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"Let no one say that I have said nothing new: the arrangement of the material is new." Blaise Pascal

October 21, 2014 at 2:03pm
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Escape From Microsoft Word →

by Edward Mendelson, for The New York Review of Books blog

9:19am
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Lexiphane: someone who fashions ostentatious exhibition of an eclectic vernacular via uttered or indited discernments declaimed sempre sans prudent jocosity, fatuous futility, sagacious garrulity, and sesquipedalian rodomontade to ingratiate some semblance of highfalutincy that resonates more as pleonastic philosophunculism than connatural erudition.

— Big words and their use on campus | Harvard Magazine May-Jun 2014

October 10, 2014 at 7:44am
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"What is life or rest to me! So long as I have a commission direct from God Almighty to act against slavery!" John Brown (from antislavery broadsides posted by Boston Public Library)

"What is life or rest to me! So long as I have a commission direct from God Almighty to act against slavery!" John Brown (from antislavery broadsides posted by Boston Public Library)

August 8, 2014 at 4:19pm
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(via Vintage Ads for Libraries and Reading)

(via Vintage Ads for Libraries and Reading)

August 4, 2014 at 10:30am
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Understanding the past does not ensure understanding of the present. Rather, it triggers informed questions and hypotheses that only a careful exploration of the contemporary world can resolve. Conversely, contemporary concerns may inform valuable questions and hypotheses about the past, which only careful exploration of the past may unravel.

— Veronica Boix Mansilla, “Historical Understanding: Beyond the Past and into the Present,” in Knowing, Teaching, and Learning History: National and International Perspectives, ed. Stearns, Seixas and Wineburg, p. 413

August 1, 2014 at 4:13pm
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Software, It’s a Thing — Medium →

Software, It’s a Thing — Medium (via instapaper)

July 29, 2014 at 9:39am
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My research needed to be like an undergarment in the days before people started showing off their boxers and their bra straps. I didn’t want any of it to show through.

— Lily King in That Would Make a Good Novel - NYTimes.com

July 16, 2014 at 2:29pm
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Currently listening to a forgotten classic.

Currently listening to a forgotten classic.

2:09pm
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… we need to remember that the role of the academic humanist has always been a public one—however mediated through teaching and publication. By building blogging, and twitter, flickr, and shared libraries in Zotero, in to our research programmes—into the way we work anyway—we both get more research done, and build a community of engaged readers for the work itself. We can do what we have always done, but do it better; as a public performance, in dialog amongst ourselves, and with a wider public.

— Tim Hitchcock in Historyonics: Doing it in public: Impact, blogging, social media and the academy

July 15, 2014 at 10:09am
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Vacation Readers Have More Fun than Anyone (via Maurice Sendak’s Little-Known and Lovely Posters Celebrating Books and the Joy of Reading | Brain Pickings)

Vacation Readers Have More Fun than Anyone (via Maurice Sendak’s Little-Known and Lovely Posters Celebrating Books and the Joy of Reading | Brain Pickings)

July 14, 2014 at 9:38am
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Rice University circa 1977

(Source: youtube.com)

May 27, 2014 at 10:36am
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It seems quaint to think of Popovich, with his acerbic wit and his suffer-no-fools demeanor, coaching at Pomona-Pitzer, preparing his group of Sagehens — their gym is known as the Hen House — for battle against the Poets (Whittier College), the Stags (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps) or the Kingsmen (Cal Lutheran).

— Revered in N.B.A., Spurs’ Leader Remembers His California Ties - NYTimes.com

April 30, 2014 at 9:20pm
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Mesmerizing Time Lapse Video Of Yosemite Landscapes (by Fanms2)

8:56am
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I have said nothing as yet, with regard to the crying injustice which every court in Texas from 1865 to 1869 have perpetrated upon the colored man, but as the facts come to my knowledge, I make a note of it, and I believe, in a short time, some who “now walk in high places,” will acknowledge they pandered too much to the antipathies of communities. In my opinion, white men could not be convicted, in any county of Texas, for the crimes that a great majority of the colored men now here, are undergoing sentence. I have no power of commutation or reprieve, but had the good men in this place of punishment justice, they would not be here now.

— Letter from A. J. Bennett, Superintendent of Texas State Penitentiary, to Texas Governor E. J. Davis, October 30, 1870, http://wcaleb.rice.edu/omeka/items/show/180

April 27, 2014 at 2:45pm
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reblogged from explore-blog
explore-blog:

What an amazing story: Beloved children’s book illustrator Eric Carle spent his life fascinated by a photograph of him at age 3, embracing a little girl whose name he never found out. His most recent book, Friends, was inspired by that enchanting and mysterious photograph. Now, 82 years later, Carl and his little friend were reunited.

On Easter Sunday, almost 82 years after the photograph was taken, Eric Carle learned his friend was not only alive. She was ready for his call. Her name is Florence Ciani Trovato; at 85, she’s a few months older than Eric, and shares his vibrancy. 

Read the full story here, and treat yourself to his wonderful Friends.

explore-blog:

What an amazing story: Beloved children’s book illustrator Eric Carle spent his life fascinated by a photograph of him at age 3, embracing a little girl whose name he never found out. His most recent book, Friends, was inspired by that enchanting and mysterious photograph. Now, 82 years later, Carl and his little friend were reunited.

On Easter Sunday, almost 82 years after the photograph was taken, Eric Carle learned his friend was not only alive. She was ready for his call. Her name is Florence Ciani Trovato; at 85, she’s a few months older than Eric, and shares his vibrancy. 

Read the full story here, and treat yourself to his wonderful Friends.