Click here to see what I couldn’t see today – the 100 (Roman) foot wide base of the Pyramid of Cestius.

Here’s the wikipedia link: the work is being sponsored by a Japanese individual. Not a great sign for Italy? Kind of back to the days of Victorian gentlemen paying for facades to be built onto major churches in Florence?

P.S. I hate Flickr. Why won’t it let me post my pictures here??

Flickr broke it again

I’m way too invested in Flickr to change services. I have a couple of thousand photos there, administer one group, and actively post to a bunch of others. But almost every time Flickr upgrades itself it breaks some connections. This time, I’m having trouble posting from Flickr to this WordPress blog – one of the features I like the most. So no Christmas pogo photos for you yet!

Maybe it’s WordPress’s fault, but I just input my password about 7 times into Flickr and it’s still failing to post. Grrr.

For instance, from the first page – where one now sees contact’s top photo – I can use the share icon to share that TOP photo. However, if I go to a contact’s photostream, the share icon doesn’t work any more than it does on my own. Wow.

British Library Medieval Manuscripts go Public Domain!!

I have been very out of the medieval blog loop – the end of last semester was pretty busy – but how did I miss THIS announcement in late November?

The British Library is treating its medieval manuscript collection as though it is public domain!


The catalogue is designed to increase public access to the British Library’s rich collections, and we want to encourage even greater use and enjoyment of these collections.  Technically these works are still in copyright in the UK until 2040, but given that they are anonymous and many centuries old, the Library has decided to provide the images on the Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts under a Public Domain Mark and treat them as public domain works, as would be the case in many other countries.  For more information, please see the library’s use and reuse policy for CIM.  We ask that you maintain the library’s Public Domain tag, and provide a link or other credit back to the image’s source on the British Library’s site – help us share these riches even more widely with the world. (my emphasis)

Wow – is that ever sensible!


Out of idle curiosity I’ve been trying Chrome (the browser) for the last few days. It seems very unstable on OSX 10.8 – it crashes constantly. Guess I’m sticking to Safari, even though I don’t much care for the way the current version (6.0.1) treats scroll bars. Everything else about it seems fine.