4/29/08: Liu Bei Sanguozhi, Playing Cards, Cao/Xiahou Tree

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4/29/08: Liu Bei Sanguozhi, Playing Cards, Cao/Xiahou Tree

Unread postby James » Wed Apr 30, 2008 4:54 am

I’d like to introduce a few updates that were posted to the site a few days ago. First, <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/sgz/liubei.php">Liu Bei’s <i>Sanguozhi</i> Biography</a>, by Stephen So, is now available. Many of you may have stumbled across this biography in the past in password-protected PDF format, making the contents difficult to cite or reference. That shouldn’t be a problem anymore. That said, this is a marvelously well-written biography with extensive footnotes. Stephen has done a wonderful job with it. It is a must read.

Quite some time ago we discovered a delightful set of two <a href="http://kongming.net/products/playing_cards/">54-card decks of Romance of the Three Kingdoms Playing Cards</a>, usually only found in Hong Kong, particularly in airports. The artwork is quite fun and we have enjoyed nicknaming many of the cards. We’ve been <a href="/viewtopic.php?t=8455">discussing this deck</a> in our forum, <a href="/">Scholars of Shen Zhou</a>, for quite some time now. In discussing the deck we have also posted occasional scans of the cards. Well, now the entire deck is <a href="http://kongming.net/products/playing_cards/">online</a> for you to view and enjoy, each card scanned and carefully prepared in Photoshop. I hope you enjoy it! You are welcome to share your thoughts on these cards with us in our forum, too!

We would like to introduce a new <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/trees/caoxiahou.php">Cao/Xiahou Family Tree</a> by J.C. Cawley (aka. <a href="http://the-scholars.com/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&amp;u=2095">Kong Wen</a>), a project he has been working on for some time now. This family tree is much more extensive than our existing one, or anything we’ve seen in a book for that matter. J.C. Cawley would like to point out that this family tree is not yet complete, and that some fine tuning is also necessary, but it would be a shame to keep this gem locked away in a musty old chest any longer. I would also like to add that its sheer size has also led me to explore new ways to present family trees here at Kongming’s Archives. Our presentation also needs some fine-tuning and the JavaScript used to create the collapsing menus many of you will enjoy is not working properly in Internet Explorer for some reason. Regardless, I haven’t left any of you out: Internet Explorer receives its own dedicated presentation, and it actually looks quite good. You may like it too.
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Unread postby James » Wed Apr 30, 2008 5:02 am

Zhuge Song wrote:The +s and -s on the Cao/Xiahou Family Tree (Ultra Edition) don't seem to change when you click the "Expand All" or "Collapse All" buttons. Also it seems all the branches start with a + sign even though some of them are open by default.

You are correct! The + and - symbols aren't terribly clever little things. This, unfortunately, is quite an issue for me as JavaScript isn't among the languages I am a wizard with. I can replace them with (ugh... don't feel like looking it up... the symbol that looks like +) and they'll look the same no matter what you are doing.

There are a few issues like this. A few things we wanted to do with that family tree before publishing it. But as I thought about it I realized it wasn't serving anyone while it sat around waiting for me to fight those battles so I pushed it forward so people could at least enjoy it.
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Unread postby Kong Wen » Wed Apr 30, 2008 6:32 am

Two hugely important updates, James, to go along with (and dwarf—thanks!) my little vanity tree. Great work on this. I love those cards. It can't be stressed enough.
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