Archive for June, 2010

Nicht die Sprache der Dinge, sondern das Sprechen mit den Dingen.

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Bild vom Buchumschlag Darum geht es in meinem Beitrag zum gerade beim Waxmann Verlag erschienenen Buch Die Sprache der Dinge. Ich freue mich sehr darüber, in diesem Buch dabei zu sein, da die meisten anderen Beiträge aus der Volkskunde/Ethnologie kommen und da das Buch zur Ausleuchtung des in Deutschland noch unterbelichteten Felds der materiellen Kultur beisteuert. Mein herzlicher Dank geht natürlich an die Herausgeberinnen des Bandes.

Updated to WordPress 3.0.

Monday, June 21st, 2010

A few days ago, a major update for WordPress (the software that I use to maintain this blog) has been published: version 3.0 Thelonious. I just finished the install, without any hiccups. I guess there won’t be many differences for you to notice… the only thing that I noticed is that the new WordPress default theme is not that unlikely to the theme that I came up with for this site (well, it does look more refined, but the basic elements like the header image, right-handed sidebar, and a larger default font are the same. That feels nice.

End of the egg counts & the absence of war.

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

I have been subscribed to a blog that presents George Orwell’s diary for almost two years now – it has been an interesting read so far mostly because of its quirkyness. The main thing Orwell wrote about in his diary were accounts of his gardening activity, with special attention being paid to the number of eggs laid by his hens. Slightly entertaining, particularly because of a whole lot of really funny reader comments on the ups and downs of Orwellian egg production.
Recently, things have changed. We are now in the summer of 1940 and Germany has attacked France. Britain is part of the war and the bombings begin. George Orwell provides us with sharp observations about how war somehow remains absent from the everyday lives that he witnesses and participates in. I definitely recommend subscribing to this weblog/historical diary.