Category Archives: History

Unleashing the potential of VR (virtual reality)

Virtual reality (VR) is going to shape itself into an art form that is quite different from contemporary cinema. We can’t really predict yet how things will turn out, although my bet is that movies as we know them are here … Continue reading

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More interesting stuff about pigeons and people

After my post on dovecotes ran a few days ago, my friend, colleague, and fellow blogger Sally Cissna published a really fascinating blog post about the relationship between humans and pigeons a century ago. Her post contains several old newspaper … Continue reading

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Of dovecotes and pigeonholes and ortolans and extinction

In reading a novel set in England around 1815 this past week, I followed two characters into a “dovecote” that had fallen into disrepair. I’d heard that term before and vaguely associated it with some kind of architectural feature similar … Continue reading

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Reliving the famous “Ice Bowl” 50 years later

Today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel contains a fascinating oral history of the December 31, 1967, “Ice Bowl” NFL Championship Game between Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers and Tom Landry’s Dallas Cowboys. Link to the article here. Several thoughts come to mind … Continue reading

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A Date Which Will Live in Infamy

My first reaction upon seeing the flag at half mast in Milwaukee’s Red Arrow Park this morning was: “Oh no! What happened?” Then about two seconds later I remembered. Today is December 7th. The clip below of the USS Arizona … Continue reading

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A little baseball trivia?

My husband and I were talking in passing about the World Series last night. Although I no longer really follow baseball, I was a big fan as a kid. When I noticed the game on TV, I wondered aloud if … Continue reading

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Functionality in search of purpose

Although I’ve noticed this item in the corner of a classroom I teach in this quarter, I never looked closely at it until today, when it was in a slightly different location. I almost didn’t recognize what it was. That’s … Continue reading

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