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The Oldest Known Globe to Depict the New World Was Engraved on an Ostrich Egg, Maybe by Leondardo da Vinci (1504)

Image by Davidguam via Wikimedia Commons Every time you think you’ve got a handle on Leonardo da Vinci’s genius (which is to say, you think you’ve heard about the most important things he painted, wrote, and invented), yet more evidence comes to light of the many ways he meets the standard for the adjective “genius”…. Recently, Leonardo re-appeared not only as an inventor of futuristic military technology or discoverer of complex human anatomy, but also as the first European to depict the “New ...
Tags: Google, Art, Maps, London, College, Southeast Asia, History, Atlantic, Cambridge, Belgium, Newfoundland, Kim, North America, Library Of Congress, Pacific, Columbus


Black History Month: A salute to those who served in the military

Black people have served in the American military since the Revolutionary War, including through slavery and segregation. The 2020 Portrait of African American Active Duty and Civilian Employment in the U.S. Department of Defense offered this outlook: In the news Gen. Lloyd Austin III On Jan. 22, Austin became the 28th U.S. defense secretary for the Biden administration. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and served in the Army from 1975 to 2016, where he retired as a four-star g...
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Legend of Beavis

This is an episode of the 1980s Legend of Zelda cartoon redubbed with dialog from Beavis and Butthead. Assuming you can stomach their ramblings in the first place, it's far better than it ought to be. This should be selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant. — Read the rest
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Black History Month billboards salute African Americans and their seminal achievements

She stares down from a digital billboard looming over the freeway, a youthful woman wearing a white nurse’s cap from the 1880s. Who is she? Huge white letters on the black background answer that, telling curious zooming motorists or slower moving pedestrians on a nearby overpass that her name was Mary Eliza Mahoney. And, beneath that, the message explains why Mahoney is being featured on this digital sign along the 57 Freeway in Placentia, one of dozens like it along roads in Southern California...
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Google’s new subsea cable between the U.S. and Europe is now online

Google, together with its partner SubCom, today announced that the company’s privately owned Dunant subsea cable between Virginia Beach, Virginia and Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez on the French Atlantic coast is now operational. Google first announced this project, which was named after the first Noble Peach Price winner and founder of the Red Cross, Henry Dunant, back in the middle of 2018. At the time it expected the project to go live in 2020, but besides dealing with the complications of spanning a ...
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Google's New Subsea Cable Between the US and Europe is Now Online

Google, together with its partner SubCom, today announced that the company's privately owned Dunant subsea cable between Virginia Beach, Virginia and Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez on the French Atlantic coast is now operational. From a report: Google first announced this project, which was named after the first Noble Peach Price winner and founder of the Red Cross, Henry Dunant, back in the middle of 2018. At the time it expected the project to go live in 2020, but besides dealing with the complications...
Tags: Google, Europe, Congress, US, Tech, Red Cross, Library Of Congress, Atlantic Coast, Virginia Beach Virginia, Dunant, Henry Dunant, Saint Hilaire de Riez, Mark Sokol, Infrastructure Google


Tony Bennett Duets with Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse & Other Musicians, Passing on the Great American Songbook

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPAmDULCVrU I was possessed with a wonderful example of my Italian American family. They would come over and join us every Sunday, all my aunts and uncles and nephews and nieces, and I would sing for them. I was 10 years old, and I was just saying, “Who am I? What am I supposed to do?” And they told me that they love the way I sang. It created a passion in my life that exists to this moment as I speak to you, that is stronger now at 89 than in my whole lif...
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The First American Cookbook: Sample Recipes from American Cookery (1796)

Image via Wikimedia Commons On the off chance Lin-Manuel Miranda is casting around for source material for his next American history-based blockbuster musical, may we suggest American Cookery by “poor solitary orphan” Amelia Simmons? First published in 1796, at 47 pages (nearly three of them are dedicated to dressing a turtle), it’s a far quicker read than the fateful Ron Chernow Hamilton biography Miranda impulsively selected for a vacation beach read. Slender as it is, there’s no shortage...
Tags: Google, College, New York City, America, Georgia, History, Britain, United States, Food & Drink, Smithsonian, Library Of Congress, Hamilton, Arizona State University, Facebook Twitter, Simmons, Lin Manuel Miranda


