Woohoo! Almost weekend!!
Please be careful when you enjoy various Halloween related activities! Dean Gulati shared with us the stern email she sent to students about risky behaviour and how it will be regarded and dealt with. Don't put yourself and others in the community at risk. You've done such a great job on and off campus of keeping the cases to a commendable minimum, let's not ruin our positive reputation!
Schedule for today
|HST439||Your Book Review is due tonight, unless you requested an extension. I have no problem granting extensions, just make sure it doesn't get you in trouble further down the line with work for other courses.|
Weekend Long Read
(not the long read): In case you're soul-searching what your liberal arts education is doing for you, it's actually giving you a lot. See for instance how one of the big names in the gaming industry (or so I've been told) sees the importance of Humanities:
(Here's the longer read): A different take on combining computer science and an interest in Humanities (Chinese culture and language):
If you’re learning Chinese, you’ve probably heard of Pleco, the dictionary app (not the fish). Here’s an interview with the creator, Michael Love. It’s interesting to read how he created this as an 18 year old, and is still going with it, moving from Palm to iOS along the way. There are now dozens of dictionaries you can buy as add-ons, and books to help you study Chinese.
If you're still with me: one of the most useful add-ons for me is the digital edition of the most amazing research guide:
- Wilkinson, Endymion Porter. Chinese History: A New Manual. Fifth ed. Cambridge, MA: Endymion Wilkinson, c/o Harvard University Asia Center, 2018
I consult this all.the.time. when advising you on projects. Get the free Pleco app and then add on Wilkinson for $29.99 and never be bored as you read all about Chinese calendar systems, historical record keeping, the language, script and calligraphy, naming conventions, place names, organization of government, law, education, religion, literature, food and drink, “extremely small numbers” and “extremely large numbers”, weights and measurements and much much more, all within the context of the Chinese historical periods, and with references to other specialist books that have all the latest and greatest research and data. Everybody who works on Chinese history uses this book. (If they're not, they're either lying, or don't know what they're doing.)
If you are on campus, we have a copy in the library, check it out!