History Carnival: Facets of Environmental History

Jessica M. DeWitt: Editing and Consulting

I hosted the June History Carnival for  the Network in Canadian History and Environment. The original post can be found here.

“This month I am taking a break from our regular monthly #EnvHist Worth Reading posts to host the 146th History Carnival and focus solely on some of the best blogging that has occurred in the history community over the past month or so. Keeping with the mission of the NiCHE website, I decided to focus primarily on environmental history blogs, but have also included some posts dealing with the history of science and history in general.

Despite the transition to the (hopefully) slower-paced summer academic schedule, the month of May was a productive one on the NiCHE blog The Otter~La loutre: Amanda Robinson discusses the history of aviation in Oshawa, Ontario in “‘A Terrible Fright’”; Royden Loewen explores inter-species relationships in “Animals, Mennonites and the Modern World

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Do Not Look Into the Manly Void: Horsbrugh, Pittsburgh, and Point State Park

Jessica M. DeWitt: Editing and Consulting

Sometimes a source just clicks. Sometimes the writer just jumps from the page and one begins to feel like they know the individual personally. This is how I feel about ol’ Patrick Horsbrugh–or Patty, as I like to call him– an architect and urban planner who, in 1963, published the report, Pittsburgh Perceived: A Critical Review of Form, Features and Feasibilities of the Prodigious City. I stumbled across Pittsburgh Perceived by accident whilst searching for another work on Google Books. But accidents can be fortuitous. Pittsburgh Perceived is a brilliant source for those who research environmental history, Pittsburgh history, park history, or the history of urban planning and has proven to be a crucial source for my dissertation and several conference papers, including “’Unsurpassed Natural Setting for a Great City’: An Urban Renaissance, Point State Park, the Ohio River Valley, and the National State Park Movement,” which I will be…

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Billboard 1: Chart is in a Funk

Bruno Mars gets pitchforked Pitchforked

Jessica M. DeWitt: Editing and Consulting

This post is the first of what I foresee to be regular commentary on the weekly Billboard Top 100, aided by the killer YouTube channel, HRChart. I plan to comment on the top three songs and any other developments that interest me.

#1: “Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars” by Mark Ronson

  • Enjoying its eleventh week at #1, “Uptown Funk”‘s success is disappointing, but not surprising. It has the perfect amount of forced sappiness and happiness to appeal to the masses and create cross-generational pull. Admittedly, if Ronson had chosen a different lead singer, I could have perhaps gotten behind it because the beat is groove-able. However, I loathe Bruno Mars and cannot take any song seriously by someone who released such an atrocity as “The Lazy Song.” Vom. I’ll take some ‘Funk’ over “Happy” anyday though.

#2: “Sugar” by Maroon 5

  • As many women in their late twenties can…

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Lithuanian Fascion.

Everyone knows that the cutting edge of fashion isn’t in some haughty Parisian couture shop. It’s right here in the worlds track-jacket; Kaunas Lithuania, where Fashion comes to get that jew-free smell.

Understanding what is “steam”(Lithuanian for sizzlin’ nasty) and what is not can be swoon inducing. So I have painstakingly photographed over 5,000 Lithuanian men in various states of dress and carefully examined what lies beneath the seams.

Fascion File 1: “Ballin’ for Brezhnev 

Category: "Sunday's Best."

Lithuania is a Basketball champion and it shows in its citizenry.
You may be fooled, but this aids infected father of three is not
even from New York, but I assure you he knows its secret handshake.
With his reflective shine he declares his  readiness  for stoning the 
elderly at the Kaunas Milk Bar.
Appropriate Attire for: Church, Loitering, Thug Lyfe, Santa's Lap
Inappropriate Attire for: Basketball, Funeral Casket, KFC

Fascion File 2: Stalin for a Brawlin'

Category: "Snowflake"

If Lithuania had a History, this would be the modern equivalent worn in the black tie hob-knobs of years not past. This contemporary gentric three piece demonstrates clean cut uniformity while imbuing the wearer with the chivalric urge to break the nose of those who soil a womans dignity by wearing  kulak or even Polish skin. The Tuxedo version sports a coated black finish with golden stripes as pictured below. Some dandy dappers, presumably royalty, wear this version for everyday oustings.  

 The second installment to “Lithuanian Fascion” is is currently being worn! Look forward to a photo explosion of life on the street number #1 in my new “spring Lenin” digs!

Lithuania doesn’t believe in sears.

 Lithuania’s shining beacon of modernity is housed in the neo-Renaissance superstructure called the “Akropolis”. All people (excluding the soulless babushkas, Poles, Russians, and Belorussians) bring their sweater clad dogs and even their consumption stricken children to see this murse filled warehouse and prefer it to other city landmarks, such as the first state sponsored Kafkian Post office, Art museums exhibiting erotic collages of Ghallagher cut out of Soviet newspapers, the Greatest wheat-field in all Lithuania, and yes, even the infamous Lithuanian Cat-Circus. With its vast array of dining establishments such as KFC, and Pizza Hut, clothing staples such as LEVI’s Jeans and a who-knew-existed CHAMPION athletic store, the Akropolis knows its audience. It’s as if the Akropolis was inspired by the city of Akron and blessed by the ghosts of Chernobyl. All in all the Akropolis earns a solid 7 out of 10 Pole-Scalps.

When they saw me in my space suit and the parachute dragging alongside as I walked, they started to back away in fear. I told them, don’t be afraid, I am a Soviet like you, who has descended from space and I must find a telephone to call Moscow!

On 12 April 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first man to travel into space, launching to orbit aboard the Vostok 3KA-3. During his flight, Gagarin famously whistled the tune “The Motherland Hears, The Motherland Knows” and proclaimed that he did not “see any God up here.”

Most may have posthumously postulated that the age of soviet heroics ended with the fall of the union which championed them. Evidently they have not heard of the re-imagined Red Dawn or the blog visionary Dexter Meyers.

On 5th, January 2011, Dexter Meyers became the first man to launch an intriguing and thoughtful blog involving an American Student enrolled in Vytautas Magnus University into the blogosphere. During it’s launch, Dexter infamously played the lyrics to Sting’s “Russians” in his head and quipped  with forceful irony that he did not “see any Marx up here.”

Upon his descent into the blogosphere Dexter Meyers issued his manifesto for Lithuania’s retrograde, ambient lit future:

Lithuania! Gawk at its Post Sovietness! Is that a Queue I see? Let me stand in it! Is that a man or a Salvador painting of a pretzel? Let me eat it! Is that a  weeping Babushka and a urine drenched underpass? Let me be bathed by it!

While I pack no Hammer and I do not know what a sickle is, I do share a “Communism, It’s a party” T-Shirt, and I intend to wear it.

Six easy steps to keep the gipper from scoring.

1: Indoctrinate all midwestern highschools before invasion.

2: Cover T.a.T.U at your local Karaoke venue.

3. Use your tears of despair for moonshining vodka.

4. Chew off the filters before handing cigarettes to children.

5.  Cement your love of communism with limited edition commemorative cement blocks.

6.  Ring the bell at Long John Silvers with obvious sarcasm.

If Russia is the Motherlands child, then I am its nutrient rich placenta.