2019-08-18: Anyone interested in Old English is invited to my other blog, where I tell little stories about …

2019-07-27: Corn fields look so orderly this time of year.

2019-07-19: This excavator was stopped at a red light beside me. There was no such sign on the truck cab — they …

2019-07-10: Walking the riverbank with a forester from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Attacked by stinging …

2019-07-09: Me, looking at rows of little jars, in no apparent order: “How are these arranged?” Clerk: “By the …

2019-07-08: Harvested 12 pounds of fingerling potatoes yesterday. Pretty good, considering that I didn’t plant …

2019-07-03: Lately iTunes hasn’t been downloading two of my favorite podcasts reliably. I suppose this is to be …

2019-05-28: Rescued this little guy after he fell 5 feet down into a disused outhouse on the farm. If I don’t …

2019-05-28: Does anyone want to read a blog written in Anglo-Saxon? Of course you do! ierthling.joviation.com

2019-04-13: Hey, google & amazon: you wanna be useful? Don’t show me ads for things you think I want. Show …

2019-02-26: I don’t think I’m really going to count as fluent in French until I stop reading “biologique” as …

2019-02-20: The Road-Runner’s Gender Apparently I’m the only one who thinks the Roadrunner in the Warner …

2019-02-05: I just diagrammed a sentence, for the first time since the Nixon Administration. Can’t believe I …

2019-01-31: Frigidum est.

2019-01-31: Pre-dawn power outage in 5° F weather. A big salute to all the backup systems in my life: sump pump; …

2019-01-30: Processing dried rosemary and then flossing one’s teeth is a real flavor-experience.

2019-01-28: For the first time in 25 years, I do not have a Unix box with the hostname “lion” on my desk. RIP, …

2019-01-19: People who didn’t grow up speaking English usually try to use a plural unit in phrases like …

2019-01-13: My neighbor across the street is shoveling snow off his driveway. He has a 10-year-old son; my …

2018-12-31: Working on my New Year’s Resolution. So far, I’ve got, “Whereas…”

2018-12-25: Rest ye merry, everyone!

2018-12-22: Decision Matrix  Moves Doesn’t Should move No Problem  WD-40 …

2018-12-22: Which is the best idea? * Wheeling, West Virginia * Licking, Missouri * Flushing, New York * …

2018-12-22: Reverse list test #2: 3. Use HTML pre tag 2. Put in newlines manually 1. Fix autocorrect when it …

2018-12-21: Trying again. 4. This line starts with a “4” because the list is in reverse order. 3. I typed this …

2018-12-20: Leaderboard: most boring pop lyrics of all time. 🎶 3. “So therefore”: Dexy’ s Midnight Runners, …

2018-12-20: Oh please, just stop.

2018-12-16: Could someone please invent a wine basket for the outside of a car, so that the champagne is chilled …

2018-12-16: Bleg 📚 I recall reading a science-fiction story (1970’s?) about robotic child-care workers that were …

2018-12-10: Now my dream is in reach. I can set up a small shop where I produce hand-crafted, artisanal …

2018-12-04: The plan is to surreptitiously replace all the shopping-mall Christmas music with Telemann concerti, …

2018-12-03: “Grading on the steep curve by which he is judged…” …and there’s no need to read any …

2018-12-03: Enthusiasm for John Crowley’s Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr. 📚 …

2018-11-30: The better your paper-shredder is, the harder it is to clean up after you drop the basket.

2018-11-29: Looked up “gammon” in the OED. “1601 P. Holland tr. Pliny Hist. World II. 332 In the pestle and …

2018-11-27: For some reason, this post from my blog gets hits every day. www.idiosophy.com/2017/08/a… 📚

2018-11-27: Graphical representation of how the Inklings influenced each other. …

2018-11-26: Today a woman in a niqab told me how much she regretted missing her chance to tour with Prince.

2018-11-24: I had a tweet go viral last week. It was nice to meet a thousand new, interesting people, but I’m …

2018-11-24: Blue jays foraging in the cornfield after the harvester went through. They swallow kernels whole.

2018-11-23: Gave the cat a bath. Initial assault repelled with heavy losses. Reprise of the attack succeeded. 🐱🐅

2018-11-20: TIL the Russians have a version of the polka that’s danced in threes. Delightful, until I realized …

2018-11-18: The rain gauge had a pint of water in it, so I emptied it into the vinca patch. Out jumped a rabbit, …

2018-11-16: Telling academia.edu that I’m a physicist was a mistake. Now I get alerts about things like this:

2018-11-15: I feel a chill when someone calls the head of a Congressional caucus “Leader Pelosi” or “Leader …

2018-11-15: Yesterday I met a woman named “Selene” who married a man whose last name is “Luna”, and kept her …

2018-11-12: Remembering a French perspective on Henry V. www.idiosophy.com/2018/11/w…

2018-11-04: Today on the farm It was just before sunset. A red fox with an enormous brush dashed out of the forest belt along the …

2018-11-02: A brief note about ownership in Tolkien, with respect to modern intellectual-property law. 📚 …

2018-11-02: A brief note about ownership in Tolkien, with respect to modern US intellectual-property law …

2018-10-27: Unicorns at the Musée de Moyen Age. www.idiosophy.com/2018/10/c…

2018-10-14: Met a staffordshire bull terrier named “LOL” today. The name was appropriate.

2018-10-11: Let the record show that I have successfully repaired a carburetor, and I’m not even 60 years old …

2018-10-02: How the use of the word “mighty” changed between the Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings. …

2018-09-30: iOS Screen Time says the time I spend on stackexchange is “education” and the time I spend reading …

2018-09-25: Digging one word out of Tolkien www.idiosophy.com/2018/09/t…

2018-09-25: It’s document review season. I find that the best way to start these days is to search for the word …

2018-09-22: For Tolkien Reading Day. www.idiosophy.com/2018/09/t…

2018-09-19: This isn’t really the age of Big Data. It’s the age of Cheap Data.

2018-09-16: Japanese hops are the plant equivalent of Godzilla

2018-09-14: I’m keeping my iPhone 5 alive because the newer models are too big. And my glove size is 10 ½ …

2018-09-11: With a hurricane bearing down on us, the iPod chose today to randomly play Katrina and the Waves

2018-09-11: TIL that the generic term in French for birthers, truthers, and other conspiracy theorists is …

2018-09-09: ¯_(ツ)_/¯ says Pompeo Batoni

2018-09-09: Long ago I told Siri to talk to me in French, and then forgot all about it. Today, I wanted to find …

2018-09-09: Didn’t get many potatoes from the garden this year, but the ones we got were so good that I …

2018-09-05: The exact moment the Jabberwock attacked. (Thanks to http://emilyaustindesign.com for taking the …

2018-09-04: Trying to figure out how backstabbing can go both ways.

2018-09-02: “J’ai refait tous les calculs… notre idée est irréalisable. Il ne nous reste qu’une chose à …

2018-09-01: Somewhere along the line, I got the idea that if the contradiction of a statement was absurd, the …

2018-04-12: Today, 12 April, I responded to a blog post written in NZ on 13 April. This amuses me more than I …

2018-04-11: The striking teachers outside the Oklahoma State Capitol have a marching band. Almost all public …