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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 
12 weeks ago 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
Guy Fawkes wasn't a freedom fighter. He was a religious terrorist, and not even one of the good ones | New Statesman
"Guy Fawkes was a religious terrorist, and not even one of the most important ones. He was the Jacobean equivalent of one of the minor characters from Four Lions."
history  politics  activism  fuckwits 
december 2015 by gominokouhai
Inky Fool: Forcing Back the F Word
"Roger Fuckbythenavel", no, really. One wonders if his story ends the same way as the gentleman in the joke: "but you fuck one goat...."
language  fuck  history 
december 2015 by gominokouhai
George Boole's untimely death - The River-side
"...George Boole and Charles Babbage at the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London, a meeting which must surely be one of the most remarkable encounters of the mid-nineteenth century".
history  tech  computing  coolstuff 
november 2015 by gominokouhai
Scott And Scurvy (Idle Words)
Fascinating: "They had a theory of the disease that made sense, fit the evidence, but was utterly wrong". Also it turns out that there is exactly one application of lemon that is not automatically, infinitely improved by the substitution of lime.
science  history  health  food  booze 
november 2015 by gominokouhai
Knight v Snail - Medieval manuscripts blog
Something I didn't know about medieval literature: the illuminations were really, really fond of depicting Eenglish kerniggets engaged in abundant battle with giant gastropods.
history  literature 
february 2014 by gominokouhai
LUL Programme Machine | squarewheels.org
Eeeee this is ADORABLE. The machines use punched tape to control the signalling of London Underground trains. Still in use on some parts of the line, which, presumably, are the parts to be on when London is hit with an EMP bomb.
tech  coolstuff  history 
february 2014 by gominokouhai
How Get Huge on Twitter: Ignore Copyright and Creative Credit
Related [because Tesla natch]: apparently @HistoryInPics are giant bastards. Such a shame. I really appreciate what they do, often, but there are rules.
copyfight  internet  history  photography 
january 2014 by gominokouhai
Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived - The Oatmeal
Just in case you missed it the first time: Tesla == geek. Edison == CEO.
tech  history  science  writing  comic 
january 2014 by gominokouhai
A story about war | nanila
I squirted tart lemon in my eye. You didn't see me do it.
history  life  writing 
november 2013 by gominokouhai
Glasgow Ice Cream Wars - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The conflicts, in which vendors raided one another's vans and fired shotguns into one another's windscreens, were more violent than might typically be expected between ice-cream salesmen."
history  scotland 
november 2013 by gominokouhai
All Tom Baker Doctor Who Prime Computer Ads | Youtube
From 1980. It talks to other computers! Please note that the third one is totally canon.
history  doctorwho  tech  video 
november 2013 by gominokouhai
How a war game brought the world to the brink of nuclear disaster
Oh well done. You've discovered "chilling new evidence" of a wargame we already all knew about. It's on Wikipedia for fuck's sake. And they spelled it right.
history  journalism  news 
november 2013 by gominokouhai
What was behind the Bristol bus boycott? | BBC News Magazine
Apparently we had our own Rosa Parks moment on this side of the Pond.
history  politics  news  racism 
august 2013 by gominokouhai
Antarctic: Where 'zombies' thrive and shipwrecks are preserved | BBC News
Endurance might be intact under the ice. Except for the bit where she was crushed and sunk, not mentioned in the article.
history  sailing  news 
august 2013 by gominokouhai
"On this site on August 15, 1968...
...authors JACK KEROUAC and WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS came to blows over a disagreement regarding the Oxford comma". They don't make 'em like they used to.
history  literature  writing  grammar 
july 2013 by gominokouhai
For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II | History & Archaeology | Smithsonian Magazine
Fascinating. One of them is still out there, somewhere amongst the taiga. I'm surprised by the sensitivity with which this was handled by the Soviet geologists: if it happened today, they'd be dragged back to civilization for their own good, so they could die alone surrounded by strangers and machines.
january 2013 by gominokouhai
Plot Holes in World War II | Straight Dope
"Apparently we're supposed to believe that in the middle of the war the Germans attacked their allies the Russians, starting an unwinnable conflict on two fronts, just to show how sneaky and untrustworthy they could be? And that they diverted all their resources to use in making ever bigger and scarier death camps, even in the middle of a huge war? Real people just aren't that evil."
satire  history 
january 2013 by gominokouhai
Time Capsule Mansion Opened After 100 Years | National Geographic
"Mantin, who died in 1905, stated in his will that the house should be opened to the public a hundred years after his death."
photography  history 
january 2013 by gominokouhai
The Basement | cabel.me
"Oh, right. You had almost forgotten. This building, this basement, is the major internet hub for the entire region."
history  photos  urbex 
december 2012 by gominokouhai
Carrier pigeon's remains found in chimney with wartime coded message - video
Early implementations of RFC 1149 occasionally suffered from long lag time.
crypto  history  video  news 
november 2012 by gominokouhai
The banality of tyranny
Wonderful writing. Trigger warning for the Holocaust.
politics  history 
october 2012 by gominokouhai
In which Muslim women have always been muhaddithat - scholars of the Hadith
"Muslim women’s religious scholarship is seen as sort of a cottage industry: if women study, it is pretty much in the purdah of their own homes or in segregated rooms in mosques or madrassas [...] When he started on the project, he expected to find 20 or 30 women, enough to fill a single-volume biographical dictionary. Seven years on, he has found more than 8,000, and his dictionary now stands at 40 volumes."

Purdah is to religious scholarship as Stalin is to classical music composition: discuss.
feminism  sexism  history  religion 
october 2012 by gominokouhai

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