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Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Photophone: How Alexander Graham Bell Transmitted Sound by Sunlight

quote [ Alexander Graham Bell?s greatest invention was the telephone. But if you told that to Mr. Bell, he would have disagreed. ]

Note the name and note it well
[SFW] [history] [+2]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:04amGMT] [0 comments]

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

The Codecs of Streams Past

quote [ From CD-ROMs to Star Wars trailers to YouTube, the video format technology that got pushed off to the side as standardization crept in. ]

So I studied to unlock the codec
[SFW] [history] [+2]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:02amGMT] [5 comments]

Thursday, 28 July 2022

The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race ? Jared Diamond

quote [ Besides malnutrition, starvation, and epidemic diseases, farming helped bring another curse upon humanity: deep class divisions. ]

Archived from 1987 and probably one of the sources for Graeber's last book.

via an article from last year about the high human cost of transitions.

[SFW] [history] [+1 Underrated]
[by Paracetamol@11:35amGMT] [6 comments]

Tuesday, 26 July 2022

Blowback: S1 Episode 0 - "Iraqnophobia" feat. H. Jon Benjamin & James Adomian

quote [ Brendan and Noah drag the Iraq War out of America?s memory hole to see how it shaped our world today. Meet the rogues? gallery of George W. Bush?s administration and Saddam Hussein?s family. Featuring special guests James Adomian and H. Jon Benjamin ]

I'm starting episode 2 now. It's looking to be a really good recap on Iraq and a reminder of the kind of monstrous shit the US is happy to support around the world. Also, H Jon Benjamin!
[SFW] [history]
[by steele@1:27pmGMT] [4 comments]

Saturday, 23 July 2022

When Authorities Dunked Outspoken Women in Water

quote [ In early modern England, women accused of being "common scolds" were immersed in rivers and lakes while strapped to contraptions known as ducking stools ]

Into the ducking stool, feet and hands were bound
[SFW] [history] [+1 WTF]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:01amGMT] [0 comments]

Thursday, 21 July 2022

The ?Wobblies? Documentary Reminds Us Why Bosses Are Still Scared of the IWW

quote [ Historians disagree on whether history is or even should be ?usable,? but past struggles, even if they don?t provide a replicable set of strategies, remind us that what now appears to be settled was once contested and that representation?historical, fictional, or otherwise?is always political. For example, IWW organizers were called ?agitators? by employers, police, and local politicians who capitalized on the public?s fear of violent anarchists, but from Lombardi?s perspective, ?they weren?t agitating us, they were telling us the truth.? ]

Gotta put this on my ToWatch list.

Also, Helen Keller was a Wobbly. Didn't know that till recently.
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[by steele@8:57pmGMT] [0 comments]

Jumbo?s Ghost: Elephants and Machines in Motion

quote [ On September 15, 1885, twenty-five years after his capture in Sudan, Jumbo the elephant tragically died when struck by a freight train. Ross Bullen takes us on a spectral journey through other collisions between elephant and machine ? in adventure novels, abandoned roadside hotels, and psychic science ? revealing latent anxieties at the century?s turn. ]

Standing braver than Jumbo the elephant
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[by ScoobySnacks@5:01amGMT] [0 comments]

Wednesday, 20 July 2022

Aaron Burr ( a four parter) by The Dollop

quote [ Comedians Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds examine Aaron Burr's life ]

The Dollop bringing the funny, as always. It's a lot to get through, but a really good listen. It's a great example of how much of what we're taught about the US, the founding fathers, etc, is just total bullshit. Especially with recent popular entertainment trends.

ads usually end about 6 minutes in or so.

[SFW] [history] [+1 Underrated]
[by steele@7:51pmGMT] [0 comments]

Tuesday, 19 July 2022

The Forgotten Nuclear Accidents at Chalk River

quote [ Workers who cleaned up after the disasters fear that their true effects will never be brought to light ]

Chalk River, biohazards under dirt
[SFW] [history] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@10:38amGMT] [0 comments]

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