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Oral Tradition - The Oldest True Stories in the World - SAPIENS
Australia's iconic Opera House is lit up with an art installation called Songlines during a festival in 2016. For Aboriginal Australians, songlines are memories of routes through landscapes—which highlight their histories and associations—that have been orally passed on for hundreds of generations.
anthropology  history  language  esoteric  australia  tradition 
4 days ago by kmt
A People's History of Computing in the United States: Joy Lisi Rankin: 9780674970977: Books
Silicon Valley gets all the credit for digital creativity, but this account of the pre-PC world, when computing meant more than using mature consumer technology, challenges that triumphalism.

The invention of the personal computer liberated users from corporate mainframes and brought computing into homes. But throughout the 1960s and 1970s a diverse group of teachers and students working together on academic computing systems conducted many of the activities we now recognize as personal and social computing. Their networks were centered in New Hampshire, Minnesota, and Illinois, but they connected far-flung users. Joy Rankin draws on detailed records to explore how users exchanged messages, programmed music and poems, fostered communities, and developed computer games like The Oregon Trail. These unsung pioneers helped shape our digital world, just as much as the inventors, garage hobbyists, and eccentric billionaires of Palo Alto.

By imagining computing as an interactive commons, the early denizens of the digital realm seeded today’s debate about whether the internet should be a public utility and laid the groundwork for the concept of net neutrality. Rankin offers a radical precedent for a more democratic digital culture, and new models for the next generation of activists, educators, coders, and makers.
book  computing  history  esoteric  business  politics 
7 days ago by kmt
Tadashi Tokieda Collects Math and Physics Surprises | Quanta Magazine
Tadashi Tokieda lives in a world in which ordinary objects do extraordinary things. Jars of rice refuse to roll down ramps. Strips of paper slip past solid obstacles. Balls swirling inside a bowl switch direction when more balls join them.
physics  esoteric  math  research  science  interview 
9 days ago by kmt
How Restaurants Got So Loud - The Atlantic
Restaurants are so loud because architects don’t design them to be quiet. Much of this shift in design boils down to changing conceptions of what makes a space seem upscale or luxurious, as well as evolving trends in food service. Right now, high-end surfaces connote luxury, such as the slate and wood of restaurants including The Osprey in Brooklyn or Atomix in Manhattan.

This trend is not limited to New York. According to Architectural Digest, mid-century modern and minimalism are both here to stay. That means sparse, modern decor; high, exposed ceilings; and almost no soft goods, such as curtains, upholstery, or carpets. These design features are a feast for the eyes, but a nightmare for the ears. No soft goods and tall ceilings mean nothing is absorbing sound energy, and a room full of hard surfaces serves as a big sonic mirror, reflecting sound around the room.
food  culture  esoteric  physics  engineering  architecture  design 
10 days ago by kmt
Kobzol/hardware-effects: Demonstration of various hardware effects.
x86-x64 processors (Intel and AMD) and may not make sense on other CPU architectures. I try to make them compatible with Windows, but they are mai
git  hardware  esoteric  optimization 
12 days ago by kmt
Plate trick - Wikipedia
i've tried this out with my belt. it does work. i still don't believe it
physics  math  algebra  tips-and-tricks  esoteric 
14 days ago by kmt

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