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Huge trove of digitized 78rpm records via kottke.org

September 17th, 2019 No comments
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Chill out with these 10 mesmerizing breathing exercise GIFs via Mashable!

September 17th, 2019 No comments
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‘All Must Have Prizes’: Citizen Science and the Environment – Professor Carolyn Roberts via Gresham College

September 6th, 2019 No comments

'All Must Have Prizes': Citizen Science and the Environment - Professor Carolyn Roberts via Greshem College

Prior to the twentieth century, most environmental observations such as rainfall amounts and air temperatures were made by lay observers with interest and time on their hands. Later on, such measurements moved largely into the realms of professionals, but today the role of amateur observers is being revisited. The advent of smart phones and GPS is increasingly allowing citizen observers of wildlife, ecology, air and water quality, and flooding, to enhance our understanding of environmental science. What opportunities exist for individuals to help to solve some of the most complex problems on Earth? And what motivates people to join an environmental research team?

The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website.

Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website.

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800 Medieval illuminated manuscripts are now available online via Aleteia

September 6th, 2019 No comments

A two-year project that drew together and digitized 800 manuscripts from the collections of the British Library and the Bibliothèque nationale de France has been completed and is available for perusing online. The manuscripts, all dated between 700 and 1200, are being made available to the general public for the first time. 

Historically, manuscripts from this time were reserved for the upper classes, who could read and write. The manuscripts were illuminated using vivid color pigments and gold leaf, which gave the hand-crafted books an artistic flair. An argument can be made that the popularity of manuscript illuminations paved the way for the great oil paintings of the Renaissance.

Now, this project, The Polonsky Foundation England and France Project: Manuscripts from the British Library and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, 700-1200, and similar efforts are making it possible for the general public to examine these documents, which never would have been available to them 1,000 years ago. Even 10 years ago, only scholars and art historians could view ancient and delicate texts.

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Navigating the Green Book via Google Maps Mania

September 5th, 2019 No comments

In the 1930’s Victor H. Green started publishing an African-American travel guide (first published as ‘The Negro Motorist Green Book’ and later as ‘The Negro Travelers’ Green Book’). In the guides Green reviewed hotels and restaurants which welcomed Black customers during the time of Jim Crow laws and racial segregation.

Back in 2013 the University of South Carolina created an interactive Green Book Map which visualized over 1,500 listings from the Spring 1956 Green Book. Unfortunately the University of South Carolina’s interactive Green Book Map has suffered the Google Maps API kiss of death and now all the map tiles are stamped with unsightly ‘For development purposes only’ warnings. However there is no need to worry as you can peruse the new NYPL Navigating the Green Book route planner instead.

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Planned Parenthood app to let users order birth control in every state via Mashable!

September 4th, 2019 No comments
 

The Trump administration is doing everything it can to undermine Planned Parenthood’s law-abiding, science-based reproductive health services. But Planned Parenthood has a powerful weapon in its arsenal: tech that increases access to care.

On Wednesday, Planned Parenthood announced that it had expanded its Planned Parenthood Direct app to functioning in 27 states, and that it will be available in all 50 states in 2020. The app lets users order birth control, get a prescription for Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) antibiotics, and schedule appointments at a Planned Parenthood clinic.

Sip on the Classic Taste of a Whiskey Daisy via The Spruce Eats

September 4th, 2019 No comments

The whiskey daisy is a classic whiskey cocktail that has long been a favorite among whiskey lovers and cocktail enthusiasts. It is an easy recipe that uses just a few ingredients and it is a perfect cocktail for any occasion.
 
The daisy cocktail is a true classic when it comes to the thousands of cocktail recipes that we have known and loved over the years. There are many daisies and they differ from one another because of the base spirit used. In the case of the whiskey daisy, that base is obviously going to be whiskey but precisely which whiskey to use, well, that is another question.

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Gertie the Dinosaur (1914) – World’s 1st Keyframe Animation Cartoon – Winsor McCay via Change Before Going Productions on YouTube

September 3rd, 2019 No comments
Watch this classic from the very beginning of film. — Douglas
 

Released on September 15th, 1914. Sometimes called the world’s oldest cartoon (erroneously), it is still the first to be created using keyframe animation. This movie required Winsor McCay and his assistant John A. Fitzsimmons (who traced the backgrounds) to create 10,000 drawings, which they inked on rice paper and mounted on cardboard.

Gertie is a dinosaur based on the Brontosaurus (nowadays known as Apatosaurus) skeleton in the American Museum of Natural History. McCay’s employer, William Randolph Hearst, was displeased with McCay’s success outside of the newspapers, and used his contractual power to reduce McCay’s stage activities.

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Learn a new language by watching Netflix via The Verge

September 3rd, 2019 No comments
Improve your skills on your own, effectively and enjoyably, by watching films and series in the language you study.

Build your listening comprehension with thousands of hours of authentic language in context. After installation, you will have additional features for language learning when you watch videos on the Netflix website.

• Subtitles are shown in two languages, allowing you to compare the original audio and text with a translation in your language.
• The extension allows you to listen to subtitles one at a time, and to change the playback speed.
• There’s a pop-up dictionary, and the extension suggest the most important words for you to learn.

Apple Peel Bourbon Recipe via Food52

September 2nd, 2019 Comments off
Bourbon is my favorite tipple and I made some peach-infused bourbon using perfectly ripe peaches from the farmer’s market a few weeks ago, and this sounds just as tasty. — Douglas
 
This is the best, and booziest, way to use apple peels. I got the idea from Tara Duggan’s “Root to Stalk” (Ten Speed, 2013). Tara suggests serving it over ice, topped with ginger beer and a big squeeze of lime — and I agree. —Marian Bull
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