Wednesday, November 25, 2015

It’s the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, so it’s basically a Friday around here. Happy holidays to everyone!

From Holly: German schoolchildren perform Kraftwerk, in robot costumes, and it’s as awesome as you’d expect.

XKCD gives us a game, with coins and hoverboard. I mean, what more can you ask for?

Have a spiffy weekend, and we’ll see you next week. It’ll be another short week, though, because…well, I’ll tell you next week!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

How is it that I have not found Spitalfields Life before now? Look at these gorgeous 1930s photos of London by night, and visit a pyrotechnics collector, and so, so much more.

Jules Verne mentioned Cincinnati’s observatory in several of his works. Who knew?

Looking at Girl Scout catalogs through the decades is an interesting cultural journey. (I kind of want a sunwatch now.)

Monday, November 23, 2015

Monday arty links, as per usual!

Music: Did you know Enya lives in a castle named Manderley? It’s true!

Film: You can customize your Google apps to reflect your Jedi or Sith leanings.

Photography: The Tampa Bay Times has its own photography weblog. 

History: Card catalogs aren’t dead yet! The Metropolitan Museum of Art still uses them, and they’re invaluable.

 Literature: Aldous Huxley was a fascinating man, beyond his Brave New World.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Happy Friday! Thanksgiving comes a week early here, with a cornucopia of links. Many thanks to everyone!

From Cassandra: How kids learn the concept of fairness, and whether there’s a “death hierarchy” in news today.

From a friend via Facebook: Calvin and Hobbes debuted thirty years ago this week, and there’s a lot of lessons we can still learn from them. 

From Holly: “A chance for grown men to relive their childhood in what comes off really as being rather creepy.” Hee.

From Julie: Watch six million years of evolution in sixty seconds! Also, it turns out that Winnie-the-Pooh was based on a real black bear named Winnie. Also also, someone found a trunk full of undelivered mail, and I’m so envious.

From Twitter: Cards Against Humanity players, rejoice: there’s a new fantasy themed pack, with cards written by real live authors!

From Zazoo: “The Muppets pitch a new show, and it's hiliarious!

Have a spiffy weekend, everyone. See you next week.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Information, both historical and future, is the theme today.

In chronological order (more or less):

Behold the wonderful Nautical Telegraph Code Book And Postal Guide from 1920! This would make for a great code, even today.

How well do you know your World Wars? Take this quiz and find out. (I got 15/20. Names of battles elude me.)

I’d forgotten that the New York Times has a site for their Research and Development Group. I don’t think I ever knew they had a weblog, and this entry on the future of information is fascinating.

The Wayback Machine is getting a search engine, at long last! Not until 2017, however.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

I never thought to look for old-time hellfire-and-brimstone Christian materials online, but oh boy, is there a bunch out there. Old Time Religion focuses on the printed materials, while Christian Nightmares is all over the place. Have fun, kids!

If you prefer snow globes to Christian tracts, Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz have made some wonderfully odd (and sometimes creepy) creations. 

If you’d rather go the literary route, there’s a hotel in London with a few Harry Potter-themed rooms, amidst the ones for muggles.

And if you’d just rather not state your beliefs too loudly in public these days, fear not, Nuanced Stickers are here for you!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Gizmodo and PaleoFuture are celebrating Secret History Week, apparently. I say “apparently” because there’s not much there yet. Maybe it’s secret and you have to go searching for it.

In other secret history, I discovered there was a Voice of Nuclear Disarmament pirate radio broadcast in Great Britain!

The good people of Bartitsu have found a wonderful book from 1935, and are showing the entry on self-defense. Protect yourself from miscreants trying to jump on the running board of your car! They're sneaky! And agile!