Archive for the 'history' Category

Feb 14 2011

Building Museums to Survive Once-In-200-Year Catastrophes

Published by under design,history,sustainability

This news from Cairo is heartbreaking: A full inventory of the Egyptian Museum has found that looters escaped with 18 items during the anti-government unrest, including two gilded wooden statues of famed boy king Tutankhamun, the antiquities chief said Sunday. I can’t help but think of Neal Stephenson’s Anathem, where mathic monasteries preserve knowledge for […]

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Sep 15 2009

Decline and Fall

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Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is quite a reading project, to be sure, even if you stick to the first three volumes which take the story to the end of the western empire. But there’s more to it than the first “modern” work of history; He can deploy some enjoyable prose: The […]

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May 13 2008

Library of Congress Flickr Stream

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The Library of Congress has a Flickr stream up that updates as they scan images from their archives.  There’s a lot of interesting content available.  This photo of ‘Auto-Polo’ reminds me of Whirlyball, except significantly more dangerous.  I see they have a pro account.

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Sep 25 2007

Manhattan in 1609

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The New Yorker points to the Mannahatta project, with some interesting slides, depicting Manhattan as it was in 1609, when Henry Hudson arrived.

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