Some recent travel writing from me, entitled "Lindworms and Sparrows" - it's a short piece about a recent trip I made to Klagenfurt, the capital of the Austrian state of Carinthia:
This (the nest one) might be one of my best shots though - a fieldfare, quite closely related to a blackbird but far less common. We get these wintering in the UK, but they breed here in Frankfurt. They're very pretty and have quite distinctive grey hoods and neat chest feather patterning. I managed to follow it back to its nest and get a reasonably sharp shot of it there :)
Now for a much less good picture, I hope I'll get a better one of this tiny friend at some point but they move pretty fast - this is a treecreeper (there are two species it might be, common or short-toed, but it's near impossible to tell which is which from a distance). They're really lovely birds to watch, they scoot close around tree-trunks, moving upward in a spiral pattern and poking that lil' curved beak into the bark:
I did an academia :) Organised my first academic event this week, a hackathon on prosopography - couldn't have asked for a nicer bunch of people, and coming from as far as Taiwan, California, etc too which is cool.
We got good work done too - especially excited about some ideas for providing authoritative links between online prosopographies, and machine learning stuff to hunt for places and people in Arabic & Greek texts.
Here's me talking in the wrap up session:
Historian of the medieval Caucasus, Digital Humanist, Radical Liberal, Founder of exilian.co.uk (@ExilianOfficial), game dev, storyteller. Possibly Pangolinish.
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