10 March 2019

Sunday Sundries

Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week.

Spring Forward
In case you forgot.

History of British & Irish Languages 400-2000 AD
Pretty map. No comment on accuracy.

How the Victorians Mapped London’s Cholera
Beyond John Snow and his cholera map, the Wellcome collection has high-quality scans of other maps. The Diagram of cholera deaths in England during 1849 is impressive in showing that daily data on deaths was available. Such data is not available in Canada (as far as I can determine) now.

The Battlefield Art of Mary Riter Hamilton
The latest LAC podcast episode discusses what drove a successful artist from a comfortable life in Canada to one of hardship in the battlefields of France and Belgium after the First World War. From 1919 to 1922, Mary Riter Hamilton undertook a “special mission” for The War Amps to document the scarred landscape where Canadian soldiers had fought and died.

Fab City Global Initiative
By 2054 70% of us will live in cities. This rapid urbanization presents a grand challenge as well as a system-changing opportunity.

The Ultimate Guide to Reinstalling Windows From Scratch
Guidance from Lifehacker for when your Windows installation needs the refresh you get from a clean installation — without losing valued add-ons.

Beware Heat Exhaustion
Be prepared. It could warm up to 7C in Ottawa by Thursday.


Anonymous said...

Thanks John. I was really interested in the Cholera maps. I downloaded some of them, saved them as images in Word, and then enlarged them up to 250% and maped them onto current Google maps. I was able to see that Shadwell, Stepney, and Whitechapel were the wosrst hit. Of course, I went back into my records to make sure, and yes. That's exactly in that whole area that my mother's English family were living durin 1849. I scanned for deaths in 1849 but did not locate any. Whew. Cheers, BT

Paul Milner said...

Like BT, I too was interested in 1849 Cholera Map. My 3xGreatgrandfather Terence Finnigan died of Cholera 2 Oct 1849 in Whitehaven Cumberland. He was the only Cholera death that day according to a note in The Times which followed the deaths by Cholera throughout the outbreak. Thanks for this link John, I just wish they were a little higher resolution so that the fine print could be enlarged enough to read. Thanks Paul Milner