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wmtc "what i'm reading" posts to celebrate black august 2020

I thought Black August was something newly created by Black Lives Matter, but it turns out it has existed since the 1970s. I'm sorry I haven't heard about it sooner, and I thank the Movement for Black Lives for bringing it to my attention. Black August commemorates the rich history of Black resistance. Revolutionary moments such as the Watts Uprising, Haitian Revolution, Nat Turner Rebellion, Fugitive Slave Law Convention, and March on Washington all happened in August. Also, many of our revolut...
Tags: Travel, Human Rights, California, Washington, History, Muhammad Ali, Toni Morrison, Black Lives Matter, Edward, Black, Civil Liberties, Zadie Smith, James Baldwin, Jackie Robinson, Fred Hampton, Marcus Garvey

Tuscany’s Wine Windows – An Architectural Curiosity Makes a Comeback

First used during the bubonic plague in the 17th century, Tuscany's wine windows are reopening. Learn more about "buchette del vino" and where to find them.The post Tuscany’s Wine Windows – An Architectural Curiosity Makes a Comeback appeared first on Italofile.
Tags: Travel, Photography, History, Architecture, Wine, Florence, Tuscany, Destinations, Arts And Culture, Food & Wine, Food And Wine, Italy News, Art & Architecture, Culture & Living, Coronavirus, Florence & Tuscany

One of the Oldest Buddhist Manuscripts Has Been Digitized & Put Online: Explore the Gandhara Scroll

Buddhism goes way back — so far back, in fact, that we're still examining important evidence of just how far back it goes. Take the exhibit above, which may look like nothing more than a collection of faded scraps with writing on them. In fact, they're pieces of the laboriously and carefully unrolled and scanned Gandhara Scroll, which, having originally been written about two millennia ago, ranks as one of the oldest Buddhist manuscripts currently known. You can read the scroll's story at the b...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Congress, College, Religion, History, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Library Of Congress, Seoul, British Library, Alexander, Buddha, Buddhist, Atlas Obscura, University of Washington

The Flying Train: A 1902 Film Captures a Futuristic Ride on a Suspended Railway in Germany

We’ve been focusing a lot recently on old films from the turn of the century that a small group of enthusiasts have been “remastering” using AI, smoothing out the herky-jerky framing, upping the frame rate by interpolating between-frames, and more. So what a surprise to find a recent look at a film in the Museum of Modern Art’s film collection from 1902 that already has the fidelity and smoothness, no AI needed. The above footage is taken from the Wuppertaler Schwebebahn, the suspens...
Tags: Google, Film, College, Germany, New York City, History, Amsterdam, Facebook Twitter, KCRW, Ted Mills, Lumiere Brothers, Wuppertal Schwebebahn, Mutoscope, Denis Shiryaev, D W Griffiths

CMSAF Wright looks back

As he approaches retirement, Wright examines his tenure as CMSAF By Tech. Sgt. Robert Barnett / Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs The 18th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force carries a smile with confidence, which reflects his easy nature of engaging everyone wherever he goes. Who would have expected young dental technician Kaleth O. Wright in 1989 to one day become that man? When he started...
Tags: Europe, History, People, Military, United States, Philadelphia Eagles, Raf, Washington Redskins, Air Force, Taylor, Wright, Hyattsville, U S Central Command, U S Air Force, United States Air Force, Kirtland

Virtual Sea Voyages

Yesterday morning's nautical web wanderings had me, at one point, looking at stuff about the MS Dana Gloria. I'd gone from Newcastle to Gothenburg on her back in the Eighties and was kind of taken aback to discover she'd been lost in a typhoon a few years ago. I guess the proper rituals weren't followed on one of the vessel's numerous re-namings?Anyway, doing a Google image search, I discovered that someone is selling 3D printed 1:1200 scale models of the ship. (I think I have a die cast one in ...
Tags: Google, Games, Guns, History, Newcastle, Ships, Gothenburg, Tam, Teh Intarw3bz, Geekery, Dana Gloria

Petrostates in a post-carbon world

“This is our biggest compliment yet.” Greta Thunberg answered with these words to the comments by OPEC’s Secretary General Mohammed Barkindo that climate concerns were becoming the organization’s “greatest threat.” An increasing number of people view fossil fuels, and petroleum in particular, as the key cause of climate change and thus as the greatest threat to Humanity.The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will turn 60 in September and is facing unprecedented challenges a...
Tags: Books, Featured, Oil, Blog, Opec, History, Vienna, United States, Brazil, Petrol, Venezuela, States, Shell, Exxon, Petroleum, John Maynard Keynes

Sidewheeler See Vee...

