Friday, April 27, 2007

Tiny Shriner Review: Rainy Day Edition

The Tiny Shriner gazes down from his active water feature on JJC's window ledge, piercing the electrons of the internet with his diminutive Eye of Sauron.

He couldn't write worse prose if he tried to inscribe miserabler prose. Sadly, he composes this wretched prose without really trying.

But enough that is prosaic. Let's get back to the rainy day, as storm systems move across DC, dropping buckets of water and reverberating with rumbles of thunder that sound vaguely like "Alberto" "scandal" "subpoena" "resignation" and "Paul Dundes Wolfowitz."

What could be wetter than a mermaid? Actually, what happens when a mermaid sprouts legs and walks away from her aqueous existence? Check out Coffee and Critique for a slightly acidic but fair trade cup of analysis: Getting to the Bottom of the Little Mermaid. You will also be enlightened into the mysteries of the dinglehopper.

End of the year grading got you down? Well, the whole process will come speedily alive if one of your students threatens to sue! Delaying on finding entertaining ways to procrastinate instead of grading papers? (Sometimes our repetitious prose is so redundant we chuckle even as we type it.) Check out the Google referral links to this or any other blog. Machina Memorialis did, and discovered the Tiny Shriner's second favorite type of chat room (Tiny's most favorite focuses upon the sexual proclivities of gnomes.) If you prefer your erotic musings to be more medieval in their leanings, read the dapper Dr. Richard Nokes on Charlemagne's tawdry tangle with Shirley MacLaine. Or his link to a codpiece video.

Did you know that in the Middle Ages what we know was told to us by the church? And that nowadays what we know is told to us by aggregates of public opinion? Well, you will know these facts if you read Larry Sanger's essay at The Edge (Sanger is a co-founder of Wikipedia, an online resource that suffers the serious lacuna of having no entry for "Tiny Shriner"). Ironically, though, Sanger's piece is a traditional single author essay that tells you what you know and how you will know it while arguing that wikis and aggregates tell you what you know and how you know it.

Speaking of making things up, Dr. Virago is claiming she ran the Boston Marathon. Yeah, yeah Rosie Ruiz, we know you did. Just like JJC just got back from helping Stephen Hawking on his space flight. Medievalists exert themselves by lugging around Latin dictionaries. In cases of extreme emergency, they get up enough forward momentum to shamble. They do not run.

Finally, the Tiny Shriner wishes Stephanie Trigg a safe trip home. Her post from London captured well a familiar yearning that seems to haunt the last days of a trip abroad.

[For previous editions of the Tiny Shriner review, look here, here and here]


Jeffrey Cohen said...

PS Dr Virago writes on her blog:

These dumb stereotypes of nerdy academics and dumb jocks have got to go. (And while we're at it, stereotypes of medievalists!)

And here I encouraging them! Note to self: drop Latin dictionary and give me fifty push ups. NOW.

Sorry, Dr. V.

Karl Steel said...

No need to use a dictionary. If you're not using this for your primary Latin dictionary needs, you're missing out.

Jeffrey Cohen said...

I tend to use the dictionary at Perseus, which (remarkably) includes the complete Lewis & Short.

Karl Steel said...

Yes, but then you're at the mercy of an internet connection and the PP's servers. What do you do if you need a Latin dictionary on an airplane?

Anonymous said...

Thanks mightily for the link, Tiny Shriner!

Dr. Virago said...

HEY! I did SO run the Boston Marathon! I'll wear my medal to K'zoo and the blogger meet-up just to prove it (and bring the post card with my finishing time plus picture ID).

Maybe next time I'll run the marathon *while* carrying a Latin dictionary.

Medievalist said...

Just stumbled across this blog, and this post me laugh. Good for Dr. V - and I was there too. Glad to know that there is more than one running medievalist.
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