Entries Tagged as 'History'
Uh, jeez: Telegraph – Obituary: Lana Peters Lana Peters, who has died aged 85, was better known as Svetlana Stalin. She spent a lifetime trying to escape the notoriety of being daughter to the man who vies with Adolf Hitler for the title of most vicious tyrant of the 20th century; ultimately, and perhaps inevitably, [..]
So cool: BBC – The only living master of a dying martial art I feel like, as much as the world loves a battle-hermit, that maybe, as a means of passing on your battlefield art, living as a hermit until your 80s when you notice not many kids have come past your mountain top seeking [..]
The entrance to casa ninme is a gate opening onto a small patio. I would like one of these but we don’t send kids into guild arts anymore do we. Spitalfields Life – The Signs of Old London
Headphones, a large viewing size, and a darkened room are nicely conducive to a lovely little welling-up in the eyeball area: It’s a brilliant ad, given the current wave of, if not quite nostalgia, then at least respect for All That Which Happened Before Us As Portrayed On Downton Abbey. And anyway, as I’ve said [..]
/delete rant about modern sensibilities Two stories: WSJ – Violence Vanquished We believe our world is riddled with terror and war, but we may be living in the most peaceable era in human existence. Why brutality is declining and empathy is on the rise. Quoting briefly, but read the whole thing: A look at the [..]
This is very interesting (apologies if an ad starts auto-playing; I’ve taken to preemptively muting my speakers whenever I hit the Daily Mail): Daily Mail – Going underground: Mile after mile of ornate brickwork and labyrinthine tunnels which reveal the beauty of London’s hidden River Fleet In true tabloid fashion, the photos are lifted from [..]
John Vigiano Sr. is a retired New York City firefighter whose two sons followed him into service—John Jr. was a firefighter, too, and Joe was a police detective. On September 11, 2001, both Vigiano brothers responded to the call from the World Trade Center, and both were killed while saving others. Here, John Sr. remembers [..]
A romping great account of the life of Teddy Roosevelt makes us all wish our presidents still fought bears and practiced judo in the White House basement under Japanese masters. Even if they do still, technically, win Nobel Prizes. Quora – Who is history’s greatest badass, and why?
I post this by and large for Half’s benefit. My Tumblr widget shall henceforth be more or less exclusively reblogging from this site. Cooler Than Before
I haven’t heard this one (I bet it’s apocryphal but meh, who cares): A reader remembered Einstein, who said, “If my theory of relativity is proven correct, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that [..]
Good lord, IBM once had a patent on the bar code.
This evening’s entertainment: I just love that bit.
(Sorry about yesterday but, well, TGIF and all that) HalfEmpty sent this to me and I think it’s pretty darned cool (spending money on walking! and not biking! hurrah!): Reuters – Floating path on London’s Thames gets $100 mln nod London Mayor Boris Johnson said the kilometre-long pontoon design, known as “the London River Park”, [..]
A photo essay in the Guardian Weekend: Goodbye to all that Zed Nelson’s photographs capture the human face behind disappearing Britain – the war veterans, the miners, the boxers and the fishermen. Blake Morrison reflects on the price of progress
I’ve just added a bunch of these to my Tumblr in the sidebar but I thought it deserved more attention cuz it’s so awesome: 2719 Hyperion: Service with Character: Disney World War II Insignia It is indeed an especially intriguing and engaging category of Disney-produced artwork. The insignia designs that were created by the studio [..]