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This week's mix includes sites on photography, drug interactions, securities law, and Babylon. We've also highlighted a couple of items in LII's collection of interest to viewers of the current film "Julie & Julia."
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The American Evolution: A History Through Art
Companion to a 2008 exhibition of "objects in a wide range of media dating from the colonial era to the present ... [that] focused on five overarching themes that have shaped American culture: Money, Land, Politics, Cultural Exchange, and The Modern World." Features introductory essays and selected images (some with audio commentary). "Press Resources" include a checklist, exhibition walk-through, and related material. From the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24871
The First Photograph
Background about and image of the "First Photograph" taken in 1826 by Joesph Nicéphore Niépce. "Fascinated with the craze for the newly-invented art of lithography which swept over France in 1813, [Niépce] began his initial experiments by 1816," which included the use of light-sensitive varnish. He called the process "Heliography." Also includes images of reproductions of the photo. From the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26955
Napoleonic Wars, 1799-1815
Online exhibition of over 200 rarities related to Napoleon Bonaparte's European battles. Includes images that show how the "Napoleonic Wars were portrayed differently across Europe"; portraits that "immortalize public figures, sumptuous houses, crowds & daily life"; military maps and city plans; letters, prints, and other texts; and "special" items such as playing cards and music scores. From the European Library.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28109
Smithsonian Photography Initiative
This site is designed to "introduce you to Smithsonian's extraordinary collections of photographs and to an understanding of the integral roles photographs play in our lives." Features the program "Click! Photography Changes Everything," which "is a collection of essays and stories by invited contributors and visitors like you discussing how photography shapes our culture and our lives." Also includes a link to the related blog "The Bigger Picture." From the Smithsonian Institution.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24717
Background about B corporations, "a new type of corporation which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems." Provides a list of B corporations, and information about the benefits of becoming a B corporation and the B corporation certification process. Also includes links to news. From B Lab, a nonprofit organization promoting B corporations.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26121
Drug Interactions: What You Should Know
Fact sheet about drug interactions (drug-drug, drug-food/beverage, drug-condition), which "may make your drug less effective, cause unexpected side effects, or increase the action of a particular drug. Some drug interactions can even be harmful to you." Includes a section on reading labels on over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, and examples of drug interaction warnings. From the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27683
Grapefruit Juice: Can It Cause Drug Interactions?
This article discusses the process whereby "chemicals in grapefruit juice and grapefruit pulp [and possibly pomelos and Seville oranges] interfere with the enzymes that break down (metabolize) various drugs in the digestive system -- including certain calcium channel blockers and cholesterol-lowering drugs." Includes a chart showing specific drugs known to have potentially serious interactions with grapefruit products. From the Mayo Clinic.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27684
Researching the Federal Securities Laws Through the SEC Website
"This guide provides an overview of how to research the securities law through the SEC [Securities and Exchange Commission] website and is provided as a service to investors and members of the public." Research suggestions cover statutes (securities laws), SEC rules and regulations, concept releases, interpretive releases, and staff interpretations. Include research tips and links to relevant publications and websites. From the SEC.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27721
Securities Law Research Guide
This extensive securities law research guide "includes both primary and secondary materials, in both print and electronic formats. It covers U.S. federal, U.S. state, international, and foreign securities law." Guide sections cover secondary sources, federal and state statutes, federal legislative history, regulations, case law, treaties, company filings, and more. From Georgetown Law Library.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27723
Securities Lawyer's Deskbook
This publication "contains the text of the basic federal securities laws and regulations, as well as links to the principal Securities and Exchange Commission forms under those laws and regulations." Includes the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Investment Company Act of 1940, and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. Edited by Ron Jones, Electronic Resources and Services Librarian, Marx Law Library, University of Cincinnati.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27720
Bon Appetit! Julia Child's Kitchen at the Smithsonian
This exhibit provides a look at chef Julia Child's kitchen, which was donated to the Smithsonian Institution. Features an interactive view of the kitchen (zoom in to learn about appliances and other items), images of selected items in the collection, sample stories from Julia Child (some with audio), and related items about the chef and the exhibit. From the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27388
The Julie/Julia Project
This blog mostly from 2002-2003 (and later made into a book) chronicles the efforts over one year of an American cook to follow all 536 recipes in the first edition of Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking." Notes: Includes some piquant language. For navigation through the latter part of the site, click on "Home" and make your way back. A Salon.com blog.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24949
Babylon: Myth and Reality
In this exhibit, discover Babylon, "the greatest city of ancient Iraq through archaeology, history and art." View selected objects (such a tablet map of the Mesopotamian world and a brass celestial globe) from the physical exhibit, videos (including one of a chef cooking ancient Babylonian recipes), classroom materials (designed for UK teachers), and an exhibition overview. From the British Museum.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27664
Design and the Elastic Mind
Companion to a 2008 exhibition that "highlights designers' ability to grasp momentous changes in technology, science, and history -- changes that demand or reflect major adjustments in human behavior -- and translate them into objects that people can actually understand and use. The Web site presents over three hundred of those works." Browse through works in areas such as tinkering, people and objects, and visualization. From the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26076
"The English language is vast, flexible, fascinating, frustrating, challenging, inspiring and endlessly changing. ... This website explores the way that the language has developed over hundreds of years." Find a timeline covering the development of the English language back to the Celtic period, historical examples of written English, and thematic material on English such as cutting edge (slang and jargon) and inflections. From the British Library.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26412
Tobacco Bag Stringing
This illustrated report focuses on tobacco bag stringing (sewing drawstrings into small cotton tobacco bags), a late 19th and early 20th century activity of "families throughout the tobacco-growing regions of North Carolina and Virginia [who] earned much-needed income." Includes an overview of tobacco bag stringing during the Great Depression, letters, profiles of workers, and over 140 photos. From the University of North Carolina Library Digital Collections.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27930
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