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Don’t touch anything for two hours

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Free access to Ebola resources from Oxford University Press

oupacademic:

On 7 August 2014, the World Health Organization declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa an international public health emergency. Over 1,000 people have died in the deadliest Ebola outbreak since the virus’s discovery in 1976.

In response to the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa,

Procrastination method #7 this evening. Instagramming the book I finished last week.

Procrastination method #7 this evening. Instagramming the book I finished last week.

erikkwakkel:

Medieval blogger
I like to think this is what a medieval blogger would look like: a tired-looking individual seated at an uncomfortable desk quilling down blogs - with his head stuck in a space helmet. Blogging may be a modern activity, the parallel with the medieval scribe is not that strange when you consider that he, too, wrote things he was passionate about. Also, while his reach was perhaps much smaller (relatively few people could read back then) he also aimed to captivate his audience. And he, too, made sure that the message looked attractive visually, as the decoration on this very medieval page shows. Remarkably, scribal portraits like this are usually found on the opening page of the book. It is as if the most important factor in a text’s existence was deliberately put up front: remember, dear reader, the joy you are about to have was paid for by my sweat and tears.
This post celebrates the birth of my new blog, medievalbooks.nl.
Pic: London, British Library, Arundel MS 173 (12th century). More about the manuscript here. Check out this great blog post for more scribal portraits.

erikkwakkel:

Medieval blogger

I like to think this is what a medieval blogger would look like: a tired-looking individual seated at an uncomfortable desk quilling down blogs - with his head stuck in a space helmet. Blogging may be a modern activity, the parallel with the medieval scribe is not that strange when you consider that he, too, wrote things he was passionate about. Also, while his reach was perhaps much smaller (relatively few people could read back then) he also aimed to captivate his audience. And he, too, made sure that the message looked attractive visually, as the decoration on this very medieval page shows. Remarkably, scribal portraits like this are usually found on the opening page of the book. It is as if the most important factor in a text’s existence was deliberately put up front: remember, dear reader, the joy you are about to have was paid for by my sweat and tears.

This post celebrates the birth of my new blog, medievalbooks.nl.

Pic: London, British Library, Arundel MS 173 (12th century). More about the manuscript here. Check out this great blog post for more scribal portraits.

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smithsonian:

One year ago today, scientist from our Museum of Natural History announced the discovery of a new mammal species—the olinguito. Looking like a cross between a cat and a teddy bear, it was destined to become a media sensation. In fact, its widespread publicity has helped scientists learn even more about this species in the past year. Citizen scientists have sent in photos of the elusive animal that lives in the cloud forests of the Andes Mountains, helping scientists understand where it lives, what it eats and how it lives. 

Learn more on Smithsonian Science

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dailydot:

An ethical guide to buying a ticket to a Woody Allen movie
What do you do when somebody who makes art you like is exposed as a potentially or actually awful human being?

dailydot:

An ethical guide to buying a ticket to a Woody Allen movie

What do you do when somebody who makes art you like is exposed as a potentially or actually awful human being?

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oupacademic:

Interested in working for Oxford University Press? Check our jobs pages across our global offices, including the United Kingdom and United States. 

There is a ‘Marketing Assistant, Social Media’ position open. Entry level oupacademic tumbling included.

oupacademic:

Interested in working for Oxford University Press? Check our jobs pages across our global offices, including the United Kingdom and United States

There is a ‘Marketing Assistant, Social Media’ position open. Entry level oupacademic tumbling included.

medievalpoc:

The Black Count is Being Adapted for a New Film!

Tom Reiss’s The Black Count, which details the true story of Général Thomas Alexandre Dumas (father of author Alexandre Dumas), is being adapted into a film directed by Cary Fukunaga (director of HBO’s True Detective).

No actors have been named so far, although some people are already speculating that Howard Charles may be considered for the lead. He’s known for playing the role of Porthos on the BBC’s Three Musketeers:

You can read a bit more about this story and hear an interview with the book’s author here at Indiewire.

You can read an excerpt of The Black Count here.

Yay! Love the life and the book.

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