gominokouhai + history   117

The Rebecca Riots | Flying With Dragons
Never mess with a Welsh farmer with a flaming torch and a pretty floral bonnet.
history  activism  britishness  capitalism  socialism 
14 days ago by gominokouhai
Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’ | Science
Unless you were alive during the Younger Dryas impact, or the Toba Catastrophe, or the Late Bronze Age Collapse.
history  archaeology  science  doom 
19 days ago by gominokouhai
Video Games In East Germany: The Stasi Played Along | ZEIT online
Happy teenage memories of respite from the daily drudgery of life under an autocratic regime. pew pew
gaming  history  coldwardinosaur  computing  tech  nerd  socialism 
20 days ago by gominokouhai
Analysis: From Glasgow to Berlin - how strikes, mutinies and revolutions ended WW1 | Common Space
An underrated, fascinating perspective. States use cenotaphs as shields against criticism; while I was vaguely aware of that before, I always thought it was metaphorical rather than literally as a physical barrier.
history  socialism  politics  activism  pacifism 
28 days ago by gominokouhai
Hemingway, Hounded by the Feds | The New York Times
A poignant piece. It's not paranoia if they really are out to get you.
writing  books  mentalhealth  coldwardinosaur  history 
5 weeks ago by gominokouhai
Seagulls were trained to defecate on German U-boat periscopes | Vintage News
Pretty sure the seagulls would do it voluntarily given half a chance
history  sailing 
5 weeks ago by gominokouhai
A Leninist Hero of our Times - In Memory of Valery Sablin: The true story of Red October | Marxist
It's not mutiny, of course. Misconduct by officers would technically be barratry. But I'm not sure how much of a distinction they'd make in the Soviet navy.
history  sailing  coldwardinosaur  socialism 
8 weeks ago by gominokouhai
The Ruin – An Anglo-Saxon Poem of the Past | Eagles and Dragons
Twelve hundred years ago, an unknown scribe lamented the long-departed wonders of five hundred years before that. The translation on Wikipedia preserves the kenning better, but this version had commentary.
history  archaeology  wheresmyjetpack  poetry  narrative 
10 weeks ago by gominokouhai
Brexit provides the perfect ingredients for a national food crisis | Guardian
This is an excellent precis of the situation in which we find ourselves, with only one problem that I can see. The last sentence of the article is four words too long.
doom  Brexit  food  politics  history  bloodytories  fuckwits  dystopia  economy  europe 
july 2018 by gominokouhai
Egypt’s Huge Sarcophagus Yields Three Possible Warriors | Archaeology Magazine
I'm not entirely sure what we were all expecting to find innan Ominous Black Sarcophagus. Although, given how much it looks like a photon torpedo casing, I thought it would be more likely to find someone's neatly folded robes than an actual corpse.
history  archaeology  news  incrediblyobscurereference 
july 2018 by gominokouhai
Nobody knows what’s inside the newly found massive Egyptian sarcophagus | The Verge
26 Reasons For And Against Opening The Ominous Ancient Black Sarcopahgus. It took about four hours for this fascinating titbit of archaeological news to be turned into a listicle, which is a modern-day curse the Pharaohs could never have imagined. Contains more references to RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK than you're likely to find in the Journal of Archaeological Science, but one can always hold out hope.
news  clickbait  history  archaeology  silly 
july 2018 by gominokouhai
A Massive, Black Sarcophagus Has Been Unearthed in Egypt, And Nobody Knows Who's Inside | Science Alert
"It could almost be the start of a new Indiana Jones film." Or the apocalypse. Here's hoping.
history  archaeology  news 
july 2018 by gominokouhai
The Lifespan of a Lie | Medium
Changing perspectives on the Stanford Prison Experiment.
science  psychology  history  natureoftruth  society 
june 2018 by gominokouhai
On the Risk of an Accidental or Unauthorized Nuclear Detonation | RAND Corporation, 1958
p. 24. "There are two delusional complexes frequently observed in paranoia or paranoid disorders which could bring forth the intent to cause an unauthorized nuclear detonation. One is the desire to seek fame[...] The other complex is the idea of having a special mission in history." 
coldwardinosaur  drumpf  nuclearpower  history  usa 
june 2018 by gominokouhai
'London Bridge is down': the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death | The Guardian
"There may be corgis". And all nonessential work will stop for twelve days and the economy will tank. But there'll be a free bank holiday!
