunct position at the last minute, because I got a full-time position, UHCL has a writing lecturer. I could have had a ft position there.

Good things: Full time, upper level classes.
Bad things: Lower pay than tt and an hour drive.

I just am sad/irritated that they weren’t advertising this last year. Oh well. I guess when the adjuncts quit, they need a ft’er.

Mail from my Mother

My sister used my mother’s return address sticker, complete with her name, to send my son his 18th birthday card from the aunts and uncle.

I was so hoping it was an actual card signed by mother.