Why linguists need TROLLing 

A excellently nerdy promotional video about the Tromsø Repository Of Language and Linguistics (TROLLing), a database for archiving and making accessible linguistic data and statistical code. From their About page:

The archive is open access, which means that all information is available to to everyone. All postings are accompanied by searchable metadata that identify the researchers, the languages and linguistic phenomena involved, the statistical methods applied, and scholarly publications based on the data (where relevant).

Linguists worldwide are invited to post datasets and statistical models used in linguistic research.

It looks like a great initiative, and I hope they continue to get submissions! (Although see the Linguistics in the Pub discussion “Who should have access to linguistic data?" for some complicating factors.)


Happy Birthday to archive: Vignelli!

It’s been one year since we started this blog and we’ve been celebrating all week long! Did you know we take requests? A Vignelli fan asked us to feature some of Massimo’s earliest work. We thought that would be a great way to celebrate our 1st birthday!

Unfortunately we know very little about this project. We hope to find more in the future as we keep unpacking the Vignelli papers! Stay tuned!

I Protagonisti magazine design, 1965
8 7/8” x 12 1/8” [225 mm x 390 mm]
Massimo and Lella Vignelli Papers
Vignelli Center for Design Studies
Rochester, New York

Until 7 November, delve into the Maison Martin Margiela archives at our Singapore boutique. Discover the exhibition ‘Identities’, featuring pieces from our ‘Artisanal’ collections, ‘Tabi’ boots, ‘Trompe l’oeil’ garments, and more iconic pieces that encapsulate the universe of the Maison.

Boutique located at the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue.


Images from the Jonas Salk Papers, 1926-1991

Dr. Jonas Salk was born on this day in 1914

Dr. Jonas Salk is best known for his development of the world’s first successful vaccine for the prevention of poliomyelitis, licensed in the U.S. in 1955. He has also conducted important research in the prevention and treatment of influenza, multiple sclerosis, cancer, and acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

The Salk Papers constitute an exhaustive source of documentation of Dr. Salk’s professional activities, but very few materials relating to his personal life can be found in the collection. Most of the papers cover the period from the mid-1940s to the early 1980s. Best documented are Dr. Salk’s activities from the mid-1950s to the early 1960s — activities largely related to the development of the Salk polio vaccine.

The papers include general correspondence, files relating to polio, subject files, writings by Dr. Salk, photographs, artifacts, and research materials. Also included in the collection are materials created by Dr. Salk’s laboratory staff members and papers generated by offices of the Salk Institute. 


While the Iowa Women’s Archives includes several collections from women who came to Iowa as war brides, this 1946 wedding album features their only documented “war husband,” Dr. Frederick Blodi. He and Women’s Army Corps member Ottilie Schmakal made headlines in 1946 for their wartime romance with a storybook ending. 

Born in Modling, Austria, in 1917, Schmakal became childhood sweethearts with Blodi, but had little contact with him after fleeing to the U.S. at the outbreak of World War II. She eventually obtained American citizenship, then joined the WACs with the intention of finding Blodi. In 1944, she completed two rounds of training at Fort Des Moines — the first army training facility for women.

In July 1945, Schmakal was stationed in Frankfurt as an interpreter. Armed with information that Blodi had completed medical school and been drafted, then imprisoned by the German army, she obtained leave to travel to Vienna to conduct her search. The pair were reunited at her first stop — a makeshift hospital in an old park where Blodi was working as a doctor.  

There she learned that the Nazis had imprisoned Blodi for helping two Austrian men escape conscription. At the end of the war, all his fellow prisoners were shot, while he was spared because of his medical background. The British Army took control of the area and as a result Blodi worked in British-run hospitals for some time. After the liberation, he found a canoe and traveled down the Danube back to Vienna.

The Blodis married in 1946, moved to Iowa City six years later, and had two children, Barbara and Chris. Dr. Blodi attained international fame for his work in ophthalmology at the University of Iowa. He died on October 30, 1996.

Iowa Digital Library: Ottilie and Frederick Blodi wedding album

Ottilie Schmakal Blodi interview on Talk of Iowa, August 12, 2013: ”The World War II Love Story of Otty and Fred Blodi”

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International Dinosaur Month.

Fossil Friday Protoceratops. 

© The Field Museum, GEO81449.

Protoceratops skeleton with fossil eggs. Late Cretaceous fossil from Djadochta beds, Gobi Desert, Mongolia. Hall 38 Case 42. Pre-installation Geology specimen P14046. Ceratopsian.

8x10 negative