“Dangerous Knowledge”

September 5, 2009 at 5:30 am | Posted in History, Mathematics, Physics, Science | Leave a comment
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A BBC production documenting the perilous theoretical journeys of four tormented geniuses: Georg Cantor, Ludwig Boltzmann, Kurt Gödel, & Alan Turing

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The Ideological History of the US Supreme Court

September 5, 2009 at 5:08 am | Posted in History, Legal, Politics | Leave a comment
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The ebb and flow of the highest court in the land may surprise you.

Many Viking Swords Are Fakes

July 25, 2009 at 8:37 pm | Posted in History, Journalism, Weapons | Leave a comment
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Museums are chock-full of thousand-year-old knockoffs.

Design Portfolio From The 16th Century

July 16, 2009 at 9:14 am | Posted in Books, Design, History | Leave a comment
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Typography like it’s 1599

The Underground City of Derinkuyu

December 15, 2008 at 12:26 am | Posted in Architecture, History | Leave a comment
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Beneath a humble Turkish town is a network of tunnels dating back thousands of years, able to house thousands of people.

Despot Birdhouses

October 17, 2008 at 5:08 pm | Posted in Architecture, Design, History, Humor | Leave a comment
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Why wouldn’t the birds want to life in tyrannical style?

“The Archive” by Sean Dunne

August 22, 2008 at 7:54 pm | Posted in Commerce, Film, History, Music | Leave a comment
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The world’s largest record collection is available for sale for pennies on the dollar, but no one is buying.

“African Kings” by Daniel Lainé

August 18, 2008 at 8:13 am | Posted in History, Photography | Leave a comment
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A striking gallery of African royalty.  Don’t take my word for it: take a look at this sample.

Database Machine Drawings

August 15, 2008 at 7:33 pm | Posted in Design, Drawing, History, Technology | Leave a comment
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Mechanical illustration from the Middles Ages up through the early Renaissance.

The History Of The Olympic Medal Count

August 15, 2008 at 8:16 am | Posted in Cartography, History | Leave a comment
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The New York Times has an excellent interactive visualization displaying the medals earned by each country ever since 1896.

78Records

August 13, 2008 at 9:29 am | Posted in Gratis, History, Music | Leave a comment
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One man.  Thousands of 78 rpm record, long out of print.  One massive archive of free mp3 recordings.

The David Rumsey Map Collection

August 13, 2008 at 9:24 am | Posted in Cartography, History, Reference | Leave a comment
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A vast collection of maps, some of which have a Google Maps overlay of real satellite photography.

I Met The Walrus

August 13, 2008 at 9:22 am | Posted in Animation, Art, Film, History, Music, Philosophy, Politics | Leave a comment
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A delightful film animating one 14-year-old’s impromptu interview with John Lennon.

Maps of India

August 11, 2008 at 12:45 am | Posted in Cartography, Economics, History, Politics, Reference, Religion | Leave a comment
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They’ve got maps of IndiaLots and lots and lots and lots of maps of India.

Teach The Starlings

July 29, 2008 at 8:04 am | Posted in Biology, History | 2 Comments
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A little known fact about the European starling is that it has the ability to mimic human speech. Based on this fact, one man began a project to teach European starlings to say the name of the man who introduced them into North America : “Schieffelin.”

HistoryShots

July 29, 2008 at 7:53 am | Posted in Commerce, Eye Candy, History, Statistics | Leave a comment
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Purveyors of excellent visualizations in poster form.

The Sammlung Ryhiner Collection Of Antique Maps

July 19, 2008 at 1:08 am | Posted in Art, Cartography, History | Leave a comment
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A vast, browsable collection of galleries, each filled with delightful antique maps.

The Geneology of Rock

July 16, 2008 at 3:59 am | Posted in History, Music | Leave a comment
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The rhythm game blog Fake Plastic Rock would like to draw your attention to various efforts to describe “The Geneology of Rock.

The 200 Year Archives Of The Times

June 24, 2008 at 9:30 pm | Posted in History, Journalism, Propaganda, Webware | Leave a comment
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For the news junkie who is curious about everything that has happened since 1785.

Cylinder Preservation And Digitization Project

June 23, 2008 at 9:23 am | Posted in History, Music | Leave a comment
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Archiving the ‘cylinder recordings’ of yestercentury.

Gone & Forgotten

June 18, 2008 at 2:30 am | Posted in Comics, History, Humor | Leave a comment
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America’s legacy of profoundly awful comic books had been mercifully forgotten, but one man just had to dig them up and remind us of their awfulness.

Afganisu-tan

June 18, 2008 at 2:26 am | Posted in Comics, Drawing, History, Humor, Politics, Propaganda | Leave a comment
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Central Asian politics, somewhat disturbingly reduced to a cutesy chibi-style comic.

Your Life Vs. The Age Of The Universe

June 15, 2008 at 6:15 pm | Posted in History, Science | Leave a comment
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When you need to put it all in perspective, scroll down.

Comprehensive Map Of 221B Baker St.

June 5, 2008 at 2:29 am | Posted in Cartography, History, Literature | Leave a comment
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Accounting for every detail in every story, this map is the work of a dedicated Holmesian.

Charlie Chaplin Online

May 27, 2008 at 12:59 am | Posted in Film, Gratis, History | Leave a comment
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The films of Chaplin, webbified for your viewing pleasure.

The Billy Letters

April 29, 2008 at 12:50 am | Posted in History, Humor | Leave a comment
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A historian posing as a 10-year old boy writes to various celebrities, including serial killers.  Their responses may surprise you.

Map Of Nuclear Explosions

April 26, 2008 at 4:25 am | Posted in Cartography, History, Weapons | Leave a comment
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From 1945 to today, every big badaboom by size and type.

LOL Manuscripts!

April 25, 2008 at 8:12 am | Posted in History, Humor, Mashup/Remix | Leave a comment
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Stupid Internet humor just got a tiny bit smarter.

The 50 Greatest Comedy Sketches Of All Time

April 11, 2008 at 2:28 am | Posted in History, Humor, Television | Leave a comment
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When you’ve got 10 hours or so to kill, look no further.

Illustrated Quixote

April 11, 2008 at 2:13 am | Posted in Art, Drawing, History, Literature, Painting | Leave a comment
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Tilting at windmills for over 400 years, illustrated all the while.

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