#TBT: The World Wide Web Goes Live!

Robert Cailliau and the neXT server at CERN

In early August 1991, the first webpage was served up from a neXT computer in a lab at the European Organization for Nuclear Research - CERN, and computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee's World Wide Web project had begun. A lot has changed since then, so for this Throwback Thursday, read more about the birth of the Internet […]

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Hurricane Katrina & Other Natural Disasters

Hurricane Katrina

August 29 marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the deadly storm that overwhelmed the levees of New Orleans, killing over 1,800 people and leaving $108 billion in property damage in its wake. Since that day, the city of New Orleans is synonymous with Hurricane Katrina. It is, of course, known for its incredible food like beignets at […]

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55th Anniversary of the Pill

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On May 9, 1960, the FDA announced its approval of the contraceptive pill. Soon after, the first birth control pill, Enovid, released by G.D. Searle, hit the market in the United States.‪ The Birth of the Pill by Jonathan Eig traces the fascinating history of its development. The genesis involved tireless efforts by feminist Margaret Sanger, the wealthy Katherine McCormick, Dr. Frankenstein-like […]

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DIY: Etsy!

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For those of you who don't know, Etsy is an online community and shopping site. It's a great way to sell hand made and vintage items. Also, it can be a good way to start a small business with relatively few investment costs and overhead.  As an aspiring Etsy entrepreneur myself, I did the sensible thing and […]

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Not Every Cook Is a Jerk

Not Every Cook Is a Jerk

Cooking for strangers can be difficult, and telling other strangers how to cook for even more strangers can be incredibly difficult. It takes a lot of guts to make a successful career of the culinary arts. This is probably why we think that chefs are the sort of people who could yell at children for a living. But they're not all that […]

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Civility Will Prevail: Matthew Quick’s Novels for Adults

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Matthew Quick is best known for The Silver Linings Playbook, his first novel and one that has been turned into a movie, Silver Linings Playbook.  In these works, Pat Peoples is recently released from a mental institution where he was committed after an explosive argument with his estranged wife. He still loves her, she's moved on.  Peoples starts compulsively working out and […]

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Knitted Toys: Stretch Your Imagination

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Toys are fun for everyone, no matter their age. Knitted toys are like that, too—they're interesting for every knitter, no matter their skill level. Check out these books for patterns that inspire your imagination, amuse (and amaze) your friends and help you learn new techniques. Chicagoan Anna Hrachovec combines her whimsical knitted characters with fantastical tales in her new book, Adventures in Mochi-Mochi Land. The sweet stories of […]

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Catching Up on High School Summer Reading

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Maybe memories of high school aren't too far in your distant past, or maybe your son or daughter is enjoying the remaining days of summer before high school starts, or maybe you know a high schooler who is dreading their assigned summer reading. Or, more realistically, you're like me and blew off those high school summer reading assignments until just […]

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Graphic Novels to Read If You Can’t Get Away This Summer

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If I could spend the entire year traveling, I would. But like most people, I can't afford it. So I take pleasure in reading leisurely paced graphic novels that take me on virtual adventures. They are not packed with lots of information like travel guides and don't demand a lot of commitment like a novel. […]

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Say Goodbye to Hollywood: Stars, Real and Imagined

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You know what Lisa Jakub looks like. You saw her in Mrs. Doubtfire and Matinee. But you don't see her anymore. Her book, You Look Like That Girl, explains why she walked away from a successful Hollywood career. First, however, she describes how she got into acting as a preschooler and her adventures as a child performer. […]

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