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December 6, 2010
is what it says on the tin, a blog about Byzantium. It is written by Tom and Kim Sawford, with the occasional guest post by Laura Diaz-Arnesto. The blog has been going for over a year and a half now, and so has an extensive backlog of posts on a wide variety of subjects, for example: Byzantine holy relics in Siena in Tuscany
, Princess Theophano who married Holy Roman Emperor Otto II
, photos of mosaics and other art
, the horrific realities of prostitution
, the islands of Thasos and Lemnos
and a couple of posts on Byzantine medicine, mandrake
. Besides essays and photos the blog also links to various sites, articles, podcasts et cetera that dwell on Byzantine matters.
posted by Kattullus at 2:14 PM PST - 20 comments
Chen has a daily routine—waking up at 3am, she makes her way to the vegetable wholesaler and sets up her stall, which she tends till seven or eight in the evening. The first to arrive in the dark, damp market and the last to leave, other stall-owners have fondly nicknamed her ‘market manager.’ Chen holds the stall her father left her dearly. Yuan-Jin Vegetables is her everything. Selling at “a bundle for 30 dollars*, three bundles for 50,” Chen earns only marginal profits. Yet, her frugality has allowed her to donate about NT$10 million (nearly Rs1.5 crore) [approx. US$330,000] towards various charitable causes, including helping schools, orphanages and poor children.
posted by nickyskye at 1:20 PM PST - 17 comments
Why Are There No Great Women Chefs? In 2007 Michelin awarded French chef Anne-Sophie Pic three stars, making her only the fourth woman in her country’s history to receive that honor (ﬁfty years had passed since the last of her sex had garnered that third sparkler).2 The following year, in the United Kingdom, it was considered breaking news when ten female chefs won any Michelin stars at all...[For] the 2009 James Beard Awards gala... “Women in Food” was the chosen motif, but since only sixteen of the evening’s ninety-six nominees were, in fact, women, it seemed like a cruel joke. In the end, only two of those sixteen went home victorious, out of nineteen winners total...[I]n Bravo tv’s Top Chef Masters competition, a paltry three out of twenty-four American “Masters” were women. [via 3 Quarks Daily]
posted by caddis at 12:27 PM PST - 133 comments
The naughtiest word in English? In an unbelievable coincidence, first a prime time Radio broadcaster
[on the serious BBC Radio 4 station], then the well known political correspondent & broadcaster Andrew Marr
on the same station, then Nick Herbert MP in the House of Commons
, all managed to Spoonerise the name of a government minister with his position.
His name? Jeremy Hunt
His department? C
All started by... James Naughtie
. See what he did there?
posted by dash_slot- at 12:06 PM PST - 58 comments
In 2004, Minnesota student Dan Markingson committed suicide while participating in a clinical drug trial
for various mood disorders. Trial sponsors the University of Minnesota and AstraZeneca were cleared of blame by the FDA in 2005. Last week, a group of faculty members at the university wrote an open letter
to the university's Board of Regents requesting further investigation due to "troubling questions" that remain unanswered and a concern over "conflicts of interest" in the Academic Health Center.
posted by modernnomad at 9:38 AM PST - 21 comments
, the new Google eBooks store that will compete with Amazon on price and selection. Introducing Google eBooks
(video). Launch USA only. NPR
: "..independent booksellers will get a cut of the revenue when people buy e-books on their local seller's website instead of directly from Google."
posted by stbalbach at 9:19 AM PST - 85 comments