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Abbot Suger and St. Denis
A symposium edited by Paula Gerson Lieber

Saint Denis was one of the most important churches in medieval France, and Abbot Suger was one of the most important churchmen.  In 1137, he decided to rebuild the Church of St. Denis, which was the burial ground of French monarchs.  His patronage of the arts during the process led directly to the development of the Gothic style of architecture.

In 1986, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City published a symposium on Suger's contributions to architecture, distributed through art publisher Harry N. Abrams.  It's now available for download in PDF form.{9652921F-519F-4987-BA2A-FA6BD8E0BF33}&dept={C42777DD-F3A8-453D-9063-88A5DEFDA6FA}&fmt=Downloadpdf

#art #architecture #history #gothicarchitecture #religion #saintdenis #abbotsuger  
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The Geography of Transport Systems

An online version of Hofstra University Professor Jean-Paul Rodrigue's textbook on the relationship between transportation systems and geography.

Mobility is fundamental to economic and social activities such as commuting, manufacturing, or supplying energy. Each movement has an origin, a potential set of intermediate locations, a destination, and a nature which is linked with geographical attributes. Transport systems composed of infrastructures, modes and terminals are so embedded in the socio-economic life of individuals, institutions and corporations that they are often invisible to the consumer. This is paradoxical as the perceived invisibility of transportation is derived from its efficiency. Understanding how mobility is linked with geography is main the purpose of this textbook.

#geography #transportation #commerce #industry #economics #trade  
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Boston: A City of Neighborhoods

An exhibition at the Boston Public Library tracing the development of Boston over the past 100 years, and the effect immigration had on the makeup of the city.

#boston #history #immigration #neighborhoods #cartography #mapping #exhibition  
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cool, that includes Bostonography crowdsourced map.
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String Figures and How to Make Them
A Study of Cat's Cradle in Many Lands

Jamis Buck provides an HTML transcription of Caroline Furness Jayne's classic book on Cat's Cradles, published in 1905.

#anthropology #culture #crafts #catscradle  
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Interactive Timeline of the History of Linux

On August 25th, 1991, 21 year old computer science student Linus Torvalds posted an announcement in the Usenet comp.os.minix newsgroup about a free OS he was working on.

The results of that effort became Linux,  which is now used on half of the systems that serve the World Wide Web, and an increasing number of things that don't.

This is an interactive timeline of the development of Linux from those beginnings.

#computers #operatingsystem #linux #linustoravalds #history #timeline  
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First Direct Evidence of Cosmic Inflation

Researchers from the BICEP2 collaboration today announced the first direct evidence for this cosmic inflation. Their data also represent the first images of gravitational waves, or ripples in space-time. These waves have been described as the "first tremors of the Big Bang." Finally, the data confirm a deep connection between quantum mechanics and general relativity.

#science #astronomy #cosmology #bigbang #universe  
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Augmenting Human Intellect:
A Conceptual Framework

A research paper written in 1962 by Douglas Engelbart, on ways to enhance human intellect.  It was prepared for the Director of Information Sciences, Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

By "augmenting human intellect" we mean increasing the capability of a man to approach a complex problem situation, to gain comprehension to suit his particular needs, and to derive solutions to problems.

Engelbert's work at SRI International led to the development of the computer mouse, hypertext, and networks.  (

#douglasengelbart #intelligence #systemsthinking  
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The Mewar Ramayana
A digital reunification

The Ramayana is India's oldest and best known tale, originally composed told in the Sanskrit epic poem of Valmiki some two and a half thousand years ago:

The Mewar Ramayana was prepared in the 17th century.  Parts of it were in the British Museum, and others were still in India.  With over 450 paintings, it is the most complete and elaborate illustrated manuscript of the Ramayana known.  A joint effort of the British Museum and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya in Mumbai has digitized the work, and made it available to all.

#art #india #ramayana   #hinduism #hanuman #illuminatedmanuscript  
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Building the ultimate paper airplane
one manila folder at a time

Artist Luca Iaconi-Stewart is building a 1:60 scale model of a Boeing 777 out of manila folder paper.

#art #crafts #papercraft #modelling #boeing777  
Luca Iaconi-Stewart is building a paper airplane unlike anything you've ever seen before — and it's taking him years to get it just right. He's building a 1:60 scale model of a Boeing 777, one so...
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15 Theses About the Digital Future

The Pew Internet Research Group offers 15 thoughts about what the increasing trend to ubiquitous connectivity will mean for how we associate, gather and share information, and consume media.

#internet #communication #society #media #digitalfuture  
The world is moving rapidly towards ubiquitous connectivity that will further change how and where people associate, gather and share information, and
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My interests include the arts, business, economics, history, literature, music, politics, philosophy, religions, science and technology. Basically, everything.

I make computers behave, design things that look good, explain things in writing so readers understand the explanation, and help organize and run gatherings of people with common interests.
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