On a Wednesday almost one year ago, Facebook product designers Joey Flynn and Brandon Walkin decided to work from home.
They spent hours mocking up the idea, putting faces inside circles, and then squares, and then rounded rectangles.
The duo threw together a pitch video and received a green light to begin production on Chat Heads: a new form of interactive and omnipresent notifications for your phone. Chat Heads started as an "experiment," like most new Facebook products, but was quickly turning into something much bigger. In early 2012, Mark Zuckerberg initiated a company-wide shift towards putting "mobile first." From Messenger to News Feed, each team was responsible for its own mobile experiences across all platforms. Director of Product for messaging Peter Deng saw the writing on the wall: the next age of Facebook might not be about the public web space, but about the more private mobile space. Poke, a shameless Snapchat clone, notoriously took just ten days to produce — suggesting that Facebook had plenty of great engineers, but lacked inspiration. Poke may be more polished than Snapchat, but it didn't go viral and received mostly negative publicity.
Stickers, also launching today on iOS and Android, help paint yet another picture of Facebook miles behind mobile rivals. Two weeks ago, Facebook made clear that the next big step for Messenger, but also for Facebook, lies on Android. In Facebook’s latest commercial for Home, a nameless employee idly flips through his Cover Feed and texts friends as Mark Zuckerberg drones on, unable to tear his eyes away from his phone’s screen.
The story doesn’t seem all so different with Chat Heads, which in hindsight feel like much more than handy icons for access to texting.
Back when Flynn designed Timeline for mobile, he remarked that Android presented a great challenge. What we knew by 1990 about the 1940 dinner was published in Irregular Memories of the a€™Thirties.
In this the first of the BSJa€™s revived Christmas Annuals (a pleasant custom begun by Edgar W.
January 30, 1940, was a golden evening, an evening of a€?entertainment and fantasya€? as Edgar W.
Finally, after a Great Hiatus of nearly four years, plans were made a€” than to the imminent publication of 221B: Studies in Sherlock Holmes a€” for another BSI Annual Dinner, the first since 1936. I had been planning to take a two weeks' holiday in the south toward the end of the month, but in view of this epic occasion, I have now changed my plans, and shall be leaving on January 12, and returning on the 29th. Please inform the undersigned promptly of your intention to attend so that the Gasogene and the Tantalus may make accurate plans. And on January 30, 1940, the Baker Street Irregulars gathered for their annual dinner once more.
The first order of business under the Constitution was the drinking of the canonical toasts. There is also extant a letter from Steele to Vincent Starrett about this drawing, quoted in the previously cited unpublished memoir by Steelea€™s son Robert: a€?I had an absurdly hard struggle with my Sherlock. This was also the first time the Baker Street Irregulars met at the Murray Hill Hotel, where the BSI dinners would continue to be held a€” cocktails in Parlor F, dinner and program in Parlor G a€” until the New York landmark was finally torn down in the late a€™Forties, to be great regret of many sentimental people. The 1940 dinner might not have included every Irregular of that era with whom one would wish to dine, but it was a fine list nonetheless. Denis Conan Doyle was the eldest son of Sir Arthura€™s second marriage (his mother, Lady Conan Doyle, would pass away later in the year), and Trustee of a very active literary Estate indeed.
He went on to describe how, in the lore of the Irregulars, Doyle is pictured as a struggling young physician, delighted at the chance to a€?peddlea€? the cases his friend Dr.
Certainly one would love to have been a fly on the wall that night, or, even better, archy the cockroach darting among the drinks on the table, to hear Denisa€™s charming discourse, and all the other scholarship and tomfoolery that transpired that night, the first BSI dinner in four long years.
Meanwhile, and with 221B still rolling off the presses, I am sending you a first very rough-and-ready copy of the Gazetteer which you have egged me on, from time to time, to write. I hope things are going well for you, and again let me say that your absence was a matter of very genuine regret indeed to all of us who look to you as mentor and guide -- to say nothing of your status as sponsor and editor of the Book of the Day.
Re the Gazetteer: I'm inclined to agree with you that it might be extended to advantage by a listing of the more important clubs and restaurants, etc.
I imagine we should not too often bring out a volume of ana; the public might easily tire of us. In his essay in Irregular Memories of the 'Thirties discussing this first BSI anthol-ogy of Writings About the Writings, neither Robert G. So it should be, from someone who (born 1915) had by 1990 long been one of the nationa€™s foremost authorities on Victorian literature and culture.
I know of no other such study as the interesting one you suggest, although it is perhaps odd that the idea did not earlier explode in the skull of some devoted Sherlockian.
It seems to me more than likely that Doyle wrote that scene in His Last Bow quite deliberately, knowing it for what it was - a friendly para-phrase of the parting between Johnson and Boswell; although it may of course have been subconscious.
You have chosen a delightful subject for your thesis; and you will pardon me if I hope that you will treat it not too seriously, but with a touch of humor.
I am leaving Chicago inside of a week, I think, for a voyage around the world; so in closing I must wish you - in my absence - all good luck in your efforts. A few years later, an editor was interested in publishing the essay a€” the best of all possible editors for Sherlockian work, Vincent Starrett himself. The quotation is from Christopher Morleya€™s a€?Notes on Baker Streeta€? in the Saturday Review of Literature, January 28, 1939, not from any letter Starrett received from him.
This independent Sherlock Holmes society had been founded in New York in 1935 by Richard W.
Since Morleya€™s letter of December 23, 2939, below was unavailable for Irregular Memories of the a€™Thirties, this reference in Edgar W. A copy of Morleya€™s letter to Smith below went to Vincent Starrett in Chicago, with the handwritten note: a€?Merry Christmas, Vincenzio. When I was in Chicago a week ago I learned from Vincent Starrett that his book 221-B is actually to be published on January 30.
Since Christ Cella's place on 45 Street, where we used to hold meetings, has been modernized and the old upstairs room there no longer exists (he has only a not very attractive cellarage; which makes me think of The Fiend of the Cooperage; do you know it?) I am wondering if the Murray Hill Hotel would not be a singularly pleasant place for the meeting? You yourself would, I hope, perhaps feel inclined to present a proceeding of some sort; I mean a few remarks on the Obliquity of the Ecliptic, or whatever may be momently on your mind. Just for the fun of starting trouble, I am sending a copy of this both to Starrett and to Harold Latham of Macmillan; who will I'm sure see to it that each convive gets a presentation copy of the Book. I hope I may assume that like Peterson the commissionaire, or No, it was Henry Baker, you are carrying a white goose and walking with a slight stagger. Beginning in 1945, Titular Investitures were conferred at the annual dinners to denote membership in the BSI. That it was the first one Smith prepared is indicated by a letter to Christopher Morley dated three days later (November as the month, in Irregular Memories of the a€™Thirties, p. There are forty-eight names on the somewhat woolly list, below, and they bear some analysis, following Miss Mouillerata€™s cover letter.
The other names on Smitha€™s list are familiar ones, though some of them are surprises to see here. Members by 1935, according to Morley's list that year: Ronald Mansbridge, Harrison Martland, John Sterling, Lawrence Williams.
Ones who came into the BSI at the 1940 dinner: John Connolly, Peter Greig, Howard Haycraft, James Keddie (his son James Jr.
A few more details about some of these Irregulars of the a€™30s and a€™40s can be provided now, for the record. Of other names on this list, Harold Latham was, as we have seen, Trade Editor at the Macmillan Company responsible for publishing 221B: Studies in Sherlock Holmes. This was a 1940 collection of essays by Vincent Starrett, published by Random House, with an a€?Unconventional Indexa€? by Christopher Morley. More serious still, two more toasts stipulated by our Constitutional ar-rangements are absent altogether, and missing ever since.
As to The Second Most Dangerous Man: The query about his identity was a€” as Bill Hall will tell you a€” the original, first, quickie, abbreviated examination for eligibility to membership in the pre-natal Baker Street club.
Resting imposingly on the long table at which the BSI dined on January 30, 1940, was an a€?orthodox coal-scuttle,a€? authentically Victorian, which James P. The coal box was an ornament, and in it were stored such details of fireside comfort as slippers, unread magazines and so forth. Although Keddie was a contributor to 221B: Studies in Sherlock Holmes, he came close to missing the 1940 dinner until Morley unearthed his address barely ten days before.
Because of money, and his second wifea€™s health, Vincent Starrett never made it back to New York for a BSI dinner after the one in 1934.
Bill Halla€™s copy bears the affectionate raspberry Christopher Morley often sent his old frienda€™s way. It also bears the notation a€?$5.00 casha€? which was probably the true cost of the evening. The pattern followed by the BSI for quite a few years thereafter, of oysters (a€?shall the world be overrun bya€?), pea soup (as in London fog), curried chicken (minus one ingredient as served in a€?Silver Blazea€?), and a sweet, was set by Christopher Morley whose handwritten draft of the printed menu has survived. The quotation from this letter, taken from an article by the artista€™s son, was incomplete.
Meanwhile, Starrett was already building a new Sherlock Holmes collection, with a big start in August 1940 from Logan Clendening. When this was written in 1990, the hope was that Sir Arthur Conan Doylea€™s sur-viving child, Dame Jean, might come to New York for a BSI dinner.
All this within your ear; but the circumstances being what they are, you will understand why I can't be any place but Reno on January 30. I could and would, of course, if the dinner were postponed, keep you posted as to developments, and the probable time I should be free to make a New York visit. My brother Felix has a subtle scheme which he will bring direct from the State Department in Washington.
The errata slip in 221B, as by Jane Nightwork, reads: a€?In the unavoidable absence of the Editor, a volunteer hand must call attention to the curious incident of what the Proofreader did in the night-time.
