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A history of conflicts

A history of conflicts
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Distance Simulations Group (HOLF) MacroHistory : World History OpenStreetMap, les routards du web #1 : A la carte ! «Comment peut-on passer de 100 000 à un million de contributeurs ?» C'est l'une des questions ambitieuses qui ont été débattues, ce week-end à Amsterdam, dans le cadre du State of the Map 2009. Pour la troisième édition de son grand meeting annuel, le projet OpenStreetMap veut sortir de l'ombre. OpenStreetMap , sorte de Wikipédia de la cartographie, est un projet un peu fou qui tente depuis 5 ans de redessiner le monde sous Creative Commons, rue après rue. Sa communauté œuvre d'abord par idéologie. Convaincue que les données géographiques de la planète devraient appartenir au bien commun et non aux agences qui les ont relevées pour les exploiter commercialement (Ordnance Survey au Royaume-Uni, IGN dans les pays francophones...), elle encourage les internautes à effectuer leurs propres tracés et à les publier sous licence CC by-sa . Et comme toute réutilisation des contenus propriétaires de Google Maps, Yahoo! Les pistes de La Plagne sur OpenPisteMap Lire la suite. Camille GÉVAUDAN

An Essay on Criticism 'Tis hard to say, if greater Want of Skill Appear in Writing or in Judging ill, But, of the two, less dang'rous is th' Offence, To tire our Patience, than mis-lead our Sense: Some few in that, but Numbers err in this, Ten Censure wrong for one who Writes amiss; A Fool might once himself alone expose, Now One in Verse makes many more in Prose. 'Tis with our Judgments as our Watches, none Go just alike, yet each believes his own. In Poets as true Genius is but rare, True Taste as seldom is the Critick's Share; Both must alike from Heav'n derive their Light, These born to Judge, as well as those to Write. Let such teach others who themselves excell, And censure freely who have written well. Authors are partial to their Wit, 'tis true, But are not Criticks to their Judgment too? Yet if we look more closely, we shall find Most have the Seeds of Judgment in their Mind; Nature affords at least a glimm'ring Light; The Lines, tho' touch'd but faintly, are drawn right. Thee, bold Longinus!

The Great War Archive Dec 25. The Christmas Truce Sergeant Bernard Brookes was a signaller who spent ten months in Flanders in the beginning of the War before he suffered shellshock and was invalided out of active service. 24 December 1914: "An officer went out (after we had stood at our posts with rifles loaded in case of treachery) and arrangements were made that between 10.00am and noon, and from 2.00pm to 4.00pm tomorrow, intercourse between the Germs [sic] and ourselves should take place. You can read more of Sergeant Bernard Brookes’s story on the Europeana 1914-1918 site.

Map of the internet Many large datasets contain data that describes the relationship, or connection, between two or more entities contained within the data set, and many tools are now available for plotting graphs and network diagrams when presented with data that has been structures in a suitable manner. (A graph is a mathematical structure that can be used to describe these connections in a formal, and easily represented way. In a graph, 'nodes' are connected to each other by 'edges' in either a directed way (a link that goes from one node to another, but not vice versa, such as "A is the parent of B') or an undirected way (the relationship is 'symmetrical' - the M1 motorway connects Leeds to London, and equally connects London to Leeds).) For example, the IBM Many Eyes visualisation toolkit has a network diagram visualisation that will plot when presented with a set of paired data elements. Here is a map of the internet, circa 2003 that shows the connections between different internet routers.

Ten Worlds Back to list "Strengthening our inner state so that we are able to resist and even transform the most difficult and negative conditions is the purpose of Buddhist practice. Based on his reading of the Lotus Sutra, the sixth-century Chinese Buddhist T'ien-t'ai developed a system that classifies human experience into ten states or 'worlds.'" The prime concern of Buddhism is our life-state, the joy or suffering we experience at each moment. This is always seen as an interaction between external conditions and inner tendencies; the same conditions (the same workplace, for example) that will be experienced by one person as unremitting misery may be a source of exhilarating challenge and satisfaction to another. Strengthening our inner state so that we are able to resist and even transform the most difficult and negative conditions is the purpose of Buddhist practice. What are these ten worlds, then? The reverse is also true. [Courtesy October 1999 SGI Quarterly] ▲ Back to top

54 Teaching and Lesson Plan Ideas for History Teachers #sschat Since I've recently given a set of my curated plans for math teachers, English teachers and general common core standards (see end of this post), I thought I'd share some lessons for history teachers. If you're a history teacher and not following #sschat on Twitter, you should. This is a set of 12 lessons about what it was like for children to live in the second world war. September 11 is coming up. The first handout on this page is a good overview of the timeline of 9/11. June 28 is the anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1. The woodmen of the world had a "if I were president" competition sometime back, but I think since this is an election year, it is time to bring back some sort of competition like this to our students. If you want to teach about the Olympics, the TES forum out of the UK is where the great content is being uploaded daily. Topical studies are great. I have to bookmark this site just for me. A website that lets you find and create timelines. Dr.

Medieval Technology and American History From the early 16th century onwards, European settlers arriving in the Americas brought not only ideas about religious and political freedom, but also the skills needed to build communities, the ways of daily life in the Old World. The technologies in particular differed little if at all from those their medieval forebears used to construct European civilization after the fall of Rome. The colonial American environment in which these technologies were applied led to a reorganization of industry and society outside the aristocratic control of Europe and provided the basis for the political developments that made a new nation. This website explores some of the core medieval technologies that built the American colonies into an industrial powerhouse: milling and iron manufacture. After the title of each article, project, etc, you can find a quick reference symbol corresponding to the subject areas it covers, which may fulfill state standards. Arts & Humanities Family/Consumer Sciences

Early adopters vs the Mainstream: Google Insights points out web Intro to Google InsightsI have recently been playing around with the insanely useful Google Insights for Search product. You should definitely try it out if you haven't. It's basically Google Trends on steroids, and shows you a ton of data on any search you try. An SEO wizard's dream, basically. It's described as: With Google Insights for Search, you can compare search volume patterns across specific regions, categories, and time frames. Basically you put in keywords and it give you pretty charts. Navigation searches and geo-locationOne useful query to try is to search for your favorite website - like "" and specifically target it towards the US. Although unscientific, it tells you a bit about the location of the people who use the website, since logically the folks in states where the product is popular would tend to search for it quite a bit. This is exactly what I've done below... The graphs for Digg, Facebook, MySpace, Netvibes, Skype, Techcrunch, Twitter, and YouTube