A hundred years ago, little boys wore pink and little girls wore blue—if their clothing was gendered at all. It wasn’t always. In fact, a heavy emphasis on gendered clothing for children under the age of 6 is a relatively recent phenomenon. Smithsonian has really interesting story about the socio-cultural history of small children, gender,… Read More »
The New York Times has published an obituary for Jean Jennings Bartik, “one of the first computer programmers and a pioneering forerunner in a technology that came to be known as software.” She died on March 23 at a nursing home in Poughkeepsie, NY, at age 86. She was the last surviving member of the… Read More »
The shiny, blue crystals brought pain and death: The strange and heart-wrenching story of how a town in Brazil ended up contaminated with radioactive cesium chloride.
At The Awl, Maria Bustillos explores David Foster Wallace’s recently-opened archives, which contain his personal manuscripts and hundreds of extensively-annotated books. Wallace committed suicide in 2008. There has been a natural reluctance to broach questions surrounding the tragedy with his family and friends, just as there was reluctance to ask him directly about his personal… Read More »
Boing Boing reader cinemajay says, My wife and I just returned from NYC where we saw “Infinite Variety,” an exhibition of 650 red and white quilts. As the husband of a quilter I’m used to going to craft-related events, but this was absolutely breathtaking in scope and presentation. It was nothing short of magical, and… Read More »
In the early 1990s, the United States was set to build a particle accelerator even larger and more awesome than the Large Hadron Collider in Europe. Naturally, Texas was chosen as the location for such a super-sized project. The first structures had been built, and digging had begun on the tunnels that would house the… Read More »
Ghost Babies by Mark Dery The traffic in dead babies is booming, on eBay. There are daguerreotypes of dead babies, ambrotypes of dead babies, tintypes of dead babies, cartes de visite of dead babies, cabinet cards of dead babies; dead babies from the Victorian era, the Edwardian era, the roaring ’20s. Here’s a listing titled… Read More »
Here’s Stewart Brand’s recap of science author Matt Ridley’s (The Rational Optimist, Genome, The Red Queen) talk at the Long Now’s Seminar About Long-term Thinking in San Francisco on Tuesday. Hominids had upright walking, stone tools, fire, even language but still remained in profound stasis. What led to humanity’s global takeoff, Ridley argues, was the… Read More »
A research team reports evidence of an ancient ringed city, 60 miles inland on the Spanish coast, which they hope is Atlantis. National Geographic screens a TV show about the research this evening.
A brief history of civilizations that mysteriously vanished. [Flooby Nooby]