At the Ref Desk (11/18/17): Lots of phone requests today. Wonder why... :-) [more...]
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Depressing Historical Factoid of the Day

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/8/11 (3:17pm)

From Magill's Medical Guide:

"Meanwhile, Spanish physician Michael Servetus published a treatise in 1553 describing how circulation of blood to the lungs and back (often called the lesser circulation) might occur. Unfortunately, because he also included religious views, all copies of his writings that could be found were destroyed, and he was burned at the stake. Eventually, in 1694, a copy of his book was found; his circulation theory matched later findings." [6th ed., v. 1, p.369]

Dreamweaver LogoThere must have been another copy of the site settings (from like say, 2005) that Dreamweaver grabbed when I upgraded from the admittedly ancient Dreamweaver 8 to a still shamefully retro CS3*.

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Talk about potpourri, this week's DePaulia, the student newspaper of DePaul contains the following highlights:

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What I Learned Today: Women & Booze in China

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 10/1/09 (7:38pm)

From the Berkshire Encyclopedia of China:

"Traditionally, women did not drink alcohol. Today most women in China still shun liquor and choose non-alcoholic beverages. However, because business deals in China are closed more often at dinner tables than in meeting rooms, a growing number of enterprises and government agencies require that their public relations officers, mostly young women, develop a great capacity for drinking, much to the chagrin of the public." [Jiu Wenhua, "Wine Culture", Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, v.5, p. 2448]

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Zeldman Reveals Secret of Successful Project Management

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 7/2/09 (12:47pm)

Web Designer extraordinaire, Jeffery Zeldman (half-seriously) reveals the secret of successful project management:

The trick to great projects, I have found, is (a.) landing clients with whom you are sympatico, and who understand language, time, and money the same way you do, and (b.) assembling teams you don’t have to lead, because everyone instinctively knows what to do.

One can only wonder what prompted the comment.