Monthly Archives: April 2013

You call yourself a nerd?

Tradition has it that the A/V guys (and they’re always guys) are the nerds on campus, amirite? The guys so into electronics that it’s their pleasure to reboot computers, hook up projectors and the like? We had a serious case of nerd failure today in my Shakespeare class. The professor wanted to show some scenes […]

Creating Prospero

In, The Tempest, William Shakespeare introduces the character Prospero as a magus, an adept at occult, but white, magic. In creating this character, Shakespeare drew on several real people living in the late 16th century. The first of these is the Welsh mathematician and astronomer, John Dee. Dee had served as astrologer to Queen Elizabeth, […]

Happy Birthday, Bill (probably).

April 23 is Shakespeare’s birthday. Probably. We do know that he was baptized on April 26, 1564, which would make him 449 today. He died on April 23, 1616, which is the real reason that his birthday is also celebrated today. People liked the idea that he was born and died on the same day. […]

Revenge of the Vpstart Crow

Robert Greene was an Elizabethan writer and dramatist. He’s little known today except for a short pamphlet he wrote right before his death in which he disparaged William Shakespeare as “an vpstart crow beautified with our feathers, … with his Tygres heart wrapt in a player’s hyde”. Now Greene considered Shakespeare an upstart because he […]

Exit, pursued by a beare

Star Trek fans may be amused to note that the “redshirt“, while made famous by the TV series, was actually invented by Shakespeare. In The Winter’s Tale, a character is sent off to do his commander’s bidding on a foreign shore, and is promptly consumed by the native fauna and never seen again, just like […]

Bread pudding and bacon for breakfast

Bread pudding is New Orleans “thing”, it’s pretty much everywhere, but I had some Rustic Olive Bread from Rouses that was starting to dry out, and that just wasn’t going to taste right as a dessert. However, recalling the days when I was fed by Google chefs, (thanks, Georgette), I knew I could make a […]


While JazzFest gets all the press, I’m finding the French Quarter Festival to be a lot of fun. For one thing, I ran across the talented buskers Tanya and Dorise (pictured), who are not officially part of the festival, but gathered a good crowd outside Rouses on Royal. The other thing is that most of […]