Tarot de Marseille
Le Bateleur. The Magician. I just finished Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus. It was a beautiful book, putting me constantly into a black, white, and grey, yet vibrant dreamworld. As I wondered in and out of different tents, one to which I always returned was the Fortune Teller. She used cards for her readings, specifically the Tarot de Marseille. This little episodes as she read...
Disney Princesses in accurate period costume. -... →
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"Who Kindled Courage"
“Shameless slatterns, half-naked women, who kindled course and breathed life into arson…” —on the “women incendiaries”, unknown While the working class revolutions of 1848 across Europe were largely unsuccessful, they led to a series of consequences that were dramatically important. They increased the insistence in both German lands and Italian lands for...
What Google Didn't Tell you About Nick Copernicus
Google front page: February 19, 2013 - Copernicus’ 540th Birthday I wanted to do a birthday post this month, one about Lincoln (and my awesome mom!) or one about Washington (who occupies my other part-time life). But those days came and went, and Nicolaus Copernicus was a serendipitous choice for a history of science nerdling. A quick one though, on the things that Google didn’t...
A Simple History of History Websites
This week I looked at a list of digital history, websites dedicated to historical topics, some of which were created in the early days of the interwebs. The list in a some-what chronological order of creation; the links; and a brief commentary of each follow. The Valley of the Shadow, 1993-2007 — A website investigates one Northern and one Southern community Civil War Era....
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Mentality of the Reader
Hunting for information and research on the difference between page reading and screen reading, was in and of itself an example of both the brilliant advantages of the internet as well as its labyrinthine experience. Many of the studies that I easily found were for the early to mid 1990s, as people were just beginning to work off their computer monitors, and the internet was still somewhat a...
Proof: Women In Mathematics #1: Hypatia of... →
drumkey255: This is THE original Woman In Math. The Big Math Momma. The Joan of Arcsines. Born sometime between 350 and 371 AD in Alexandria, Egypt, Hypatia is the first notable woman in Western history to be known as a mathematician. Officially, she was Platonic scholar, the head of a…
History of Batman and His Gun Moratorium →
Is Batman’s use of guns related to the political ideology of the time? And is Batman’s gun usage as confused and as differentiated as the United States’? I typically escape to comics for the “good guy wins” story when things seem to go to hell in a hand basket in the “real” world. My logic has lead me on a vicious cycle today.
Cool Chicks from History: Summer Reading... →
coolchicksfromhistory: Book titles linked to my reviews. Categories are mere suggestions. Middle Schoolers: Fever 1793 / Flygirl / Zlata’s Diary High Schoolers: The House of the Spirits / To Marry an English Lord / Triangle College Students: A People’s History / College Girls / … So many books. So much free time coming up!
Blue Moon: A Color Standing Alone
I listen to an amazing podcast called Radiolab. It is dedicated to telling stories of science in a way that most people can appreciate and understand. You should really check it out. http://www.radiolab.org/ In this particular podcast, Colors, the boys of Radiolab—Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich—discuss the research of Guy Deutscher on William Gladstone. William Gladstone was...
Lost. And They All Ended Up in Heaven. →
The Lost Colony at Roanoke is in fact a favorite topic for school age American (and English?) children. I grew up in Virginia, between Jamestown and this area, and so it’s possible that I heard about it more than most. There are so many great topics in this story! Maps with patches! A first English girl-child born in the Americas! Tensions between native Americans and the new settlers...
Hooks for Books: Theodora →
pretense-of-talent: onecraftyhistorian: Some of my favorite historical ladies were “whores.” We don’t call the Greek companions “whores” and we don’t call the Venetian courtesans “whores.” Well, I bet Rush Limbaugh does. Call Theodora what you’d like pretense-of-talent, but usually we’re telling more about ourselves when we write history, than we are of them. Nice work, Unhistorical. ...
Hooks for Books: Theodora →
Some of my favorite historical ladies were “whores.” We don’t call the Greek companions “whores” and we don’t call the Venetian courtesans “whores.” Well, I bet Rush Limbaugh does. Call Theodora what you’d like pretense-of-talent, but usually we’re telling more about ourselves when we write history, than we are of them. Nice work,...
What the internet looked like in the 15th... →
This blew my mind a few morning’s ago. And it seems so obvious now—of course the Chinese had printed books before the Europeans did. But Gutenberg was still awesome. He might not have been first on movable type, but he added that to a wine/mechanical press and got he printing press. I’d give that an ‘A’ for ingenuity. He helped the Bible, Scientific Revolution,...
May is around the time of year that sheep are being shorn. And so, i have been spinning cartloads of wool. I take for granted the little 16th century treadle wheel that I use. That’s one that you can pedal to keep spinning. The enslaved women at Mount Vernon probably used a great wheel or a walking wheel (it is possible to walk up to 20 miles a day spinning thread). I’ve had multiple...
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I watched the Washington Capitals beat the New York Rangers yesterday. We were discussing the all important hockey fight. Since my husband and I are relatively new hockey “fans,” a fellow watcher explained the apparent lack of fights in the playoffs. I was struck by the image of a player throwing his gloves down, and that the other player would accept this fight by throwing down his...
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Why, hello there, stranger. My name is Amanda, and I’ll be stumbling along next to you on this ridiculous pub crawl of history and nonsense. You might be asking yourself, “What is this blog?” or more importantly “Who blogs these days? Everyone is doing a podcast.” You raise great questions. As the name implies, I’m a crafty historian. *eyes...
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