700-year-old doodles by medieval scribes

Dr Kwakkel is making an unlikely name for himself on the internet by posting “medieval eye candy” that he comes across during the course of his research.

And the doodles are by far the most popular.


Why Hewlett-Packard is hiring dancers – Apr. 23, 2013

Most dance companies make money by selling tickets to their performances. Boise-based troupe Trey McIntyre Project has a more expansive business model: “We’ve decided that we have a real asset, which is the creative process itself. We’re selling that,” says John Michael Schert, the company’s co-founder and executive director.

via Why Hewlett-Packard is hiring dancers – Apr. 23, 2013.

U.S. medical ‘trash’ saving lives abroad – CNN.com

Doctors will often prepare for surgical procedures by opening instrument and supply kits that contain up to 100 items.

Many of these items, such as scalpels, needles or sponges, go unused; they’re just not needed for that particular procedure. But because of government or hospital regulations in the United States, they are frequently thrown away, even when they are still wrapped.

“There are thousands of tons of medical supplies thrown away every day that are unused or clearly reusable,” said Dr. Bruce Charash, a cardiologist in New York.

Fortunately, some nonprofit organizations, including Charash’s Doc2Dock group, are finding ways to salvage these items and get them to people who need them desperately around the world.

via U.S. medical ‘trash’ saving lives abroad – CNN.com.

Latin America: Can Child Labor Be a Good Thing? – TIME

Victor Chipani started working when he was 10 years old — a few hours each day, rounding up passengers to fill public minibuses in his impoverished city of El Alto, Bolivia, outside the capital, La Paz. Now, at 15, he does the job from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, earning less than a dollar an hour. His meager wage helps feed his eight siblings and covers his supplies for night school. But the small-framed teenager, who hopes to attend college and even medical school, doesn’t want anyone’s pity. He can defend himself, he insists — through his union. “United,” he says, sounding like a seasoned adult laborite, “we as child workers can achieve anything.”

via Latin America: Can Child Labor Be a Good Thing? – TIME.

Why gamers are a great fit at the gym – CNN.com

hey’ve been trained to focus for weeks at a time on a single goal. They know how to clearly identify obstacles and form step-by-step plans to overcome them.

They’re obsessed with improving specific skills but judge success only by overall progress made in the world they’ve decided to conquer — as realistic or fantastical as it may be.

It’s precisely these traits that make video-gamers great bodybuilders.

Take a moment to laugh, if you must. Now hear us out.

via Why gamers are a great fit at the gym – CNN.com.

Regional accents thrive in U.S. — but is that a good thing? – CNN.com

Hours of TV each day. The internet. Increased travel and mobility.

All these factors expose us to culture and voices on a national rather than local scale. But if you think all this exposure is homogenizing our language, think again. Regional accents are going strong around the United States, bringing with them all kinds of cultural flavor.

via Regional accents thrive in U.S. — but is that a good thing? – CNN.com.

If not college, then what? – CNN.com

At dinner tables throughout the United States, there are tough conversations about the exploding cost of college, the rough job market, the pain of debt. For parents and students, it adds up to the same question: Is college worth it? But American University economics Professor Robert Lerman is asking something different: If college isn’t worth it, what else is out there?

If not college, then what? – CNN.com.