Everybody is too pooped this morning to be able to give you any intelligible report but I must let you know at once that the evening was a grand success in every way. The only sadness is that I intended to have a copy signed for you by all those present, and in the general uproar this did not get done. Since you seem not to have heard the news, I am sending this by pony express so that you may know at once that the Irregulars met, feasted, d---k, and thought of you. Denis Conan Doyle made a neat little address in which he stuck to the tradition of the Irregulars and told us about his father's acquaintance with Holmes. Of course Christopher himself in person (but he WAS a moving picture!) was the glowing heart of the nebulae. And, by the way, I think having vindicated Watson in the matter of the coal scuttle, it now behooves me to vindicate him in the Persian Slipper. BOOKS ALIVE: Man, oh man, WHAT a title, and doubly good for your book because none has a greater faculty for bringing books ALIVE than you.
I was glad to get your note of February 27th, and to learn from it that you may be coming back East soon. Since the first draft of the Gazetteer, I have added about 150 more names - still without resorting to bars or theatres - but more important, I have fallen in with Dr. Who the members were of the Irene Adler Division with which Christopher Morley and other Irregulars convened immediately following the BSI dinner in New York is a mystery, however. For many years, it was believed that BSI dinner photographs commenced after World War II, with the one of the 1946 dinner. So it was a surprise when James Keddiea€™s letter above referred to a dinner photo, and a thrill when a print turned up in the hands of Mary Hazard, daughter-in-law of the late Irregular whose it had been: Harry Hazard, a solver of the Sherlock Holmes Crossword in 1934.
But to confound us, in the photograph are at least two men whose names are not in Smitha€™s minutes: William C.
None of the seven surviving copies of 221B I have seen bears all the signatures of everyone we can say was at the dinner. Comparing signatures in one copy of 221B after another makes for further confusion Some men seem to have stayed glued to their seats throughout the signing session, as the copies of Starretta€™s book made their way around the table, while others seem to have gotten up and roamed around the room, signing one copy here, another copy there. Three particular signatures appear as a trio in one copy after another a€” James Keddie, Edgar W.
Bill Vande Water has picked up where Harry Hazard left off, and carried on with his typical valiant job of assigning names to faces, but a few remain unidentified. The photograph a€” Ia€™ve been having enormous fun, showing my friends what I looked like nearly sixty years ago. I was also given a bit of a nudge by Archie Macdonell, who founded the first Sherlock Holmes Society in England in June 1934. I remember David Randall, and discussion of the cash value of certain Sherlock Holmes first editions. The man who got me started in all this Sherlock Holmes stuff was not present at the dinner. DESCRIPTION: This example of medieval cartography, referenced in David Woodwarda€™s landmark essay on mappaemundi, or maps of the world from the Middle Ages, published in 1987, and briefly described in Marcel Destombesa€™s important census of world maps made between 1200 and 1500, which appeared in French in 1964. Bound in a rather large slip-case on a piece of vellum, or fine parchment, about as large as a legal-size sheet of paper (24 x 33 cm) and after more than five centuries, the surface of the map, itself aged to a dusky ochre, still dances with design and hue. It is indeed a fragment that has been trimmed on each side, with a resulting loss of image and text all around it. In dealing with a text from the Middle Ages a€” whether made up entirely of words or combined with design a€” scholars often owe nearly as large a debt to a later discoverer of it as to its medieval writer or artist. So we are looking at a multifaceted puzzle: a map whose age, condition, and fragmentary nature raised considerable roadblocks to anyone who wanted to read it, and whose legends, once they were deciphered, seemed to say unlikely things. Certainly the best known of medieval travel works is the one attributed to Sir John Mandeville, who, according to the booka€™s prologue, written in the first-person, accumulated extensive lore and experience between 1322 and 1356 as an English mercenary soldier in the armies of the Egyptian sultan, the Great Khan in China, and (according to some manuscripts) Prester John, while also visiting pilgrimage sites throughout the Holy Land and in India, where the Apostle Thomas was said to have been martyred. Another 15th century manuscript in the Bell Library is a relatively late, considerably extracted copy of the Imago mundi of Honorius Augustodunensis, written around the year 1110, which enjoyed a remarkably wide circulation for nearly four hundred years. Despite its possible significance in the history of early modern exploration, the Imago mundi is a quintessentially medieval text.
In dealing with the often anonymous, frequently incomplete, sometimes anomalous texts of the Middle Ages, a manuscript is frequently its own best informant.
In central Europe, near the bottom of the map, the cartographer has placed the towns of michenpurk and na€™purh (the first is a town in Romania and the second an abbreviated form of Nuremberg). Although they are on opposite sides of the surviving fragment, Legends 71 and 149 are linked in that each seems to offer information about the Bell Mapa€™s date of composition. Establishing where and when a medieval text originated is crucial to any attempt to learn to read it with an appropriate sense of context. Ptolemya€™s ideas had special resonance, however, within a loosely connected group of monks, attached to the great Augustinian foundation at Klosterneuburg but also resident in Benedictine monasteries from eastern Austria to Bavaria, together with professors at universities from Vienna to Bamberg. Despite how a€?moderna€? the Bell Map may seem to be in this respect, it is also an extremely traditional medieval construct, as a fourth cluster of its notations indicates. The Bell Mapa€™s lessons are testimony to its status as a rare example of innovative medieval cartography. This transcription of the Bell Mapa€™s Legends begins at the upper-right (southwest) corner and then moves gradually from top to bottom (south to north). Google representatives, especially those high up on the ladder, are no stranger to major events.
While Schmidt covered many talking points directly relevant to the event itself, he also went into the details of one particularly booming industry: mobile.
To wrap up his discussion of the mobile platform, Schmidt stated that display advertising should link to mobile and that the mobile advertising industry will grow notably to help match this demand.
The air is heavy with hatred of spam as analysts rail against current search indexing tactics, a spam clock having been launched to decry the heavy amount of trash being generated, and some people even burning things to show their rage. Google is well-known for its app suite, especially for the highly popular Gmail. Gmail has shown as one of the most innovative, stable, and all-around awesome utilities on the web.
This error occured fairly immediately after a similar glitch in Google Calendar, where approximately .125% of users lost their event and appointment information. Google has made some recent updates to their interface, including a more succinct settings menu, as easier way to switch between accounts, and a more visual way of navigating between different services.
In that post, Alma Whitten, Google’s Director of Privacy, talks about the importance of having different approaches to the web. Second, Whitten (if that is his real name) talks about the importance of pseudonyms, especially for those who are activists, have embarassing conditions that they want to get more information about, or for any other reason want a consistent voice without being personally identified.
The critical thing for Whitten is that users have the ability to choose and that they know which status they’re currently in. While it doesn’t do much to address the core privacy concerns, or the (sometimes hilariously wild) claims of competing groups like DDG, it is a step toward helping users keep a shield of anonymity, and does make the company stance on pseudonyms especially clear.
According to Yahoo, one of the great things uncovered was the revelation on user habits on the web. It was a dead heat for the top story this week between the algo changes and the Overstock affair. Overstock Gets Penalized by Google – This was the other big story last week and yours truly was right in the thick of things. How To Get The Most Search Engine Marketing Value From Key Content Initiatives – in interesting, if not a bit brief, by my standards, post from Eric Edmonds via SEL. Click Distribution & Percentages by SERP Rank – while one does have to take this kind of data with a grain of salt, it is always interesting to get a sense of CTR rates for various query spaces. The SEO Industry needs to grow a pair – while I may not agree with all of Alan’s suppositions in this post, there are many that I do.
Attending an information-rich convention is just as important, if not more-so, for new business owner and startupss than for established companies. There are also excellent panels, ridiculous after parties, and some of the biggest (or growing) names in the industry.
Conferences can also be a great way to generate a little buzz and build some brand recognition. Although this event is targeted to young companies, SXSW has built a very respectable reputation over the past 25 years. To illustrate what a successful trip to SXSW can do for your startup, consider the fact that social media giant Twitter launched their platform at a previous conference. Part of their meteoric rise can be attributed to the engaged attendees at that year’s South by Southwest Interactive Festival- it’s probably one of the most talked about ones with the most buzz early in the year. A startup accelerator that we’ve seen before at SXSW (TechStars) launched Startup Madness yesterday.
TechStars will then go through all the nominations and pick 64 to participate in Startup Madness.
Just like many startup goals include going global, TechCrunch Disrupt has taken their tour to an international platform.
Brand new startups are invited to fight it out in a winner-take-all competition known as the Disrupt Battlefield. If you think you have what it takes, compete with other hopeful entrepreneurs for the chance to launch your new company on the main TechCrunch stage in front of the best minds and biggest influences in the tech field.
Along with this honor, you’ll receive a $50,000 prize, the “Disrupt Cup,” full bragging rights, and a myriad of open doors. What it really comes down to is Google needs to stop deceiving site owners in competitive markets. Then Google takes action against spammers or against some other perceived problematic aspect of their SERPs. No, this latest problem for some otherwise innocent site owners is not the first of its kind. The day after the Farmer update was announced, I was contacted for help from a prospective client.
So most of those pages are more confused in topic specifics because of the navigation, sidebar and footer content on them. Create a useful, information-rich site, and write pages that clearly and accurately describe your content. Think about the words users would type to find your pages, and make sure that your site actually includes those words within it.
Where things went REALLY bad for this particular site, is that over the years, competitors copied most of those descriptions.
How are most site owners supposed to know they have to hire a professional or that they have to teach themselves advanced SEO? The topical focus factor is really weak on this particular site because of these things, though it’s made worse in how they chose to assign keywords to their site. Yet enough that it should have been their first warning that they needed outside professional help. Like most in codependent relationships, they tried to just muddle along, hoping things would get better.
