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I just KNOW that some of my friends would be interested in this, and I also know that some of *their* friends might be too. Rhi? I'm thinking of you. Alyss? You too. Plus other librarians, historians and interested parties... so I am copying Whafford's post and pointing you all in the direction of something REALLY cool. Go look. And, if you want to, sign up. But at least pass the word!

Originally posted by [ profile] whafford at Ur Crowdsourcing IV

The UrCrowdsource site went live today. In two categories, letters and field notes, 349 documents are currently allocated to be transcribed, but more are on their way. I don't have metadata or relationships between documents associated yet, but am working slowly to put that together. I'd hoped to allow the public to do that as well, but the way the system works, annotations like that are part of Omeka rather than part of Scripto so it would require extra logins that would only complicate matters. For now, the transcriptions will be a great addition and I hope that many people will participate. And the organization at the moment is in reverse order, i.e. latest document first followed by earlier. Filenames show association as well, so 1923-4-17a and 1923-4-17b are part of the same document, written in 1923.

There's a lot of really interesting material contained in these notes and letters. For an example of what is ahead, check out this Museum blog entry by one of my local volunteers, the one who scanned many of the documents that are now available for transcription.

Meanwhile, I encourage you to go to and look through the documents. If you want to transcribe, you'll need a Scripto login which can be obtained by emailing me or by using the Sign Up link on the UrCrowdsource main page. I've already sent emails and automated passwords to those who have given me their email addresses and I've sent tweets to those who expressed interest but who did not send me their emails. I'm afraid I sent too many tweets that essentially said the same thing--I lost followers because of that--but I do want those who are interested to know about the site.

If you have sent me your email but did not receive a password, check your spam filter. The password is sent through an automated mediawiki program that might get caught in such things.

There are a few steps to go through before you can transcribe, but I've put instructions up on how to do it at each major step of the way; I hope they are clear. If there are problems, let me know and I'll try my best to fix them.

When you receive a password, it is a temporary one for the underlying mediawiki site. It must be changed in mediawiki to show that you are going to continue. After that, all work will be done on the Omeka site with that password entered into Scripto. Again, instructions should guide you through the steps.

Finally, there are transcription guidelines on the site to show what to do with undecipherable words, formatting, and special characters. You might want to keep a separate window open with that page up so you can refer to it quickly.

Thank you so much for helping to transcribe these old documents. It would take much longer without you.

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As per IrishKate I’m running a test to see who’s reading my posts. So, if you read this, leave me a one-word comment about your day that starts with the third letter of your LJ USERNAME. Only one word please. Then repost so I can leave a word for you. Don’t just post a word and not copy – that’s not as much fun!
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I remember learning to talk. I knew the sounds that I wanted to make, but could NOT work out how to get my mouth to make those sounds. It was a bit like trying to write using my feet! I even remember watching someone's mouth very intensely and realising, "So, THAT is how they make that 'T' sound. The tongue is THERE."

This is why I KNOW that babies understand a lot more than many people think they do.

After that, I remember being in a particular house, listening to my parents talking and singing the unfamiliar words to myself. Due to the layout of the house, and the fact of when we moved, I had to have been younger than 18 months old. Very vivid memories, I know what I was sitting on etc etc.

But learning to talk was VERY early.
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Originally posted by [ profile] twbasketcase at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Originally posted by [ profile] gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because my friend made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking her and noting that she was one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. My friend only found out about it through a feminist blog; I only found out about it through her. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

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You were born during a New moon

The moon is dark in this phase, because the half that's illuminated by the sun is facing away from Earth.

- what it says about you -

You want to leave an impression on people and make your mark on the world. When you love an idea, you'll work hard for it, sometimes even dropping whatever it is you're doing to go on to the next new great thing that's captured your imagination. The more freedom you have to chose what you're doing, the busier you'll be.

What phase was the moon at on your birthday? Find out at

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I blame Ellie.

You probably don't know Ellie, but she is definitely to blame.

She said how much fun she had, when she said "YES" to doing a random thing and how we should all take the opportunity to say YES more often. And to 'live life out loud.' So while I was feeling all motivated and inspired, I saw our local hospice, that provides loving end of life and respite care, was doing a number of fundraising events. So I signed up.

To abseil off the tallest Transporter Bridge in the world.

It sounded fun. So I said YES. Then I looked at just. How. High. It. Freaking. Was.

Aaargh!!! All I can think is "it's going to be cold up there!"

So, please don't let me do this all on my own. Go to my Just Giving page and donate, to help the St David's Foundation continue their amazing work, and to make me feel all warm and fuzzy and supported - when I am feeling very cold and definitely UNsupported on the end of a rope on 26th March.

What are you waiting for? Go here to see the bridge in all its glory...

Oh, and yes, please do pass this on and spread the word that I have finally gone loopy.

