Even More Genealogy!

Sorry this is of pretty specific interest; I just want to be able to share it with family. Okay, so, when we left off yesterday, we’d established that it was certainly reasonable to hypothesize that Mary Cox was descended from the George Harlan line of Quakers who settled in Pennsylvania and were part of the […]

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More Genealogy!

Which is literally probably of interest only to me and my relatives, but it’s my blog so… yeah. I’ve been spending a lot of time researching the two lines that my parents come from: Davis and Reed. Yes, I know my maiden name was Hitchcock and now it’s Morimoto; it’s a not-very-long-but-kind-of-involved story. Suffice it […]

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Furigana, Vertical Montage, and the Video Essay

There’s a device used (primarily) in printed Japanese that I first became interested in back in the earliest days of my Adachi Mitsuru manga fandom (Touch, I liked Touch – which, yes, puts this in the 1980s). Furigana (or ‘ruby/i‘) are phonetic glosses of written kanji (Chinese characters); typically, they serve the very functional purpose of indicating how the […]

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A Tale of Two Chairs

Or, Why Did My Paper Get a B? It seems fairly common these days to find an explanation of what letter grades mean on course syllabi, and in my experience the difference between B work and A work is… unclear. It’s clear to the professor, of course (sometimes in that ‘I know an A paper […]

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The Year in Productivity: 2015

I did a round-up post about this time last year as a way of kind of giving myself a little pep talk as I continue down the road of independent scholarship. That path was cemented a bit further this year with my last (unsuccessful) stab at the academic job market, and I’m now in the […]

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A Tale of Two Show(runner)s

My most recent fannish loves – in a long line of infatuations – have been BBC’s Sherlock and NBC’s Hannibal (the network designations belie the transnational coproduction contexts of each, but that’s a post for another day). Both are named for characters who have unwittingly embarked on journeys of emotional discovery, precipitated by and torturously focused on the first […]

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