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In reverse chronological order!

Books are Weapons in the War on Ideas: the librarians who worked with the army in WWI and WWII.

" removing old chalkboards at Emerson High School in Oklahoma City made a startling discovery: Underneath them rested another set of chalkboards, untouched since 1917." Historical penmanship and out-of-date multiplication methods ahoy!

"It may seem like a Halloween hoax fit for the eerie October holiday. But officials from the MBTA say the discovery of two tattered rags affixed to strange masks at Government Center Station is all too real."

"How a sexed-up viral hit from the summer of ’09—1909—changed American pop music forever." (Excerpts: "It was used in advertisements for everything from Broadway musicals to pretzels. It was translated by newspapers into Esperanto (“Ho! Vi kaprido!”). It was bellowed by a lovelorn Philadelphian as he leaped from a bridge into the Schuylkill River, attempting suicide. It brought scandal to a church in Geneva, Ill., when a prankster altered the hymnal, adding the line “but, oh, you kid!” to the lyrics of the devotional “I Love My God.”")

Millennial in China taking an excited photo with a bowl of rice. And by "millennial" I mean "circa 1900-1904." Next time you hear someone complaining about Kids These Days sharing photos of their lunches on Instagram, you can bring up this hard evidence that the generation from a hundred years ago would have done the exact same thing.

The first close-up shot in recorded film was from 1903's "The Sick Kitten". In other words, humans have been making cat videos literally for as long as it as been possible to do so.

Check out these 19th-century warnings about that most morally-degrading of modern habits. It leads to crime, mental anguish, weakening intelligence, and corruption among the children! Clearly, respectable people should have nothing to do with...novel-reading.


Feb. 8th, 2016 10:09 am
oursin: Painting of Clio Muse of History by Artemisia Gentileschi (Clio)
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Spotted a meme-y thing going around Facebook on the lines of 'only Britain doesn't have an Independence Day because they were what everyone else was seeking independence from'.


Okay, the UK's sins of imperialism were numerous and gross, but they were hardly the only power from which independence was being sought.

I suppose the situation is complicated by the various European nations that won their independence from Other European Nations at some point in their history - e.g. Belgium - and therefore celebrate that.

However, there are some nations that were never ground beneath the heel of some other nation, or at least not for many centuries, and I'm pretty sure UK is not the only one without an independence day.

I suppose Bastille Day could be considered Independence from Monarchical Tyranny Day?

Daily Happiness

Feb. 8th, 2016 12:40 am
torachan: devil boy from sinfest holding a CD, looking like he's just been in an explosion, with the text "smokin" (smokin')
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1. Well, I was looking forward to catching up on stuff at work today that I didn't get to yesterday, but haha, joke's on me, two cashiers called out again today. >_< It actually was less hectic than yesterday, though, and I got everything urgent that needed to be done done, so there's that at least.

2. Carla got some strawberries that were actually really tasty for being out of season. :D

3. I just checked the weather and the heat spell we're having is supposed to continue for another week! D: At least it's supposed to be back down in the high 70s by Wednesday... The only good thing is that the high doesn't last long and it's pretty cool at night. (I still would rather have actual winter weather, though.)

4. Trader Joe's has these Swedish Fish-esque gummies called Scandinavian Swimmers that are so good! Much better than Swedish Fish (and they have multiple flavors). Since it's Trader Joe's they'll probably disappear soon, but we're enjoying them while they're there.

5. Day off tomorrow! After the hecticness of yesterday and today I'm really looking forward to it.


Feb. 7th, 2016 01:39 pm
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Sometimes even WITH the amphetamines I have to stop and sort of peer into my own head, wondering what the hell I was doing. Fortunately it happens far less often, as well as the whole actually-finishing-things aspect, so it's a cumulative positive.


Feb. 7th, 2016 09:26 pm
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During the week I made the Collister/Blake My Favourite Loaf: strong white/wholemeal/einkorn flours, a few sunflower seeds, dash of walnut oil. Particularly nice.

No Saturday breakfast rolls because I was off to An Event.

Today's lunch: plaice fillets baked with a stuffing of breadcrumbs tossed in butter with lime juice and lime zest, crushed coriander seeds, salt and pepper (20 minutes in moderately hot oven under foil), served with sweetstem broccoli roasted with garlic, and padron peppers.

[Fic] Under One Sky

Feb. 7th, 2016 11:38 am
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Cross-post from my archive.

