December 2nd, 2002

Exam Schedule

HIST 391 Tuesday, December 3 at 2:00 pm M 120
HIST 101B Monday, December 9 at 9:00 am SC GYM
HIST 261 Tuesday, December 10 at 7:00 pm SC GYM

Well, this will make writing the rough draft MacLennan I'll need to turn in/discuss with Dr. MacLaine all the more exciting. Ah, well, I thrive under pressure.
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Plus ça change ...

"Whilon ther was dwellyne at Oxenford
A riche gnof, that gestes heeld to bord,
And of his craft he was a carpenter.
With hym there was dwellynge a poure scoler,
Hadde lerned art, but al his fantasye
Was turned for to lerne astrologye
And koude a certeyn of conclusiouns,
To demen by interrogaciouns
If that men asked hym, in certein houres
Whan that men sholde have droghte or elles
Or if men asked hum what sholde bifalle
Of everything; I may nat rekene hym alle.
A chambre hadde he in that hostelrye
Allone, withouten any compaignye
Ful fetisly ydight with herbes swoote
And he hymself as sweete as is the roote
Of lycorys or any cetewale.
His Almageste, and bookes grete and smale,
His astrelabie, longyne for his art,
His augrym stones layen faire apart
On shelves couched at his beddes heed;
His presse ycovered with a faldyng reed;
And al above ther lay a gay sdautrie,
On which he made a-nyghtes melodie
So swetely that all the chambre rong;
And Angelus ad virginem he song;
And after that he song the Kynges Noote.
Ful often blessed was his myrie throte.
And thus this sweete clerk his tyme spente
After his freendes fyndyng and his rente."

- from Chaucer, "The Miller's Tale," line 3187-3199,3203-3220.

la France antarctique

Google searches can turn up such interesting things.

I particularly refer this link for information on my Canada-in-Brazil rant of late:

Le rêve avorté d'une France antarctique

Le 10 novembre 1555, l'amiral français Nicolas Durant de Villegagnon relâche dans la baie de Guanabara, au Brésil. Il amène avec lui 600 colons.

Après s'être battu en Méditerranée contre les Barbaresques et les Turcs, ce protestant de 45 ans reçoit du chef des protestants français, Gaspard de Coligny, la mission de créer une colonie en Amérique du sud. Le roi de France Henri II met une flotte à sa disposition.

Dans la magnifique baie de Guanabara, le marin construit des établissements baptisés Fort-Coligny et Henryville. Il projette d'en faire la capitale d'une «France antarctique».

Mais deux ans plus tard, l'amiral, revenu à la foi catholique, entame des disputes théologiques avec certains de ses anciens coreligionnaires. Il n'hésite pas à les faire périr et s'en justifie dans une lettre adressée au prédicateur protestant Jean Calvin.

C'en est fini de l'utopie. Les Portugais détruisent en 1567 ce qui reste des établissements. Ils fondent à la place la capitale du Brésil colonial, Rio de Janeiro.

L'expédition française laissera néanmoins des traces durables dans l'Histoire des moeurs. L'un de ses membres, le moine André Thévet, rentrera au pays avec une herbe inconnue dans ses bagages. Son nom? le tabac.

(French translation of the above available on request.)

Gym Ruminations

I came back from the gym an hour ago. I quite enjoy the gym--the only problem I'll have keeping up my routine over the Christmas vacation will be the question of time, not the question of actual desire. I like seeing my endurance and strength improve--a greater difficulty level on the exercise bike or walking machine, a greater force exerted in exercises--and I do think I'm beginning to see actual physical improvements. I think.

(Incidentally, does anyone know that Dr. Dowbiggin is quite conservative? On the exercise bike, I saw him reading a copy of First Things. Granted I read it too, but I've got subversive readings of it which I don't think Dr. Dowbiggin has.)

My favourite part of the gym experience, I think, is the sauna, particularly in the afternoon when it's been on for a long time and it's quite hot. I like modern medicine; I couldn't be happier that the pre-modern concept of humours-- things which could be retained in excessive quantities by the body and which needed to be bled out or starved out or sweated out--is gone. But still, I feel quite nice afterwards, like I've been purified of something. (Not nearly as nice as after the sweat lodge I entered into with John Joe Sark in my second year, to gather material for an Anthropology paper, but still.) I can see why people might resort to folk medicines--non-modern or perhaps post-modern treatments--if they feel halfway as relieved as I do. is fun

Black to Swallow Planet Earth

A monstrous black hole was discovered six thousand light years far from the Earth

Is there an absolute evil deed in the world? Is there the absolute evil, like the absolute zero of temperature, the symbol of death and stillness, when there is not even a small vestige of any movement? The absolute and perfect evil is the black hole. Any kind of disaster pales in comparison with a black hole. A black hole devours everything in its path in a blink of an eye.

The horrid black hole called GRO J1655-40 is approaching planet Earth with great strides. It might swallow our Sun, like a huge crocodile. This black hole was discovered by the American space telescope Hubble. This telescope has already made a lot of discoveries, which has allowed mankind to push the boundaries of the knowledge of the Universe further. However, the Hubble’s latest discovery is something that is not pleasant to know, and bad piece of news makes its messenger bad as well. People will definitely hate that damned American Hubble and its discoveries.

Read more ...

New Sources on MacLennan and Cape Breton

Brebner, John Bartlet. The Neutral Yankees of Nova Scotia. 1937. Toronto: McClellan and Stewart, 1969.

Campbell, D. and R.A. MacLean. Beyond the Atlantic Roar: A Study of the Nova Scotia Scots. Toronto: McClellan and Stewart, 1974.

Lotz, Jim and Pat Lotz. Cape Breton Island. Harrisburg, United States: Stackpole Books, 1974.

MacKenzie Campbell, P.J. Highland Community on the Bras d'Or. Antigonish, Nova Scotia: Casket Printing & Publishing, 1978.

MacLean, M.C. "Cape Breton A Half Century Ago." Cape Breton Historical Essays. 1981. Sydney: College of Cape Breton Press, 1980. 66-75.

MacNeil, Neil. Highland Heart in Nova Scotia. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1948.

Tennyson, Brian. "Economic Nationalism and Confederation: A Case Study in Cape Breton." Cape Breton Historical Essays. 1981. Sydney: College of Cape Breton Press, 1980. 54-65.
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In case you need me next week, here's my schedule...

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Friday after 12:00

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Two Things

  • "Two to Go" was a good episode. It had been a while since I'd seen it, but it was as good as I remembered. Warren's fate was well-deserved; the only problem with it is the fact that it pushed Willow down the path of generalized vengeance. It's interesting how the three girls he killed or tried to kill had no use for him: His girlfriend rejected him after she found out about the sexbot, and he killed her when she tried to leave the Trio's basement after being mind-controlled with the end goal of becoming a sex slave; Buffy was a strong assertive beautiful woman who would never have dated him and was always too strong for him; Tara was an incidental casualty, but she was a powerful woman and a lesbian to boot. (There's four, if you count the scene where he whacked Willow in the back with the axe, but then again that was self-defense. Sort of.) Irregardless, his death was, well.

  • I'm very, very lazy. I have to get the MacLennan draft finished and E-mailed to Dr. MacLaine. Oh, and the test. Fortunatley I know my stuff--93 in my notes, all that. Argh.