…I haven’t really taken so much as a break as just been a little lazy. I am currently ramping up for MancsterCon, an independent sequential art convention I organise with some friends of mine. I’m also getting started on an Afrofuturist weekend event in October (which is Black History Month in the UK) – a little bit late, I suspect, but as we’re keeping the event fairly low-key, hopefully it will all turn out fine.
How to Use HTML5 Geolocation API with Google Maps – haven’t quite reached this stage yet, but needed to bookmark the link.
Getting Creative with the Google Maps API
Progress has slowed down a little with me coming home fairly late from work these days and with the events management stuff, but I’ll get there, slowly but surely!
Laura Bassi – Italian 18th century woman physicist
It’s always fascinating reading about women scientists, philosophers and academics of the past. My usual sphere of interest is Medieval Europe, but I enjoy reading about figures from the Enlightenment era, especially those outside of the usual trio of Britain, France and Germany.
Is such love like gravity?
That is only felt when mother’s skin
Is left behind for void beyond and
the stars above?
That unnoticed presses but
Only when we dive or fly,
We feel the weight of sky and sea.
I’m currently working on a few short stories for some anthologies, so the fiction output on this blog will be limited.
At the moment I’m reading ‘The Lords of Humankind’ by V.G. Kiernan which is – as it should be for any decent popular history – turning into a simultaneously fascinating and disquieting read. It focuses on the attitudes of the coloniser and the colonised, though mostly from a perspective critical of the former (I find it telling that the majority of the West African experience is devoted to slavery and there is none of the detailed discussion of the contemporary and pre-colonial society that the writer affords to India, for example. This is often the case, and is actually quite a boon because it means I have to read more!).
Like I said, it’s a good enough read, though it will be interesting to find other critical perspectives, especially those that focus more on the social complexities of the colonised nations. The book was published in the late 60’s and the writing (and biases) occasionally shows it’s age!
I’m still transferring a couple of blogs into this one. I have created a new blog section for posts and links concerning my independent research into pre-colonial Nigerian technologies and their intersection with all things interesting (gender, sexuality, religion, disability etc. The usual!) and in the meantime will hopefully remember to get some more of my essays and critical pieces up as well.
A list of papers, books and other readings on topic of African technological practices from before contact with European imperialists:
Departments and Projects
Pre-colonial African metallurgy
For those of you interested in fashion and the high life, do check out my sister’s blog, by alice. She’s wicked smart and can dissect pop culture like no one’s business.
Author’s note: updated from empty draft 25th August 2019
From the drowned boroughs of London, here I come.
From the shifting spires of Guangzhou, here I come.
I see you. I see all of you. You let us starve as you play your games, you steal our past as you trade your trinkets for our ancestors. You make us blow each other up for your own gains, just as you let the world burn and flood to keep the stock value up. I see you.
I am Chizoba, of Baohan, of Peckham. I am Chizoba of the black hills, here I come.
Inspired by Write World
Today is the last day of my Christmas holidays before I return to the world of full time employment. Although I haven’t been successful in completely finishing off all that I’d wanted, I think I’ve made some headway in getting my creative schedule back on track. Continue reading “Here’s to 2015”