Fandom/Arc: Akatsuki no Yona, Standalone
Characters/Pairings: Son Hak, Soo-won, Yona
Summary: On a night, soon after affairs in the Water tribe's territory are concluded, Hak, Yona, and Soo-won think about each other, what they've become to each other, and what may wait in their future.
Meta: Drama, Character Study, Loyalty Porn, Light Angst, Sort-of Threesome, I-3
Wordcount: 2692

Hak tried not to be grateful that Yona's hands were as sure, now, on her bow and sword as they were, once, on her long sashes and bright over-robes. He tried hard not to be grateful for that.

It wasn't because of the old king's memory and his determination to keep his daughter and people free of blood, though Hak still respected that. It wasn't because he was her guard, should be her sword, should never allow her to be in danger, though he still felt that. It was because of where the gratitude came from.

Under One Sky )

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Feb. 7th, 2016 12:49 am
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1. Two cashiers called out sick, so we were super short-handed this evening, but I made it through!

2. I didn't really feel like doing any translating tonight after getting home, but I'd done some in the morning before work, so at least I didn't get nothing at all done.

3. I made a new default icon using this icon maker.

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Feb. 6th, 2016 10:58 pm
oursin: Brush the Wandering Hedgehog by the fire (Default)
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] nacbrie and [personal profile] rymenhild!

That was a great event... but

Feb. 6th, 2016 08:30 pm
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To an event on Matter of Historical Interest (not an academic conference but full of useful references and hints for further reading), held in a gallery in connection with an exhibition there.

The event itself was great apart from a few timing issues, but, honestly, if gallery in question is going to put on Events as well as having quite substantial numbers of visitors, they need to Do Something about loos.

Even had one cubicle not been out of order, there would still have been horrendous queues in (and out into the corridor and up the stairs) the ladies.

Also, it's all very well to say at lunchbreak that there are lovely places around to eat, when you have somewhat under an hour to spend on the matter and don't want to go too far.

There was a promising looking bakery/coffee shop with huge queue. There was a KFC and a Burger King.

There was what looked like a promising sandwich/coffee shop, where, on inspection, ALL the sandwiches on offer contained cheese.

I ended up in the gallery cafe, which provided coffee with some expedition but took so long about my sandwich that I thought I would miss the beginning of the pm session.

Okay, in the realm of first world problems, but still niggling.

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Feb. 6th, 2016 12:33 am
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1. The two-year contract I had for internet service apparently ran out last month, so they hiked up the monthly fee by about $20. Carla called Verizon today to see if there was any cheaper plan, since the one I had includes basic TV and we don't watch actual live-as-it's-airing TV at all (I only took that plan because it was cheaper for the bundle than just internet on its own). It turns out they don't have anything cheaper, but for only about $10 more than the newly-jacked-up price, we can get 4x faster internet, so...we're switching to that. 100/100!

2. I got a lot done at work today, even though I kept getting interrupted.

3. We got Carl's Jr for dinner. I really like their steakhouse burger with crispy fried onions and blue cheese and bacon. It's so good!

4. It got pretty hot today, which I'm not thrilled about, but the heat peaked while I was at work in the air-conditioning, so that was good! It's back to being pretty chilly now.
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Frtnj I was reading an article about a recall of a baby gate known to fall down when repeatedly tugged on by babies. Top comment was some mouthbreather like, “I think this ‘culture of safety’ has gone too far. By this logic they should also recall large bookcases.”

I know you’re not meant to read the comments, but this is practically unbelievable. They’re now applying the concept of pc police to babyproofing?!

The difference, Pekka, is that those bookcases are not specifically FOR BABIES, and unlike the baby gate in question, they all come with a safety warning telling you to anchor them to the wall with screws.

Somebody give this guy a very heavy bookcase before he votes Perussuomalaiset again.

#never read the comments
oursin: Drawing of hedgehog in a cave, writing in a book with a quill pen (Writing hedgehog)
[personal profile] oursin

But this week actually had some research/academic stuff in it.

A few hours in A Library taking notes on stuff.

An hour doing the first look at some archives at my former place of work to see if they may be part of The Project, and they are.

Submitting a panel proposal for the Great Triennial Women's History Conference next year (yes, there is always a hell of a lead time on this, to the extent that one paper on a panel I was commentating on one time was on an entirely different region of the world than in the original proposal, because there were more, and more interesting, sources). (This was all a bit fraught, what with not getting one person's c.v. until this morning, and having to get rid of all the tracked changes, though at least I got this all done and submitted before Firefox started crashing every few minutes.)

Agreeing to review a book for a SRS publication but actually getting paid (which is just as well, because I have just been sent the book and I think it is going to be a bit of a grind to get through it).

Have received a book on UK anarchists I ordered as the result of a talk I went to last week - looking at the contents page I fear that All Ur Anarkistz B Blokez, but that may be misleading.

Tomorrow I attend a symposium upon an Organisation of Interest.


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