To be sure my intuition was right once again, I spent the past several days pouring over data across a lot of sites I’ve had direct responsibility for the tasking on. I had to take the time to look at seasonal factors, other marketing promotional factors, localization factors. I want to take what I’ve observed this past few days and turn it into its own case study.
And besides – would you rather I focus on a boring case study, or make sure I pick a really good venue for the next two #EpicDinners I’m working on for SMX West and Advanced?
Except that would mean the sick family member everyone else relies upon will have changed their ways. Although I haven’t completely ditched running those ranking reports, I’ve come up with more of a hybrid approach to tracking SEO improvements.
Track and trend keyword category traffic fluctuations so you can see a more holistic view of what type of organic of traffic is increasing or decreasing.
Within each category, identify the best “exact match” keywords that represent that category.
Cross reference average ranking changes in each category to organic traffic from exact match keywords using the vlookup function in Excel.
By looking at traffic from keyword categories as a whole, in addition to rankings and their corresponding visits you can get a better idea in terms of how search position is impacting traffic.
I would love to throw this out to the readers to get feedback on how others are dealing with this. Currently the Mayor of London, he previously served as the Member of Parliament for Henley-on-Thames and as editor of The Spectator magazine. Johnson was educated at the European School of Brussels, Ashdown House School, Eton College and Balliol College, Oxford, where he read Literae Humaniores. On his father's side Johnson is a great-grandson of Ali Kemal Bey, a liberal Turkish journalist and the interior minister in the government of Damat Ferid Pasha, Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire, who was murdered during the Turkish War of Independence.[5] During World War I, Boris's grandfather and great aunt were recognised as British subjects and took their grandmother's maiden name of Johnson. Try as I might, I could not look at an overhead projection of a growth profit matrix, and stay conscious. He wrote an autobiographical account of his experience of the 2001 election campaign Friends, Voters, Countrymen: Jottings on the Stump.
Johnson is a popular historian and his first documentary series, The Dream of Rome, comparing the Roman Empire and the modern-day European Union, was broadcast in 2006. After being elected mayor, he announced that he would be resuming his weekly column for The Daily Telegraph. After having been defeated in Clwyd South in the 1997 general election, Johnson was elected MP for Henley, succeeding Michael Heseltine, in the 2001 General Election. He was appointed Shadow Minister for Higher Education on 9 December 2005 by new Conservative Leader David Cameron, and resigned as editor of The Spectator soon afterwards. A report in The Times[22] stated that Cameron regarded the possible affair as a private matter, and that Johnson would not lose his job over it. The Conservative Party hired Australian election strategist Lynton Crosby to run Johnson's campaign.
Johnson pledged to introduce new Routemaster-derived buses to replace the city's fleet of articulated buses if elected Mayor. I believe Londoners should have a greater say on how their city is run, more information on how decisions are made and details on how City Hall money is spent.
Ken Livingstone presides over a budget of more than ?10billion and demands ?311 per year from the average taxpaying household in London. Under my Mayoralty I am certain that London will be judged as a civilised place; a city that cares for and acknowledges its older citizens. The Mayor’s biggest area of responsibility is transport, and I intend to put the commuter first by introducing policies that will first and foremost make journeys faster and more reliable.
They discussed how frustrating it is that modern smartphones aren't designed with texting in mind, since that’s what we’re doing most of the time. They decided on circles, a recent trend for avatar pictures, then added white borders, and then scrapped the borders.
The Photos team had recently launched Facebook Camera (in late-May 2012), and Facebook wanted to create more experiences that felt as natively mobile. While Mark Zuckerberg's mission has always been "to make the world more open and connected," users were flocking to private mobile experiences like Messenger and apps like WhatsApp, Kik, Viber, Skype, KakaoTalk, and others. They're always on and always with you." New private messaging services continued to pop up all over the board, each with its own special feature. Yet, what matters most to the ex-Googler Deng is gathering data and making the most of his experiments, whether they succeed or fail.
The company partnered with the Berkeley Social Interaction Laboratory, as well as with some top-tier digital illustrators like David Lanham, but as with Poke, well-constructed features have never been the issue. The company partnered with HTC to produce a smartphone — a phone that elevates messaging above sharing statuses and taking photos.
This is a Facebook product!'""There's a difference between the aesthetic we've chosen for Facebook Home and for Chat Heads from other traditional Android apps," Bridge said, "but really we just wanted to create something that felt great and looked beautiful for users." And what they came up with is barely recognizable as Facebook.
Bridge and the Android team spent months rewriting key parts of Android like "scroll view," "list view," and "pagers" so popping in and out of chat conversations felt silky smooth.
They feel like part of the "next Facebook," a social network — but also a utility, like Gmail, for communicating with friends. It revived the BSI after four years of dormancy, and ushered in a new era at the Murray Hill Hotel. Smith in the 1950s, but lost along the way), we begin by reprinting the account of the 1940 BSI dinner which appeared in Irregular Memories of the a€?Thirties.
I didn't get a blue carbuncle, or, for that matter, did I even get a goose - but the day was a very pleasant one notwithstanding.

The date crept up very quickly, and when I finally reached Earle Walbridge yesterday, to look over the proofs of my section, I found a number of errors which it is now probably too late to correct, since Miss Prink at Macmillans tells me the binding has already started.
There being no Goldini's or Marcini's available, the Murray Hill Hotel seems to meet the necessities next best.
Anything I can do toward contributing to the preparations for the event I shall therefore have to undertake during the next two weeks. The errors will probably be discernible only to the inner circle of the cognoscenti, and to those select few they can easily be explained away. Shortly afterward, Edgar Smith a€” now the BSIa€™s Buttons, an extra-Constitutional office later to be superceded by the grander and rolling title of Buttons-cum-Commissionaire a€” sent out to those on the mailing list he had received from Christopher Morley some minutes of the annual dinner. Revision of this constitutional requirement was, however, adopted, viva voce, and amendment to the Constitution hereby imposed, in that it is required hereafter that the toast shall not be canonical but Conanical.
Christopher Morley announced that the meeting, which was held as usual on a date at variance with the constitutional specification, had been called to celebrate the publication by Macmillans of 221B - a compilation of the writings of various members of the Society. Vincent Starrett, whose unfortunate absence from the meeting can be compared only with the intolerable absence of Mrs.
We are able to reproduce opposite the appropriately fanciful menu of the evening a€” it initiated a custom of oysters, pea soup, curried chicken, and a sweet which was observed by the BSI for many years (until, Robert G.
I tore up two or three attempts to do it from an old drawing, finally put on my old dressing gown and posed for it in the mirror.a€? And in a letter to Edgar Smith dated December 13, 1942, Christopher Morley wrote: a€?Would Freddy Steele like to design a menu card or would we use again the one he did years ago?
Located at 41st and Park Avenue in Manhattana€™s Murray Hill district, the venerable hotel had seen better days by the time the Baker Street Irregulars arrived in 1940, but it captured and preserved the atmosphere of Victorian London far better than any other possibility in New York at that time (let alone today). In the United States on Estate business, making Sherlock Holmes publishing and radio and motion picture deals, and doing some lecturing on his fathera€™s Spiritualist cause as well, he had been invited to the BSI dinner by Christopher Morley. Smith, prominent Sherlockian and secretary, or a€?Buttons,a€? as he is called, of the Irregulars, informed this writer that the trouble began several years back, when Denis Conan Doyle attended a Baker Street dinner in New York. He added that it was probably the highest compliment ever paid in the history of literature. Hudson to sit down at a meeting of the Baker Street Irregulars and to count you among the missing. It isn't as comprehensive a thing as I had thought it might be -- perhaps I should add hotels and clubs and restaurants to the list of countries, U.S. Altick wrote his paper on Holmes and Johnson as an undergraduate at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. Certainly I shall be happy to have a copy of your paper - entire - and I trust that you are right in believing it to be publishable. I am sorry you had to wait so long for an acknowledgment of your MS - which I received, read, and enjoyed.
I had thought that he was sent to China by the Chicago Tribune as its Far Eastern correspondent. The photograph below is of the lobby, looking past the reception desk and grand staircase at the corridor which led to the private meeting rooms. Smith, eager for the BSI to convene again for what would be his first annual dinner, had suggested the Murray Hill Hotel as an appropriate place.
We could have one of their private dining rooms, which are so entirely in the Baker Street manner and decor. I might tell you that the addresses may not be 100% correct, but I think you will find them O.
Smith is about the busiest person on earth at the moment, although he has taken time out to read your new book BOOKS ALIVE which he thinks is excellent. Warren Force, Harry Hazard, Harvey Officer, Allan Price, Harrison Reinke, Stuart Robinson, and Earle Walbridge. Since Smith was working from a list supplied by Morley a€” Woollcotta€™s name was on the 1935 list, but crossed off on the only copy surviving to be printed in the September 1960 Baker Street Journal a€” we must wonder about the legend of Woollcott cast out into utter darkness after crashing the 1934 dinner, and publishing his mocking account of it in The New Yorker. In a letter to Morley on May 10, 1939, discussing the progress of 221B, Vincent Starrett mentioned that a€?Incidentally, Ia€™ve included tentatively Woollcotta€™s bit on the Gillette dinner in 1934, from the New Yorker, as a sort of pendant to Fred Steelea€™s contribution from the same journal, which mentions the dinner. It was not until 1945 that any of the original Pips a€” Gordon Knox Bell, Richard Clarke, Owen Frisbie, Norman Ward, and Frank Waters a€” began to attend the BSIa€™s dinners. Starrett later used the title for his bookmana€™s column in the Chicago Tribune, which appeared Sundays for some twenty-five years. In the first place, they were declared no longer canonical but Conanical a€” Christopher Morleya€™s whimsical way of tipping his hat to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in his son Denisa€™s presence. When, in the course of luncheon at Christ Cellaa€™s or elsewhere, some acquaintance would hear about the Sherlock Holmes society and ask how to get in, he would be asked a€?Who was the Second Most Dangerous Man in London?a€? If he could answer that one, he might get asked others if anybody present wanted to ask them.