Bon Voyage to Martha Kennedy of the Library of Congress

Martha Kennedy retires from being a paid comics historian at the Library of Congress tomorrow to being an unpaid one! We wish her luck. Martha wrote several exhibits, collected a bunch of comic art, oversaw the Swann Foundation scholarship, and authored a book on women cartoonists in the collection of the Library, Drawn to Purpose. When it's time to relax... Her colleagues commissioned this caricature from Mike Jenkins. [Author: Mike Rhode]
Tags: Comics, Congress, Library Of Congress, Martha, Mike Rhode, Swann Foundation, Martha Kennedy, Mike Jenkins


What I saw during a visit of the Capitol just days after the deadly Trump-incited riot: Smashed windows, discarded escape hoods, and lots of National Guard

A smashed window just off the House chamber that looks out on the Library of Congress. Kayla Epstein/Insider Insider visited the Capitol five days after a pro-Trump mob had laid siege to the complex, damaging the ornate building and prompting an increase in security. Though a new fence had been erected around the entire complex and National Guard troops now patrolled alongside Capitol police, an Insider reporter with a congressional press pass did not experience any additional or unusual s...
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1800's "Baron Trump" looks enough like Barron Trump, other parallels, foster time traveling theories

In the late 1800's author Ingersoll Lockwood wrote a series of children's novels whose main character was named "Baron Trump." And awaaayyyyy we go into Donald-Trump-is-a-time-traveler theories, which is pretty goofy, but let's look at some of the spooky parallels first. — Read the rest
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206 years before a pro-Trump mob got there, the British burned Washington, but it backfired on them

Pro-Trump supporters storm the US Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump, January 6, 2021. Samuel Corum/Getty Images In August 1814, British troops occupied Washington DC for two days and set about destroying the city's public buildings, including the Capitol and the White House. The destruction was symbolic rather than strategic, and the long-term disruption to the government was minimal, but it did create sympathy for the US among other European countries. Visit Business I...
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Doodle for Google is back for its 13th year

2020 was a challenging year for many of us. As a mother of three young children, it was filled with important conversations and loads of feelings as we took on distance learning, quarantining and even  changes like wearing masks. No one knew how to parent through a pandemic (that wasn’t in the handbook) but my family's chats kept coming back to the concept of being strong – for ourselves and for others. While nothing could have prepared us for the highs and lows of last year, we somehow managed ...
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A Modest Proposal for Supreme Court Reform

The Supreme Court's argument calendars for January and February (quite light) provoke me to the following:               The prospect of large-scale changes in the Supreme Court, never great, disappeared on November 3. Here’s a suggestion for a more modest reform that will get the Court to contribute its fair share to the coming push to tighten the belts of our institutions.   Cut the number of law clerks justices can hire from four to two (with one extra for the Chief Jus...
Tags: Supreme Court, Washington, Court, Library Of Congress, Branding, Kagan, Calibri, Louis Brandeis, Justice Brandeis, Thurgood Marshall, Mark Tushnet, Modest Proposal for Supreme Court Reform


‘A Clockwork Orange,’ ‘The Dark Knight,’ and ‘Shrek’ Are Among Films Added to National Film Registry by the Library of Congress

Somebody once told us the world was going to roll us, but we didn’t anticipate this. Shrek — alongside such films as A Clockwork Orange, The Dark Knight, and The Hurt Locker — has been deemed a work of “important cultural, artistic, and historic” value by the Library of Congress, which revealed its National Film Registry 2020 list today. 25 films made the list of new additions to the National Film Registry, including, yes, Shrek. Remember when Shrek debuted at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, ...
Tags: Christopher Nolan, Movies, Congress, Dreamworks, Stanley Kubrick, Venice, Mike Myers, Cannes film festival, Library Of Congress, Kathryn Bigelow, National Film Registry, Julie Dash, Buena Vista Social Club, Sidney Poitier, Cara, Palme


