I’ve just finished teaching week four of the amazing Clarion Science Fiction Writers’ Workshop at UC San Diego; in addition to spending a week working closely with some very talented writers, I came up with a new and cheap way to make astounding cold-brew coffee. I bought a $10 “nut-milk” bag and a plastic pitcher. Every night before bed, I… Read More »
Our friends at Bibliodyssey spotted this wonderful collection of anatomical drawings from the University of Leipzig in the late 19th century, reminiscent of high resolution medical imaging of today.
From The New Haven Register: The Leather Man lived the simplest of lives in the mid- to late 1800s, walking the countryside in a set pattern through parts of Connecticut and New York, sleeping in caves, saying very little, living off the land and, later, eating through the kindness of strangers. He became a folk… Read More »
At the New York Farmers Museum blog, a fun post on how rural folks attempted to reduce data charges in 1906 with “telegraph ciphers,” shorthand codes to replace longer, commonly typed words and phrases. These, my children, are the LOLs and WTFs of our farming ancestors. (via Submitterator, thanks Paul Coleman)
[Video Link]. Not sure who produced this, but it’s super cute and it’s making the rounds. [via Flavorwire, also seen on MeFi, Le Monde, Cyberpresse] (thanks, Russ Marshalek)
BB reader fergus1948 says, My friend Keith Bates has uploaded a lovely set of scans of his original full set of Mars Attacks bubble gum cards from 1962, purchased in Liverpool UK when he was a lad. They look particularly great as a slideshow.
Raw footage from “Wired In,” a never-completed series on the technological trends and innovations of the early 1980s. Here is unedited tape of Bill Murray doing takes for a promo, shot in NYC. He rants about technology. • “People have hands… Watches should have hands.” • “Who in the hell is thinkin’ up this stuff?… Read More »
The legendary BBC Radiophonic Workshop closed down in 1998, after 40 years. 50th-anniversary celebrations in 2008, and a just-published book by academic Louis Niebur, titled Special Sound (Oxford), have helped to secure the Workshop’s legacy of sonic experimentation, notably the efforts of such figures as Delia Derbyshire and Daphne Oram, and the creation of the… Read More »
(Photo: Thomas Adank, courtesy Touch) Move over, cassette-tape and 8-track reanimators. There’s a far older—and arguably more beautiful—retro-tech sonic fetish object in town: the wax cylinder. The original tech dates from the late 1870s, when serial tinkerer Thomas Edison was at the prime of his powers, having installed himself in his famed Menlo Park, New… Read More »
My, but aren’t these old Soviet car ads just the comrade’s potato! A gallery of scans awaits you here. (via Submitterator, thanks, metkere)