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challengecompleted

http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-bucket-challenge.html

 

call for papers

An argument for why mathematicians and Asian Studies scholars should research together:

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kittens to the rescue

Do you want to write a lot?  Do you need to write a lot?

Let’s kittens help you out, my friends:

http://writtenkitten.net/

Get a fresh kitten image for every 100, 200, 500, or 1000 words.  Tell me if this is not one of the best programs ever!

Website Description: Written Kitten was created by Skud, Emily and contributors. We like positive reinforcement, so we decided to make something a bit like writeordie but cuter and fuzzier. Images are randomly selected from Flickr’s “most interesting” photos matching the tags “kitten” and “cute”. Enjoy!

Extra Tip: Save your amazing typed work as you go. 🙂

 

 

Consistency & Collaboration

I find it incredible that an international group of scholars over multiple generations worked together since 1921 on a single project of such complexity.  What a valuable contribution and what a positive example of professional collaboration!

 

Ancient world dictionary finished — after 90 years

By SHARON COHEN, AP National Writer Sat Jun 4, 9:56 am ET

CHICAGO – It was a monumental project with modest beginnings: a small group of scholars and some index cards. The plan was to explore a long-dead language that would reveal an ancient world of chariots and concubines, royal decrees and diaries — and omens that came from the heavens and sheep livers.

The year: 1921. The place: The University of Chicago. The project: Assembling an Assyrian dictionary based on words recorded on clay or stone tablets unearthed from ruins in Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey, written in a language that hadn’t been uttered for more than 2,000 years. The scholars knew the project would take a long time. No one quite expected how very long.

Decades passed. The team grew. Scholars arrived from Vienna, Paris, Copenhagen, Jerusalem, Berlin, Helsinki, Baghdad and London, joining others from the U.S. and Canada. One generation gave way to the next, one century faded into the next. Some signed on early in their careers; they were still toiling away at retirement. The work was slow, sometimes frustrating and decidedly low-tech: Typewriters. Mimeograph machines. And index cards. Eventually, nearly 2 million of them.

And now, 90 years later, a finale. The Chicago Assyrian Dictionary is now officially complete — 21 volumes of Akkadian, a Semitic language (with several dialects, including Assyrian) that endured for 2,500 years.

 

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Chicago Assyrian Dictionary: http://oi.uchicago.edu/research/projects/cad/

 

 

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