Finding Your Low

You know at the beginning of “Bridesmaids” when Annie is talking to her mom and her mom says “you know what Annie? I think this is your low, and once you find your low, that means you can only go up.?”  Well that’s how I felt at the beginning of this week.  After trying countless times to clone my SUMO mutant into GFP (and failing) I felt like I must have hit rock bottom and it HAD to get better.  Unfortunately, I was wrong.

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Overview of Ibn Battuta’s West African Work

Looking at Battuta’s work, even a small excerpt like the one found in the Corpus of Early Arabic Sources for West African History, it is understandable why he is seen as such an important source for medieval Africa.  He goes into fairly extensive detail on several different cultures and towns and covers a wide range of topics, like slaves, weapons, currency, trade, etc.  If I had not ever thought that he might have plagiarized or otherwise falsified his records, his works would have been a veritable gold mine of information.  However, that is not the case.

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Meeting the Lady of Godey’s

In order to better understand how Sarah Josepha Hale used Godey’s Lady’s Book to further advance the rights and opportunities for American women, it was important that I understand who Hale was, and how she grew into the woman and editress that she eventually became. While Hale’s work is accessible through digital and physical copies of both Godey’s Lady’s Book and her other works, there is a more limited amount of information on Hale herself.

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