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The Village Explainer
We met Ezra Pound at Grace Lounsbery’s house, he came to dinner with us and he stayed and he talked about japanese prints among other things. Gertrude Stein liked him but did not find him amusing. She said he was a village explainer, excellent if you were a village, but if you were not, not.
ezrapound  pound  gertrudestein  mansplaining  literature  history  quotes 
12 days ago by ignatz
Apollo 11 vs USB-C Chargers
CPUs on the moon spaceship versus today's wall charger
usb  hardware  computing  history  space  ha 
14 days ago by ignatz
Whats on the menu?
archive of 17,000 old menus in the ny library
history  food  foodhistory  libraries  reference  archive  menus 
24 days ago by ignatz
Iron Spike on Twitter: "Hello. Have you met Anita Berber? She was a disasterpiece. I think you'd like her. https://t.co/TrvYFlZdFy" / Twitter
When not dancing her self-choreographed nude pieces, which had titles like "Cocaine" and "Morphium," for rapt and scandalized audiences, Berber could sometimes be seen in hotel lobbies, nude except for a sable wrap, a pet monkey, and a silver brooch filled with cocaine.
twitter  yikes  history  biography  anitaberber  drugs  wtf  entertainment 
6 weeks ago by ignatz
Galega officinalis - Wikipedia
Plant that was the origin of metformin. Also called "goat's rue."
diabetes  drugs  pharmaceuticals  medicine  metformin  history  botany  wikipedia 
6 weeks ago by ignatz
Ed Ruscha - Motorized Photographs Of Sunset Blvd. And Other L.A. Streets on Vimeo
Ed Ruscha reads Kerouac over a montage of his 60s-70s photos of Hollywood, 2 minute film
edruscha  art  losangeles  hollywood  kerouac  beats  60s  70s  history  film  vimeo 
6 weeks ago by ignatz
The Cowboy Cartographer Who Loved California | Atlas Obscura
the "Renaissance Man of the West," as some have called him, packed history, geography, and personal details into a series of maps of different parts of California
geo  gis  visualization  maps  art  california  history 
7 weeks ago by ignatz
The Mapback Index - a Guide for Collectors and Fans - Welcome
This website is devoted to paperbacks published by Dell in the 1940s and 1950s. They were published on inexpensive "pulp" paper, and had striking cover art by some iconic cover artists of the era. On the back cover, most of them had a map or other illustration depicting settings and locations in the book, which is why collectors and readers call them "mapbacks."
books  history  collections  archive 
11 weeks ago by ignatz
Sarooj - Wikipedia
Sarooj is a traditional water-resistant mortar used in Iranian architecture,[1][2] used in the construction of bridges,[3] and ice pits or earth refrigerators (yakhchal).[4]
construction  wikipedia  materials  engineering  iran  history 
september 2019 by ignatz
The Codeless Code: Case 234 Ozymandias
Love this:
I chanced upon an ancient cache of code:
a stack of printouts, tall as any man,
that in decaying boxes had been stowed.
Ten thousand crumbling pages long it ran.
Abandoned in the blackness to erode,
what steered a ship through blackness to the moon.
The language is unused in this late year.
The target hardware, likewise, lies in ruin.
Entombed within one lone procedure’s scope,
a line of code and then these words appear:

# TEMPORARY, I HOPE HOPE HOPE

The code beside persisting to the last—
as permanent as aught upon this sphere—
while overhead, a vacant moon flies past.
moon  apollo  coding  history  hacks  comments  funny  poetry  poems  ozymandias  via:jm 
july 2019 by ignatz
Weizenbaum examines computers and society - The Tech
I think the computer has from the beginning been a fundamentally conservative force. It has made possible the saving of institutions pretty much as they were, which otherwise might have had to be changed. For example, banking. Superficially, it looks as if banking has been revolutionized by the computer. But only very superficially. Consider that, say 20, 25 years ago, the banks were faced with the fact that the population was growing at a very rapid rate, many more checks would be written than before, and so on. Their response was to bring in the computer. By the way, I helped design the first computer banking system in the United States, for the Bank of America 25 years ago.
computers  programming  business  politics  history  technology  via:jomc 
june 2019 by ignatz
National Project
today I learned that the women's christian temperance union still exists
alcohol  religion  usa  history 
april 2019 by ignatz
Music Typewriters - Music Printing History
Music typewriters were developed in the 19th century, but it wasn't until the mid 1900s that they became popular.
music  history  machines  engineering  typewriters 
march 2019 by ignatz
Timeline of Russian innovation - Wikipedia
very odd list of russian innovations, starting with baked milk
wikipedia  russia  history  technology  wtf 
november 2018 by ignatz
Public History | Lapham’s Quarterly
History museums and historical societies in the United States.
mapping  gis  geography  usa  history  museums  archives 
november 2018 by ignatz
aerospaceprojectsreview.com
concept aircraft including huge over the top fantasies
aviation  history  design  wtf 
september 2018 by ignatz
12 O'Clock Calendar 12 O'Clock Rock
KPFK music show, legendary, DJd by Andrea 'Enthal
music  history  80s 
july 2018 by ignatz
MS-DOS 3.3 MBR
my 1990s NEC computer had a horrible proprietary disk setup
NEC  vintagecomputing  1990s  technology  failure  history  DOS 
july 2018 by ignatz
Hidden Camera Used to Photograph Olso in the 1890s
surprisingly lively candids from a time when we thought it was all very rigid
photography  history 
january 2018 by ignatz
Peter Brown (historian) - Wikipedia
He is credited with having brought coherence to the field of Late Antiquity, and is sometimes regarded as the inventor of the field.
history  historians  peterbrown  lateantiquity  rome 
december 2017 by ignatz
California’s Little-Known Genocide - History in the Headlines
In 1850, around 400 Pomo people, including women and children, were slaughtered by the U.S. Cavalry and local volunteers at Clear Lake north of San Francisco.
history  california  usa  villainy  genocide 
november 2017 by ignatz
AOL Insider V2.o
"Inside and out of American On line"
"taking AOL to the limit...
aol  history  guiding  ha 
october 2017 by ignatz
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