Monthly Archives: February 2012

Transportation Czar

We’re still in the process of moving things around in the Woodson and it’s getting to be a little disconcerting–I keep walking to the shelf where something ought to be, but it isn’t there anymore. This is startling, but it’s … Continue reading

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Friday Afternoon Follies

The goofball crouching inside this hollow tree like a Keebler elf is Nobel Prize-winning Rice biologist H.J. Muller, on a collecting trip along the San Jacinto river in 1918.   Last call: If you meant to sign up for my … Continue reading

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“Out of Service”

Y’all, I need a night off. Be back tomorrow!

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Family

One morning last week I was on my way in to work when just by chance I ran into Brandon Martin, the campus videographer, in front of the Brochstein Pavilion. Brandon is pretty game, so I dragged him in with … Continue reading

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Birds

If you have your eyes even half open as you walk around campus, you’ll see many, many birds. Hear them, too. Almost always this is a nice thing. (There was, though, that multiyear episode with the grackles that was a … Continue reading

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From the Top of Mech Lab towards Main

Bad trip to the dentist today, so I worked at home this afternoon. While I was getting some slides together for my Continuing Studies class I came across another pair of pictures taken from roughly the same spot many years … Continue reading

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Friday Afternoon Follies

Here’s a dance card from a New Year’s eve dance in 1915. I found it in an early Rice student’s scrapbook: “Dance of the Scrags” sounds like something from the Nutcracker, but I don’t know what it means. For the … Continue reading

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Aerial Views up Main Street, 1917 and 1933

I was thinking I might just skip posting tonight because I’m so busy, but while I was putting slides together for a talk on the early history of athletics at Rice I noticed that a very early aerial photo of campus … Continue reading

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Moving Things Around in the Archives, or H.A. Wilson and Family

Things are being rearranged in the archives these days. As new collections come in to be processed, some boxes from the workspace in the basement are moved upstairs, which means that other boxes already on the upstairs shelves have to … Continue reading

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More Obsolete Technology

I ran across a couple of great ones this week. First, did you know there was a time before laser pointers? What did people even call those things? Probably just “pointers,” I guess. I think it telescoped. I’m not even … Continue reading

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