Sunday, March 8, 2009

By the way...

If you're noticing the number of MLA bibliographies in my blog, it is because I've been playing around on Worldcat.
I initially used this website for a project on information retrieval schema on different websites/catalogs. And, although it has somewhat limited usefulness, you can create your own bibliographies by searching a massive world-wide catalog and making lists.
I know that most people write mostly personal information in blogs, but I've always felt that a certain type of story is told through the items we choose to own. I think people can partially be understood by the types of media they consume.


These are albums that, whenever I hear them, evoke the years 2001. They aren't always my favorites, but they retain a definite sense of times and places in my life.


Snatch Original Film Soundtrack. New York: TVT Soundtrax, 2000.

Bad Brains (Musical group). Bad Brains. N[ew] Y[ork]: ROIR USA, 1996.

Bjork. Human Behaviour. New York: Elektra, 1993.

Clash (Musical group). London Calling. [New York, N.Y.]: Epic, 1999.

Daft Punk (Musical group). Discovery. Beverly Hills, CA: Virgin, 2001.

Farina, Mark. Mushroom Jazz 3. [S.l.]: OM Records, 2001.

Fatboy Slim, Pierre Henry, Jean Jacques Perrey, Shinehead, Wildchild, and James Brown. The Fatboy Slim/Norman Cook Collection. Universal City, CA: Hip-O Records, 2000.

Germs (Musical group). MIA The Complete Anthology. Los Angeles, CA: Slash/Rhino, 1993.

Oakenfold, Paul. Tranceport. Burbank, CA: Kinetic/Reprise Records, 1998.

Pop, Iggy, et al. Trainspotting : Soundtrack [Sound Recording] / Various Artists. Hollywood, CA: EMI Premier, 1996.

Sex Pistols (Musical group). Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols. Burbank, CA: Warner Bros, 1980.

Strokes (Musical group). The Strokes. New York: RCA, 2001.

Thursday, March 5, 2009


1. Why am I getting a Masters in Library and Information Science?
The pay won't be that great and it is not really intellectually stimulating.
2. Why should I pile extra student loan debt on top of already substantial undergrad debt?
I have no idea.
3. Why didn't I just (for half the money) take 5 or 6 more Latin courses and then get certified to teach through SC's PACE program?
I won't make a ton of money but I would enjoy it.
Why do I feel like I've squandered so many opportunities? Made poor choices academically?
Because I have.
Why do I feel as though I am getting dumber?
I think because maybe I am. "Real-world" concerns add stress which physiologically (somehow) makes you not as bright as you once were....
Does 'getting by' suck?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Bibliography of Favorite Works on Roman History

The Mammoth Book of Eyewitness Ancient Rome. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2003.

Ammianus, and Walter Hamilton. The later Roman Empire: (A.D. 354 - 378). Penguin classics. Harmondsworth [u.a.]: Penguin Books, 1986.

Blond, Anthony. A Scandalous History of the Roman Emperors. New York: Carroll & Graf, 2000.

Boardman, John, Jasper Griffin, and Oswyn Murray. The Oxford Illustrated History of the Roman World. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Cowell, Frank Richard. Life in Ancient Rome. New York: Putnam, 1980.

Gibbon, Edward, and Edward Gibbon. The Christians and the Fall of Rome. Great ideas. New York: Penguin Books, 2005.

Gibbon, Edward, and Hans-Friedrich Mueller. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. New York: Modern Library, 2003.

Goldsworthy, Adrian Keith, and John Keegan. Roman Warfare. [The Cassell history of warfare]. London: Cassell, 2000.

Grant, Michael. Sick Caesars. New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 2000.

Grant, Michael. The Collapse and Recovery of the Roman Empire. London: Routledge, 1999.

Julian, and Wilmer Cave Wright. The Works of the Emperor Julian in Three Volumes. Loeb classical library. London: W. Heinemann, 1913.

Livy, Aubrey De Sélincourt, and Betty Radice. The war with Hannibal: books XXI-XXX of 'The history of Rome from its foundation'. Penguin classics. London: Penguin, 2004.

Matyszak, Philip. The Enemies of Rome: From Hannibal to Attila the Hun. London: Thames & Hudson, 2004.

O'Donnell, James Joseph. The Ruin of the Roman Empire. New York: Ecco, 2008.

Polybius, Ian Scott-Kilvert, and F. W. Walbank. The Rise of the Roman Empire. Penguin classics. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1979.

Radice, Betty. Who's Who in the Ancient World: A Handbook of the Greek and Roman Classics. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1973.

Scarre, Christopher. Chronicle of the Roman Emperors: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers of Imperial Rome. London: Thames and Hudson, 1995.

Suetonius, Robert Graves, and Michael Grant. The twelve Caesars. London: Penguin, 2003.

Tacitus, Cornelius, and Michael Grant. The Annals of Imperial Rome. The Penguin classics, L60. Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1959.

Ward-Perkins, Bryan. The Fall of Rome and the End of Civilization. Oxford [u.a.]: Oxford Univ. Press, 2005.