#### Constance Hall’s ‘Carrott Pudding:’ A Rendition

A note about this post from Lisa Smith. The following post is by an undergraduate student, Jessie Foreman, who worked with me on a research placement this summer, as part of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Programme at the University of Essex. What I appreciate most about her following post–besides its honesty about failure–is the way […]

#### Cirkeline on Holiday (1971): the politicization of television for preschoolers in Scandinavia

By Helle Strandgaard Jensen In mid-January 1971, the national public service broadcaster in Denmark aired an animation film aimed at three to six year-olds called Cirkeline on Holiday. The main character is the elf Cirkeline who travels to Spain with her friends, the two mice Frederik and Ingolf. Here they meet some Spanish mice, who […]

#### The Past, Present and Future of Integrated HPS

An International Postgraduate Forum Centre for the History and Philosophy of Science University of Leeds 13 – 14 January 2017 Integrated History and Philosophy of Science (IHPS) is commonly understood as the study of science from a combined historical and philosophical perspective. Yet since its gradual formation as a research field there has been constant […]

#### Globalization by Rickshaw

CC Pixabay Gounder Have you ever heard of the auto rickshaw? Probably not. But you might know it by its other name: the tuk-tuk, the motorized version in Southeast Asia. An iconic object of globalization, studying the auto rickshaw reveals much about the issues involved in globalization. At the turn of the century, the arrival […]

#### Her incipit : on cybernetics, love letters, and simulation

In the opening scene of the movie Her, the main character is reading a love letter addressed to a « Chris ». Actor Joaquin Phoenix playing Theodore in the opening scene of the movie Her by Spike Jonze (2013)« Chris » was the name of Alan Turing childhood friend (and first love), Christopher Morcom, whose great intelligence and premature […]

#### Museum displaying ancient Kitora tomb murals opens in Nara

Les tombes peintes du royaume de Koguryŏ situées dans le nord-est de la Chine et dans le nord de la péninsule coréenne possèdent un répertoire iconographique similaire (quatre animaux protecteurs des points cardinaux, constellations) à celui de la tombe de Kitora.   *** Murals from the ancient Kitora tomb, which dates from the late […]

#### Scenes from an Anglo-Norman Kitchen, Part 1: Mutton, Parsley, and Pagan Gods

By Winston Black In this two-part post, I will explore several aspects of recipes, cooks, and kitchens as they appear in a twelfth-century herbal. This work gives us rare and valuable evidence for cooking in Anglo-Norman England. Devotees of medieval cooking have a variety of surviving cookbooks to use. Among the best known are the […]

#### A Summer Project

By Lisa Smith This summer, I had the pleasure of hosting Jessie Foreman as an Undergraduate Research Opportunity Programme student at the University of Essex. Over the summer, she worked on transcriptions for several manuscripts, tweeted occasionally about her findings, developed an instructional video, and tested a recipe… It was a busy summer! She’s kindly […]

#### Fight for gold, excommunications and vampires: a day in the life at Gut Siggen

While the conference (which I also mentioned in my previous post) is aiming at a manifesto-esque text production on the future of digital scholarly publishing, I had to leave this morning and promised a contribution in the form of a blogpost. The following hence recapitulates the content of my presentation of yesterday, some of the following […]

#### „Global history challenges notions of cultures as homogeneous entities“ – Interview with Julia Hauser

Julia Hauser (left), Gesche Schifferdecker (right) Julia Hauser is an assistant professor of global history and the history of globalization processes at the University of Kassel since 2014. Her research interests include the history of cultural entanglements with regards to knowledge, food, religion, and gender.  She is currently working on an entangled history of vegetarianism during the […]

#### Unbiased Estimators vs. Minimizing a Quadratic Loss Function

$\mathbb{E}[\widehat{\theta}]=\theta$ Unbiased estimators are important in statistics. I guess because of Cramér Rao bound, for the variance. In the sense that if  , then  , where   denotes Fisher information (the proof was writen in an old post). But what could we be the variance if   is not unbiased ? Consider the following simple case, […]

#### Re-parametrization and Maximum Likelihood

$h(\cdot)$ The maximum likelihood estimator is invariant in the sense that for all bijective function  , if   is the maximum likelihood estimator of   then  . Let  , then   is equal to  , and the likelihood function in   is  . And since   is the maximum likelihood estimator of  , hence,   is […]

#### Florence and its Signs, part 2: The Heraldic Diagram of another Florentine Guild and the Bossolo

In my previous text on this blog, entitled ‘Florence and its Signs: A Late Mediaeval Diagram of the City’ (https://heraldica.hypotheses.org/4880) I presented the heraldic diagram painted at the main vault of the Palace of Judges’ and Notaries’ Guild. I proposed to interpret this image as ‘a peculiar visual political treatise’, main function of which was […]

#### The Arms of the Florentine Republic in the “Bossolo” (End XIV s.): An Ideal Self-Representation of the Town

In “Florence and its Signs: A Late Mediaeval Diagram of the City”, Anna Pomierny Wąsińska described a fresco painted by Jacopo di Cione on the main vault of the Palace of the Judges’ and Notaries’ Florentine Guild (about 1360)1. She pointed out the close relation between the heraldic signs with an ideal ‘diagram’ of the town, […]

#### Filmmaker’s Forum – The Forest – ป่า

Source: (33) Filmmaker’s Forum – The Forest   Whiteline and VS Service are proud to present another installment of the monthly Filmmaker’s Forum. This month we feature local independent filmmaker Paul Spurrier, and a sceening of his fantastic new film ป่า The Forest. After the screening Paul will be joined in conversation with the film’s […]