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English Handwriting 1500 - 1700, an Online Course

Curious Pages
Kids books that are actually kinda inappropriate for kids.

Cool historical letterheads

Meet the Lady
A tumbler blog. Photos of women you might want to meet (or not).

Life Before Your Eyes
about family photos, and memory

The Daily What
Scroll down.
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Nil by Mouth
Roger Ebert can no longer eat or drink anything since his surgery (he now eats via GI tube). His thoughts on the change. (Tibor, makes me think of you, for some reason.)

Knut Haugland died on Christmas day. I'd never heard of him before then, but now I will never forget his amazing life. (a little more on Wikipeida)

Kitschy Kitschy Coo
A blog about stuff. Kitschy stuff.

Slaughterhouse 90210
tumblr blog. Entertaining for about a minute. But a fun minute.

Who Wrote the 15th Book of Oz? (.pdf)
An Application of Multivariate Analysis to Authorship Attribution
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The story of the recreation of the Queen Susan shawl
- a group of knitters on Ravelry find a photograph of a finely-knitted Victorian shawl, and recreate the complex piece from the photograph.
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You'll tell me if I've posted any of these before, right?

Small Town Cinderella
Great essay about the writer's experiences working at Story Land in NH as a young teen.

The Speculum Theologie
"Beinecke MS 416 is a late thirteenth-century or early fourteenth-century collection of such didactic diagrams from the Cistercian abbey of Kamp in western Germany. It is composed of eight folios of figures that, when found in combination, are often called the Speculum theologiae." (via Metafilter)

Ten stories from the Earthquake in China told in illustrated (ie: "comic strip") form. Amazing stories, told amazingly well. Have a tissue handy. (Via Metafilter)

Vintage Girly Mags
Not safe for work or school. Nudity. (Via Metafilter)

Bus Songs
Lyrics to many traditional children's Nursery Rhymes and Songs (via Thingamababy, I think)

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This isn't a "links list" per se, but I've been reading some interesting stuff and thought I'd share:

Too Fat For Fashion
Really great blog both about plus-size fashion and body image in general.

Michelle Obama on What's Really Important.
I knew basically nothing about her before I read this. Now I want to know more.

The Artful Parent

"It Doesn't Matter Which You Heard": the Curious Cultural Journey of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" (via Kottke & Mefi & a bunch of other places)
FYI, Leonard Cohen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night.

A blog about ... stuff. Just read it.

Edited to add: Oops, one more great one: Orc Holocaust "The reprehensible moral universe of Gary Gygax's Dungeons & Dragons." (in Slate)
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Onion AV Club: Sweet nibbly nauseating nothings: The hotness and horror of edible sex toys (Not Safe For Work or School)
"...but then again, some things should never, ever taste like root beer."

Food with Eyes
A blog about food mascots. (via metafilter)

Topless Robot
A blog about ... stuff. Currently featuring the vast wasteland that is the New York Toy Show. (possibly via daddytypes)

Apartment Therapy: The Amazing Bookcase Staircase
Bookcase porn from Apartment Therapy.

A list of bookmarks on Fandom, Gender, and Feminism. (via Metafilter)

Scandalous Woman
A blog about scandalous women.
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Here is a photo of the view from our offices (note: not a view from my actual desk). As you can see, we have winter here. *sigh* Damn Groundhog. I'm sure this is all his fault.

Moulton St and Harbor

Went to dinner last night with the always lovely [ profile] mylisant and two other lovely friends who are also mommies. At Birka the great idea was hatched that "us ladies" need to get out together more, and [ profile] mylisant was kind enough to turn the idea into an actual plan. However, I don't think that dinner with three mommies who don't see each other much and who don't get to talk about being mommies with other mommies much was quite what she planned on. We'll see if we can change the subject next time, I promise.