...only it's not listed in the Navy's historic rolls as a CV (the hull designation for a carrier) but rather as an IX ("Unclassified Miscellaneous Unit"*). I've mentioned the Navy's paddlewheel aircraft carriers before, conversions created by adding flight decks and island superstructures to passenger steamers. These emergency wartime conversions served to train aviators in carrier operations on the Great Lakes during World War Two.Most of the photos of these unique vessels I'd seen online are ...
Tags: Books, Guns, Navy, History, Buffalo, Great Lakes, Ships, Cleveland, Tam, Teh Intarw3bz

Silicon Valley maps

This hand-painted map from 1981 is believed to be the earliest map of Silicon Valley to highlight the region’s technology companies. It was created by Corbin Hillam, a designer and illustrator of children’s books.   Via the David Rumsey historical map collection There are lots of hidden treasures in the map. (Golf! Baseball! Wineries! Skiing! Wait—skiing?) What I’m looking at, though, are the company names, which are perfectly of their era, meaning they sound like they were spit out by a...
Tags: Apple, Firefox, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Hbo, Maps, Technology, Television, Microsoft, California, Steve Jobs, Seagate, San Francisco, Intel, History

The Strange Costumes of the Plague Doctors Who Treated 17th Century Victims of the Bubonic Plague

In the 17th and 18th centuries, what we know of as The Age of Enlightenment or early modernity, Europeans traversed the globe and returned to publish travel accounts that cast the natives they encountered as childlike beings, destitute savages, or literal monsters. Unable to make sense of alien languages and cultures, they mistook everything they saw. Meanwhile, the bubonic plague swept Europe, and plague doctors wandered towns and countryside in a “fanciful-looking costume [that] typically con...
Tags: Google, Europe, College, History, Italy, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Durham NC Follow, Public Domain Review, Erin Blakemore, Daniel Defoe Mary Shelley, Charles de Lorme, National Geographic Given, Edgar Allan Poe Isaac Newton

The Golden Age of Berlin Comes to Life in the Classic, Avant-Garde Film, Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis (1927)

The rediscovery of Berlin began thirty years ago this November, with the demolition of the wall that had long divided the city's western and eastern halves. Specifically, the Berlin Wall had stood since 1961, meaning the younger generation of West and East Berliners had no memory of their city's being whole. In another sense, the same could be said of their parents' generation, who saw nearly a third of Berlin destroyed in the Second World War. Only the most venerable Berliners would hav...
Tags: Google, Facebook, New York, Film, College, Germany, Berlin Wall, Berlin, History, West, Seoul, Samuel Beckett, Sao Paulo, Facebook Twitter, Jenkins, Leni Riefenstahl

The Wine Windows of Renaissance Florence Dispense Wine Safely Again During COVID-19

Everything old is new again and Tuscany’s buchette del vino—wine windows—are definitely rolling with the times. As Lisa Harvey earlier reported in Atlas Obscura, buchette del vino became a thing in 1559, shortly after Cosimo I de’ Medici decreed that Florence-dwelling vineyard owners could bypass taverns and wine merchants to sell their product directly to the public. Wealthy wine families eager to pay less in taxes quickly figured out a workaround that would allow them to take advantage...
Tags: Travel, Google, Japan, College, Life, History, Architecture, Food & Drink, Florence, Tuscany, Atlas Obscura, Facebook Twitter, Cosimo, Lisa Harvey, Francesco Rondinelli, Babae

Hush: The Role of Secret Societies in Revolutions

This article is by Seán Gray, and is presented by Worldbuilding Magazine. Revolutions and secret societies have long shared a connection. Whether through military action or fostering divergent thought, these organizations have played key roles in several revolutions around the world. This article aims to help you create truly interesting and compelling revolutionary groups—a valuable skill for any prospective worldbuilder to add to their arsenal. Whether it be out of idealism and a desire for n...
Tags: History, World Building, Sean Gray, Worldbuilding Magazine, Worldbuilding Magazine Revolutions

rotd: love and labor in alliance

Revolutionary thought of the day:Wherever capitalism appears, in pursuit of its mission of exploitation, there will be socialism, fertilized by misery, watered by tears, and vitalized by agitation. It will also be found unfurling its class-struggle banner, and proclaiming its mission of emancipation. Love and labor in alliance, working together, have transforming, redeeming, and emancipating power. Under their benign power, the world can be made better and brighter.Eugene V. Debs [Author: laura ...
Tags: Travel, History, Socialism, Laura K, Eugene V Debs, Revolutionary Thought Of The Day

A quick trek to ancient Egypt during lockdown

Well, the pharaonic Voortrekker Monument to be precise for John Davenport The post A quick trek to ancient Egypt during lockdown appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Opinion, Nazis, History, Architecture, Egypt, Adolf Hitler, Openaccess, Apartheid, Nationalism, John Davenport, Boers, South Africa (country, Ethnonationalism, Statutes, Voortrekker Monument

Divine Decks: A Visual History of Tarot: The First Comprehensive Survey of Tarot Gets Published by Taschen