That was getting late to make plans to attend, apologized Morley; but Keddie made it nonetheless. On the occasion of the 1940 dinner, however, the editor of 221B: Studies in Sherlock Holmes was not even in Chicago, a mere overnight run on the 20th Century Limited to New York. Smitha€™s minutes say that a€?The meeting voted simultaneously to send greetings and a fully autographed copy of the book to Mr. This meeting was held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sherlock Holmesa€™s first appearance in American ink (Lippincotta€™s Magazine, February 1890).a€? Not a great way to sell copies of the real reason for the 1940 dinner, Vincent Starretta€™s 221B: Studies in Sherlock Holmes a€” especially since lack of funds had forced Starrett to sell that superb collection of his the year before! Dame Jean Conan Doyle did not share her brothersa€™ antipathy toward the Baker Street Irregulars, and in fact was pleased to accept membership in 1991. Keddie, a publisher of his as well, at the company where he was vice-president, took it upon himself each year to write Starrett a report of the dinner. On January 30, barring accidents, I shall be four weeks along in a Reno residence of six, in an effort to procure a divorce which will enable me to marry Ray. Indoctrinated students will deduce that (by an innocent misunderstanding) a portion of this work was set from unrevised copy, and this first edition will remain identifiable by a number of irregularities, notably in Mr Edgar Smitha€™s valuable concordance.
However, it was signed by several at a most successful meeting of the Irene Adler division or Ladies' Auxiliary held immediately after the dinner.
Copies of 221-B were distributed and autographed more or less by all present, and a jolly good time was H. Now, as Holmes has pointed out, Curry is an excellent disguise for the taste of opium, and (you remember) would be the logical flavor to use in food into which opium was to be introduced. He said that his father had known Holmes very intimately, and he even went so far as to say that Holmes's mental processes had influenced his father's thinking. He also suggested that only Hitler could have written the impetuous and irresponsible letter which caused all the trouble.
Julian Wolff, who made a couple of neat little maps of spots in the stories about a year ago (I asked him at the time to send copies to you), and he is doing a bang-up job with London, England, the Continent and the world - creations that will be well worth framing and hanging.
I had photostats made of it, and am sending you a copy herewith, in case you haven't seen it.
And none have been found from 1941 through 1945, though some pictures were taken by others at the BSIa€™s special Trilogy Dinner at the Murray Hill Hotel on March 30, 1944. Christopher Morley (still beardless at this time) is at the head of the table, in black tie, leaning to catch something Frederic Dorr Steele is saying to him.
Absent from all seven are the signatures of Elmer Davis, Malcolm Johnson, and Warren Jones, all of whose names are in Smitha€™s minutes.
Smith took on the work of Buttons in January 1940, sending out dinner invitations to the rather casual list of members Christopher Morley provided, and preparing minutes afterward, it was all new to him. His name appears in Smitha€™s minutes, but his signature does not in any of the seven surviving copies of 221B.
Some names do not appear on either the 1935 or 1940 membership lists, and we will not see them again after this night. Yet one man there a€” the man with the dapper mustache, raising a wine-glass in salute a€” is still in the ranks. Of course no one of my generation can forget the overwhelming, all-pervading atmosphere of the Depression, the atmosphere of fear, fear for onea€™s job, fear for all onea€™s friends, half of whom were out of work. My friend Basil Davenport, the one man I knew who literally lived in a garret, in the depths of the Depression, supporting himself by writing for that same Saturday Review of Literature a€” precariously, because the Saturday Review didna€™t always have the money to pay contributors.
Both descriptions refer to the James Ford Bell Librarya€™s map as a a€?fragment,a€? a word that conjures images of brokenness, minuteness, and relative unimportance.
Scattered throughout are words a€” names of cities and kingdoms, brief descriptions of local inhabitants, tidbits of historical lore a€” and they seem to be randomly distributed, an appearance encouraged by the absence of any lines suggesting regional or national boundaries.
Unlike most medieval mappaemundi, which have East at the top, this one is oriented to the South, a characteristic of Arabic cartography, which was a sophisticated science during the European Middle Ages but little known in the West.
But a a€?planispherea€? also refers to a depiction of the Earth with the planets and stars that surround it in an orderly series of spherical spaces: the pre-Copernican, geocentric image of the universe. Nagging questions are at the core of most scholarly projects, however, since these are all about turning puzzles into knowledge. During the second half of the 19th century, when it was conclusively shown that the imperial Prester John had ruled in the medieval European imagination rather than over any actual territory, scholars began to question Mandevillea€™s claims and even his very existence. Although they were copied by separate scribes, both are found in a single manuscript (today bound as two volumes), compiled between 1418 and 1455, uniting ten works about journeys from Europe to Asia in what may be described as one of the Westa€™s first anthologies of travel narratives.
Little is known about Honorius except that he was the Benedictine author of several treatises summarizing various branches of learning.
Like almost every other European who undertook to write about the shape of the Earth during the Middle Ages, Honorius describes it as a sphere, likening it to an orb and a ball, in passages so matter-of-fact that it is clear he expects his audience to agree with him completely. So it is with the Bell Map, about which a few key facts may be established by examining evidence found in four legends or legend groups. The endings of these words mark an interesting departure from the mapmakera€™s general practice of giving all place-names in Latin. Westrem has tried to distinguish among land areas on the Bell Map and to identify which features of those areas the cartographer saw fit to include.
If some of its legends are, to modern readers, rather silly a€” if ignorance about Africa led its maker into flights of fancy or to seek information from a book of what today seems an inappropriate genre a€” let that just be testimony to the fact that, even more than Nature, a cartographer abhors a vacuum. The upper (southern) part of the map a€” some two-thirds of its area and almost entirely given over to modern-day Africa a€” has been divided into four horizontal bands, within which Legends (numbers 1-57) are recorded moving left to right (east to west). This is especially true for Eric Schmidt who, over the years, has given keynote addresses at almost every top technology and business event even slightly related to his industry. Perhaps most telling, though, is the popularity of sites with strong mobile features, such as YouTube, which gets roughly 200 million playbacks per day on the mobile platform alone.
He claims that the industry, currently about a $17 billion business, will (according to Schmidt) reach the $200 billion mark in years to come. While Google hasn’t necessarily joined this bandwagon, they have acknowledged the problems and have started implementing solutions.
This list is fairly controversial because it seems to support giant sites at the expense of user-generated content elsewhere. Nevertheless, the service has just experienced a glitch so bad that it has some users wishing that Larry Page and Sergey Brinn had never given birth to their mental lovechild.
Google has promised that a restoral will take place to give users access to all this mission-critical data. Analysts have put a variety of potential uses on these changes, ranging from simply updating the graphics to setting the framework for Google +1, the Google social network that may not be as big of a disaster as Buzz. Whitten makes it clear that users are permitted to use a pseudonym when signing up for Google services.
Beyond some practical benefits, certain services, such as Google Checkout, simply rely on it, so it has its place too.
For that reason, he states, the recent update puts the name of the account that’s currently active ina more prominent position, and make logging out or switching those account easier and more intuitive than before. While some users and search sites cry out that data shouldn’t be stored, others are proponents of keeping user data to help deliver higher quality results. Last week was a bit of an odd one as there were a few dramas that seemed to take up a LOT of attention (Overstock and algo update). Just like JC Penney and Forbes before it, the folks at Overstock got the Google smack down for some shoddy link building tactics. There’s also some healthy discussions going on in the comments, as such, a worth addition to this edition. This experience allows hopeful entrepreneurs to establish important contacts and to learn about the newest trends in their industry. In fact, some of the most successful internet startups have staged their official launch at a prestigious event. For everyone else, the letters stand for South by Southwest, the premier event for music, film, and interactive newcomers. Expect to see the latest and greatest startups, as well as industry insiders and interested investors at SXSW.
It’s a  bracket style tournament to ultimately determine one startup to receive a crazy amount of prizes. This year, this impressive startup convention will be held in New York, San Francisco, and Beijing. But, if you require an answer… whether you choose to attend one or all of these exciting hi-tech events, this could be your key to a successful startup. Since they offer some great products, over the years, they slowly built up over 43,000 inbound links. This segment will be for organic traffic that includes all the base keywords you’ve identified for that category.
In reference to his cosmopolitan ancestry, Johnson has described himself as a "one-man melting pot" — with a combination of Muslims, Jews and Christians comprising his great-grandparentage.[6] His father's maternal grandmother, Marie Louise de Pfeffel, was a descendant of Prince Paul of Wurttemberg through his relationship with a German actress. They have two sons—Milo Arthur (born 1995) and Theodore Apollo (born 1999)—and two daughters—Lara Lettice (born 1993) and Cassia Peaches (born 1997).[13] Boris Johnson and his family currently live in Holloway, North London. In 1999 he became editor of The Spectator, where he stayed until December 2005 upon being appointed Shadow Minister for Higher Education. He is also author of three collections of journalism, Johnson's Column, Lend Me Your Ears and Have I Got Views For You. On 2 April 2006 it was alleged in the News of the World that Johnson had had another extramarital affair, this time with Times Higher Education Supplement journalist Anna Fazackerley. Yet Londoners have little confidence in the Mayor spending their money with care and prudence. It was here that David Cameron and all his supporters gathered to congratulate him on becoming Mayor of London.
