Friday, July 15, 2005

Welcome to the Global Studies blog!

In our ceaseless effort to be hip and cutting edge, as well as give our wandering students and faculty a place to post notes from the field (or here at home), we have added this blog to the Global Studies web site. This is the inaugural post -- here's hoping that all future posts will be much more interesting.

As for the blog name, the torrid zone is one of three global climatic regions classified by Aristotle (now more commonly referred to as "the tropics"). For world explorers, the torrid zone often simultaneously represented exotic beauty and deadly pestilence. Here's a 1785 map that includes the torrid zone.

Besides, the word "torrid" seemed like a good spicy word to use:

tor-rid

adj 1: characterized by intense emotion; "ardent love"; "an ardent lover"; "a burning enthusiasm"; "a fervent desire to change society"; "a fervent admirer"; "fiery oratory"; "an impassioned appeal"...2: emotionally charged and vigorously energetic; "a torrid dance"; "torrid jazz bands"; "hot trumpets and torrid rhythms" 3: burning hot...

Source: WordNet ® 2.0, © 2003 Princeton University

I'd say that pretty much sums us up.