The cards of the tarot, first created for play around 600 years ago and used in recent centuries for occult divination of truths about life, the universe, and everything, should by all rights be nothing more than a historical curiosity today. Yet something about the tarot still compels, even to many of us in the ever more digital, ever more data-driven 21st century. Taschen, publisher of lavish art and photo books, know this: hence, as we featured last year here on Open Culture, products...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Europe, Books, England, College, History, Brooklyn, Italy, Philip K Dick, Seoul, David Lynch, Crowley, Facebook Twitter, Dali

Get the Ancient Roman Look: A Hair & Makeup Video Tutorial

Remember early April, when we threw ourselves into the Getty Challenge, turning ourselves into historic art recreations in lieu of climbing the walls? Seems like ages ago, doesn’t it, that you wrapped a shower curtain around your head and rifled through the button box, rabid to make yourself into a masterpiece. While it’s not accurate to say we’ve collectively settled into a new normal, many of us have accepted that certain alterations to our everyday lives will be prolonged if our every...
Tags: Google, Art, Gender, Youtube, College, Life, History, Baltimore, Facebook Twitter, Liv Free, Janet Stephens, Domitia Longina

Read John Hersey's incredible 1946 New Yorker story about the bombing of Hiroshima

Seventy five years ago today, the United States detonated an atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan, killing an estimated 140,000 people. A year later, John Hersey, a pioneer of "new journalism," visited the city to report an incredible feature for the New Yorker about the experiences of six people who survived the blast. The US had attempted to cover up the true devastation but Hersey expressed it so the world could know. (It was such a groundbreaking undertaking and achievement that there's a new b...
Tags: Post, Japan, News, US, History, War, United States, Catholic, TNT, Hiroshima, Atomic Bombs, Hiroshima Japan, Yoshida, Nakamura, John Hersey, Hersey

Colt 1877 “Bulldog” Gatling Gun for Sale at RKGuns

There are many good ways to flex on people at the range or on social media. You may choose to show off night vision equipment like TFB writer Nick, mountainous piles of suppressors like Editor-in-Chief Pete, or reveal an alarming amount of thigh meat like short shorts aficionado and town drunk TFBTV ringleader, James. A […] Read More … The post Colt 1877 “Bulldog” Gatling Gun for Sale at RKGuns appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: News, Guns, History, NICK, Bulldog, James, Daily News, TFB, Pete, Colt, Machine Guns, 45-70, Gatling Gun, Gun Deals, RKGuns

QOTD: Is There a Ford in Your Past?

Achingly simple question today, folks. With the demise of the Ford Fusion last week, the Blue Oval now fields zero domestic four-door sedans, leaving buyers to choose instead among a bevy of trucks and utility vehicles. It’s the first time since 1908 that the automaker hasn’t built a U.S. passenger car with four doors (earlier […] The post QOTD: Is There a Ford in Your Past? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: History, Ford, Autos, Qotd, Ford Fusion, Blue Oval, Sedans, News Blog, Question of the Day

Bentley Resumes Production on 4½ Litre After Almost 100 Years

With manufacturers having realized there’s a small but very interested market for historically relevant automobiles, we’ve seen some of the fancier names in motoring embrace “continuation models” with astronomical price tags. Some of these cars are arguably better than the real thing, too. Jaguar and Aston Martin revived a handful of their finest products from […] The post Bentley Resumes Production on 4½ Litre After Almost 100 Years appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Development, History, Autos, Jaguar, Bentley, Aston Martin, News Blog, Continuation Cars, Bentley 4 1/2 Litre, Blower Bentley, Historic Models, Bentley Resumes Production

How Scholars Finally Deciphered Linear B, the Oldest Preserved Form of Ancient Greek Writing

In the early 1900s, British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans unearthed almost 3,000 tablets on the island of Crete, inscribed with a language he had never seen before. The discovery began a decades-long race to read the language of Europe’s oldest civilization. And the final deciphering of the script, which Evans called Linear B, ended up overturning an accepted history of ancient Greek origins as we learn in the TED-Ed video above scripted by classics professor Susan Lupack. The tablets, ...
Tags: Google, Europe, New York, Greece, College, History, Evans, New Mexico, Crete, Facebook Twitter, Rutgers University, Knossos, Josh Jones, Hunter College, Pylos, Arthur Evans

"Etymologists trace the term 'guys' to the historical figure Guy Fawkes. It’s evolved from the name of one man..."