news  uk  handwringingLeftyGuardianistasFTW  coldwardinosaur  history 
june 2018 by gominokouhai
White power, white nationalism, and the Vietnam War: a brief history | Vox
"there’s this perpetual engagement in state violence, and we should expect that violence to reverberate throughout society during and after war."
racism  usa  drumpf  fuckwits  bloodytories  nazis  history 
april 2018 by gominokouhai
The Sad Story of the Moriori, Who Learned to Live at the Edge of the World | Atlas Obscura
Fascinating social organization of these people. Pacifism worked out for them about as well as one might expect, but there's a glimmer of hopefulness towards the end.
history  anthropology 
april 2018 by gominokouhai
Watch as the world's cities appear one-by-one over 6,000 years | Metrocosm
"Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You are a plague, and we are The Cure"---Robert Smith (I think I have that right)
history  citizenship  archaeology  maps  dataisbeautiful  incrediblyobscurereference 
april 2018 by gominokouhai
Beer and the Apocalypse | Restricted Data
And lo, the End of Days is upon us. The maniacs blew it up, goddamn them, goddamn them to hell. Mushroom clouds adorn the blighted horizon, on the roads it is a whiteline nightmare, dogs and cats living together, etc. But take heart! for the beer is probably okay. Although, in a grave threat to capitalism, radioactive fallout could affect its resale value in unpredictable ways.
coldwardinosaur  history  nuclearpower  incrediblyobscurereference 
april 2018 by gominokouhai
Ravenser and Ravenser Odd: the early history of Spurn Head | Wilgil's Land
TIL that Hull used to have a neighbouring town that disappeared like Atlantis.
history  archaeology  mythology  narrative 
march 2018 by gominokouhai
The Beaker phenomenon and the genomic transformation of northwest Europe | Nature
4,700 years ago... "the replacement of approximately 90% of Britain's gene pool within a few hundred years"
archaeology  science  immigration  history  culture 
march 2018 by gominokouhai
Regionalism in Disney Animation: Pink Elephants and Dumbo | Mark Langer | JSTOR
h/t @JuliaGalef. That total big-lipped alligator moment in the middle of <cite>Dumbo</cite>? (I adored it, but I'm told it's been the source of most children's nightmares since 1941.) Apparently there was a minor coup at Disney halfway through production, after Walt wandered off to do management things, allowing two directors from the subversive East Coast animation school to take charge and insert bits. The East Coast school do the weird stuff involving sex and drugs and rubber skellingtons dancing alongside a rotoscoped Cab Calloway, as opposed to the West Coast school who do princesses in floaty dresses acting as aviary perches for flocks of highly choreographed songbirds. I think the film is much improved as a result.
animation  film  movies  history 
january 2018 by gominokouhai
The Modern Urbanism of Cook's Camden | Place Journal
"In retrospect it can be seen within a larger historical context, the long period of idealism and energy following the end of the Second World War, what some economists call the <i>Trente glorieuses</i> — the three decades during which social goals were leading motivators of public policy."
history  architecture  society 
january 2018 by gominokouhai
University of Haifa Researchers Decipher One of the Last Two Remaining Unpublished Qumran Scrolls | אוניברסיטת חיפה
The Dead Sea Scrolls are still yielding secrets---and that's a lot of information they've got out of a handful of scraps. The bit about linguistic obfuscation as a marker of social status is particularly interesting.
words  woo  language  writing  narrative  history 
january 2018 by gominokouhai
Salem: What the Problem Wasn’t | An Historian Goes to the Movies
Apparently the ergotism theory has been in and out of fashion a couple of times over the last few decades. This article is pretty recent, and very well done, although I feel it misses the point a couple of times.
history  journalism  science  woo  witchcraft  narrative 
january 2018 by gominokouhai
Three wild speculations from amateur quantitative macro history | Luke Muehlhauser
"Everything was awful for a very long time, and then the industrial revolution happened." I gots some serious questions about the choice of metrics here, but I enjoyed this article nonetheless.
history  statistics  dataisbeautiful 
october 2017 by gominokouhai
Archaeologists Find a Classic Entrance to Hell
"The eunuch priests of Pluto would prove their power by entering the gassy cleft and coming out alive (presumably by holding their breath)"
history  archaeology  religion  natureoftruth 
october 2017 by gominokouhai
What the last Nuremberg prosecutor alive wants the world to know - CBS News
"So you see these human stories which are not -- they're not real. They're not real. But they were real."
history  journalism 
september 2017 by gominokouhai
Hakim Bey's Pirate Utopias - Hermetic Library
TIL about the Republic of Salé, which existed while the rest of western Europe was still grubbing about with absolute hereditary monarchy. "Liquor was never forbidden. Pirate ships were true republics, each ship an independent floating democracy."
