17 February 2012

Afrikan tähti: teaching kids the art of hoarding blood diamonds since 1951 by Kasper Stromman on tumblr

Lapsuuden tylsien iltojen perheriidat geopoliittisesta näkökulmasta

[via:Frida]

28 May 2011

Stanley Kubrick’s Chicago, 1949

“Before he started making movies, Stanley Kubrick was a star photojournalist. In the summer of 1949, Look magazine sent him to Chicago to shoot pictures for a story called “Chicago City of Contrasts.”

– Chicago Tribune

[via: Library of Congress]

28 January 2011

The background of the 2011 Egyptian protests

…is that the country in question has been ruled by a US backed dictator for decades.

[via:Ville Hautakangas]

21 January 2011

New Beta Version of The Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine

There’s an FAQ for the new release on their blog.

[via:Hacker News]

12 January 2011

Illustration from 'I Modi' ('The Ways') by Pietro Aretino and Giulio Romano, a 16th century work of erotic fiction which according to some helped popularize print and literature

The Fascinating Story of Porn and Technology Adoption

Yes, Cracked.com publishes some fascinating stuff but I generally find it awkward to link to them.

Let’s take a moment to think about Cracked. Most everyone gets that their material and the research behind it doesn’t quite match the quality you find in Wired.

This meta comment on Cracked relates very closely to this story on the new web publishing industry I discussed little over a year ago. How every pun in a Cracked.com article actually is search engine optimization becomes laughably clear in this porn piece. The writer has slipped in just about every FCC safe adult entertainment related expression you could daydream up of in the story.

Improving content distribution with sex and porn is just that powerful. If you have a web site, you could try this yourself: just mention porn in some really obscure way and you’ll probably get at least some traffic through someone’s really fap happy search engine queries. If you mention child porn, you’ll be awarded search traffic so depraved you might feel a bit uncomfortable just storing your search referer data.

[via:Joonas Mäkinen]

16 July 2010

Secret of AA: After 75 Years, We Don’t Know How It Works

[via:Give Me Something To Read]

5 July 2010

First picture

“This baby picture, scanned in 1957 [by Russell Kirsch], was the first digital image. At 176 by 176 pixels, its size was limited by the memory capacity of the computer.”

From: Circling the square: Fifty years later, creator of the first digital image aims to smooth the pixel

[via:ScienceNews]

1 June 2010

The RSV safety car

How the U.S. Government killed the safest American car ever built

[via:Daniel Schildt]

14 May 2010

The Tea Party Jacobins (essay on recent American libertarian populism)

[via:Waino]

13 March 2010

collegehumor omg wwii on facebook what did you do with all the juice germany

A modern adaptation of world war II for the american teenager. Backup copy.

Related: I have eliminated all the juice.

[via:Joonas Mäkinen]

12 March 2010

Wired Reread: retro gold from old issues of Wired Magazine

[via:Laughing Squid]

8 February 2010

War is psychedelic: Dazzle camouflage

Dazzle did not conceal the ship but made it difficult for the enemy to estimate its type, size, speed and heading. The idea was to disrupt the visual rangefinders used for naval artillery.”

[via:Waino]

9 January 2010

How the inventor of the computer mouse taught kids to ride bikes without training wheels

See also: Douglas Engelbart

[via:Hacker News]

23 December 2009

CNN interviews Leonard Kleinrock, “father of the Internet”

[via:Media Temple]

9 December 2009

James Howard Kunstler sounds a bit shouty at times, but he delivers funny food of thought in his TED talk “The tragedy of suburbia” (#). Kunstler discusses crimes against humanity within urban planning in the USA after WWII as it occurs in both cities and suburban landscapes.

You often hear people get quite poetic and fuzzy about what’s wrong with suburbia and cities in the USA and what works in places with actual character (“omg Paris!1!”). Kunstler gets specific and manages to put a finger on things most thinking humans have noticed but only moan aimlessly about.

Link: Youtube.

[via:Trent Eady]

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