Lift Weights Slowly for Good Gains with Less Risk

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How fast should you move the iron when you’re weightlifting? You can find experts suggesting everything from explosive movement to very slow movement. Years ago, a famous bodybuilder, whose name escapes me at the moment, was a huge proponent of slow lifting, but as is often the case, these assertions were just anecdotal rather than based […]

Remembering Bob Kingdon, 1927–2010

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Friday saw the passing of Bob Kingdon, my mentor, advisor, boss and dear friend of 22 years. Bob was a scholar of the first order, a man of the absolutely finest character who set an example that is hard to match. He will be deeply missed. Bob returned from conferences excited about some new second […]

The Devil and the Consistory Never Sleep (Geneva, 1554-1556)

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One of my favorite characterizations of the Consistory, the one in the title, came from a family living out in the rural village of Vandœuvres in the Genevan hinterland. The origins of the incident go back to October 1554 when Michel Chapelle’s young grandson died. The family laid out the body in their home and […]

Superfish Menu Block Hidden Behind Following Block in Fusion Theme

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I have nothing especially original to add here — this page is mostly meant as a bookmark for my memory. The fix for a vertical menu is slightly (but only slightly) different from the solution outlined in the official docs, so here it is. Essentially, the problem is this: the Fusion theme for Drupal uses […]

Drupal Mega Menu ideas

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These are just some random notes on various solutions and half solutions people have put out there for making “mega menus” in Drupal. I’m sure there are much better roundups out there. I just don’t want this to fade entirely into the disorganized soup of my delicious bookmarks. In brief, a mega menu is a […]

Bilingual street fight (Geneva, 1557)

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A certain Cassonet went off for Christmas communion and then apparently off to dine. He came home to find the strike plate (gâche) of his door broken. Agitated, incensed and apparently blaming some Frenchman for the property damage, he began spouting imprecations against all the refugees who had poured into Geneva, saying that it would […]

Setting the Price of Wine in Geneva, 1556

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Wine was of course culturally important throughout Christian Europe, though as a foodstuff it was primarily a southern food, being an expensive imported product in the north. Geneva, as with language and law, lay near the traditional dividing line between the north and the south. But with the Rhône river running to the south, wine […]

Stamps.com or Endicia Dazzle with Webgility eCC and Ubercart?

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I’ve been testing Webgility eCC with Ubercart and Dazzle and Stamps.com. Okay, I expect anyone who makes it to this page will know what all of those are, but in brief: Ubercart is a shopping cart system built on Drupal. I love the power of Drupal CCK (custom structured data fields of any imaginable sort) […]

Bathroom Reading Habits (Geneva, 1561)

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Half of what I know, I learned while reading on the john. That’s probably an understatement, but I’m not sure of how to accurately assess the true number. I don’t want to bore anyone with my hygiene habits, but it does raise a burning question for early-modern historians: did denizens of Jean Calvin’s Geneva read […]