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Coolist: 1957 Ford Thunderbird - F-Code.

Drool.

10/21/14 • 02:46 PM • ConsumptionDesignHistoryVehicles • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vox: In the 1970s, women were making big gains in computer science. Then they fell behind.

What happened in the mid-1980s? You should listen to the podcast for the full story, but the short answer is that as computers first moved into the home, they were mostly seen as toys — and those toys were marketed to boys and men.” There’s got to be something else at work here. Home computers can’t be the only reason. The Macintosh became big right around that time, and nearly every graphic design station was being jockeyed by a very capable woman. And the phalanxes of word processing folks in the office ... mostly women. This just sounds like an offkey tuning fork, this claim.

10/21/14 • 12:59 PM • ComputingHistoryHuman Rights • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BookForum: Innovators Abroad.

... technological development is also a human story — one that involves politics, war, culture, discrimination, social upheaval, and a great deal of human exploitation thousands of miles down the production line, in Congo’s coltan mines and Shenzhen’s brutal factories.

10/21/14 • 10:48 AM • BooksHistoryHuman RightsScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

ArtDaily: Rothschild pistols seized by the Nazis in 1939 and stored in a salt mine during WWII for s

As gorgeous a set of flintlocks as I’ve ever seen ... at least, from the top view. Silver’s not a very good structural component for a firearm, so I assume it’s mostly decoration. But what decoration.

10/21/14 • 10:37 AM • ConsumptionDesignHistoryHuman Rights • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

UPI: Led Zeppelin sees ‘Stairway to Heaven’ lawsuit move forward.

You knew this would happen. LZ will settle out of court, yet again. I point you back here, for the umpteenth time. Settled out of court for “Dazed and Confused.” Settled out of court over “Whole Lotta Love.” 

10/20/14 • 06:32 PM • HistoryLawMusic • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Daily Mail.UK: Tutankhamun had girlish hips, a club foot and buck teeth ...

Some interesting theoretical leaps being taken here.

10/20/14 • 12:58 PM • HistoryScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Exactly, precisely why we were all glad to see bell bottoms go away.

This. 

10/20/14 • 11:01 AM • ConsumptionDesignHistory • (5) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The New Yorker: The Real Amazon Warriors.

... the horse was the great equalizer, along with the bow and arrow, which meant that a woman could be just as fast, just as deadly, as a man.” Those following a certain issue in the news, should be warned.

10/20/14 • 09:36 AM • ArtsBooksHistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Harvard University Press: The digital Loeb Classical Library is now online.

Here. Students of Latin and Greek rejoice.

10/17/14 • 07:47 PM • ArtsBooksHistoryScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

ArtDaily: The Morgan showcases one of its greatest illuminated manuscripts ... The Crusader Bible.

Neat.

10/17/14 • 07:00 PM • ArtsBooksHistoryReligion • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vox: How AP US History classes became the new culture war battleground.

My time in AP History seemed to revolve around the Civil War. The only thing I recall from that course was discussions of the Gag Rule. It really didn’t give me more information than I was already finding through my own curiousity at the public library and my old man’s collection of books (reading materials for his officer’s courses in the Marines). The original three-volume set of Lee’s Lieutenants: A Study in Command, for instance.

10/17/14 • 10:13 AM • HistoryPersonalScholarly • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BarnFinds: The First El Camino?

Another nice one.

10/16/14 • 04:56 PM • ConsumptionDesignHistoryVehicles • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Archaeology News Network: Amphipolis mosaic portrays Abduction of Persephone.

Looks more and more like this is a tomb for a very important woman in Alexander’s family.

10/16/14 • 01:25 PM • HistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

OpenCulture: Night on Bald Mountain: An Eery, Avant-Garde Pinscreen Animation.

What a difference seven years makes.

10/16/14 • 01:13 PM • ArtsChildhoodEntertainmentHistoryPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Italian Ways: The Castle in Soncino - “Si vis pacem, para bellum”.

Whenever I see a brick castle, I think “I could build that.”  Leftover Lego mentality, I suppose.

10/16/14 • 10:25 AM • HistoryTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Barn Finds: Henney’s Nu-3-Way - 1953 Packard Hearse.

Oh, man.  Dyin’ to have this. (Heh). What a great vehicle to haul camera equipment around in! I’ll hold out for 4WD, tho.

10/15/14 • 05:38 PM • ConsumptionDesignHistory • (4) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Youtube: Glen Campbell - I’m Not Gonna Miss You.

The famed singer is in the final stages of cognitive decline, and it seems his record company saved this for us.

10/15/14 • 05:18 PM • HealthHistoryMusic • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: French soldier’s room unchanged 96 years after his death in first world war.

The parents of the young officer kept his room exactly as it was the day he left for the battlefront. When they decided to move in 1935, they stipulated in the sale that Rochereau’s room should not be changed for 500 years.

10/15/14 • 11:49 AM • HistoryTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Dazed: Glastonbury bans sale of Native American headdresses.

Appropriate. Those who make and wear tattoos know not to copy ‘real’ Maori Ta Moko designs out of respect; the Maori consider this a form of ‘identity theft’, because the patterns are family-based. Why should a similar respect not be extended to Native Americans?  Remember how much Christians love Serrano’s “Piss Christ.

10/15/14 • 11:25 AM • ArtsHistoryHuman RightsReligion • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Apple Insider: IDG cancels Macworld/iWorld 2015 conference, says show ‘going on hiatus’.

Wowzer. End of an era, indeed.

10/14/14 • 12:30 PM • AppleHardwareHistorySoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Library of Congress: WPA Posters (canned search).

Inspirational.

10/14/14 • 12:17 PM • ArtsHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Observer.UK: What drives writers to drink?

Wait! I know this! AMAZON. Well, not in the context of this article perhaps ...

10/14/14 • 12:16 PM • ArtsBooksHistory • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Appendix: Photographing the Guillotine.

... this will be and this has been.” Yes, exactly. Good article.

10/14/14 • 12:13 PM • HistoryLawPhotographyPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Amphipolis Tomb - Map, photos and information.

Nice.  Someone’s compiling all the latest on the tomb.

10/14/14 • 12:03 PM • HistoryInternetScienceTravelWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: Forecast for Ebola Worsens as Mortality Rate Rises.

Mortality rate seems to have jumped from 50% to 70%. Caveat: the particular type of Ebola in the current outbreak has been, from my previous reading during the early press, always been pegged at 70%.

10/14/14 • 11:30 AM • HealthHistoryPoliticsScienceTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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