This blog is the time-wasting, ruthlessly self-conscious, politically and religiously ambiguous blog of an aspiring academic, former Librarian, and constant learner. Continue reading
I was cleaning up my electronic back-log of tiny-to-dos when I noticed a small note on my Oxford college offer which produced a wave of terror and nausea that I am unlikely to feel again unless faced with the tools of my inquisitor.
Because I am in a sort of perverse ‘gap-year’ between the Masters and PhD, reading relevant academic work requires deliberate effort. Coursework and set writing deadlines force this reading on the active student but without that structure it is just too easy to slack off.
Alfred Hutton (1839-1910), former Captain of the 1st Kings Dragoon Guards, military reformer, antiquarian, and amateur historian of swordsmanship, gathered a significant personal collection of swords, weapons, and books on martial history, swordsmanship and the development of fencing as a sport. Hutton left a substantial part of this collection Victorian and Albert Museum, London, and his books were integrated into the National Art Library.*
Don’t worry. This blog has the most modest of intentions and makes no pretenses towards social advocacy, shameful self-promotion, or narcissistic self-analysis.
When I first decided to start this blog I hoped it would force me to write short, thoughtful, and if I was lucky, entertaining or interesting posts on a regular (if infrequent) schedule. Writing these blog entries was more about the process of planning, drafting, editing, re-drafting, and completing them in a timely fashion. Perfect practice makes perfect and I planned to practice that process as much as I could in an environment that held the lowest of expectations (thus, keeping the pressure off the actual content).