Keep Track of Your Books!

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What will Google think of next? That’s a rhetorical question, of course: Google has apparently anticipated everything, including your penchant for nest-building and neatness. Now they’ve created a way for anyone to organize their library, what they’ve read, what that have yet to read, to critique past reads, and a place to find more books… Read more »

Qilin: Is this a word?

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Yes, qilin (Chinese) is a word but it’s not one most people use or have ever encountered. A qilin is a hoofed Chinese chimerical (fanciful mythical) creature known throughout various East Asian cultures and it is said to appear  with the arrival of a sage. Considered a good omen, it brings rui (serenity or prosperity)…. Read more »

Bibliographical Society of America Meets 29 JAN 2010 in NYC

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The Annual Meeting of The Bibliographical Society of America will be held on Friday 29 January 2010 at the Grolier Club 47 East 60th Street, New York City.  An appeal from the Society: Dear Member and Friend of the Society, Our distinguished journal, The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, has been in print… Read more »

Textile Society of America: Symposium 6 thru 9 OCT 2010

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The Textile Society of America, Inc. provides an international forum for the exchange and dissemination of information about textiles worldwide, from artistic, cultural, economic, historic, political, social, and technical perspectives. The 2010 TSA Symposium, Textiles and Settlement: From Plains Space to Cyber Space, will be held in Lincoln, Nebraska (Home of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln… Read more »

Travelogue: 28 DEC – 7 JAN Barcelona

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Travel to Europe on 28 December was not a problem. All went smoothly all of the way to our destination, Barcelona. Lines were short. People were professional and polite. And I am happy to report that my first experience with Air France was superb. The typical amenities one expects aboard air flights were free: earphones,… Read more »

Luxury Guided Travel: Tauck, None Better

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Appraisers can be specialists or generalists. It depends on what career path s/he took to become an appraiser of material culture, typically about 15 years, and that’s after a long career as an antiques dealer (as in my case), or as a museum curator, or an auctioneer. This is why it takes so long to… Read more »