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good feelings, libraries Show more

open access books, Mesopotamian archaeology Show more

reading the news in 2018, climate change Show more

*nix, request for advice: bookkeeping software Show more

Want to get a feel for price structures in ancient and medieval societies (and price structures are like gravity, they shape almost everything we do even if we don't think about it). I just added a new link to my post on historical prices for gamers and writers bookandsword.com/2017/05/20/hi

Google cooperating with the Chinese government's censorship and data collection would be a concern, but the last five search fields you used were almost certainly censored too. Search engine design is not just about tech, it is also about ethics and most designers don't think like librarians. theintercept.com/2018/08/01/go

From the archives: how historical linguistics works, and "Facts and Fallacies in Historical Linguistics" (2015) bookandsword.com/2017/01/28/so

Just a reminder: in-copyright back issues of many French humanities journals are available to all on Persée persee.fr/

So, for example, you can look at early medieval legends and ask what history and myths lie behind them ... or you can ask "why was it useful for people to declare that they were descended from the Trojans? why did this people decide that their ancestors had massacred the Romans after learning their language, while that people decided that they were the heirs to the Romans?"

Is there a good name for the practice of reading sources as telling us about the inner world of the writer's mind, not the outer world which they claim to describe? Its not deconstruction, and philosophers don't like calling it postmodernism or poststructuralism.

Aelian and Fire by Countermarch, for the military methods geeks bookandsword.com/2018/07/14/51

Alice Slotsky gives a bibliography on the cuneiform cookbooks in the Yale Babylonian Collection zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.c If you want to try out the recipes, check out these books!

Economists versus historians on economic history bookandsword.com/2015/09/05/ec (or, bookandsword gets annoyed with Brad DeLong)

academic IP Show more

« That $35 that scientific journals charge you to read a paper goes 100% to the publisher, 0% to the authors. If you just email us to ask for our papers, we are allowed to send them to you for free, and we will be genuinely delighted to do so. twitter.com/mantia/status/1013 »

— Retweet twitter.com/hwitteman/status/1

How do you folks navigate the 30 or so text files, PDFs etc. you have open when you are writing? They all look the same in the background when you want to switch.