I think they're just pretending to be lesbians
Friday, 3 December 2021

A Brief Scientific History of Glass

quote [ Featuring ingots, shipwrecks and an international trade in colors, the material?s rich past is being traced using modern archaeology and materials science ]

I love the sound of breaking glass
[SFW] [history] [+3 Informative]
[by ScoobySnacks@8:43amGMT] [0 comments]

Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Dead on Archival

quote [ Considering the challenges that face shuttered newspapers with decades or even centuries of material to preserve. ]

And the newspaper's screaming for words
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[by ScoobySnacks@6:04amGMT] [0 comments]

Friday, 26 November 2021

Johannes Hevelius?s Moon Atlas

quote [ German astronomer Johannes Hevelius is often regarded as one of the last great astronomers to carry out major observational work without a telescope. With the aid of only a quadrant and an alidade, Hevelius compiled a catalog of more than fifteen hundred stars with unprecedented accuracy. ]

Headed to the moon like I'm atlas
[SFW] [history]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:01amGMT] [0 comments]

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

When Benjamin Franklin Shocked Himself While Attempting to Electrocute a Turkey

quote [ The statesman was embarrassed by the mishap?no doubt a murder most fowl ]

Crispy crispy Benjamin Franklin came over
[SFW] [history]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:00amGMT] [1 comment]

Saturday, 20 November 2021

Pushing Photos Through Wires

quote [ The technology used to distribute photos through news wire services inspired a whole bunch of innovations with use cases beyond newspapers. Like television. ]

She say she like make I wire photo
[SFW] [history] [+1 Informative]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:02amGMT] [1 comment]

Thursday, 18 November 2021

Can Data Die? Tracking the Lenna Image

quote [ Why one of the Internet?s oldest images lives on without its subject?s consent.

In 2021, sharing content is easier than ever. Our lingua franca is visual: memes, infographics, TikToks. Our references cross borders and platforms, shared and remixed a hundred different ways in minutes. Digital culture is collective by default and has us ?, ?, and ? together all around the world.

But as the internet reaches its ?dirty 30s,? what happens when pieces of digital culture that have been saved, screenshotted, and reposted for years need to retire? Let?s dig into the story of one of these artifacts: The Lenna image. ]

It really makes you think about how much control we have with our data once it's published online.
[SFW] [history] [+1 Insightful]
[by damnit@6:11pmGMT] [11 comments]

Monday, 15 November 2021

How Scholars Cracked a Medieval Alchemist?s Secret Code

quote [ Written in a puzzling Latin cipher, it contains his formula for eternal life. ]

There's no time for hatred, only questions
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[by ScoobySnacks@12:48pmGMT] [1 comment]

Thursday, 11 November 2021

Laughter in the Time of Cholera

quote [ Political instability, popular unrest, and an impending pandemic? Welcome to France in the early 1830s. Vlad Solomon explores what made Parisiens laugh in a moment of crisis through the prism of a vaudeville play. ]

With my hopes wearing thin
[SFW] [history]
[by ScoobySnacks@9:04amGMT] [0 comments]

Monday, 8 November 2021

Meet Cute: Were Kokeshi Dolls the Models for Hello Kitty, Pokemon, and Be@rbrick?

quote [ Growing up near San Francisco in the 1960s, my earliest memories of kokeshi dolls were of the kitschy souvenirs sold at the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, as well as the orderly rows of identical, limbless wooden figures that lined the shelves of the tourist-trap gift shops at Fisherman?s Wharf. ]

Fai un feat al massimo con Kokeshi
[SFW] [history]
[by ScoobySnacks@7:53amGMT] [0 comments]

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Why Matchmaking Was a Dangerous Profession in The 19th Century

quote [ Before the invention of matches, making fire was a tedious business, so people often shared fires from already existing flames. Whenever a new fire had to be lit, a variety of different techniques were used, all of which involved rubbing one material with another to create sparks by friction. ]

Like playing with matches, matches, matches
[SFW] [history] [+1 Insightful]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:02amGMT] [1 comment]

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