piracy  history  politics  society 
september 2017 by gominokouhai
Amelia Earhart May Have Survived Crash-Landing | NBC News
"[Random lady in random old photo is] wearing pants, something for which Earhart was known"
news  history  photography  feminism  journalism 
july 2017 by gominokouhai
Slaughter at the bridge: Uncovering a colossal Bronze Age battle | Science
100 years before the fall of Troy, an epic conflict we know nothing about.
history  archaeology 
january 2017 by gominokouhai
The Terrible, Mysterious Disease That Haunted the Age of Exploration
"...the way the disease colored the experience of exploration during the Age of Sail, shifting social relationships and affecting perceptions"
books  science  sailing  history  natureoftruth  health 
december 2016 by gominokouhai
Code Word “Hatefulness”: The Great EBS Scare of 1971 | CONELRAD Adjacent
"The longest five minutes in radio", when the balloon went up, preserved on the youtubes for your listening pleasure.
video  voiceover  history  coldwardinosaur  oops 
december 2016 by gominokouhai
The Incredible Story of NASA's Forgotten 'Rocket Girls' | ThinkProgress
"They worked alongside famous figures like Carl Sagan, Wernher von Braun, and Richard Feynman, and they were ultimately essential to the discoveries that made those men household names."
computing  feminism  history  spaaace 
june 2016 by gominokouhai
From Parthian chicken to flat breads: experimenting with a Roman oven | British Museum blog
Alright, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh-water system, and tagines....
food  history  cooking  incrediblyobscurereference 
june 2016 by gominokouhai
The ancient copper mines dug by children | BBC
Fascinating insight into the degree of communication, infrastructure, and society required to succeed in the Bronze Age.
history  archaeology 
june 2016 by gominokouhai
Climate change may have saved western Europe | Tech Insider
The Mongol hordes withdrew because the weather in Hungary was too wet for horses. On such details, a couple of degrees by the glass, do the fates of empires turn.
history  climate 
june 2016 by gominokouhai
The Forbidden Forest | Orion Magazine
The Zone Rouge at Verdun. "At the current rate of clearance it is a conservative estimate that the Département du Déminage will still be finding these weapons nine hundred years from now." Sobering.
history  ecology 
may 2016 by gominokouhai
Astronomers crack the secret of this gorgeous poem by Sappho | Clive Thompson
I'm not 100% convinced by the astronomical argument---was Sappho speaking literally?---but the note about the varied translations is wonderful.
science  astronomy  poetry  history 
may 2016 by gominokouhai
Bob Dylan: How I found the man who shouted 'Judas' | Indy
Happy birthday rock music, born 17th May 1966. "The most famous heckle in history" was, naturally, a Mancunian law student who disapproved of change. No, that's not quite fair. Poor acoustic mapping MATTERS, people!
music  history  writing  #youareold  #getoffmylawn 
may 2016 by gominokouhai
In the Name of Humanity | Limn
Fascinating. "nothing in history has been able to destroy the idea of the universal library, open for all [...] For the better part of that history, the idea was simply impossible. Today it is simply illegal [...] the total archive is already here. Distributed among millions of hard drives, it already is a de facto common heritage. We are as gods, and might as well get good at it".
opendata  archaeology  information  livinginthefuture  books  piracy  history  zeitgeisty  I_would_have_got_away_with_it_too_if_it_weren't_for_you_meddling_millennials  copyfight 
march 2016 by gominokouhai
Call Me Captain | "Your generation would probably ‘livetweet’ the apocalypse..."
This is true, and wise, and beautiful, and it resonates strongly with me. If you're reading this far down, whomever and wherever you are, I love you. You are my tribe.
poetry  socialmedia  internet  I_would_have_got_away_with_it_too_if_it_weren't_for_you_meddling_millennials  #makeuthink  writing  history  feels 
march 2016 by gominokouhai
Scientists gear up to drill into ‘ground zero’ of the impact that killed the dinosaurs | AAAS
Digging up Chicxulub, disinterring the comet that caused the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction. What could possibly go wrong. Paging Professor Quatermass.
science  coolstuff  history 
march 2016 by gominokouhai
We Interviewed the Historian Who Just Found the Oldest Use of the Word 'Fuck' | VICE
More details on Roger Fuckbythenavel, including enough similar names to create a medieval superhero team with a really inadvizable theme.
language  etymology  fuck  history 
february 2016 by gominokouhai
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