As you may know (or maybe not) [ profile] mjemerson is getting married shortly, and she's had the splendid idea of having the reception first, on Friday night (the 29th). They've rented part (all?) of a local nightclub for us to have a sort of '80 dance night/prom type party, then the wedding will be on Saturday afternoon out in the wilds of western Maine where her family is from. So I've been looking for a suitable "prom-style" dress to buy for cheap to wear to the Friday night shindig, and I found one on clearance at David's Bridal in the Mall that actually looked fine when worn, fit, and wasn't strapless. It was marked down to about $60 from $180+, so it seemed like a bargain, and I bought it - only to discover when it was rung up that it wasn't $60-ish but actually $31.99 (including tax). I feel like such a bargain hunter! (I do believe [ profile] mylisant may have had her eye on something there at a similar low sale price, but I'll let her talk about that, if she wants.

Young Master E seems to be on a hug and kiss strike with regard to Momma right now. No hugs or kisses for me for the past few days, despite may requests from me and from his father too. ("E, kiss mamma. Please kiss mamma. Oh, look how sad she is. You should give your mamma a kiss.") I must have offended His Lordship in some way. :-) I'm sure this too shall pass, but it is kind of sad when everyone in the room gets hugs and kisses but me.


The List Universe
Your timewaster for the day

Welcome to the Ladies of Reenacting
I never knew "Bustle" was an era. And are there actual Baroque or Regency Era reenactment groups?

The 20 Worst Foods in America
... in terms of calorie content, not taste (I assume) (via metafilter)

The 6 Cutest Animals That Can Still Destroy You
Let me tell you from personal experience, they're not kidding about swans.
Also, it took me forever to realize that this website is the modern incarnation of the old Cracked magazine we bought when we were kids (right along with Mad.

Pages From The Past
"Pages from the Past comprises a digital record of all the medieval manuscripts in South Carolina’s institutional archives.... A total of 118 items includes eight more or less complete codices, but most are individual leaves and cuttings. As representative samples of the medieval book, however, the South Carolina manuscripts expose an impressive range of pre-modern literacy—theological, scientific, liturgical, historical, and so forth. This website has been designed to showcase a range of texts over centuries of transmission, chiefly as an introduction to the technology and function of writing in the Middle Ages." (via

Retired Teacher Reveals He Was Illiterate Until Age 48
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How Experts Think We'll Live in 2000 AD as published on December 27, 1950 by the Associated Press.

(Be sure to check out Paleo-Future as well.)


Jan. 29th, 2008 07:54 am
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The Medieval Bestiary : Animals in the Middle Ages

People in Place: Families, Households and Housing in London 1550-1720

Skip the Tuition: 100 Free Podcasts from the Best Colleges in the World (Keep scrolling down - Oxford Medieval English Lectures is number 98)

The Sex Diaries of John Maynard Keynes (Probably Not Safe For Work or School)

The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks - misinterpreting bad punctuation since 2005

The History of Visual Communication

Late Add, from Metafilter this morning: The Barbie Tarot

This probably won't be a continuing feature. Don't get your hopes up. :-)
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"When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere."
-- John Wyndham

The Cameratoss Project
A Flickr group. Basically you set your camera on a super long exposure, set the flash to somehow trigger, then toss it up in the air. Some of the best of the Flickr photos are here.

Mighty Goods
Another shopping blog. I'm enjoying some of the stuff in novelties - in particular, I've been looking for these for ages.

Drawing Pitchers
"During the course of his procrastinations, Witte became convinced that he had divined a very important secret: how to safely and dependably throw a ninety-five-mile-per-hour fastball" The secrets of the Great Pitchers revealed. Sort of.

LA Time Machines
"Get ready to take a trip back in time. Los Angeles restaurants and bars from the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s (movie palaces, motel signs, and remnants of Rt. 66 as well) - this website concentrates on those bastions of a bygone era which were built before 1970 and still have elements of the original interior design (or at least look like they are original). These are the places I call "time machines"."

How To Cut Quill Pens From Feathers
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Dogs. Dressed as bees. Just as much fun as it sounds.

A Natural History of Birds
"Most of which have not been figur'd or describ'd, and others very little known from obscure or too brief descriptions without figures, or from figures very ill design'd."

Feeding America
The Historic American Cookbook Project

The Ghost Village of Imber

Stacks' Appeal
An interesting essay about 'Bookless Libraries'

and my favorite:
Robotic space penguin to hop across the Moon

Review of Bob Sptiz's The Beatles - A Biography )
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