30 Microlog entries tagged with ‘history’

The Cobweb: What the Web Said Yesterday
On the Internet Archive’s (and others’) attempts to preserve some kind of fixed account of a web that’s constantly in flux – with new information replacing old, or merely hiding it, not to mention the scourge of link rot. #   ·

Roads Were Not Built for Cars
Did you know Henry Ford ripped off the idea of the assembly line from bicycle factories? There’s plenty of tidbits like that in this review of a new book busting the myths of road ownership. #   ·

The book rustlers of Timbuktu: how Mali’s ancient manuscripts were saved
Malians aren’t stupid: they know the value of their history and heritage. Long may their good work continue. #   ·

The Fasinatng … Frustrating … Fascinating History of Autocorrect
Added to my Instapaper queue. Also: serendipitous considering the day I had yesterday, typos aplenty. #   ·

Economic Hardcore: Remembering the Minutemen Nearly 30 Years Later
A great essay on my favourite band. Read it. #   ·

The gloves are off
Bee pointed out how no one wears gloves handing old documents in BBC Four historical documentaries anymore, so I hit up Google to see if there was anything to it, and immediately found this, the answer we wanted! #   ·

The 1925 ‘Hollywood Subway’
I knew a little about the tunnels and such (and LA Noire, of course) but had never read the full story till now. #   ·

Yea, verily wast he tricked oute withe many fineries
Love this thread on linguistic ananchronisms that turn out to be anything but. AskMeFi earns another ‘best of the web’ star from me. #   ·

Cartographies of Time
“Selections from a captivating history of timelines—from time circles to time dragons, to a history of the world drawn on a single piece of paper.” #   ·

The Ghosts of D&D
An in-depth look at the state of tabletop RPG gaming, past, present and future. See also: more background on the series from its author. #   ·

The Restart Page
Geek alert: you could easily lose an hour with these simulated start-up routines for various OSes. A lovely little piece of computing history. #   ·

How the Potato Changed the World
Added to the ‘Things I didn’t know’ file: tomatoes can be affected by potato blight [c/o The Morning News]. #   ·

Scott and Scurvy
Epic post from Maciej Ceglowski last year that I never noticed at the time. Did you know they forgot the cure for scurvy in the 19th century? Crazy stuff. #   ·

A Brief History of the Corporation: 1600 to 2100
The definitiom of tl;dr (but worth saving for reference). #   ·

Orange you glad you got your Nickelodeon?
An epic MeFi post on the history of the kids’ TV channel. I haven’t even begun to delve into it yet. #   ·

Timeline of the History of Information
Only goes up to 1998. I think quite a bit has happened since then. #   ·

A brief history of Japan’s vintage railways
“Historically, the shape of rail’s introduction to Japan and its development into a tourism industry mirrors that of the West. Unlike the West, steam trains have taken on a symbolic strength that permeates the culture… Melancholy, wistful, an image of the voyage and sadness of life itself.” #   ·

Howard Zinn obituary
It’s been a year since he died; too few have learned his lessons. #   ·

100 exciting things you didn’t know about Dublin
Some of these are a bit silly, others quite surprising. It’s part of a project tasked with reinvigorating the city centre (I hope they’ve noted the obvious points: blight in many parts creates a bad impression; and shopping/socialising options in the suburbs have improved, keeping people closer to home). #   ·

Looking into the past
Is there an augmented reality app for this kind of thing? If there isn’t, there should be. Just imagine the possibilities! #   ·

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