It's impossible to multitask while texting with friends — who are, more often than not, faceless entities organized by row inside a texting app. Nearly two days later, "Chat Heads" started coming into focus — icons of your friends that stay with you no matter what app you're using.
They stacked faces vertically, and then horizontally, and tooled with rubber-banding animations inside Apple’s Quartz Composer software.
But among all of Facebook’s mobile products, one was growing fastest: Messenger, which had launched in August 2011. At the time, the mobile version of Facebook was essentially a mobile web News Feed filled with photos that took forever to load.
Voxer popularized sharing voice clips, Snapchat introduced self-destructing "ephemeral" pictures, and LINE introduced stickers, enormous emojis you can buy by the pack.
Snapchat hit the streets first, as did LINE, which reportedly earns more than $3.75 million per month selling stickers.
Along with turning out features that ape other messenger clients, Facebook was also working on something unique and innovative. It spent months rewiring Android to serve one end goal: keeping you better connected with Facebook friends. You're designing a product for people, and it doesn't matter if it's on Android or iPhone or Windows Phone or whatever it is." Facebook approached building Home and Chat Heads not as if they were apps, but as if they were something new.
They also had to optimize system resources so an always-running version of Messenger wouldn’t zap battery life. With Home and Chat Heads, Facebook is preying off the most addictive experiences it can currently provide: News Feed and private messaging. Flynn and co's invention works best on Android, and it’s likely to stay that way for the foreseeable future.
If you could go back in time to attend just one BSI dinner from years gone by, which one would it be? It was a publication party for the first BSI anthology of Writings About the Writings, Vincent Starretta€™s 221B: Studies in Sherlock Holmes, with most of its contributors present that night.
Mistakes can be corrected, assumptions confirmed, missing passages filled in, and hitherto-unsuspected aspects revealed. Starrett could be excused for overlooking it, since he had been out of the country at the time, on an extended tour of duty. The changes I would have made are of a rather minor character, and probably if it were not my own child I would not be conscious of the few warts that disfigure it. Our dearly beloved public won't know Staphonse from Staphouse (if that's not in the eight pages) and even if they do find ground for pinning us down, the controversy might actually be profitable. I hope everything comes out satisfactorily, and that you will be East again before too long. It was the first of an unbroken series of annual minutes prepared by Smith through 1960, the year of his death.
A copy of the book, presented with the compliments of the publishers, was put at each place.
Cecil For(r)rester, who expressed his sympathy and pledged his assistance in the Society's research in the matter of his ancestral relations with a certain governess. Harris says, the Irregulars meeting every January, at Cavanagha€™s by then, grew so many for the room, that diners no longer had the elbow-room to wield an oyster fork). His talk that evening, Morley reported in writings reprinted earlier in this volume, was a€?probably the most charming discourse to which we have listened.a€? Later, though, as Morley also observed, Denis Conan Doyle (not to mention his sometimes volcanic younger brother Adrian) came to regard the BSI as some sort of conspiracy dedicated to usurping their fathera€™s reputation and accomplishments.
Very different from Woollcott, he wrote in a vein of decorous modesty asking if he could be put on the waiting list and offered to undergo any sort of inquest of suitability.
In every respect but this the dinner at the Murray Hill Hotel last week was a roaring success, and the book -- however it may ride the seas -- was properly launched. Altick is the author of many books, including the evocatively titled Victorian Studies in Scarlet in 1972. How he came to write to Vincent Starrett in Chicago, he no longer remembers, but from his papers at Franklin & Marshall come these two letters from Starrett, who encouraged him, commented on his paper, and saved it until 221B came along as a convenient outlet a few years later. It seems to me that you have made out an excellent case and I hope you may find an editor who will publish the paper.
It was, instead, a trip around the world of his own, paid for by the sale of his 1935 novel The Great Hotel Murder to the movies.
Unable to identify Latham, I offered a complimentary copy of the next volume of BSI History to anyone who could.
I propose that you and I appoint ourselves a committee, perhaps together with Harold Latham of the Macmillan Company, to arrange this matter. It isna€™t so hot, in my opinion a€” only about 400-500 place names, and many of the richest ones not geographical at all.
Just as soon as he gets a little breathing spell he is planning to write you a lengthy epistle.
His paper a€?The Creator of Holmes in the Flesha€? reads as if it had originally been a talk a€” perhaps at the a€™36 dinner, about which we have few details. Warren Force (died 1959) was in the tar business a€” founder and chairman of the Hydrocarbon Products Company, Inc., and a director and the treasurer of the Tar Distilling Company and Old Colony Tar Company at the time of his death.
The Five Orange Pips had been founded in 1935 independently of the BSI, perhaps in blissful ignorance of its existence; and for ten years they regarded the BSI as the lesser body. Leavitt, BSI by way of the Grillparzer Club well before 1934, railed about it to Julian Wolff many years later, when Wolff had succeeded Smith as the BSIa€™s Commissionaire. An uncle of mine who must have been a contemporary of Watson in Edinburgh continued to put the sundries of his evening comfort in the coal box a€” which never had held coal a€” until his death a few years ago. He was across the prairies and over the Rockies in Reno, Nevada, in the process of getting a divorce from his first wife, Lillian Hartsig, in the days when six weeksa€™ residence in a€?The Biggest Little City in the Worlda€? was the quickest way.
Starrett, an action which, in the preoccupations which ensued, was probably not accomplished.a€? But other Irregularsa€™ copies did make the rounds of the table.
Steelea€™s hand was steady, but some signatures show signs of having been inscribed a few rounds of drinks later.
I tore up two or three attempts to do it from an old drawing, finally put on my old dressing gown and posed for it in the mirror.a€? The parenthetical passage which had been missing held the clue. Randall hoped to resell it intact to someone, perhaps a library where it would be available for scholarly use, but in 1943 finally offered it up piecemeal. Latham writes me from Macmillan that he will see that a complimentary copy goes to everyone. I carried a coal scuttle of the Baker Street variety to New York, and it was placed in triumph, and, I hope, in complete vindication of Watson's reporting, in the middle of the table - we kept the cigars in it. And, yes, I'll hang on to the remaining two chapters I have and use them (I am sure) before your book goes into print. We are thinking of putting out the Gazetteer together about June 1st, as a private effort, illustrated with reductions of these maps, which would really touch it off. This was his first BSI dinner and he was meeting virtually all these men for the first time that night. Ronald Mansbridge was born in England in 1905, attended Cambridge University, and came to the United States in 1928 to teach at Barnard College. 6, sitting next to my old friend Basil Davenport, who has another old friend of mine, Peter Greig, on his right.
When I arrived in New York in 1928, I had a letter of introduction to Chris from Sheldon Dick, whom I knew at Corpus, Cambridge. I missed that one, but I happened to follow Archie on a trip across America, about a week behind him, staying at some of the same hotels. Basil was too proud to accept money from a rich aunt Juliet; but he did let her pay his membership dues at the Yale Club, which he called a€?the most inclusive club in New York,a€? and which he liked because he could take their thick correspondence cards and cut them to fit inside his shoes perfectly when the soles wore out.
Like so many others, he was hit by the Depression, but made ends meet by doing public relations work for various and sundry.
I remember an animated discussion with him once about a book on Horace we had published at Cambridge University Press. Although he didna€™t attend the dinner, he made arrange-ments for copies of 221B: Studies in Sherlock Holmes to be distributed at the dinner.
These words and phrases, known as legends (from legere, the Latin verb a€?to reada€™) are cartographical a€?sound bitesa€?. The image of the map printed here (center) will be more familiar to viewers who turn it upside-down: the Mediterranean coastline is now much more easily recognizable, with the Iberian peninsula especially evident (near the upper-left edge of the upside-down page).
Parkera€™s eye was no doubt caught by the upper-right-hand corner, where the remnants of several rings a€” in blue-green, black, red, and yellow-brown a€” can be seen encompassing the large, innermost circle that represents the terrestrial landmass. Today the knight has lost most of his credibility, but the work popularly known as Mandevillea€™s Travels a€” The Book of John Mandeville is historically a more accurate title a€” nevertheless ranks as the medieval equivalent to a best-seller: it survives in at least 300 manuscript copies and in ten languages. One text appears without the formal announcement, or rubric (because it was often written in red ink), by which scribes called attention to the start of a new book, even though all the other works in the manuscript began with this medieval convention. His aim, as he put it in his preface to the Imago mundi, was to draw information from authoritative sources in order to instruct people who do not have many books, which in the early 12th century was nearly everybody. He even offers a calculation of the Eartha€™s circumference, and while it is always somewhat difficult to establish exactly the modern equivalent of a medieval measurement, his reckoning (or that of his source) appears to be remarkably accurate. Here he is clearly thinking in German, as also appears to be the case when he writes doratz (Durazzo), zeng (Senj), and jenff (Geneva) in legends 80, 86, and 124. The Bell Mapa€™s pedigree is quite remarkable, as is indicated by Legend 6, in which we learn that Ptolemy estimated the Eartha€™s landmass to extend for 180 degrees, or halfway around its spherical form, which was divided into 360 degrees. As Dana Bennett Durand first pointed out during the mid-1930s, these scholars developed technologies of measurement and theories of spatial representation based on mathematical and astronomical data, and in so doing revolutionized the way that geographies were written and maps were drawn. To understand the ominous information in Legend 52 we need to look at a similar notation on the Walsperger map, which also tells of a nine-headed woman, making it clear that six of her heads are snakes.
