Topix announced last week the launch of Election 2010: Citizen Sound-Off, at http://www.topix.com/pr/election2010 . The site is for discussing elections and candidates on a hyperlocal level (by zip code.) From the front page, enter a zip code to start. Good ol’ 90210 got me the page for Beverly Hills, CA, with several polls on the front page representing state, state/federal, and very local offices. It looks like generally only the Republicans and Democrats are shown (the race for governor was an exception) which is a shame because in some cases a third-party candidate is doing better in the poll then one of the main two candidates (the Green Party candidate for lieutenant governor, for example, is polling better at this writing than the Democrat.) Each of the polls has a place for comments, but there’s a very active discussion form toward the bottom of the page.
I do not often get political or “current-eventy” here (outside of what works with demonstrating search engines) but I had to share this editorial cartoon I found when I was reviewing the Wyoming Newspaper Project. The project’s at http://www.wyonewspapers.org/ and hopefully they won’t hunt me down for reprinting this cartoon. This cartoon is from the January 4, 1913 Wyoming Press. In case you can’t read the lettering, it features a Sisyphean character labeled “Legitimate Business” rolling a bag of money (which is leaking coins) up a hill. The bag is labeled “Wall Street Gambling.”
An online exhibition produced by the National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD, USA Visiting Curator: Alain Touwaide, Ph.D., Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA Illuminated manuscript initial showing two physicians in conversation, Paris, 13th century. Manuscript E 78 , f. 35 recto. Medicine in the Old World arose from many components: the classical Greek tradition, its Christian re-elaboration, the contributions of the Arabic World, and the unique medieval synthesis of them all.
This has actually been online for a couple months, but it’s just now getting to the top of my queue. The National Library of Medicine now has an online exhibit of 21 medieval manuscripts and five early printed texts. This exhibit, An Odyssey of Knowledge, is now available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/odysseyofknowledge/index.html . The manuscripts are divided up into several sections, starting with “Greek Medicine and Science in the Early Middle Ages,” and going all the way to “The Return of Greek” in the fifteenth century. A brief overview leads to manuscript information.