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Hedonometer.org is an instrument that measures the happiness of large populations in real time. The hedonometer is based on people’s online expressions, capitalizing on data-rich social media, and measures how people present themselves to the outside world.
twitter  happiness  sentiment  analysis  history 
3 days ago by xer0x
The Tragedy of UCS-2
Apropos of nothing, I'd like to tell you a tale. It's not an original tale, but it's one of my favorites.
history  unicode  technical  ucs2  utf8  utf-8  sun  microsoft  next  java  javascript  legacy 
15 days ago by xer0x
Where the Bodies are Buried
In 1910, East Texas saw one of America’s deadliest post-Reconstruction racial purges. One survivor’s descendants have waged an uphill battle for generations to unearth that violent past.
america  black  history  africanamerican  lynching  texas  violence 
29 days ago by xer0x
Exhuming the Glacier Girl • Damn Interesting
In the early days of the Second World War, Allied forces began Operation Bolero, a daring and risky effort to bring American planes to the European
history  glacier  girl  surprise 
4 weeks ago by xer0x
Margaret Hamilton: ‘They worried that the men might rebel. They didn’t’ | Technology | The Guardian
The trailblazing computer scientist on being in charge of the software for the 1969 Apollo moon landing
woman  computer  history  aweseme  apollo 
4 weeks ago by xer0x
Reasons of State: Why Didn't Denmark Sell Greenland? - Gwern.net
Denmark turned down 100m USD from the USA; I discuss how this was a bad idea
alaska  denmark  greenland  history 
6 weeks ago by xer0x
So, Gutenberg Didn't Actually Invent the Printing Press | Literary Hub
If you heard one book called "universally acknowledged as the most important of all printed books," which do you expect it would be? If you were Margaret Leslie
gutenberg  printing  history  technology  migration  Uyghurs  china  germany 
8 weeks ago by xer0x
How a janitor at Frito-Lay invented Flamin' Hot Cheetos
Richard Montañez went from cleaning toilets to being one of the most creative executives in the food industry. But first, he had to call the CEO...
hispanic  marketing  mba  excellence  food  history  fritolay  lays  best  wow  hot  jalapeno 
8 weeks ago by xer0x
Prohibition’s surprising success - Vox
America’s anti-alcohol experiment cut down on drinking and drinking-related deaths — and it may have reduced crime and violence overall.
alcohol  history  death  crime  drug  prohibition  capone  better  alternative  stories  vox  news 
8 weeks ago by xer0x
Carrier Group In Recent UFO Encounters Had New Air Defense Tech Like Nimitz In 2004 Incident - The Drive
These incidents came a decade after UFOs appeared near a carrier group conducting large scale drills with an earlier version of this same capability.
ufo  2019  us  navy  usa  research  incident  2015  history  radar  aircraft 
11 weeks ago by xer0x
Stereophile: A Personal Odyssey | Stereophile.com
John Atkinson (left) and Richard Lehnert (right) in RL's house in May 2011, the day before RL moved from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Ashland, Oregon. (Photo: Susannah Tyrrell)
stereophile  history  editor  mexico 
may 2019 by xer0x
Tractor driver finds South Island's first moa footprints in Otago river | Stuff.co.nz
A tractor driver was taking his boss's dogs for a walk when he spotted the footprints, believed to be millions of years old.
newzealand  nz  moa  bird  history  wtf 
may 2019 by xer0x
A Conspiracy To Kill IE6
s for details, grappled with the consequences of our actions and begrudgingly arrived at the conclusion that the ends had justified the means. Between YouTube, Google Docs, and several other Google properties posting IE6 banners, Google had given permission to every other site on the web to add their own. IE6 banners suddenly starte
browser  google  history  ie  youtube  ie6 
may 2019 by xer0x
The Racial Bias Built Into Photography - The New York Times
Sarah Lewis explores the relationship between racism and the camera.
camera  film  history  racial  bias 
april 2019 by xer0x
Stonehenge: DNA reveals origin of builders - BBC News
Ancestors of the people who built Stonehenge travelled west across the Mediterranean to get to Britain.
england  history  uk  cheddar  farming  stonehenge 
april 2019 by xer0x
The Notre Dame Fire and the Future of History | WIRED
The fire turned the thousand-year-old roof to ash. But a digital replica of the cathedral could help make its restoration all the more complete.