Westrem includes Egypt and Mediterranean Islands as separate entries because their geographical status was by no means clear: most medieval writers put Egypt in Asia, but his doing so here would have contradicted modern convention. The lower (northern) third of the map a€” some of Asia Minor and around half of Europe a€” has been divided into eight vertical columns, within which Legends (numbers 58-152) are recorded moving from top to bottom (south- to-north). It’s no surprise, then, that he would be selected for the opening keynote at the IAB Leadership Conference. The two major elements introduced thus far have been a Chrome extension that will get user feedback on which sites are spam, and an update to the search algorithm designed to demote low-quality content. All of those sites received more than a 90% visibility loss, according to the Sistrix index. The need for higher visibility on some of these massive page collections was clear (for example, Facebook and eBay both essentially swallowed their user-generated items completely), but it’s quite evident that the groups benefiting is comprised of those that are already large and well-established. It may seem extreme, but you’d be upset too if you entered your inbox only to find that your entire account – including messages, contacts, and attachments – had all been completely wiped out. However, if Google doesn’t shape up soon, they will quickly lose their reputation for stability. However, the Google Public Policy Blog has given us another potential reason: helping users maintain appropriate anonymity. First, you can be unidenitified, providing nothing more than the bear minimum information (your IP Address and Cookies) for the web and search. Since Bing already made it known that heavier personalization would be present in that algorithm, it no shock that Yahoo would be giving a similar line. Google is looking to further curtail thin content and attribution issues and it is affecting some 12% of queries. Personally, I am still seeing a fair amount of thin content in the SERPs, which was supposed to be one of the goals here. I was also looking around a bunch of query spaces over the last few days and found myself wondering many of the same things that Michael did.
You might want to note that the SXSW conference will be held in Austin, TX from March 11 to March 20. Even if you’re not launch-ready, getting a closer look at the competition can help you prepare for the next big conference- whether that be in person or stalking some online through Startup Madness. Through Prince Paul, Johnson is a descendant of King George II, and through George's great-great-great grandfather King James I a descendant of all of the previous British royal houses. His comic first novel Seventy-Two Virgins was published in 2004,[16] and his next book will be The New British Revolution, though he has put publication on hold until after the London Mayoral election.[17] He was nominated in 2004 for a British Academy Television Award, and has attracted several unofficial fan clubs and sites.
In 2004 he was appointed to the front bench as Shadow Minister for the Arts in a small reshuffle resulting from the resignation of the Shadow Home Affairs Spokesman, Nick Hawkins.
Chat Heads were to be the very literal faces of Facebook's new messaging platform on Android and iOS. Today, more than ten billion messages are sent each day using Facebook — up from one billion back in 2009.

Aside from a late-summer update that improved Facebook’s notoriously slow mobile app, the company seemed to be stuck in a rut, turning out new mobile features a few weeks after competitors proved them viable. Facebook discovered that Poke users often sent the same message to multiple friends, and subsequently built an as-.yet-unnamed feature that lets you contact multiple friends individually within Messenger.
Flynn insists that they’ve only scratched the surface of what Facebook could do with Android. He previously led design work on Timeline for mobile, a key part of Facebook’s mobile strategy.
Facebook, like Google, will continue dedicating resources to its iOS apps, but Android offers a more potent strategic opportunity. The very first, in 1934, when Alexander Woollcott rode across Manhattan in a hansom cab with Vincent Starrett to crash the party? And we can get a glimpse of the magical evening of January 30, 1940, in a BSI dinner photograph a€” apparently the first ever taken a€” which in 1990 we did not know had ever existed. Much new is there: the dinner photo and a key to it, letters from Vincent Starrett, Edgar W. But he went on to implicate Christopher Morley in defense of such a deplorable situation: a€?To quote Mr. I doubt that time remains to enable the development of an essay on the Obliquity of the Ecliptic, but it is barely possible, if I apply myself assiduously, that I might have ready for confidential distribution for those present, a typewritten copy of the Gazetteer on which I have recently been making fairly decent progress. I was altogether too finicky, anyway, in writing you as I did, and I hope you'll forgive me.
The meeting voted spontaneously to send greetings and a fully autographed copy of the book to Mr.
There were some veterans of the Three Hours for Lunch Club and the Grillparzer Sittenpolizei Verein, like Frank Henry, Malcolm Johnson, Bill Hall, Mitchell Kennerley, and Robert K.
In my capacity as Buttons, I shall be sending you as sober an account of the evening as I can see my way clear to put together.
Anyway, let me know what you think of it, and how it might be improved, and perhaps for Christmas or some time before I can get my bargain-price printer to put it in type.
There was a short session of the Irene Adler division here in Reno, at which I presided - Basil Rathbone being at the Wigwam Theatre in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
He is still at work, and his most recent book, a study of the first ten years of Punch, was published in 1997.
You will be more likely to find one favorable to the idea of publication, I think, if you will abbreviate the essay skillfully; its length just now is against it, I'm afraid. Starretta€™s journey began in the Orient and ended in Europe, with his first visit to London in some years. The suggestion of the Murray Hill, as well as the impetus for the 1940 BSI dinner, came from Christopher Morley. A cost estimate I recently saw for a businessman visiting New York in 1941 gave $3.35 a day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Smith as Buttons communicated with the membership through memoranda to the BSI, sometimes enclosing whatever membership list was current at the time.
Bell, who was unaccountably omitted from the list of those invited to last Januarya€™s celebration; and that of Dr. Stolper and Howard Swiggett, respectively a professor of English at Columbia University who scandalized his colleagues by contending that literature should be taught by writers, and a novelist well-known in his day, with links to the New York Police Commissioner, and later to certain cryptic wartime British missions in New York. Leavitt, and Gene Tunney, plus at least one other, non-fiction and mystery writer Hulbert Footner, whose only known connection with the BSI is his name on this 1940 list.
Leavitt swore to this version of history in a€?The Origin of 221B Worship,a€? his 1961 memoir of the BSIa€™s early years.
Smith eventually coaxed the Pips into the BSI, and then struggled to save them in 1947 when Christopher Morley felt the BSI had grown too large and unruly. Hence the membership of people like Don Marquis, Frank Henry, Bucky Fuller and other friends of Chris Morleya€™s who couldna€™t be annoyed with studying the Sacred Writings. It was, I tell you, an ornamental piece of furniture, and when the fire needed replenishing, the bell-pull at the end of the mantel-piece brought the servant lassie from the kitchen with a cannily measured a€?scuttlea€? of coal, from which the fire was fed with great daintiness and dexterity. Smith sat next to Keddie at the dinner, and the two men hit it off a€” less than three months later, Smith was in Boston to join the Keddies Sr. To do so, he and Starrett produced a catalogue still highly desirable for its own sake, both for the many splendid items at what today seem sheer giveaway prices, and for the rich canonical fantasy which Starrett and Randall wrote into it. We will try to keep the actual dinner within the blood royal, but as soon as it has taken place Macmillan can make good boblicity out of it to help the book. Watson, but probably not so well - at least he didn't seem to understand him as well as he did Holmes. Denis Conan Doyle is off to himself a bit in the corner; not intentionally perhaps, but capturing a sense of the remove between the Conan Doyle Estate and the BSI.
How well he managed to associate names with faces that evening, when high spirits and hard spirits were the order of the day, is unclear. A few of them, Irregulars active today were able to know in person before they fell from the ranks. In 1930 he was appointed Cambridge University Pressa€™s representative here, a position he held for forty years.
It was clear that he had made quite an impression; at one hotel they asked me whether I wanted whisky for breakfast. Roberts, author of A Note on the Watson Problem, and then Doctor Watson, which Frank Morley at Faber & Faber published.
While words on modern maps generally are restricted to the names of topographical features, medieval mappaemundi commonly employed legends to impart historical, theological, sociological, and scientific data. Africa can be made out with its familiar western bulge and southern extension, coastline features that startled me even more than the reference to Ptolemy, since they have long been thought to be geographical facts little known in mid-15th century Europe. But John Parker, the first curator of the Bell Library, has been a key player in the process of identifying and preserving it as an important pre-modern image of the world. This part of the Bell Mapa€™s design is extremely important, for it indicates that the cartographer was drawing a picture both of Earth and of the heavens. It is a first-person account by one Johannes Witte de Hese who claimed to have had some truly outlandish experiences over the course of around three years, beginning in May 1389, while voyaging on the Red Sea, down the east African coast, and throughout Asia. Some 175 copies of it produced before 1500 (fewer than ten are accompanied by any kind of a map) have been located to date, and similarly a€?condenseda€? copies of the text that connect the Bell manuscript to humanist schools in 15th century Italy, southern Germany, and Austria, and thus to the very astronomers, mathematicians, and cosmographers to whom Christopher Columbus turned when he was seeking information as he developed his plan to seek east Asia by sailing west from Iberia.
Equally typical of medieval geography is the problem Honorius has in establishing precise spatial relationships in his descriptions of land areas. In the first two cases, the spellings purk and purh (for a€?burga€? and a€?berga€?) reveal even more, since the substitution of p for b and k for g are typical features of German dialects spoken in Bavaria and Upper Austria.
But the best scribes produce good copies of a text, and this phrase may have been written decades before the Bell mapmaker treated it as if it were news. The detail comes from the polymathic Alexandriana€™s great book Geographia, which was not generally known in western Europe after Greek became a lost language there during the fifth and sixth centuries. They were especially intrigued by Ptolemya€™s argument that places in the a€?reala€? world can and ought to be located on a map by means of calculations.
