The Bog

If you like wading through deposits of dead animal material, then you should go over and visit Richard Littauer’s new blog, The Bog. Having been exposed to his writings on both this blog, and through the Edinburgh language society website, I’m sure it will be worth a visit — for good writing, if not for your dire need to distinguish between forest swamps and shrub swamps. His first post is on Mung, the colloquial name for Pylaiella littoris, which is apparently a common seaweed. Here is his quick overview of the blog:

So, The Bog is going to be the resting place for various studies and explorations. Richard Littauer is the writer; he is working on his MA in Linguistics at Edinburgh University. He writes about evolutionary linguistics and culture at Replicated Typo, about general linguistic musings at a non-academic standard at Lang. Soc., about constructed languages on Llama, and about various philosophical things at Pitch Black Press. Since none of these blogs were a perfect fit for the scientific equivalent of a swamp-romp through subjects he doesn’t study, he set up this blog. Expect posts about ecology, biology, linguistics, anthropology, or anything in between.

The fact that it’s called the Bog has nothing to do with the British slang for ‘bathroom’. Rather, Richard (well, I) have an affinity with swamps for some unexplained reasons. Expect posts on swamps.

If that doesn’t appeal to you, then Richard is also well-known for being the world’s number one Na’vi fan.

2 thoughts on “The Bog”

  1. Thanks Wintz. Didn’t expect that, especially as mung has absolutely nothing to do with cultural evolution, excepting the weird name and it’s geographical distribution.

    If you do actually have a dire need to find out more about swamp bogs, go here: http://sciencetrio.wordpress.com/2010/11/06/why-pocosins-are-amazing/ . Pretty good article on pocosins in the US.

    And ah, the Sun. What a brilliant, accurate, and charming reporting job they did.

  2. Haha. I only came across the article whilst trying to find your homepage. And, yeah, you’re a braver man than me for letting the Sun write about you.

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