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Friday, 22 May 2020

Before the Internet, there was the 1960s Dial-a-Poem Hotline

quote [ On any given night in 1970, a teen somewhere in rural America could dial a number and hear the radical wisdom of Patti Smith, John Cage, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Bourroughs ? the list of poets was long, and painfully hip. One needed only the ten sacred digits of ?Dial-a-Poem,? a revolutionary hotline that connected millions of people to a room of telephones, linked up to an evolving selection of live-recorded poems, speeches, and inspired orations. ]

Writing poems, sitting by the phone
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[by ScoobySnacks@12:18pmGMT] [1 comment]

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Dead Sea Scroll fragments thought to be blank reveal text

quote [ There are only a few on each fragment, but they are like missing pieces of a jigsaw puzzle you find under a sofa. ]

What's the story, Qumran caves?
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[by Paracetamol@7:17pmGMT] [1 comment]

Friday, 15 May 2020

May 15, 1970: Jackson State Killings

quote [ On May 15, 1970, the police opened fire shortly after midnight on students (and passersby) in a May 14 protest of the U.S. invasion of Cambodia during the Vietnam War at Jackson State College in Mississippi. Twelve students were wounded and two (21-year-old law student Phillip Lafayette Gibbs and 17-year-old high school student James Earl Green) were killed. ]

Often omitted from history classes, the Jackson State killings occurred 10 days after the Kent State killings.
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Thursday, 14 May 2020

Polaroid: Edwin Land, Instant Photography and the SX-70

quote [ Edwin Land was one of the most visionary, brilliant, and influential figures of the twentieth century. His company, Polaroid, was a direct extension of his insatiable curiosity and drive. In this video, I unpack the history of Polaroid, Edwin Land's genius, and the rise and fall of instant photography. ]

Oh, love is a polaroid, oh
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Wednesday, 13 May 2020

The Teenage Prank That's Lasted 60 Years

quote [ I was a bored high schooler when I made up a harmless story about the creature from the sandpits. Decades later, its legend still haunts our small Southern town. ]

Summer in space let us play a prank
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[by ScoobySnacks@5:01amGMT] [2 comments]

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Cosmos 954: The Nuke That Fell From Space

quote [ What goes up must eventually come down, including satellites that are currently orbiting the earth. After their work is done, they will be deliberately tossed back into the atmosphere where they will burn up in the high altitudes. Little, if any, will actually hit the ground. But sometimes a satellite fails and falls back to earth unpredictably, posing hazard to human population, wildlife and the environment. And what if the satellite contained an active nuclear reactor? ]

This a mothafuckin' nuke that I'm droppin'
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Friday, 8 May 2020

Arrows of Time

quote [ The human mind has long grappled with the elusive nature of time: what it is, how to record it, how it regulates life, and whether it exists as a fundamental ]

Because time keeps tickin' away
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[by ScoobySnacks@5:02amGMT] [1 comment]

Monday, 4 May 2020


quote [ The Kent State shootings (also known as the May 4 massacre or the Kent State massacre), were the shootings on May 4, 1970, of unarmed college students by the Ohio National Guard at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, during a mass protest against the bombing in neutral Cambodia by United States military forces. Twenty-eight National Guard soldiers fired approximately 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.

Some of the students who were shot had been protesting against the Cambodian Campaign, which President Richard Nixon announced during a television address on April 30 of that year. Other students who were shot had been walking nearby or observing the protest from a distance. ]

Kent State shootings - Wikipedia

50 years ago today. Thankfully we've learned from the past and.... Oh, wait, I'm being told we haven't and instead have in fact militarized our police forces.
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[by steele@6:16pmGMT] [1 comment]

The Parrot That Kept A Language Alive

quote [ Luckily, Humboldt had the foresight to phonetically transcribe around 40 words from the parrot?s vocabulary in his notebook, thereby successfully saving the tribe?s language from oblivion?so successfully, in fact, that in 1997 two more parrots were trained to speak Humboldt?s words language as part of an on-going art installation.

As always with such a bizarre story, however, Humboldt?s encounter with the parrot that saved a language from extinction is often dismissed as nothing more than linguistic legend ]

History anecdote for ScoobySnacks.
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Thursday, 30 April 2020

British Museum makes 1.9 million images available for free

quote [ The British Museum has revamped its online collections database, making over 1.9 million photos of its collection available for free online under a Creative Commons license. ]

Hum, so people are complaing about the ?non-commercial? attribute in the comments. Also ? the same blog highlights an online exhibition of tube posters.
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