Jul. 31st, 2008 03:13 pm
hildy89: (olympic rings)
Teaching Company is at it again. In time for the 2008 Olympics, they've released a pair of specially commissioned lectures on Ancient Origins of the Olympic Games.
hildy89: (newsflash)
Found on [livejournal.com profile] little_details: For those researching 1930s-1940s era, the Library of Congress has a gorgeous Flickr set in color. This is a collection of just over 1500 shots taken by photographers working for the US Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information. The Library of Congress holds the original transparencies.
hildy89: (sophia)
Tor Books has started an interesting newsletter. With each issue, you receive a link to a free ebook in several formats (PDF/Html/Mobi) and two wallpapers. So far they've sent out [livejournal.com profile] kateelliott's "Spirit Gate", Peter Watts' "Starfish" and C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp's "Touch of Evil".

In my book browsing the other day, I came across an encouraging discovery, a steampunk fantasy novel "The Clockwork Heart" by Dru Pagliassotti published by Juno Books. Why encouraging? Because it was originally written as a Nano novel. Now granted Pagliassotti has been editing the Harrow for awhile, so isn't quite the same as lowly Nano wannabe, but it has started me thinking about the first completed Nano again. It's original fantasy, but is the female protagonist "strong" enough? Something to think about...
hildy89: (skating)
Sports Illustrated has opened a huge free archive of its articles and covers from 1958 down through the ages. Where was this years ago when I doing skating research?

For future reference: Sports Illustrated February 13, 1961 and the cover article "Mother Set the Style". Painful article on Laurence Owen, 1961 US figure skating champion. Laurence, her mother and sister and the rest of the US team were killed in a plane crash outside Brussels, Belgium on the way to the World championships. The crash wiped out a whole generation of US skaters, coaches, and officials.
hildy89: (skating)
The Teaching Company has two complimentary lectures both on celebrating Christmas in the 19th century. Unlike the Halloween one, these don't appear to be taken from an existing course. They're both available until the end of January, either as MP3 or streaming.
hildy89: (visitors)
Google has gone Martian. You can look at the map three ways: infared, elevation or visible. No little green men reported... or brown fuzzy ones with tennis shoes going by Gossamer either.

The real excitement locally was a water main break over at Chain Bridge yesterday afternoon. I discovered it when I was doing laundry and suddenly no water in the washing machine. At first I thought it was just limited to my building, until I saw a LJ post. They closed down the bridge which must have wrecked havoc with local traffic. My county lost water for most of the evening, but everything was restored by the time I went to bed.


Nov. 10th, 2005 01:10 pm
hildy89: (bree)
I'm feeling very domestic. (Hence the Bree icon!) My mother sent me some burgundy cushions for the dining room chairs and some matching placemates and etc. Although I did do a "What is this for?" on the runner. Pretty tassels though. Since all my teams, except high school, favor the crimson (Bama, Skins, Gryffindor *grin*), I figure I'll feel very festive.

Which reminds me: has anyone seen any college football or just football oriented icons? I'm increasingly wanting one. Not necessarily specific players, mind you...

If I haven't dated myself already by including my schools in my info, there's these links:

It came from the 1971 Sears catalog: I can't help looking at the baby things and wondering "You put me in that?" The captions are funny, like "Who killed the sofa and made it a pantsuit?"

Not to be outdone, the same website scanned the pictures from the 1971 Betty Crocker recipe cards for your edification.


Nov. 5th, 2005 08:58 pm
hildy89: (ethan rayne)
Pirates fire on cruise ship: Obviously modern pirates don't need cannons. They prefer RPGs or grenade launchers.

Happy birthday [livejournal.com profile] tv_elf! Have a happy one!
hildy89: (lion gate of mycenae)
Can we tell I've watched "Kiss Me Kate" recently?

Oxyrhynchus Papyri decoded: Also a website for the project with a database of the scraps. One of the pieces mentioned in the article was "an epic poem by Archilochos, a 7th-century successor of Homer, describing events leading up to the Trojan War".

Scientists find eggs in dinosaur mom


Feb. 9th, 2005 01:03 pm
hildy89: (glasses)
Baby Name Wizard: NameVoyager: Fascinating computer models/charts on popularity of baby names by decades. For example, my own name was actually on a downward spiral when I was born, but now is almost as popular as it was at its height in the 1910s. Yay for old fashioned names. Uses Java applet.
hildy89: (carnevale venizia)
If I have any delusions of finishing that assassin story, I'll need these tonight, mostly for the different mask descriptions.




Oh great

Feb. 20th, 2004 12:03 pm
hildy89: (green_queen)
I'm less fond of Monday holidays suddenly. I normally mail my timesheets on Friday, so no mail means it won't arrive on time. So I won't receive that check until next week. Added with my time off for my illnesses, I've had a real banner week on the money front.

CVS meeting was surprisingly smaller than usual, so Kinko's inability to open a simple Word file was no real loss. Now that I'm done on that rewrite, I need to start plotting and scheming my next big project. It's an older one that keeps mutating and changing as I learn more details. (Or find people to ask the right/wrong questions). We spent a lot of the meeting discussing our sticking points with certain stories we're writing.

EDIT: Normally I avoid posting on political matters, but several people, including [livejournal.com profile] iced_spice and [livejournal.com profile] fgwriter, mentioned an interest in the recent "Economic Report of the President". This was the report that said outsourcing to other countries might be good for the American economy in the long run and predicted a creation of 2.6 million jobs. Bush and other Republicans are strangely disavowing or backtracking from this report in the media recently. The document is searchable. The pertinent outsourcing is in Chapters 2 and 12 and the overview.


Jan. 5th, 2004 10:34 am
hildy89: (Default)
The Orange/Blue lines were massively delayed in both directions, so I was ten minutes late to work. All of our charming publishers returned from the holiday break with a vengeance. Plus I have an allergist's appointment tomorrow morning. And how was your morning, Mrs. Lincoln?

Need a god or goddess? God Checker provides a half-serious, half-not look at various dieties and their cultures. You can even do searches based on name, location and their specialty.
hildy89: (Default)
While I was in Florida, I watched some of the World Poker Tour on the Travel Channel. After the fun and games of the celebrity event on Bravo, watching those high level players betting tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars is quite scary. Alas, Comcast does not carry the Travel Channel, so I'm stuck with the ESPN version. I'm watching the episodes from their marathon. Some of these players are trips. And some love to trash talk.

Ford ran an ad asking for stories from WWII "Rosie the Riveters". A National Historical Park for Rosie the Riveter is in Richmond, California.

Happy birthday JRR Tolkien. I'm no closer to reading your mammoth tale than when you celebrated your eleventy-first... I take my time, like the Ents.
hildy89: (wintersweet)
There are error messages and there are OPAC error messages. *snarf*

The Latin phrases are cute too. I think I'll save "Veni, vidi, volo in dolum redire"* for a nice snowy icy frigging cold day when I'm stuck at work.

"I came, I saw, I want to go home."
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Another article reminding me why I'm careful about revealing too much work information on my web journal:



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