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The Man Who Invented Information Theory | Boston Review
The Man Who Invented Information Theory from Boston Review. Of the pioneers who drove the information technology revolution, Claude Shannon may have been the most brilliant. A new book resurrects his legacy.
information  theory  book  toread  shannon  early  history  computer  messaging  telecommunications  mit 
19 days ago by xer0x
What it’s like to pursue a dream for 30 years — and fail
For every successful, hot-selling invention, there are a million others that don’t make it. But what does ‘failure’ really mean?
bionic  boot  passion  failure  theft  draft  australia  technology  stem  stories  history  sf  hustle 
21 days ago by xer0x
Chicago’s Deep Tunnel: Is it the solution to urban flooding or a cautionary tale?
The Deep Tunnel was supposed to provide “a total solution to the flood problem.” It hasn’t.
flood  tunnel  history 
6 weeks ago by xer0x
We need Sustainable Free and Open Source Communities
The short version: we should stop focusing on how to protect the revenue models of open source companies, and instead focus on how to create sustainable communities. Both because it leads to better…
oss  sustainable  community  chef  history  future 
8 weeks ago by xer0x
Dropping Acid
In the 1980s, musicians in Chicago built a new genre out of obsolete machinery. Listeners lost their minds.
history  detroit  chicago  electronic-music  music  1980s  house-music 
9 weeks ago by xer0x
Fragmentary Knowledge | The New Yorker
John Seabrook on the Antikythera Mechanism, fragments of an ancient mechanical device, discovered in the Aegean Sea, that have long been one of the great mysteries of science.
history  ancient  computer  calendars  greece  feynman  shipwrecks  technology  archaelogy  astronomie 
9 weeks ago by xer0x
The Unified Theory Of Ram Dass | GQ
In 1967 the noted Harvard psychedelic explorer Dr. Richard Alpert was transformed into Ram Dass by a Hindu guru in the foothills of the Himalayas. He then came back to the States with a vision of spirituality that transformed hippie America. Now the message of this 87-year-old teacher who keeps images of both Barack Obama and Donald Trump on his altar has taken on a profound new resonance.
gq  magazine  style  history  harvard  lsd  mushrooms  today  2018 
11 weeks ago by xer0x
The Secret Syndicate behind Nancy Drew | JSTOR Daily
If you remember your grade-school reading log, the Nancy Drew mysteries are by Carolyn Keene. Only she never existed.
history  nancy  drew 
11 weeks ago by xer0x
Chrystia Freeland: My Ukraine, and Putin’s big lie — Quartz
The fight Putin has picked with Ukraine is about post-Soviet kleptocracy, and where and whether there is a popular will to resist it.
ukraine  russia  history 
11 weeks ago by xer0x
The Little-Known Reason Pencils Are Yellow - Artsy
Pencils weren’t always yellow. We have the marketing genius of a 19th-century Czech manufacturer to thank for their now-ubiquitous hue.
art  branding  colour  czech  design  france  gabrielle  hick  history  interesting  pencil  pencils 
november 2018 by xer0x
The making of an opioid epidemic | News | The Guardian
The long read: When high doses of painkillers led to widespread addiction, it was called one of the biggest mistakes in modern medicine. But this was no accident
drugs  crisis  guard  long  opioids  society  read  painkiller  oops  medical  mistakes  addiction  history 
november 2018 by xer0x
The Online Photographer: The Remarkable Persistence of 24x36
A hundred and five years ago, in 1913, an asthmatic photographer who worked as an engineer for the Leitz optical factory in Wetzlar, Germany, seeking a less burdensome camera to carry, invented a handy little camera that was about as...
culture  film  history  photography  cameras  technology  Unread 
october 2018 by xer0x
Software Rot and Classes of Rot Resistance · InductiveComputerScience/progsbase Wiki
Public Progsbase Repository. Contribute to InductiveComputerScience/progsbase development by creating an account on GitHub.
