Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Almost Pavement

My brother Josh and I were fortunate to catch Pavement on stage just before they broke up.  It goes without saying that they put on one of the best shows I'd ever seen.  They played the 40-Watt in Athens, Georgia.  Perfect.  We were crushed to hear that they broke up a couple months later.  However, it appears that most of the band got up on stage for an impromptu set at auxiliary man Bob Nastanovich's wedding in Nashville.  While I'm not too thrilled with the current reunion craze, I would love to see SM, Spiral Stairs, and gang bring back that slacker magic.

Monday, February 23, 2009

The Pensacola Historical Society blogs!

Have I mentioned that the PHS now has a blog?  Check it out: Pensacola History Today.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Houston, we have a problem.

Just out of curiosity, where are all my blog posts?  ...  Ah, there they are.  Nevermind.

Touch and Went

Sad news: Touch and Go Records, home to such amazing bands as Slint, Polvo, and the Dirty Three,  is closing shop.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Veterinarians in short supply

Raising a rather urgent alarm, yesterday's Chronicle of Higher Education cast light on a Government Accountability Office report which warns that a shortage of veterinarians may result in the collapse of our nation's food supply and the spread of animal-borne diseases.  

[Image: Dr. Laura Hall, East Hill Animal Clinic, Pensacola.]

Friday, February 13, 2009

A glimpse of the Old World

King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain are visiting Pensacola next week for the 450th anniversary of the city's initial (i.e. failed) settlement.  The royal couple will address the public at noon next Thursday, Feb. 19, from the steps of the T. T. Wentworth Museum in downtown Pensacola.  Finally, our chance to reestablish a monarchy!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Journal of the History of Ideas 70.1 (January 2009)


Pliny's Natural History: Enkuklios Paideia and the Ancient Encyclopedia

Roman Law and Human Liberty: Marsilius of Padua on Property Rights

Samuel Clarke's Newtonian Soul

The German Hercules's Heir: Pierre Gassendi's Reception of Keplerian Ideas

Reading ''Sibylline Leaves'': J. G. Hamann in the History of Ideas

Was William Godwin a Utilitarian?

Interpreting the Religion of Thomas Hobbes: An Exchange
Hobbes's Erastianism and Interpretation

Interpreting Thomas Hobbes in Competing Contexts

Books Received

Florida Hiking Trails Month

As the Pensacola News Journal reports, Florida Governor Charlie Crist February designated February as Florida Hiking Trails Month.  I love hiking, but I do not get many opportunities these days.  However, with the governor's encouragement, Wendy and I may take a walk in the woods here soon.  A number of sylvan retreats lie within a short drive, including PJC-Milton's fabulous disc golf course.  Of course, it would be very fitting to actually hike to a good hiking spot, but not from our urban setting.  The Florida Trail Association is hosting a number of events statewide.  They even have an annual conference!  Are you required to walk?