Category: antiquarianism

“to be an intellectual is to be someone motivated by ideas. That doesn’t mean that you’re simply interested in ideas, or that you enjoy the abstract reasoning associated with chewing through logical problems. It means that you’re someone who thinks about ideas and then changes their life on the basis of those ideas.”

This is a piece I’ve written for Rock, Paper, Shotgun. I’ve reposted the whole thing below because a) my hits aren’t going to hurt them and b) it’s very personal to me. If you want more information about the game, go read it on RPS – the commenters really know their stuff about Ultima.

To the tune of: Vivian Stanshall – Sir Henry At Rawlinson End The story so far. The hapless and unusual Hubert, having unhappily chanced upon Sir Henry reliving the bombing of Dresden, has received a terrific thrashing and a crippling kick in the fork. He is now in disgrace condemned to his room. The body of […]

Dark Roasted Blend: Mystery Photo: One Seriously Empowered Motorcycle. A knocked-up Vespa with a recoilless M20 rifle on top, used by the French to suppress the natives the world over. Surprisingly effective, apparently. Joe Dredd wannabes can probably make their own fairly easily.

Sunday 26 March 1665 (Pepys’ Diary) At noon home to dinner, my wife and I (Mercer staying to the Sacrament) alone. This is the day seven years which, by the blessing of God, I have survived of my being cut of the stone, and am now in very perfect good health and have long been; […]

I remember that Rouseeau used to drone on about the great library in Alexandria, y’know the world’s ultimate repository of knowledge, lost for millenia: just another one of those great creations of mankind that are meant to be floating around somewhere. Anyway his version of the story was that when the turks or the ottomans […]