3D  Hacker_News  IFTTT  architecture  favorite  fire  history  landmarks  lasers  paris  point-cloud  scan  toread  twitter 
april 2019 by xer0x
This artist is paying tribute to Canada's hidden military history — by throwing his prints in a lake | CBC Arts
The Avro Arrow has fascinated David Trautrimas since childhood, so he decided to honour its mythology and legacy.
avro  canada  research  history  ufo  technology  art 
april 2019 by xer0x
Clare Bucknell - Thinkers & Drinkers | Literary Review | Issue 474
Clare Bucknell: Thinkers & Drinkers - The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age by Leo Damrosch
article  arts  history  drink  think 
april 2019 by xer0x
New human species found in Philippines - BBC News
There's a new addition to the family tree: an extinct species of human that's been found in the Philippines.
history  humanities  human  bones  anthropology 
april 2019 by xer0x
delanceyplace archive | daily eclectic excerpts by editor Richard Vague | www.delanceyplace.com
Delanceyplace is a brief daily email with an excerpt or quote we view as interesting or noteworthy, offered with commentary to provide context. There is no theme, except that most excerpts will come from a non-fiction work, primarily historical in focus, and will occasionally be controversial.
daily  color  delancey  delanceyplace  excerpt  glue  history 
april 2019 by xer0x
Buster Keaton: Anarchitect | Lapsus Lima
Lapsus Lima | Embodiment | In which Will Jennings zooms into Buster Keaton's transformative relationship with architecture and the built environment.
architecture  comedy  film  ifttt  keaton  building  buster-keaton  electricity  Hacker_News  history 
april 2019 by xer0x
BBC - Future - Why there’s so little left of the early internet
It took nearly five years into the internet’s life before anyone made a concerted effort to archive it. Much of our earliest online activity has disappeared.
archive  culture  forgetting  history  image  in-depth  internet  internetarchive  story  thearchive  ukwa  webarchiving  webscience 
april 2019 by xer0x
Implementing API billing with Stripe | Blog | Daily.co
Writing new billing and payments code with Stripe for our video call API
strip  history  api  billing  blog  business  programing  cart  design  e-commerce  Hacker_News  hn 
april 2019 by xer0x
Quotes from 1992 - apenwarr
I was recently recommended to read the book [Accidental
Empires](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accidental_Empires) by [Robert X.
computer  history 
march 2019 by xer0x
First-class air travel is in decline - Turning right
irates’ flag-carrier, do not disappoint. Each one is as big as the terminal’s concourse, built to accommodate thousands of passengers. But every day only a hundred or so enter each first-class lounge. Instead of the overpriced fast-food on offer in the public concourse, a maze of restaurants and bars serve free caviar and champagne. In their duty-free sections no knock-off cigarettes or booze are in sight. Think instead Bulgari necklaces and whisky at $25,000 a bottle. The facility i...
air  travel  firstclass  history  future 
march 2019 by xer0x
Denisovan Skull Piece Confirmed - SAPIENS
Denisovan skull - A fragment of a hominin skull adds to the sparse collection from our obscure cousins.
history  anthopology  early  human 
march 2019 by xer0x
The Man Who Invented Information Theory | Boston Review
The Man Who Invented Information Theory from Boston Review. Of the pioneers who drove the information technology revolution, Claude Shannon may have been the most brilliant. A new book resurrects his legacy.
information  theory  book  toread  shannon  early  history  computer  messaging  telecommunications  mit 
january 2019 by xer0x
What it’s like to pursue a dream for 30 years — and fail
For every successful, hot-selling invention, there are a million others that don’t make it. But what does ‘failure’ really mean?
bionic  boot  passion  failure  theft  draft  australia  technology  stem  stories  history  sf  hustle 
january 2019 by xer0x
Chicago’s Deep Tunnel: Is it the solution to urban flooding or a cautionary tale?
The Deep Tunnel was supposed to provide “a total solution to the flood problem.” It hasn’t.
flood  tunnel  history 
january 2019 by xer0x
We need Sustainable Free and Open Source Communities
The short version: we should stop focusing on how to protect the revenue models of open source companies, and instead focus on how to create sustainable communities. Both because it leads to better…
oss  sustainable  community  chef  history  future 
december 2018 by xer0x
Dropping Acid
In the 1980s, musicians in Chicago built a new genre out of obsolete machinery. Listeners lost their minds.
history  detroit  chicago  electronic-music  music  1980s  house-music 
december 2018 by xer0x
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