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    A Son Remembers Scotland


    I didn’t really know much about Scotland before we went there. Or I knew what everybody knew. I knew Braveheart and I knew Trainspotting and I knew, what, Macbeth, I guess. I had read Irvine Welsh’s breakout novel in college when it was recommended to me by a friend as …

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    A Dad Explains How He Got Into Genealogy


    It all started as a family story from my mother-in-law. Many times she had recounted a family story regarding her former husband’s family. The story went that there was a bust of one of my wife’s ancestors situated in the lobby of the University of Edinburgh.

    The story remained nothing …

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    A Son Asks, Why Do Genealogy?


    Going down into my parents’ basement, the stairs go down, then a brief landing, then they go down the other way. Along the walls are displayed a series of maps, photographs, letters, articles, and advertisements that my father has collected over a decade of genealogical research, the images and words …

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    Prehistory of Comics Part 4: The Bayeux Tapestry

    Edward the Confessor, nicknamed for his piety, seems to be winking here but isn’t. The Splash Page

    A 230-foot-long (over that, really) wool-on-linen artifact commemorating the 11th-century Battle of Hastings brings our tour of proto-comics into the second millennium.

    Mounted knights and archers were vital to William’s military success. Past…
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    Prehistory of Comics Part 3: Trajan’s Column

    A 1721 illustration including Trajan’s Column by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach. The Splash Page

    One of the major monuments to survive the fall of the Roman empire, Trajan’s Column commemorates two wars fought by Emperor Trajan and the Roman armies against the Dacians in what is modern-day Romania. The …

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    Prehistory of Comics Part 2: Mayan Pictographs

    Creative Commons/Flickr-jclor The Splash Page

    Mayan pictographs are just one blip on a long and still evolving timeline of human efforts to combine images and language. Chinese ideograms, Egyptian hieroglyphs, and Sumerian cuneiform all worked in different ways to translate and transform sound into images and images into sound.

    The …

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