(So, yes, this answers the question, "Is she still alive?" I am. I am just swamped somewhat with work, toddlerdom, DIY, and trying to carve out a tiny part of life for myself - hence saying YES to this event.)
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Originally posted by [ profile] kylecassidy at Live in Los Angeles?
Do you Live in LA? Leaving Dakota is in the city of Angels this Saturday, it's being hosted by [info]quennessa. Go see it, be part of the changing story line, have some cheese, tell all your friends you went to the coolest art opening. Don't be kicking yourself six months from now when you've missed it and Prince Harry hosts it at the Tower of London.*

*Stranger things have happened

Add me as a friend on LiveJournal, Add me on Facebook, Follow me on Twitter.
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“Dear Family and Friends,

As Jews, we are supposed to take action when fellow human beings are in distress. As a doctor, the phrase: ‘לא תעמוד על דם רעך You shall not stand idly by your brothers blood’ has an added meaning and responsibility that I am privileged to be a part of. We have just found out that Elie is going to be joining a surgical team in Haiti starting this monday morning for 4 to 5 days. It is being sponsored by his hospital, Holy Cross in Fort Lauderdale and will include ER docs, Anesthesiologists, Surgeons (I will be 1 out of 2), and Critical care specialists. While they will be only able to take in what they carry on their backs, our hope is to have some amount of medicines and surgical tools/supplies that will be directly used by the team on the ground. Elie will be able to obtain medications, such as basic antibiotics, pain medicines, water purifying tablets, lidocaine, etc… at cost and is looking to raise money between now and the trip to be
able to purchase as much of these vital and life-saving medicines as he can carry.

Thank you,
Elie and Abby”

Let’s make sure Dr. Elie is carrying all he can carry.

I am re-posting / cross posting this from DaMomma's blog, and she has set up a Paypal account to help because she knows Elie and Abby personally.

This is a direct way to help as donations sent through PayPal will translate directly into surgical supplies and drugs purchased at cost.

Go to the address below to read more, and to pledge. And feel free to cross-post!
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...he who scatters has much.

Please have a look at this new community and think about joining. Or contributing. Or suggesting a worthy recipient who may well fall through the cracks of normal support or charity.

tinywarrier set it up and she is definitely one of The Good Guys. She should have her own superhero cape, she's that Good.
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Your Word is "Love"

You see life as possibility to form deep connections with a few people.

Relationships are the center of your world, and you always take time to bond with those you love.

You are caring and giving. You enjoy helping those you love.

And when it comes to romantic love, you feel passionately ... even in a very long term relationship.

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It's up for an award!

If you liked it, then do go vote!
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Your result for What Thundercat are You? Test...

Ho! You're Snarf!

20% Snarf, 15% Jaga, 10% Tygra, 5% Panthro, 15% Cheetara, 15% Wily_kit, 15% Wily_kat, 5% Liono, 5% Mumm-ra and 5% Slithe!

Snarf can be a bit annoying, but he's very loyal and can be quite helpful. He may not be the bravest cat in the lair, but he does like being appreciated and not overlooked. Snarfs are plump smaller cats, more like our version of a housecat that can talk and walk on two legs with a hairless lizardlike tummy.

Snarf's real name was Osbert. He was originally Liono's nursemaid, but during their trip to Third Earth Liono's body aged, even though his maturity didn't, and there was no need for a nursemaid.

Snarf can still be a bit overprotective and he is full of advise. To his credit, most of the time he is right.

Snarf has a handy ability of being able to whistle and communicate with animals. He doesn't need to have weapons because he makes good use of his natural assests - tail, teeth, and claws.

Things that Snarf might say include:

"Snarf snarf!"“No mention of old Snarf, I notice. Go ahead, just take all the glory, and leave it to Snarf to clean up after you. I don't mind!"

"Snarf didn't do anything, of course. Just found the Sword, that’s all...”

“Lion-O, you have a mean streak in you.”

(Quotes found on

Take What Thundercat are You? Test
at HelloQuizzy

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I'm really hoping this is going to work as a link, because this is too good not to share...

Hooray for MooseButter and the singing Star Wars guy!


Dec. 1st, 2008 07:52 pm
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Your rainbow is strongly shaded yellow.


What is says about you: You are a joyful person. You appreciate optimism. You're good at getting people to like you.

Find the colors of your rainbow at

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If you saw me in a police car, what would you think I got arrested for?

Answer me, then post to your own journal.
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There Are 0 Gaps in Your Knowledge

Where you have gaps in your knowledge:

No Gaps!

Where you don't have gaps in your knowledge:








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I would say that had my internet been up and running properly, then I would have said this on time.

But we both know that that just wouldn't have happened.

On Saturday it was a friend's barbecue. She had fabulous weather for it. I forgot about it until the evening, when it was too late. And I still haven't sent a text to apologise for missing it.


Hey, I've got the right *week*, right?!

Anyway, Happy Birthday, Tarsh. Hope you had a good day, and that you get some lovely grey weather your way soon.
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Oh, and Happy Birthday, Nick!!

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