One lunatic's love-hate relationship with the Pokémon franchise, and his addled musings on its rights, wrongs, ins and outs. Come one, come all, and indulge my delusions of grandeur as I inflict my opinions on anyone within shouting distance.
An update on my ongoing descent into madness: last night I made all (or at least, hopefully all; I have a fairly large lump of dough still in my fridge if it turns out I forgot something) the gingerbread I’ll need to assemble the monuments of the Acropolis.
Well, I promised updates, and here’s a short one on the first stage of this ludicrous project. If you follow me on Twitter you’ll already have some inkling of how my style of baking works – you lurch from one disaster to another until enough of them cancel each other out and produce something wondrous. But here’s the more detailed report:
Regular readers of this blog may know that, although from New Zealand, I am currently living in the United States, where I am studying for a PhD in classical archaeology. Long-time regular readers may further be aware that I have something of a penchant for baking. And, of course, even the most cursory of readers will be perfectly cognisant of the fact that I am completely insane.
Once a year, these three facets of my life come into glorious conjunction.
I basically just know tiny bits of a bunch of different languages, but not quite enough of any of them to actually be useful – French, Italian, German, modern Greek, Maori… and I can read and write Latin and ancient Greek pretty well. As a classics grad student, you’re basically expected to be able to read anything that’s put in front of you, whether or not you’ve studied the language before (you tend to get told things like “this book is in Dutch, but it’s really useful, so good luck”), so you get pretty good at just muddling through with a dictionary and general knowledge of how translation works without ever reaching actual fluency in any one language.
Hello, I just read your Roman glass post and went through your non Pokemon tag, and I’m wondering if you had another non-Pokemon blog (or maybe just an academic blog) I could also follow?
I don’t, no; I’ve kind of been tempted on occasion to start one, but to be honest I have quite enough trouble keeping up with this one as it is. Mostly I post this stuff to reassure people that, when I vanish for a month at a time, I am in fact doing something arguably useful.
Alright, internet, I just finished writing a goddamn master’s thesis and I am gonna learn you some things that I only just got done learning myself about the chemistry of ancient Roman glass. No, it has nothing to do with Pokémon, but it’s happening whether you like it or not, so buckle the f@&k up, kids.