Sir F. Chook, Inventor of Leopard Oil

Likeness captured upon a daguerrotype machine in Japan, July 1891


Wherein the Author reflects upon certain topical & personal issues of the Day.

The archive for “History”

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It is finished

Posted upon the 1st of June, 2009

Today, my minor thesis was printed (in duplicate,) bound (in duplicate,) and submitted (in triplicate. Digital copy.) I’m not out of the woods yet, but I can see the village lights through the trees. This thesis having taken me away from FrillyShirt for so long, I thought it only fair to share what might or […]


Posted upon the 29th of December, 2008

Ahoy, gang! How do you do? We’ve been busy preparing for Euchronia – I’ve been rounding up the research for my VIP hosting role for the Antipodean League of Temporal Voyagers. I don’t want to give too much away, but I’ll let slip that, in writing it (and it has been, I admit, a continuation […]

How to be Transcendental

Posted upon the 27th of November, 2008

“His business taught him expedients to husband time: in our victimizing climate he was fitted for storms or bad walking; his coat must contain certain special conveniences for a walker, with a note-book and spy-glass, – a soldier in his outfits. For shoddy he had an aversion: a pattern of solid Vermont gray gave him […]

The Antipodean League of Temporal Voyagers

Posted upon the 6th of November, 2008

Euchronia is coming up – got your tickets yet? – and you really ought to know about the Antipodean League of Temporal Voyagers. I quote: “Membership to the Antipodean League of Temporal Voyagers is offered to any and all lovers of the Victorian era & steampunk genre. We particularly welcome devotees of anachronistic fashion, poetry […]

Like George Leigh Mallory, I’m Getting On Top Of Things

Posted upon the 3rd of November, 2008

Hello, gang! I suspect everyone’s as busy and as under the weather as I am, given the stories I’ve been hearing, so I hope you’ve all been getting the best of your personal woes as I have. Essays are being written, deadlines negotiated, resources secured and quacky ducks admired (oh, yes, we also went to […]

Franklin Delano Rooseveltman to the rescue!

Posted upon the 31st of August, 2008

Ms Merah very kindly took me to see the new Batman flick! For the record, that’s The Dark Knight, by Nolan with Bale and Caine – much of the crew of the rather excellent The Prestige, but with Ledger and Freeman and Gyllenhaal in place of Jackman and Bowie and Johansson. The film is actually […]

Wedding Plans

Posted upon the 6th of May, 2008

We’re planning a wedding! We’re planning our wedding. I’ll spare you the grisly details of catering plans and decorative flans, such as we’ve been inflicting on our families – but I will take the opportunity to babble on about our proposed venue! In fact, I’ve mentioned it before – Villa Alba, a Victorian house I […]

Listen to This

Posted upon the 29th of March, 2008

Yet another in the ‘Thomas Edison’s fame was roundly undeserved’ basket: the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has succeeded in playing back recordings of the human voice made by Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville in Paris, 1860. Check it: Au Claire de la Lune. It’s not much to listen to, true, but consider that it was recorded […]