Category Archives: history

“You’re women, you’re going to be engineers. You’re all a bunch of feminists.”

Dec. 6, 1989. Geneviève Bergeron (born 1968), civil engineering student Hélène Colgan (born 1966), mechanical engineering student Nathalie Croteau (born 1966), mechanical engineering student Barbara Daigneault (born 1967), mechanical engineering student Anne-Marie Edward (born 1968), chemical engineering student Maud Haviernick … Continue reading

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Mario Savio “The Machine Speech” on The Sproul Hall Steps, December 2, 1964

Plus ça change… [Audio: English; Transcript: below] h/t Move.on for the transcript: “There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious—makes you so sick at heart—that you can’t take part. You can’t even passively take part. And … Continue reading

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freddie mercury of Queen, 1946-1991

[Audio: Music; Subtitles: English] Twenty years ago today. More about him here. Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara (Gujarati: ફારોખ બલ્સારા‌), 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist … Continue reading

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first recorded mobile phone call?

[Audio: snappy music; Subtitled: English] I haven’t decided if this is for real — there’s some odd details that would be hard to reproduce, such as the snow plowed off the sidewalks into the street (the poor horses!). But the … Continue reading

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all power to the people

Plus ça change… photo by Diana Davies She could be a present day Occupy protester! Except, perhaps, for the cigarrette in hand 🙂 This photo was taken in 1970! This is as much info as I could find about the … Continue reading

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Dogs of 9/11

Moxie, age 13, Winthrop, Mass. She arrived at the World Trade Center site on Sept. 11 and began working the next morning. Though she is trained to find survivors, she identified six bodies and many body parts during the eight … Continue reading

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Visualizing US expansion through post offices

Posted: Visualizing US expansion through post offices. from Derek Watkins on Vimeo. This is pretty cool… It also really illustrates how California turns the expansion toward the mid West, as opposed to the usual picture I think many have that … Continue reading

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Elvis Presley Jailhouse Rock 1957

[Audio: music; Lyrics: below] (colorized) In memoriam — the King of Rock n’ Roll. Lyrics Jailhouse Rock lyrics Songwriters: Leiber, Jerry; Stoller, Mike; The warden threw a party in the county jail The prison band was there and they began … Continue reading

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new beatles pictures

Wow…someone unearthed a treasure trove of old Beatles pictures. I’m not a huge fan, but these are still something quite special: photo by Mike Mitchell Full story here. The photos document the group’s first U.S. concert on February 11, 1964, … Continue reading

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I’m The Computer Man

Yes… a mid-90’s ad for Apple’s Mac… [Audio: music; Captions: none] I have no words. None. 😯 Oh, except for the lyrics, here: Like 0

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building the bridge

The bridge from San Francisco, 1935 From this article, with stunning and gorgeous pictures of building the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco in 1935-1937: When the Golden Gate Bridge Opened, 74 Years Ago. Go take a look at the … Continue reading

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late nite humor: palin’s ride

What Palin said: “He who warned uh, the British that they weren’t gonna be takin’ away our arms, uh by ringing those bells, and um, makin’ sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and … Continue reading

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Russian Prison System Documentary

[Audio: Russian (I think); Captions: English] This is a little different… an hour long documentary on the Russian prison system and the “mark of cain” — the system of tattoos they used to use in the system among prisoners. I … Continue reading

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messages from the past

Scattered along the Japanese coastline, hundreds of markers similar to these warn future generations against building below the spot they mark: “Remember the calamity of the great tsunamis. Do not build any homes below this point.” Others warn: “Look for … Continue reading

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down the yellow brick road

I really wanted to embed this, but between DCMA & hard-headed corporations, it has to be a link: The Wizard of Oz: Pay No Attention I came across this gem of an article, courtesy of @carwinb: The Wizard of Oz: … Continue reading

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