Monthly Archives: July 2010

Reading old books

“There is a strange idea abroad that in every subject the ancient books should be read only by the professionals, and that the amateur should content himself with the modern books…. The student… feels himself inadequate and thinks he will … Continue reading

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Song for the day

All we need to know about the iPhone 4 antenna “problem”: The take-home point is in the last sentence – so short it’s easily missed. Who is this guy? Jonathan Mann writes a song every day and posts a video … Continue reading

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Life Metaphors: Music (2, Time)

Theology, Music and Time If my life is a song, I have much to learn about it from music. The previous post in this series (Life Metaphors: Music, Part 1) explored the power of music to resurrect the past and … Continue reading

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Longitude at Sea: J.T. Mayer (1770)

Originally posted at ouhos.org, the now-discontinued blog of the OU History of Science Collections. Neither this post nor any of its content should be taken as an official communication of the University of Oklahoma. Recent acquisition: Johann Tobias Mayer, Tabulae … Continue reading

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Life Metaphors: Music (1)

Whalesong In my first post on Life Metaphors, I observed that seeing life as a journey, a song or a dance is to affirm the presence of lasting meaning in the midst of change. Countless songs liken our experience of … Continue reading

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Books speak of books

“Now, I realized that not infrequently books speak of books: it is as if they spoke among themselves. In the light of this reflection, the library seemed all the more disturbing to me. It was then the place of long, … Continue reading

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Really simple explanation of really simple syndication (RSS)

Originally posted at ouhos.org, the now-discontinued blog of the OU History of Science Collections. Neither this post nor any of its content should be taken as an official communication of the University of Oklahoma. Basic idea Are you drinking the … Continue reading

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Imagination Deficit Disorder

Back in 1987, Hal Pendergrass offered some of the best advice I have ever received about reading imaginative literature along with nonfiction: “Dear Kerry – It’s not healthy to forsake good imaginative literature while you’re studying science or theology – … Continue reading

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Wikipedia: Ready reference vs. Research literature

Originally posted at ouhos.org, the now-discontinued blog of the OU History of Science Collections. Neither this post nor any of its content should be taken as an official communication of the University of Oklahoma. Why do we use Wikipedia? Should … Continue reading

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Thank you, from a Bücherwurm

When I finally completed my doctoral dissertation, after many long delays, my parents and sisters celebrated the occasion by giving me a handsomely framed print of Der Bücherwurm, painted by Karl Spitzweg in 1850. I think they were greatly relieved … Continue reading

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