March 18th, 2004

Fishy Circumstances

Odds and Ends

* Thank you to everyone who responded on the subject of swans. I learned a great deal, and have filed away a large number of suggestions for future reading. Perhaps I can reward myself the next time I finish a chapter!

* Mary Carruthers will be giving a talk on campus tomorrow. It's not often I can talk to the author, or at least hear from, one of the authors of books useful to me in my dissertation.

* Speaking of useful things, apparently I missed a talk by a visiting professor a few weeks ago which included a theme of eyeglasses in early modern art work. I'll try to contact him and see if I can make up for missing the talk.

* The fun in getting junk mail is figuring out why I was the recipient of any given piece of it. Today's was particularly intriguing. I'm sure that the chic cooking classes flier was indirectly courtesy of my Toronto Life subscription. The other was a reminder of the forthcoming One-of-a-Kind Show, courtesy of the woman who sold me a wonderful present I gave my father a few months ago. "Utility Grade" sells charming pop art saints' images.

* If you're from North America and going to England on a short-or-medium-length trip, you might want to consider getting a non-geographic UK telephone number from UK 2 Me which redirects to whatever US or Canadian number you wish. It's cheaper than using phone cards to call internationally. (Colin has a post about it.) (Note #2: Never use a US or Canadian-based calling card to call within a foreign country - you'll pay for 2 long-distance calls return trip from the country-of-card-origin.)