Mac iOS 8

Here an note by John Gruber about Mac iOS 8 uptake being much slower than iOS 7.

In my case, I didn’t get around to updating until last week because I don’t trust over-the-air updates because of the bug problems and I no longer plug my phone into my laptop as frequently as I used to. I’m not sure why the latter is so, but it is.

I take lots of iPhone photos, but they’re usually ephemeral enough that I upload them to Flickr or Facebook directly and only move them into my Pictures file if they strike me as worth saving. I download a book from Audible once a month (here’s my most recent download: American Sphinx) and hook up to transfer that to the iPhone.


We’re headed to Milan this weekend and I’m scrambling to reread everything I can about the cathedral – it’s a VERY big building with a VERY complicated building history!

further: and I remembered to pop my battery into the charger this morning! The battery on my new (last fall) Nikon D3100 lasts approximately forever – and I’ve already had one “damn it, my battery’s dead!” incident this semester because of that.

Therapeutic use of alcohol accessories in a nonalcoholic method

After all these years of wrist problems driven by repetitive stress, I have finally found the platonic wrist-and-hand icer! My faithful Vacu Vin Rapid Ice Wine Chiller does the trick better than anything — insert hand, wait until numb (with cold, people, with cold!), remove.

Oh – the leak in the living room ceiling is repaired – but the hole is even bigger than it was last time. The drywall to repair it is standing in the hall, though, so there’s hope.

Testing from the iPad

Just seeing how well this works. I’m about to make a short trip to Italy and perhaps Germany, and I’d like to make the trip with only the iPad!

So – how about keyboard cut and paste? Yes, here’s the link for our Center for Global Education.

Gesture cut and paste? Ok:
The mission of the Center for Global Education is to provide students with academically challenging study abroad experiences that foster an in-depth understanding of another culture, with the aim of encouraging them to embrace the concept of global citizenship. Being a responsible, effective citizen of the world involves assuming an active role in one’s own community and in the larger world; it requires an understanding of the relationship between actions made locally and globally and a commitment to the betterment of people’s lives everywhere. Through our rigorous study abroad programs and innovative on-campus predeparture and reentry programming, the Center for Global Education strives to provide students with a transformative learning experience that inspires them to live lives of consequence.

The thing that annoys me most about trying to WORK with the iPad is the impossibility of sending an attachment from inside the Mail app. I’m sure there’s a better solution than the workarounds I’ve seen out there!

Phone Shopping

One of those little parent-tasks we took care of today was getting Mother a new phone — she’d had her’s for 4 years, we figure, so the upgrade was free. She’s got something with bigger numbers, a very clear screen, and no change to her current contract.
While we waited for the clerk to get her address book to move over from the SIM card to her phone I played with a Samsung Windows Phone. Gosh – I like the interface! The phone felt a little flimsy — much lighter than an iPhone. But this would be very, very tempting!

Carnivalesque 63

Carnivalesque 63 – an Ancient and Medieval Version!
Do cities that are just NOT THERE any more matter? You bet they do! But how do we show people what was there if there’s no there there any more? Go look at what can be done with Antioch on the Orontes.
How do you get extant but really fragile manuscripts out of the library where more than one scholar at a time can use them? Here are some really interesting digitalization examples.
And how do you get the DNA out of a manuscript folio to figure out things about – well, about everything, starting with the sheep herd the page was made from. Well, first you have to convince a librarian that a set of 40-micron diameter holes in the edge of a manuscript is acceptable. Then you have to use Michael Drout’s new machine – prototype now available!
Bit players in the grand play of the Fall of the Roman Empire and the eventual emergence of the modern western European nations? Not so fast, buddy! Go read about the Burgundian Civil War and think harder about what makes people(s) central to the story.
Not a bit player at all – the power behind the throne – a new life of the Empress Theodora.
Periodization is always a question. In question? Questionable? But much like bit players and great powers, definition is important, if impossible. Magistra et Mater asks “How late should the late antique go?”
So you didn’t make it to Kalamazoo this year? Jonathan Jarrett covered a BUNCH of sessions incredibly thoroughly – here, here, here, and here He’s not quite Prof. Dr. Boethius P. von Korncrake, but hey – most of us aren’t.
The most important Kalamazoo news? The Chaucer Blogger steps forward!
And finally, what I think must be the most-forwarded ancient or medieval story of the year — the lurid cemetary of the Gladiators at York. Men bitten by Tigers! Differential development of right arms! At least three of my students in Greek Art & Architecture this semester forwarded this to me – and it was on every list serve I’m on, too. And then ADM sent it as a suggestion, too – so clearly Gladiators are In the News!
Happy reading!