Posted tagged ‘Apologies’

Not Dead Yet….Just Resting/Beautiful Plumage Edition

May 23, 2010

Blogging is conspicuous by its absence.  I plead end-of-term disasters, combined with the long dark tea-time of the soul.

Been feeling grim lately, and lacking the oomph to blog, I channel my inner Ishmael:

… I find myself growing grim about the mouth;
whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I
find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses,
and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet;
and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me,
that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from
deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking
people’s hats off–then, I account it high time to get to sea
as soon as I can.

But I do see some possibility of returning to civil conversation, probably after my next two talks, both in the LA area tonight (LA County Library downtown) and tomorrow (the OC — at the National Academy facility at UC Irvine), so please consider this a hiatus rather than a quietus.

And in the meantime, for your viewing pleasure, those clips that inspire this title.

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Apologies, wrapped in a truly scary picture

February 2, 2009

I’ve been conspicuous by my absence, caused more by the disasters that attend a newly installed department head in the first days of term.

I’ll be pretty sketchy in my posts here for a bit, trapped between that admin cr*p, the rigors of getting my upcoming book properly launched, and attending to the birth of yet another Darwin project.  So by way of eye candy and apologies — enjoy this gorgeous vision of the apocalypse.  (Full page of Redoubt Volcano images from teh Alaska Volcano Observatory here.

Image:   Giorgio Sommer, “Pompeii,” before 1914.