Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Country Briefings Worldwide

The Economist's online Country Briefings provides news, profiles, forecasts, surveys, statistics and currency sections for countries worldwide. Use the "research tools" option to search by subject and region or browse by country.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The Right Brain vs Left Brain Test

From the site:

The Right Brain vs Left Brain test ... do you see the dancer turning clockwise or anti-clockwise?

If clockwise, then you use more of the right side of the brain and vice versa.

Most of us would see the dancer turning anti-clockwise though you can try to focus and change the direction; see if you can do it.

uses logic
detail oriented
facts rule
words and language
present and past
math and science
can comprehend
order/pattern perception
knows object name
reality based
forms strategies
uses feeling
"big picture" oriented
imagination rules
symbols and images
present and future
philosophy & religion
can "get it" (i.e. meaning)
spatial perception
knows object function
fantasy based
presents possibilities
risk taking

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Monday, November 19, 2007

The Women Working digital collection

The Women Working digital collection provides digitized books, pamphlets, magazines and photographs documenting the role of women in the US economy between 1800 and the Great Depression. Created by the Open Collections Program at the Harvard University Library, Women Working offers original source material and is a great place to go for information about working conditions, health, social issues, policy and much, much more.

Some examples of material I found while browsing the collection include: the official Girl Scouts handbook (1920); the diary of a farmer (1887); a pamphlet “in favor of female physicians” (1850), and an Abercrombie and Fitch style catalog (1913) from which ladies could order bathing tights.

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