compsci  computer  rot  decay  history  reference  science  bitrot  computer-science  development  information  scale  software-engieering 
september 2018 by xer0x
Microfilm Lasts Half a Millennium - The Atlantic
Millions of publications—not to mention spy documents—can be read on microfilm machines. But people still see these devices as outmoded and unappealing. An Object Lesson.
microfiche  microfilm  papernet  whosonfirst  history  spy  newspaper  archives 
july 2018 by xer0x
Big Bang telescope finale marks end of an era in cosmology
With the end of Europe’s Planck mission, researchers are moving to smaller projects studying different aspects of the cosmic microwave background.
space  telescope  era  history 
july 2018 by xer0x
The City at the Beginning of the World - Archaeology Magazine
The only Maya city with an urban grid may embody a creation myth
maya  city  grid  history  crocodile  religion  america 
july 2018 by xer0x
BBC - Travel - Switzerland’s mysterious fourth language
Despite Romansh being one of Switzerland’s four national languages, less than 0.5% percent of Swiss can speak it.
switzerland  romansh  language  history 
june 2018 by xer0x
Vice Media Was Built on a Bluff
For almost 25 years, Shane Smith’s plan for Vice Media was that, by the time the suckers caught on, he’d never be stuck owning the company he co-founded.
vice  media  history  sales 
june 2018 by xer0x
Why Did New York City Stop Building Subways? - CityLab
Nearly 80 years ago, a construction standstill derailed the subway’s progress, leading to its present crisis. This is the story, decade by decade.
subway  newyork  cities  nyc  history  IFTTT  Pocket  public_transport  STEM  transit 
april 2018 by xer0x
The brutal world of sheep fighting: the illegal sport beloved by Algeria’s 'lost generation' | News | The Guardian
The long read: Algeria’s ‘lost generation’ has been shaped by years of conflict, unemployment and state repression. Sheep fighting offers an arena where young men can escape the constant supervision of the state
sheep  fighting  algeria  africa  history  underground 
february 2018 by xer0x
Crushed wood is stronger than steel
Compressing wood and removing some of its polymers can increase its strength by more than a factor of ten.
cool  sustainability  wood  materials  iceboat  canada  future  history 
february 2018 by xer0x
Kenichi Yamamoto, Father of Mazda’s Rotary Engine, Is Dead at 95 - The New York Times
He led the engineering team that produced an innovative answer to the conventional piston automotive engine. He later led the company.
mazda  chief  obituatary  nytimes  japan  technology  history  engine  rotary 
january 2018 by xer0x
The Legacy Of The Mississippi Delta Chinese : NPR
Chinese immigrants came to the Mississippi Delta as agricultural laborers. Many moved on to become grocers in African-American neighborhoods. Some stores remain, but many folks have moved on and away.
pocket  ifttt  chinese  delta  mississippi  history  racism 
january 2018 by xer0x
What Happened to Trump’s 19 Sexual-Misconduct Accusers
Several women are airing their claims again, hoping that in this #MeToo moment, people will be more willing to listen.
trump  sex  charges  assault  rape  history  teflon  don  donald 
december 2017 by xer0x
Archaeologists find mysterious, 4,000-year-old dog sacrifices in Russia | Ars Technica
Ancient structure full of charred dog bones points to a ritual related to werewolf myths.
werewolf  history  russia  dog  burn  ritual 
november 2017 by xer0x
John Raines, 84, Who Evaded Capture in an F.B.I. Break-in, Dies - The New York Times
Dr. Raines and his wife were among the antiwar protesters who broke into a field office in 1971 and stole hundreds of files, which they gave to journalists.
history  abuse  fbi  hoover  sad  america  snowden  objector  activism 
november 2017 by xer0x
True Kilts: Debunking the Myths About Highlanders and Clan Tartans | Collectors Weekly
Shop for—and learn—about vintage and antiques. Browse the best of eBay, connect with other collectors, and explore the history behind your favorite finds.
kilts  history  things 
november 2017 by xer0x
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