These resemble the wondrous a€” even monstrous a€” races of humans that occupy chapters in Honoriusa€™s Imago mundi or (sometimes but not always) the margins of other mappaemundi. It is important to note that while some two-thirds of the Bell Map fragmenta€™s area shows Africa, Europe has well over half the total number of Legends, almost all of which are names of cities or regions. The glitch took the form of a complete account reset, removing all saved features, messages, etc., and re-sending the welcome message. While Google does store data in multiple data centers, this particular glitched wiped out all the networked copies.
In addition to the challenges of tracking rankings for a set of targeted keywords, what SEO’s often miss out on is the ability to take credit for increasing traffic of OTHER keywords that weren’t targeted – often the long tail – that improved as a result of website optimization efforts. In 1995 a recording of a telephone conversation was made public revealing a plot by a friend to physically assault a News of the World journalist. These faces were impossible to miss, representative of a new vision of Facebook where your friends are their own floating heads. Facebook will not disclose what portion was sent using Messenger, but says that mobile messages have quadrupled since last year. The company’s first mobile phone collaborations with HTC were essentially feature phones with blue buttons to post status updates.
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Or the 1941 dinner, when Rex Stout came for the first time, and electrified Irregulars with a€?Watson Was a Womana€??
That a photo had been taken that night came to light later in a letter from James Keddie of Boston to Vincent Starrett. Smith, James Keddie, and Christopher Morley, Starretta€™s telegram to the BSI dinner, Morleya€™s handwritten menu, autographs of the Irregular diners that night, the picture of Sherlock Holmes that Frederic Dorr Steele drew that night, the first BSI membership list Edgar W. Incidentally, I think you did us all a service by naming Mycroft Holmes as the detective who solved his problems without ever visiting the scene of the crime or seeing the evidence.
Later that year, he wrote the few words about it that follow, in a letter to Allen Robertson of Baltimore (then unknown to the BSI, but later founder i??of The Six Napoleons of Baltimore, and a€?The Reigate Squires,a€? BSI). After the Woollcott condescension most of us were content to go on without any Stated Meetings . It includes the membersa€™ chosen noms de canon, a practice of the Pips which may have inspired the Titular Investitures adopted by the BSI later under Smitha€™s leadership. But it bespoke his confidence in Smith, who had yet to attend a BSI dinner, when he turned first to him for help organizing the 1940 affair. Julian Wolff, whose notable Sherlockian maps qualify him, I think, beyond any suspicion of a doubt for membership. This list has been compiled in a piecemeal fashion from many sources but as time goes on we hope to show improvement!
Christopher Morley cited Swiggett in an Irregular way once, in his March 4, 1939, a€?Trade Windsa€? column. Stone of Waltham, Mass., had been in Sherlockian circles since the late a€™Thirties, was a contributor to 221B, and had at-tended the 1940 dinner a€” as he would the a€™41 dinner a month after this list.
As a matter of fact, by God, I doubt like hell if Bill Hall could ever have passed a really probing quiz in those early days. Keddie, who had come from Scotland as a child, had a particular interest in this Baker Street relic in which Sherlock Holmes kept his cigars. I have in my possession a coal box which to my knowledge is nearly fifty years old, but which, until it fell into the hands of the philistines in this country had never held so much as a spoonful of coal. Across the table from him, a nonchalant David Randall tilts his chair back, his hand stuck in his pocket.
Of all his twenty years of writing up BSI dinner minutes, it seems safe to say that this is the one most likely to contain some errors in the list of attendees. On the basis of the signatures plus the dinner photograph, thirty-seven, if that is Elmer Davis at no. He arrived in New York with a letter of introduction to Christopher Morley in his pocket; and, with no less a Holmesian than S. Cambridge University Press had published Shakespearea€™s Imagery and What It Tells Us by Caroline Spurgeon, and I wanted to get publicity for it. He was the BSIa€™s food-and-drink expert, and worked with me on the annual Oxford and Cambridge dinners in New York too. Included in the mapa€™s Latin words and phrases, is a reference to the great Alexandrian mathematician and astronomer Ptolemy in a paraphrase from his book, Geographia (ca. At that time even the most elaborate mappaemundi continued an ancient tradition of representing the entire terrestrial landmass as lying north of the equator.
From Parkera€™s succinct article printed in the cartographical journal Imago Mundi in 1965, as well as from correspondence in the University of Minnesota Library Archives, we learn that he was looking for rare books and manuscripts in the shops of European dealers in 1960, when he paid a call on the antiquarian August Laube in ZA?rich. Several cities are similarly identified with the ending purk on the Walsperger map (#245), which we know was compiled in 1448 in the city of Constance by a Benedictine from Salzburg.
Legend 71, meanwhile, calls Constantinople the a€?capital city of the Greeks,a€? possible evidence that its capture by the Turks in 1453 had not yet occurred. Jacopo da€™Angelo completed his Latin translation in the first decade of the 15th century, but the work only gradually caught the attention of scholars because of its technical language and sophisticated concepts. They were also amazed by his tables of coordinates fixing such places a€” the Geographia contains some 8,000 such a€?locationsa€? a€” although they were not so awestruck that they hesitated to check and correct the master.
One in four African Legends describes a people or an event, and the nature of either is almost always exotic.
Also worth noting is the number of private messages sent using Facebook for Every Phone, a pared down version of the social network for feature phones, which has has increased by 10x in the last year, Facebook says. During the presentation, Zuckerberg repeated over and over that 23 percent of the time spent on smartphones is spent using Facebook.
Google Maps, Flynn says, could let you send a location by picking up a map and dropping it on a friend’s Chat Head. A year and a half later, Facebook is finally mobile-first, but may have just found its first killer app. The 1946 dinner, when the premiere issue of The Baker Street Journal arrived arrived at the last moment to be handed out? It was the only one ever attended by a Conan Doyle, Sir Arthura€™s son Denis a€” and the decades-long feud between the BSI and the Conan Doyle Estate dates to that night. Only a few dozen men had been present that night, and it seemed unlikely that a copy would ever surface now, after all these years.
According to Smith, Denis listened with bewilderment to the various toasts offered to Holmes and his entourage, and to the scholarly reports on various aspects of the investigatora€™s career. Keddie sent me a jolly letter about it, which, with yours, goes into the permanent records. The difficulty is that it is rather too scholarly for any of the really popular journals - and they are the only ones that pay worthwhile rewards. I hope in my menial capacity as Boots [sic], I have not, in doing this, incurred the wrath of my Gasogene and Tantalus.a€? Presumably the Morley list from which Smith worked was the 1935 one printed in Irregular Memories of the a€?Thirties (pp. But beyond that, their Irregular con-nections in 1940 are a mystery, and their names do not appear again in surviving Irregular records.
His inscription in the copy of Appointment in Baker Street that he sent Woollcott in 1939 read a€?To Alexander Woollcott in appreciation for loyal work as a Baker Street Irregular,a€? and in 1944, the year following Woollcotta€™s death, he referred to him in Profile by Gaslight (to Leavitta€™s lasting annoyance) as a founder of the BSI.
What do you think?a€? I have not seen Morleya€™s reply, but Woollcotta€™s New Yorker article about the 1934 dinner did not appear in 221B.
Other veteran BSIs-to-be not on it, but at the a€™41 dinner and many more to come, were Philip Duschnes the bookseller, Charles Honce the A.P. Watson,a€™ a€?The Game Is Afoot!a€™ and a€?The Second Most Dangerous Man in London.a€™a€? These were suggestions, if you will, at the original meeting, but they were approved, and the Davis Document makes them Constitutional. His defense, when threatened with inquiry, was to roar (and I use the word deliberately a€” ROAR), a€?Dona€™t put me to the question!a€? As him and dare him, for me, to deny it.
In that instance, the coal box, which stood by the fireplace chair, had been used by my mother and by my grandmother before her for the odds and ends of sewing and knitting utensils that a Scotswoman picks up in the afternoon that even her time of rest may not be entirely wasted! Eliot), FVM had returned to New York in 1938 to be trade editor at the Harcourt, Brace company. Suit will be filed as soon as possible after my residence (six weeks) is established; and if there is no opposition there will be no delay.
But, simply to put the reader on the alert, a few obvious corrections may be noteda€? a€” and Miss Nightwork, perennial Ph.D. Elmer Davis was perhaps the best known national celebrity in the BSI at the time, from his work as a CBS radio newsman. In those days the very best place to get a book mentioned was Morleya€™s a€?Trade Windsa€? column in the Saturday Review of Literature.
We played a game to see who would be the first to telephone the other each year on December 16th, with the words a€?O Sapienta,a€? which we always found on that day in our Cambridge Pocket Diaries. I dona€™t remember his attendance at any of the BSI dinners; but I recall vividly that when we would meet him at dinner at the St.
Certain geographical treatises even raised doubts about whether Africa could be considered one of the Eartha€™s parts a€” anachronistically and somewhat misleadingly translated a€?continentsa€? a€” owing to what Europeans believed was its small size and negligible population.
The visit was not particularly fruitful until he asked Laube if he might look through the drawers of an old bureau.
Several letters of a word appear at the upper-right extreme, suggesting that this was the outermost ring (as is the case on the analogous Walsperger map, #245). Moreover, misunderstood or wholly fantastical reports on areas of Asia and Africa led some geographers, including Honorius, to report the presence of sensational monsters, societies of bizarre humans, and other wonders in remote parts of the world, especially in regions about which nothing concrete was known.
The Bell Mapa€™s cartographer would appear to have been from the same region (scribes freely adopted the spellings of their own dialects in copying vernacular texts), but whether it was produced in a secular or a monastic context remains a riddle.
