This blog is mostly professional, but may have some personal notes in it as well, as it affects my professional activities.

Its namesake stems from my PhD research into regional identities in the late eighteenth century in what is now southern Bavaria.

I blog about issues related to information literacy, access to library resources, the environment, and the Historical Geography of Rupertsland.

Some sources regarding his life and work.

Fischer, H. (1988) ‘Schön und vortrefflich’: die ‘Charte von Schwaben’: Ein kartengeschichtlich bedeutsames Werk zu Beginn des 19. Jahrhunderts, in: Beiträge zur Landeskunde: Regelmässige Beilage zum Staatsanzeiger für Baden-Württemberg, Juni 1988, 3:1–8.

Fischer, H. (1988) Die ‘Charte von Schwaben’ im Massstab 1:86,400: Erläuterungen, in the series: Reproduktionen alter Karten, Stuttgart.

Fischer, H. (1993) Die ‘Charte von Schwaben’ 1:86,400, Cartographica Helvetica 7 (1993) 1–10.Gradmann, J.J. (1802) Das gelehrte Schwaben: oder Lexicon der jetzt lebenden schwäbischen Schriftsteller, Ravensburg.

Günther, Siegmund (1922) Eine Kartierung Oberschwabens um die Wende des achtzehnten Jahrhunderts, Sitzungsberichte der mathematisch-physikalischen Klasse der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu München, Jahrgang 1921 315–330, 317n.

Wolfart, P. (2008) Mapping the Early Modern State: the Work of Ignaz Ambros Amman, 1782–1812, Journal of Historical Geography, 34(1):1-23.

"Ignaz Ambros von Amman" in Wikipedia [short entry but cites Wolfart (2008).]

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Battery Recycling

I can't believe in the year 2009, I still can't find anywhere that will recycle regular (read highly toxic) household batteries. I remember as a small child back in the dark ages of the 3rd or maybe 4th modern eco-movement, most stores in Europe had a box where you could deposit batteries.
A few years ago, as an agent of the people of Ontario, I contacted their Ministry of the Environment with this question, and they very helpfully informed me that they send their batteries to a reprocessing plant in New York State (bet they were happy), but that us lowly civilians...well, no real answer there. I later found out there was one bin in city hall in Toronto. To their credit I believe they had two bins at the bottom of the grand staircase for the whole population of the GTA. At least IKEA came to the rescue, as it turned out they had a programme, and they didn't really care where you purchased them. Course doesn't help me in Winnipeg, and I'm not exactly hailing Winnipeg / Ikea at this point as environmental leaders. Shame on the Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba, the City of Winnipeg, seems like a no-brainer.

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