‘Dark Knight,’ ‘Shrek,’ ‘Grease,’ ‘Blues Brothers’ Added to National Film Registry

“The Dark Knight,” “Shrek,” “Grease,” “The Blues Brothers,” “Lillies of the Field,” “The Hurt Locker,” “A Clockwork Orange,” “The Joy Luck Club” and “The Man With the Golden Arm” are among this year’s additions to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. “This is not only a great honor for all of us who […]
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The first Indigenous poet laureate in US history discusses the powerful role of poetry right now as we mourn the loss of life during the pandemic

Joy Harjo, member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, says poetry has become a way for many to express grief and healing during the pandemic. Shawn Miller, Library of Congress Friday is Native American Heritage Day, a time to celebrate Native American culture, their contributions to US history, and to recognize the injustice they have endured in the US.  Business Insider spoke with Joy Harjo, the country's poet laureate and the first Indigenous person to hold the title since the position was c...
Tags: Justice, Congress, US, Trends, United States, Library Of Congress, University of New Mexico, Harjo, Muscogee Creek Nation, Joy Harjo, Native Nations, Marguerite Ward, Shawn Miller Library of Congress, Living Nations Living Words, Simon Ortiz Leslie Silko


Become a machine learning aficionado with this training bundle

In the past few days, the U.S. Air Force rolled out new tools fueled by machine learning to help stem the spread of misinformation about COVID. Additionally, the Library of Congress has launched a project on how to use machine learning to better cross-reference all 170 million items in its overflowing archives. — Read the rest
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Kleefeld on Webcomics - now on YouTube!

Updating our original post to try to reach more platforms in an effort to dominate local comics news coverage! [Author: Mike Rhode]
Tags: Comics, Interview, Youtube, Webcomics, Library Of Congress, Mike Rhode, Sean Kleefeld, Kleefeld, Digital Comics


Kleefeld on Webcomics - a ComicsDC video interview

By Mike Rhode Sean Kleefeld, independent comics scholar and author of the new book, Webcomics, was the subject of our first video interview (via Zoom). Sean's been writing about comics for 14 years at his blog, Kleefeld on Comics, and Webcomics (Bloomsbury, 2020; $33) is the first academic book on various aspects of a newish form of cartooning. I was joined today by two local experts on webcomics - Robb Tanner, who as Xavier Xerxes, was one of the main comics journalists covering the early days...
Tags: Comics, Interview, Congress, Webcomics, Chicago, Library Of Congress, Sean, Robb, Mike Rhode, Sean Kleefeld, Digital Comics, Megan Halsband, Mike Rhode Sean Kleefeld, Robb Tanner, Xavier Xerxes, Congress Sean


Library of Congress buys Nina Allender's cartoons

Women's history shrine donates trove of artifacts to Library of Congress and National Park Service [in print as New home for women's history] Michael E. Ruane Washington Post Oct. 26, 2020 p. B1, 4 https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/10/25/womens-history-donation-vote-suffrage/ "The library also purchased the party's set of 167 political cartoons by women's rights artist Nina E. Allender. A spokesman declined to reveal the price. The cartoons arri...
Tags: Comics, Congress, Library Of Congress, National Park Service, Mike Rhode, Nina Allender, Michael E Ruane Washington Post, Nina E Allender


Oct 21: JULES FEIFFER: A CONVERSATION

JULES FEIFFER: A CONVERSATION Wednesday, October 21, 2020 6:30 PM- 8:30 PM https://www.improvconferencenola.com/jules-feiffer-a-conversation/2020/10/21/jules-feiffer-a-conversation-virtual-world-premiere-amp-panel-discussion World Premiere & Live Panel Discussion Jules Feiffer is an American legend, whom the Library of C...
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Library of Congress' Swann Foundation accepting fellowship applications

