Anonymous asks:

Whoa! Your layout changed! :O Now the questions and main posts are all on the same page; convenient! And I’m liking the ‘Current Project’ section there. Niiiiiice!

I’m glad you like it.  This blog’s format is kind of a complicated long-running battle between me and Tumblr, waged via my incredibly haphazard grasp of how html works, compounded by Tumblr’s philosophy that we should all do everything through the dashboard and that there’s absolutely no reason to make old posts easy to find or search.  To be perfectly honest, we’re lucky you can still see the main page at all after I’ve spent an hour mucking around in there.

Anonymous asks:

You need to post more you exist solely to provide entertainment.

Yeah, I probably should.

At the moment I’m sort of sitting the exams that decide whether I get to write a PhD thesis and become a career academic or have to go home to New Zealand and get a real job, so… y’know, no pressure there or anything.  And the truth is, even when that’s over it’s probably not going to get better because next year they’re actually putting me 100% honest-to-goodness in charge of a university lecture class for the first time in my life (I’m teaching Roman civilisation) so who even knows how that’s going to go, and then after that I might wind up spending a year in Athens, so I should probably try to fit learning modern Greek in there somewhere…

I think for a lot of people who write or make videos or draw comics or whatever on the internet, there’s sort of a distant but aspirational goal of one day making money off it so you can actually treat it as a job, but for me… well, even if that were an easy thing to do (which it isn’t), what I do in the real world is interesting and important to me, which sort of puts a cap on this blog ever being more than a hobby.  Having said that… well, everyone needs a hobby, and I happen to like this one.  So I guess what I’m saying is I’ll do my darnedest.

CantakerousAuntGay asks:

So hey I just wanted to let you know you’re like my favorite single blog I follow that isn’t run by one of my personal IRL friends and you make me laugh all the time. I also thought that you Roman Glass thing was facinating (even if I admit Im in a very small demographic) and would love to see more history stuff.

D’awww, thanks!  Knowing that people enjoy it is probably the main reason I keep this up, so it’s much appreciated!  I sort of feel bad about spending a lot of my time on the history/archaeology stuff instead of Pokémon stuff, since it’s (I assume) not really what most people read my blog for – but sometimes if a topic is on my mind a lot anyway from work, it’s easier to bang something out quickly.  I’ll definitely keep that up, subject to inspiration striking. 🙂