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The White Man’s Boredom – The New Inquiry
"Jeffrey Auerbach shows in a rich new book, Imperial Boredom: Monotony and the British Empire, despite the parades and the hunts, even colonial governors in the late 19th century British Empire found their work endless, fruitless, and boring."
book  review  colonialism  history  bureaucracy  boredom  19c  country(GreatBritain)  empire 
march 2019 by tsuomela
Mass Observation Online - Adam Matthew Digital
"This resource offers revolutionary access to one of the most important archives for the study of Social History in the modern era. Explore original manuscript and typescript papers created and collected by the Mass Observation organisation, as well as printed publications, photographs and interactive features."
research  data  country(GreatBritain)  20c  interview  ethnography 
november 2014 by tsuomela
The Death Blow for British Coal - In These Times
"New revelations have surfaced about police brutality in Thatcher’s 1984 battle with miners."
law  protests  legal  unions  country(GreatBritain)  1980s  labor  oppression 
december 2012 by tsuomela
Hall’s Law: The Nineteenth Century Prequel to Moore’s Law
"Interchangeability of parts breaks the coupling between scaling and manufacturing capacity by substituting supply-chain limits for manufacturing limits. For a rifle, you can build up a stockpile of spare parts in peace time, and deliver an uninterrupted supply of parts to match the breakdown rate. There is no need to predict which part might break down in order to meaningfully anticipate and prepare. You can also distribute production optimally (close to raw material sources or low-cost talent for instance), since there is no need to locate craftsmen near the point-of-use.

So when interchangeability was finally achieved and had diffused through the economy as standard practice (a process that took about 65 years), demand-management complexity moved to the supply chain, and most problems could be solved by distributing inventories appropriately." Annotated link
history  economic  technology  innovation  manufacturing  interchangeable  industrial  18c  19c  country(UnitedStates)  country(GreatBritain)  military  growth  revolution  capitalism  capital  design 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Thatcher, Scientist
This paper has two halves. First, I piece together what we know about Margaret Thatcher's training and employment as a scientist. She took science subjects at school
politics  science  experience  biography  country(GreatBritain)  20c  sts  history 
february 2012 by tsuomela
From underwear to aircraft noise: logging 70 years of social change
The summer of 2011 marks the seventieth anniversary of the very first Government Social Survey.

In celebration, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) pays tribute to the thousands of interviewers who have asked the public questions on everything from underwear to aircraft noise. We have delved into the archives and picked surveys from 1941, 1951, etc to mark each decade.
country(GreatBritain)  state  survey  government  statistics  polling  social 
january 2012 by tsuomela
BBC News - Why state surveys asked about bras and haddock
From bra ownership to television interference, the government has wanted to know some strange stuff about people in the UK. Now a history of social surveys reveals why.
surveys  history  country(GreatBritain)  statistics  state  government  polls  tracking  social 
january 2012 by tsuomela
Domesday Project
"The BBC Domesday Project was a pair of interactive videodiscs made by the BBC in London to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the original Domesday Book and published in November 1986. It was one of the major interactive projects of its time, and it was undertaken on a scale not seen since."
archive  history  preservation  country(GreatBritain) 
october 2011 by tsuomela
The Paper
Comments on the student protests in Great Britain.
periodicals  magazine  protests  country(UK)  academic  country(GreatBritain) 
april 2011 by tsuomela
How to Build a Progressive Tea Party | The Nation
American citizens should ask themselves: I work hard and pay my taxes, so why don’t the richest people and the corporations? Why should I pick up the entire tab for keeping the nation running? Why should the people who can afford the most pay the least? If you’re happy with that situation, you can stay at home and leave the protesting to the Tea Party. For the rest, there’s an alternative. For too long, progressive Americans have been lulled into inactivity by Obama’s soaring promises, which come to little. As writer Rebecca Solnit says, “Hope is not a lottery ticket you can sit on the sofa and clutch, feeling lucky…. Hope is an ax you break down doors with in an emergency.” UK Uncut has just shown Americans how to express real hope—and build a left-wing Tea Party.
politics  progressive  movement  activism  country(GreatBritain)  example 
march 2011 by tsuomela
The Young Foundation - A centre for Social Innovation
We bring together insight, innovation and entrepreneurship to meet social needs, with a 55 year track record of success with ventures such as the Open University, Which?, the School for Social Entrepreneurs and Healthline (the precursor of NHS Direct).

Our Launchpad team creates innovative new organisations in health and education.

Our local innovation work includes practical projects involving neighbourhoods, wellbeing and the future of cities.

Our research covers changing needs, crime, social innovation, civility and belonging. We work locally around our base in east London, throughout the UK, as well as internationally.
social  innovation  research  community  activism  entrepreneurship  creativity  design  think-tank  international  city(London)  country(GreatBritain) 
march 2010 by tsuomela

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