On a somewhat related note, I just learned from blogographos that Mary Beard has a blog called A Don's Life. It looks very interesting so far.
Now that we've observed the new, let us take a moment to contemplate the old. You see, although I did not put this in my profile, I actually have a third major, history (and now EVERYONE who knows me will know who I am, but I think everyone figured it out anyway). Anyway, I was at the history department's graduation, and our Commencement Address was actually quite good. The one problem I did have, though, was before that when a person who shall remain nameless was speaking. He said something to the tune of, "Besides American and European, we also have courses in [a bunch of place-names] and ancient Rome." I was pretty floored. Since when is ancient Rome not part of European history?? I mean, I was thankful that our department was actually acknowledging ancient Rome (I fear they often ignore student complaints that not enough ancient history is being taught), but I find that misconception that it is somehow different from European history a little disturbing. Plus, I heard no mention of ancient Greece in that particular speech, which was a little disturbing to an aspiring Hellenist.
Perhaps I shouldn't care about these things so much, but I suppose it is just the nitpick in me.
Anyway, there were a few things I wanted to post about upon my return, but methinks I'll have to go dig them up again.