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Friday, 22 March 2019

EBay Has Unexpected, Chilling Effect On Looting Of Antiquities, Archaelogist Finds

quote [ In addition to linking craftsmen with a market for cheap fakes, eBay has tended to have a depressing effect on prices for real looted artifacts, further discouraging locals from pillaging precious sites. ]

Ha! Now we need this other article about the Chinese town specialising in paintings.
[SFW] [history] [+2]
[by Paracetamol@7:53pmGMT] [9 comments]

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Was stolen Greco-Roman android technology used to guard the remains of Buddha in ancient India?

quote [ Hindu & Buddhist texts describe Ajatasatru's automaton warriors whirling like the wind, slashing intruders with swords. In the Burmese "Lokapannatti", many "yantakara," robot makers, lived in the Western land of the "Yavanas," Greek-speakers, in "Roma-visaya," the Indian name for the Greco-Roman culture of the Mediterranean world. The Yavanas' secret technology of robots was closely guarded. The robots of Roma-visaya carried out trade & farming & captured & executed criminals. Robot makers were forbidden to leave or reveal their secrets--if they did, robotic assassins pursued & killed them. Rumors of the robots reached India, inspiring an artisan of Pataliputta, who wished to learn how to make automatons. ]

Industrial espionage in the time of assassin bots.
[SFW] [history] [+3]
[by Ankylosaur@10:41pmGMT] [5 comments]

The Squeal of Data

quote [ The through line between the telegraph and the computer is more direct than you might realize. Its influence can be seen in common technologies, like the modem. ]

We've got telegraph, right across this land.
[SFW] [history] [+2]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:03amGMT] [0 comments]

Monday, 11 March 2019

Lunatic Express: The Railway That Gave Birth to Kenya

quote [ More than a hundred years ago, before Europeans had set foot on what is now Kenya, a tribal prophet named Kimnyole spoke of a vicious ?iron snake? that would slither its way across the grassy plains, devouring cattle, plundering their lands and wreaking havoc along the way. ]

Come board this lunatic express
[SFW] [history] [+3 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:11amGMT] [0 comments]

Monday, 4 March 2019

A Kernel Of Failure

quote [ How IBM bet big on the microkernel being the next big thing in operating systems back in the ?90s?and spent billions with little to show for it. ]

So much for brainpower IBM is here to stay
[SFW] [history] [+3]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:02amGMT] [1 comment]

Friday, 1 March 2019

The Hidden History of the Nutmeg Island That Was Traded for Manhattan

quote [ Dutch colonists committed genocide to secure a spice monopoly. But there's more to the story. ]

Build a nutmeg nation brick by brick
[SFW] [history] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@10:34amGMT] [2 comments]

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Great Glass Coffin Scam: When Hucksters Sold the Fantasy of Death Without Decay

quote [ One More Opportunity Knocks at Your Door,? declared an advertisement in the November 9, 1916, issue of the ?Oklahoma City Times.? The tantalizing notice shared column space with sales pitches for hair tonics and headache cures and offered its own remedy for one of life?s mortal problems. The ad copy guaranteed that this business venture was fail-safe, with shares of stocks ready to be purchased. ]

Scratching the walls of my glass coffin
[SFW] [history] [+2]
[by ScoobySnacks@8:55amGMT] [0 comments]

Saturday, 23 February 2019

A Night at the Garden

quote [ Q: How did you decide on the editing approach?
A: At first I thought I?d make a traditional documentary ? with an historian explaining the background of the group. But when I started cutting the footage together, I realized there was real power in just watching it unfold, without explanation. When most people watch it, at first they are puzzled: ?What is this?? ]

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary - Short Subject. It's the shortest nomination ever at under 8 minutes. It happened in 1939, but if it doesn't look familiar to things happening today....
[SFW] [history] [+5 Underrated]
[by tom the fish@1:59amGMT] [2 comments]

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Cemetery Guns And Coffin Torpedoes

quote [ This unusual-looking gun, now exhibited at the Museum of Mourning Art in Arlington Cemetery, once kept body snatchers away from cemetery grounds and discouraged them from digging up dead bodies. The gun would be set near the foot of the grave and a series of tripwires would swing the gun in the appropriate direction when triggered, and fire upon the unsuspecting thieves. ]

When the grave robber comes like a thief in the night
[SFW] [history] [+1 Informative]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:02amGMT] [1 comment]

Monday, 18 February 2019

?Taste Me!? ? Carcinogenic Comics: Doral Cigarette Ads For Kids

quote [ You could never get away with this sort of thing today. Any hint that the cigarette ad is marketed towards minors is strictly verboten in the US. But back in the early seventies, it was 'game on'. ]

Buy some candy and cigarettes and we'll get in my car
[SFW] [history] [+4]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:01amGMT] [2 comments]

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