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Diversions

How to Draw

It’s a mug. From the New York Times: How to draw in six steps.

Source: The New York Times

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Music

Duke Ellington: Seven Tones

The Seven Tones Project pairs new interpretations of the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn with short movies. The project turns the coronavirus quarantine into an opportunity for creative collaboration.

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Diversions Equipment

The Orvis X Barbour X Land Rover Sweepstakes

Source: Orvis

Orvis and Barbour have been teaming up to give away restored classic Land Rovers (like this green one, which was won by a Massachusetts woman and her dog ). 2019’s sweepstakes vehicle was a 1994 Defender. Looks like the winner flipped it for cash (maybe to pay the taxes on the prize). A ’95 Range Rover, restored by Congleton Service was the most recent prize. No word yet on where it ended up.

Sweet tartan upholstery on the Land Rover Defender. Source: Bring A Trailer.
The most recent Orvis giveaway: 1995 Range Rover (sweepstakes just ended). Source: Orvis.
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Diversions

Vintage Barware Auction

If you don’t already have a penguin-shaped cocktail shaker, check out this Sotheby’s auction underway now. The shakers, ice buckets, and glasses were selected by Alan Bedwell to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Prohibition. While Prohibition lasted from 1920 to 1933, the items in the auction range from the 1700s to the 1980s.

Penguin Cocktail Shaker, c. 1936. Source: Sotheby’s.
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History Passenger Pigeon

New Jersey’s State Bird

In association with the Fine Feathered Friends exhibit, here’s history behind how the Eastern Goldfinch became New Jersey’s official state bird.

Anthony Kuser, who is introduced late in the video, was also a sponsor of the search for a surviving passenger pigeon. In 1909, he offered a $300 reward for proof of an undisturbed passenger pigeon nest. The ensuing search was unsuccessful (many sightings of presumed passenger pigeons turned out to be mourning doves) but the reward, and the publicity surrounding it, helped establish with certainty the extinction of passenger pigeons in the wild.

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Diversions

The Early 1970s Bike Boom

1971 Schwinn Varsity Sport – For Gals on the Go.

The early 1970s experienced a boom in bike use by adults. Transportation journalist Carlton Reid links the first Earth Day, Watergate, and Baby Boomers in Bicycling Booms During Lockdown—But There’s A Warning From History

Some more context on biking in the 1970s

1974 Raleigh Bicycles catalog
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Archaeology books

Intro to Zooarchaeology and More Free Books

Publisher Springer has temporarily made hundreds of textbooks available to download for free during the coronavirus pandemic. For archaeologists, there’s Diane Gifford-Gonzalez’s ~600 page zooarchaeology book. A sample of other free books is below, and you can find all the rest at Springer. Thanks to @jriveraprince for pointing this out on Twitter.

An Introduction to Zooarchaeology

An Anthology of London in Literature, 1558-1914

ArcGIS for Environmental and Water Issues

Mass Spectrometry: A Textbook

Cosmology for the Curious

Writing for Publication: Transitions and Tools that Support Scholars’ Success

Social Media Management: Technologies and Strategies for Creating Business Value

Of Cigarettes, High Heels, and Other Interesting Things: An Introduction to Semiotics

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Science Zooarchaeology

Red-Bellied Woodpecker Skull

A fine woodpecker skull with an exceptionally well-preserved hyolingual apparatus presented by Duke Farms, the first in a weekly series.

Red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus). Source: TCM
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Architecture

A Field Guide to Concrete Screen Blocks

Identify the different styles of breeze block in those mid-century houses in Vegas, Palm Springs, and elsewhere with this Field Guide produced by the Nevada Preservation Foundation and based on the book by Ron and Barbara Marshall.

Excerpt from the Screen Block Field Activity Guide. Source: Nevada Preservation Foundation
Source: Curbed/John Lewis Marshall

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Music

Now More Socially Acceptable Than Ever

Still not necessarily healthy, though.