* Happy early birthday wishes to vyrdolak, pseudoanorexic, and lyria_theringer. May all of you enjoy many happy returns of the day!
* I'm getting ready to head up to Washington, D.C. If all goes well, I'll be filming five lectures that will go online in the near future. *fingers crossed*
* Article recommendation: Peter Monaghan's review of Steve F. Anderson's new Technologies of History: Visual Media and the Eccentricity of the Past: "What Do Rocky and Bullwinkle Have to Do With History?"
* I'll leave you with the trailer for "The Day We Died," the season finale of Fringe. (Yes, that's Brad Dourif. Awesome, no? His character's name is Moreau. Very H.G. Wells, don't you think?)
"The past is routinely being remixed, reimagined, rescripted, and reappropriated in powerful and eccentric ways, often by individuals—fans, geeks, hackers, teens, and artists—who do not necessarily see themselves as engaged in the discourse of history at all."
Anderson elaborates in an interview: "It is very likely not the book by the Harvard historian that 300 people in the world read that gives us a historical sensibility and becomes part of how we behave in the world," he says. "It's The X-Files."
- Peter Monaghan, "What Do Rocky and Bullwinkle Have to Do With History?"