"... who attempted to assassinate King James I in 1605 to an informal address for a group of people in contemporary American English. But when used to address your colleagues, it’s a gendered greeting that could be sending signals about who is ― and isn’t ― included in your workplace."From "Instead Of Saying 'Hey, Guys!' At Work, Try These Gender-Neutral Alternatives/Raise your awareness of gendered language on the job" (HuffPo). Here's a list of alternatives (none of which question the "hey," w...
Tags: Law, Etiquette, Advertising, History, Feminism, Language, Guy Fawkes, King James, Ann Althouse, Milwaukee Wisconsin Sentinel

A Virtual Tour of Ancient Rome, Circa 320 CE: Explore Stunning Recreations of The Forum, Colosseum and Other Monuments

If you’re a regular reader of this site, you’re likely familiar with the simulation hypothesis, the idea that conscious experience is nothing more than a computer program. This concept has many sci-fi implications, from Matrix-like scenarios to the radical idea that everything in the universe is software, run by incomprehensible beings who might as well be gods. One of the more plausible versions suggests that we are living in an “ancestor simulation,” designed by future human societies ...
Tags: Google, Technology, College, History, Rome, Architecture, Egypt, Smithsonian, University Of Virginia, Facebook Twitter, Solly, Josh Jones, Baalbek, Hadrian, Durham NC Follow, Bernard Frischer

Istanbul Captured in Beautiful Color Images from 1890: The Hagia Sophia, Topkaki Palace’s Imperial Gate & More

Even those who know nothing else about Istanbul know that it used to be called Constantinople. The official renaming happened in 1930, meaning that the photographs you see here, all of which date from around 1890, were taken, strictly speaking, not in Istanbul but Constantinople. But under any name, and despite all the other changes that have occurred over the past 130 years, the Turkish metropolis on the Bosphorus remains recognizable as the gateway between East and West it has been throughou...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Photography, Congress, College, History, West, Paris, Venice, Library Of Congress, Seoul, Istanbul, East, Facebook Twitter, Sophia, Bosphorus

Not least because a near miss could have bagged Hemingway.

In the post-9/11 world, it’s entirely possible that the Abraham Lincoln Brigade would have been on the wrong end of a drone strike.I have just a huge tangle of mixed feels about this. — Tamara K. (@TamSlick) August 4, 2020 [Author: Tam]
Tags: Politics, Guns, History, Hemingway, Tam, Life In The Monkey House, Tamara K, Abraham Lincoln Brigade

A Problematic Pickup: International Harvester Johnnie Reb Edition

Rustic and western-themed special editions have been part of the pickup truck business for generations. Dodge sold Prospector versions of the Ram pickup in the 1980s, and the same company sold “The Dude” “sport trim package” for its “Sweptline” pickups in 1970 and 1971. The Dude is most famously — or rather, infamously — known […] The post A Problematic Pickup: International Harvester Johnnie Reb Edition appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: History, Editorials, Autos, Dodge, Pickup Trucks, The Dude, International Harvester, Johnnie Reb Edition

Explore the Ruins of Timgad, the “African Pompeii” Excavated from the Sands of Algeria

Image via Wikimedia Commons Fifteen centuries after its fall, the Roman Empire lives on in unexpected places. Take, for instance, the former colonial city of Timgad, located in Algeria 300 miles from the capital. Founded by the Emperor Trajan around 100 AD as Colonia Marciana Ulpia Traiana Thamugadi, it thrived as a piece of Rome in north Africa before turning Christian in the third century and into a center of the Donatist sect in the fourth. The three centuries after that saw a sacking by Van...
Tags: Google, Facebook, College, Africa, History, Rome, Architecture, Unesco, Algeria, Alan, Seoul, Pompeii, Versailles, Facebook Twitter, James Bruce, Sahara

James Baldwin Talks About Racism in America & Civil Rights Activism on The Dick Cavett Show (1969)

There are many reasons, some quite literal, that it can be painful to talk about racism in the U.S. For one thing, it often seems that writers like W.E.B. Du Bois, Ida B. Wells, Angela Davis, Audre Lorde, or James Baldwin, have already confronted questions of racial violence without hedging or equivocation. Yet each time racist violence happens, there seems to be a decorous need in politics and media to pretend to be surprised by what's right in front of us, to pretend to have discovered...
Tags: Google, Politics, Television, College, New Orleans Saints, Drew Brees, America, History, Britain, Ronald Reagan, Npr, Dick Cavett, Gucci, Martin Luther King Jr, Cvs, Henry

Iron Age discoveries uncovered outside London, including a ‘murder’ victim

A skeleton representing a man who was tossed face down into a ditch nearly 2,500 years ago with his hands bound in front of his hips was dug up during an excavation outside of London.The discovery was made during a high speed rail project that has been a bonanza for archaeology, as the area is home to more than 60 ancient sites along the planned route.An ornate grave of a high status individual from the Roman period and an ancient ceremonial circle were also discovered during the excavations. ...
Tags: Europe, Death, England, London, History, Innovation, Archaeology, Violence, Wood, Great Britain, Ancient World, Rachel Wood, Wellwick Farm, Wendover That, Icknield Way, Chiltern Hills