Maps are important political tools, however, and toponyms have a singular power (as the history of St. Durand argued that members of what he called the Vienna-Klosterneuburg Circle had, by 1425, used a coordinate system to construct a world map (and at least two copies), which he attempted to a€?reconstructa€? based on the principal evidence for its existence: coordinate tables found in a manuscript in the Bavarian State Library at Munich (which arrived there after the secularization of the Benedictine monastery of St.
Egypt is a kind of median territory, with sites that include both Cairo (Legend 44, shown with great black towers topped by crescents) and the Temple of Ammon (Legend 28, a place famous in medieval Europe from the very popular set of stories, in prose and poetry, associated with Alexander the Great, one of the remarkable lost literary subjects of European literature).
Not just to deal with the Farmer Update, but to inoculate the site against other changes I anticipate Google will be making in the coming months and years. The 1948 a€?committee in cameraa€? dinner, when the BSI's future hung by a thread upon Christopher Morleya€™s discontent? There were Crossword Puzzle winners like Basil Davenport, Harry Hazard, Harvey Officer, and Earle Walbridge. Bell was there at the time, and when Bell died in 1947, Starrett recalled in his a€?Books Alivea€? column in the Tribune walking up and down Baker Street with Bell, arguing about which house had been Sherlock Holmesa€™s. Jackson of Barre, Vermont, a Crossword solver, and Morleya€™s friend and Grillparzer crony Buckminster Fuller.
Williams (died 1940), who brought his son Peter to the 1940 BSI dinner, was art director at the American Book Company, a well-known book and print collector, and an author of childrena€™s travel books.
Would Smith have added Alexander Woollcott to the BSIa€™s membership list without consulting Christopher Morley? If we are met with hostility, the case will have to be argued, and I've no way of knowing how long it might take. Smith is down the table on the opposite side, not yet at its head where he soon will be for the rest of his life. So are the signatures of two more men not named in Smitha€™s minutes, who may be among the unidentified faces in the picture: Ernest S. Following the dinner, Harry Hazard prepared a partial key to the photograph.Elmer Davis is not on it, and the face at no.
Roberts as a mentor back home, found himself a Baker Street Irregular on Morleya€™s 1935 membership list. I met him when I was an undergraduate at Cambridge, attending his lectures on Samuel Johnson, but it was in publishing that he made his reputation. Spurgeon showed the kind of man Shakespeare must have been by tabulating all the metaphors and similes he used, showing him to be familiar with the countryside, gardens, and domestic animals. We thought it began one of the Collects in the Prayer Book; but we were puzzled at its having a special day. Regis Hotel with that most generous host, Howard Goodhart, Rosenbach always had a full bottle of whisky at his place at the table, while the rest of us drank wine. There, amid relatively unremarkable prints of birds and flowers, lay the fragment of a world map, which so piqued his interest that Laube agreed to send it to Minneapolis.
It may well have been part of the library a€” or the assembly room a€” of a cloister that was secularized by Napoleon, passing from hand to hand occasionally as a curiosity for some 150 years until it landed in Laubea€™s antiquarian shop in Zurich.
Legend 38 shows where Pharaoh drowned pursuing the Israelites, and below it the cartographer has drawn in the pathway of the exodus. Or perhaps the dinner a€” the date still uncertain a€” when Jim Montgomery sang a€?Aunt Claraa€? for the first time. Recently (within a year) I had the same problem on my hands - and found no American editor whatever for a Sherlockian essay which has since found place in an English Symposium or anthology issued as a book.
As a charter member, I call for a prompt and continued honoring of the wise provisions of The Founding Fathers. Weber declared himself a€?Judge Lynch,a€? his pen-name as chief mystery book reviewer in the Saturday Review of Literature. James Keddie sits next to him, and on the table nearby is the orthodox coal-scuttle he has brought from Boston. Colling, a former New York Evening Post colleague of Morleya€™s (its movie critic, who helped turn Morleya€™s 1922 novel Where the Blue Begins into a play in 1925), and H. He attended the annual dinner for the first time in 1936, and is the only living person to have attended BSI dinners at both the Murray Hill Hotel and, before that, Christ Cellaa€™s speakeasy. He was Secretary to the Syndics of Cambridge University Press from 1922 to 1948, and more than any other one man he had brought the University Press out of the academic backwaters into the mainstream of publishing. My wife and I spent three long evenings reading four of Morleya€™s books and doing the same to him. Ptolemya€™s work was little known in western Europe for some nine hundred years following two references to it in the mid-to-late sixth century, and has often been said by scholars to have exerted little or no influence before it was first printed in the 1470s.
After examining it more closely with his assistant, Vsevolod Slessarev, Parker reached an agreement with Laube in late October, and the map has since remained on a continent that was not part of its inventive cartographera€™s wildest imagination. This might have been the fate of the Walsperger map (#245), had it not been acquired by the medieval University of Heidelberg, whose distinguished library was appropriated by forces loyal to the pope during the early 17th century, the contents being removed to Rome a€” in a move that is still today regarded by some as a theft and by others as a rescue from certain destruction a€” to become a magnificent part of a relatively new collection of books known today as the Vatican Library. Many Europeans refused to believe that the Turks would long control the city they re-named Istanbul and so this legend is not solid proof that it was written in the first half of the 15th century.
History as recorded in the Bible, the matter of legends, and the stuff of romances (such as Herzog Ernst, a popular Middle High German poem of adventure on the high seas) combine with scientific calculations and a a€?moderna€? sense of how to represent space in a round world on a flat surface. Edgar Smitha€™s affectionate zeal, not less than his Sherlockian scholarship, his gusto in pamphleteering, his delight in keeping orderly records, and his access to mimeographic and parchment-engrossing and secretarial resources, all these were irresistible. Henry Morton Robinson was a popular writer whose 1943 Saturday Review article about the BSI, a€?Baker Street Irregularities,a€? was reprinted in Irregular Memories of the a€™Thirties. Weber, had been at the 1936 dinner, and the 1940 too, despite the silence of Smitha€™s minutes on that score. Bell at the Victoria Hotel, to found the BSIa€™s first scion society, The Speckled Band of Boston. Price, the American Bank Note Company executive who had solved the Sherlock Holmes Crossword in 1934.
Davis and Hazard had been at the 1936 dinner together a€” their signatures are both on a surviving copy of that nighta€™s menu.
His a€?Profile of a New York Irregular,a€? about Basil Davenport, appeared in Irregular Proceedings of the Mid a€™Forties. Yet it seems from the handwriting of its legends that the Bell Librarya€™s map is nearly a generation older than that. Unfortunately, Laube had no information about the worka€™s provenance, and after his death any records of the shop were lost or destroyed.
It cannot be denied, however, that these coordinate tables are related to two mappaemundi noted above: the Walsperger map of 1448 (#245) and the Zeitz map of ca. I dona€™t suppose that any society of Amateur Mendicants has ever had a more agreeable or competent fugleman.
Simeon Strunsky at the New York Times, a€?dean of grammarians,a€? as Morley liked to call him, had been on the 1935 membership list as well, though he (like Rosenbach) never attended a BSI dinner.
Standing against the wall are two of Morleya€™s closest friends, Bill Hall in deerstalker, and Robert K. He was the author of A Note on the Watson Problem, 100 copies, privately printed at the Cambridge U.P.
In his article in Imago Mundi, however, Parker insightfully observed that this hitherto-unknown fragmentary representation of the world bore affinities to two other mappaemundi a€” known as the Walsperger (#245) and the Zeitz maps (#251)a€” and that it was therefore related to what the historian Dana Bennett Durand, in 1934, first called the a€?Vienna-Klosterneuburg Map Corpusa€?. John Winterich was a prominent critic who had also been a colleague of Morleya€™s at the Saturday Review of Literature.
Mans-bridge lives in Connecticut, and it is an honor to publish the following reminiscence here. The Bell fragment is clearly a third member of this cartographical family, in its original state slightly larger than the Walsperger map, more interesting than its siblings for being richly illuminated but like them in the use of dots to show exact sittings of cities.
Leavitt, Harvey Officer, James Keddie, Earle Walbridge, and other legendary figures from the BSIa€™s early days.
He could be serious, but never solemn; the lighter side of letters and life appealed to him, and he became prominent in the affairs of both Sherlock Holmes Societies (pre-war and post-war) in England. These data prove that precision applied equally to the location of individual cities and to the a€?sprawla€? of rivers and mountain ranges; they also contain specific instructions to enable an artist to render people and other design features.
Stone and Howard Haycraft, sitting against the wall further down, preserve a serious demeanor. He ended up with two-thirds of a column in Whoa€™s Who, and many honors: Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge, Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University, and finally Sir Sydney. Thus, the compilers of the Bell Map and the other members of its cartographical family sought to find a scientific way a€” at a time when the printing press was not yet known or fully understood a€” to produce copies of a world map that consistently indicated the location of places with a precision unavailable in language to Honorius Augustodunensis and in design to the artists of other mappaemundi. Across the table, Charlie Goodman and his brother Jack beam at the camera, while Mitchell Kennerley the bookman, who will take his own life ten years hence, studies the back of his hand somberly. Further down, Harvey Officer, soon to be the BSIa€™s first songster with his Irregular anthem a€?The Road to Baker Street,a€? smiles shyly at the camera.
C.,a€? bluff, friendly but business-like, at ease in any company and in any country a€” even riding a camel in Egypt, winning a race against another one ridden by an Oxford man. The owlish bespectacled man at the bottom of the picture may or may not be Elmer Davis; across from him, Earle Walbridge makes another appearance in what will long stand as the record for unbroken attendance at the annual dinners. Basil Davenport turns toward Peter Greig, as Ronald Mansbridge raises a wine-glass in salute.

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