From: Kennedy, Martha To graduate students--future scholars of visual satire and comic arts—   The Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon, administered by the Library of Congress is accepting applications for its graduate fellowship, one of the few in the field, for the 2021-2022 academic year. Deadline for applications is February 15, 2021. Please see the following for criteria, guidelines, and application forms: https://www.loc.gov/...
Tags: Comics, Library Of Congress, Mike Rhode, Swann Foundation, Congress Swann Foundation, Kennedy Martha


October 8th, cartoonists, and mortality - reflections on Pekar and Thompson

October 8th is the birthday of the two cartoonists I'm most closely professionally associated with... and they've both passed away. Bah. But I'm glad to have known both Richard Thompson (1957-2016) and Harvey Pekar (1939-1970), even if it was for too short a time. I was reminded of this odd coincidence today when Amy Thompson returned Richard's copy of the book I'd edited about Pekar to me. Talk about regifting... I met Harvey in 2005 when I was called in to sub...
Tags: Comics, Richard Thompson, Library Of Congress, Richard, Thompson, Arlington, Harvey, Cul de Sac, Harvey Pekar, Ed Piskor, Mike Rhode, Pekar, Joel Pollack, Amy Thompson, University Press of Mississippi, Tom Inge


October 8th - coincidence, cartoonists, and mortality - reflections on Pekar and Thompson

 by Mike Rhode October 8th is the birthday of the two cartoonists I'm most closely professionally associated with... and they've both passed away. Bah. But I'm glad to have known both Richard Thompson (1957-2016) and Harvey Pekar (1939-1970), even if it was for too short a time. I was reminded of this odd coincidence today when Amy Thompson returned Richard's copy of the book I'd edited about Pekar to me. Talk about regifting... I met Harvey in 2005 when I was called in to substitute a...
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Matt Dembicki's minicomics collection in the Library of Congress

I was chatting with the serials librarians (electronically) today after dropping off some comics and minicomics for their collection (curbside), and Matt Dembicki (former ComicsDC writer and our logo artist) came up. He donated his minicomics collection to the Library of Congress a few years back and this search will let you find the 355 issues that he passed along, as the "Matt Dembicki Mini-Comics Collection" nestles in the main comic book collection. The "Small Press Expo Collection" has 3250...
Tags: Comics, Congress, Library Of Congress, Zines, Mike Rhode, Small Press Expo, Matt Dembicki, Secret History of Comics, Minicomics, Matt Dembicki Mini Comics Collection


US Library of Congress needs help identifying the people in these photos

Who the hell are these people? The US Library of Congress's Moving Image, Broadcast and Recorded Sound Division shared several dozen photos of mystery people in its collection and is seeking the world's help to identify them. Cary O'Dell at the Library's National Recording Registry writes: To review: We found each of these photos within a much larger collection of film, TV, music and stage stills.  — Read the rest
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg – What Happens Now?

In the frenzied pre-electoral atmosphere South of the border, there appears to be a rush to nominate a candidate to take the place of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away less than a week ago. But politics aside, how exactly will her replacement be selected in theory? What are the procedures that need to be followed? The Congressional Research Service in Washington, D.C. has published a few reports that explain how the process is supposed to unfold. The Service is an agency ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington, Senate, Court, House Of Representatives, Nominee, Library Of Congress, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Senate Judiciary Committee, Congressional Research Service, Supreme Court Justice, Judiciary Committee, Justice Issues, The Service


Newspaper Navigator is a free online base of 1.56 million newspaper photos

The Library of Congress has created a fantastic online trip down the history lane. Newspaper Navigator is an online base consisting of 16,3 million newspaper pages, out of which 1.5 million are photos. It covers the period between 1900 and 1963, giving you a whole lot of historic newspaper photos and headlines in just a […] The post Newspaper Navigator is a free online base of 1.56 million newspaper photos appeared first on DIY Photography.
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Supreme Court Justices mourn the death but praise the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2018, file photo, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather for a formal group portrait to include the new Associate Justice, top row, far right, at the Supreme Court building in Washington. Seated from left: Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr. Standing behind from left: Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, Asso...
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