Does what we say describe our time in history ?

simonhamer:

Interesting – I hope there will be some sort of accurate filtering against white noise, otherwise our era will be remembered for Beiber and Gaga, is that really representative of this generation?

Originally posted on Digital History @ UW:

According to Google’s new n-gram tool, when researching history, words count.

Literally.

By analyzing over 500 billion words from 5.2 million books in Chinese, English, French, German, Russian, and Spanish, the n-gram tool allows users to track the usage of words from 1500AD onwards.

Were they talking about the Renaissance in the 1500s? Apparently they were.

Were they talking about the Renaissance in the 1500s? Apparently they were.

The implications of this tool in terms of historical and cultural research are just beginning to come to light. In the article  “Quantitative Analysis of Culture Using Millions of Digitized Books,” Jean-Baptiste Michel and his fellow researchers suggest that Google’s n-gram can be used to track the emergence of diseases, state censorship and the relative “celebrity” of a given person.

Contrary to popular belief, I am not in fact famous.

Contrary to popular belief, I am not in fact famous.

There is no doubt that the n-gram is, and will continue to be, an extremely useful tool in historical inquiry. However, there are…

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Twitter and searchable tweets

simonhamer:

More visibility from twitter through search

Originally posted on Manlio Mannozzi:

See on Scoop.itDISCOVERING SOCIAL MEDIA

Search Engine Land
Twitter to enable searches for tweets older than a week
CNET
Twitter to enable searches for tweets older than a week. Until now, Twitter search has been limited to tweets less than a week or so old.

See on news.cnet.com

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Curry – it is how old ?

simonhamer:

History of curry – summarized

Originally posted on The k2p blog:

Curries have come a long way from the proto-curry of the Indus Valley civilization and I am sure our tastes have also evolved. And chillies probably came much later and only in the 16th century.

But I can attest to the fact that curry withdrawal syndrome is a real thing and hits hard if I go more than 3 or 4 days without a fix.

Slate:

The Mystery of Curry

By Andrew Lawler|Posted Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013,

Indian chicken jalfrezi curry.

Indian chicken jalfrezi. Photograph by Joe Gough/iStockphoto/Thinkstock.

What is curry? Today, the word describes a bewildering number of spicy vegetable and meat stews from places as far-flung as the Indian subcontinent, the South Pacific, and the Caribbean Islands. There is little agreement about what actually constitutes a curry. And, until recently, how and when curry first appeared was a culinary mystery as well.

The term likely derives from kari, the word…

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How to use social media to land your next job

How to use social media to land your next job

Large companies want to save time in assessing potential employees, an easy way to do that is to view your profile(s) on social media.

This guide from Mashable will assist you to maximize your chances of being viewed in the most positive manner.

Things to consider

1. Ethics

2. Grammar

3. Bias you display in your posts

4. Politics, religion, racism, swearing, trolling

5. Attitude

Shakespeare’s legacy: the Robben Island Bible

simonhamer:

Books can have a profound effect on people, but it is rare to hear one acting in a viral way in such restricted communities such as prisons.

Originally posted on British Museum blog:

The works of Shakespeare, annotated by inmates at Robben Island Prison, South Africa. By permission of Shakespeare Birthplace TrustMatthew Hahn, playwright

I first heard about a copy of the complete works of William Shakespeare known as the ‘Robben Island Bible’ when a good friend was reading Anthony Sampson’s wonderful biography on Nelson Mandela in 2002. I was fascinated by the story and found online the subsequent article that Sampson wrote ‘O, what men dare do’ in the Observer from 2001.

The works of Shakespeare, annotated by inmates at Robben Island Prison, South Africa. By permission of Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

The book’s owner, South African Sonny Venkatrathnam, was a political prisoner on Robben Island from 1972 to 1978. He asked his wife to send him a book of Shakespeare’s complete works during a time when the prisoners were briefly allowed to have one book, other than a religious text, with them. The book’s ‘fame’ resides in the fact that Venkatrathnam passed the book to a number of his…

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Peering into the Iron Age through the Portable Antiquities Scheme

simonhamer:

Looking back on our past gives us clues to our future.

Originally posted on British Museum blog:

An extremely rare late Iron Age helmet from near Canterbury, Kent. Courtesy of the Portable Antiquities Scheme

David Prudames, British Museum

This helmet is Iron Age (over 2,000 years old), and was found in Kent, in southern England, by a metal-detectorist in October 2012. It had been upturned and used to hold a human cremation – the first accompanied by a helmet to have been found in Britain. In fact only a handful of Iron Age helmets are known from Britain at all.

An extremely rare late Iron Age helmet from near Canterbury, Kent. Courtesy of the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

An extremely rare late Iron Age helmet from near Canterbury, Kent. Courtesy of the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

On the north-western edge of Europe, the mid-first century BC was a time of war, travel, communication, connections and change. Caesar was at war in Gaul (modern France) and mercenaries from Britain had travelled to join the fighting, so it’s possible that the person who owned this helmet might have fought in Gaul – perhaps against the Romans, or even alongside them.

Before Gaul fell, Caesar would…

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