Monthly Archives: January 2012

We have a winner!

Dan Wagner of the Biochemistry and Cell Biology Department correctly identified these as the rods that held cards in the drawers of the library’s card catalog: Congratulations, Professor Wagner! No doubt you spent many happy hours in the library as … Continue reading

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Across the Quad

I had occasion to visit a friend’s office in Hersztein Hall (the old physics building) this week. It’s beautiful since the renovations they did before the Political Scientists moved in. I was struck again by the beauty out the windows: … Continue reading

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The View from the Roof of the Warwick Hotel

I found some really unusual pictures today. (Not the upset of the year, I suppose.) They were on a contact sheet that I could tell at a glance was bizarrely filed in a folder called “Campus, no date.” This was … Continue reading

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Atom Smasher

It was quite a busy day today and in the middle of it I had reason to dig around looking for old Physics Department stuff. One of the things I found pulled me back to my old friend, the 1937 … Continue reading

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Kalb Lecture

I took a legit day off today and wasn’t going to post anything. But I was wasting time on Facebook a little while ago and I saw something interesting on the Rice Centennial page. Here’s the announcement for this year’s … Continue reading

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Friday Afternoon Follies

I was looking through some of the Baker College scrapbooks that I found in their library recently and much to my surprise I turned a page and discovered this picture of the distinguished Rice history professor Albert Van Helden, relaxing … Continue reading

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Obsolesence

One of the things I see a lot of in my work is obsolete technology. It’s everywhere in the archives, all kinds of it. Things blossom and die with depressing regularity and it seems increasing speed. I especially love the … Continue reading

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