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The Case for Elv and Unqua: Why We Should be Counting in Dozens

Welcome to PART 3 of our ongoing series here at the slowlorisblog, 42 STEPS TO A BETTER WORLD. That time, it sure is flying. To think we’re already 1/14th done! 1,037 more words


Paper Knowledge: An Interview

Lisa Gitelman’s new book introduces readers to a way of thinking about documents as tools for creating bodily experience, and as material objects situated within hierarchies and relationships of labor. 36 more words


Observing by Hand: An Interview

In Omar Nasim’s new book, a series of fascinating characters sketch, paint, and etch their way toward a mapping of the cosmos and the human mind.  53 more words


The Press Reads: Why Mars

Our summer Friday series on the blog, The Press Reads, features short excerpts from recent JHUP books to whet your appetite and inspire timely additions to your summer reading list. 694 more words

American History

Automata of the Middle Ages

This topic is one of the interesting intersections between my medieval research and my current research into Chinese technology. Some of the earliest known automated figures are clock jacks–figures that come out and do something when a clock strikes a certain hour. 373 more words


R/V WASHINGTON - First Exploratory Cruise

Charles R. (Bob) Hitz              Bob’s posting # 20                           July 14, 2014

In Crowther’s 1949 article (Posting # 19) he states “For the vast area of the waters off the continental United States, there are at present only two exploratory fishing vessels. 884 more words

Pacific Fishing History Project

"I am my own secretary; I dictate, I compose, I copy all myself"*...

In this age of the email attachment and of the “duplicate” and “save as” commands, we’ve come to take copies for granted.  But the quest for a way easily to make/keep duplicates of correspondence and records without transcribing them has a long history: most readers will be old enough to remember the days when Xerox machines– introduced in 1959**– were the duplicators of choice; and some, the era of the carbon copy.   407 more words