This week, I’m at the Shakespeare Association of America conference,which has the best Twitter hashtag ever: #shakeass15.
The official hashtag for an important international academic conference is #shakeass15.
This week, a quick bit of foolery for you. I call it:
Shakespeare that Isn’t Shakespeare
For example: There’s a website with computer languages called Shakespeare, “a family of type-safe, efficient template languages. Shakespeare templates are expanded at compile-time, ensuring that all interpolated variables are in scope. Variables are interpolated according to their type through a typeclass.”
I have no idea what this means. Perhaps this is how some folks feel when they read Troilus and Cressida.
There’s also a fly-fishing company called Shakespeare Fishing. Why is it called Shakespeare fishing? I’m not sure. I did a text search of the plays and couldn’t find the word “fishing” in them, so I can’t even give you a cute Shakespeare related example.
In more actually-Shakespearean news,Douglas Bruster, a professor at UT-Austin, is publishing on what he is calling Shakespeare’s “brand,” which is a visual image (something like what we would call a logo) which appears on a few manuscripts. You can read more about it or see the image over on UT-Austin’s website.
Some are easy, but some are rather obscure. Let us know how you scored!
Meanwhile, I’ve got to get back to #shakeass15-ing.
…all that glisters is not gold!