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Bookmarks tagged with “history”

  1. How London’s Silicon Roundabout really got started — European technology news

    Brilliant - really glad this got written up. Matt Biddulph’s timeline of how “Silicon Roundabout” became a thing.

  2. Leningrad Siege: Now and Then | English Russia

    Very simple, a blending of old and new photos, but very effective.

  3. What Makes Countries Rich or Poor? by Jared Diamond | The New York Review of Books

    Diamond reviewing ‘Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty’. an interesting read. Social change etc. I love that stuff.

  4. Over the Decades, How States Have Shifted - Interactive Feature - NYTimes.com

    Really nice visualisation of how different states have voted over time. (via The Functional Art)

  5. Tower of London

    The Tower of London’s Facebook timeline goes back to 1066. (via Londonist)

  6. 1906 Earthquake Blended with Today | Shawn Clover

    Lovely merging of photos of San Francisco from 1906 and today. (via New Aesthetic)

  7. Building workers stories

    Free PDFs containing oral histories from the men who built the Barbican, the M1, Sizewell A, the South Bank and Stevenage.

  8. BBC News - How to read London

    Paul Mason, brilliant on the nature of London. Well worth a read.

  9. Escape into Whiteness by Brent Staples | The New York Review of Books

    Some of the details of 19th and early 20th century courts etc deciding whether specific mixed-race individuals count as white or coloured are bizarre, as if part of some kind of epic theatre piece.

  10. Retirement Researcher Blog: The Shocking International Experience of the 4% Rule

    Historical number-crunching, looking at one of the universal rules-of-thumb of financial blogs. (via Monevator)

  11. List of windmills in London - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    “A list of existing and former windmills whose sites fall within Greater London.” Lists 15 locations in Clerkenwell alone. Internet is brilliant.

  12. Authenticity/Access | One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age

    On how historical web pages (such as Geocities) appear differently now, even if you have all the original assets. eg, browser rendering, text anti-aliasing, MIDI audio, screen resolutions, etc.

  13. London Trails

    “Walking Tours with Old Maps.” Sounds good.

  14. Origins of e-mail: My mea culpa - Omblog - The Washington Post

    A good apology but it’s surprising that they could publish something that wrong, twice. Yes, we *do* expect journalists to check everything; isn’t that why they’re better than mere bloggers (or so they tell us)? (via @alanconnor)

  15. Between the Lines - Features - Los Angeles magazine

    Fascinating long article on the history of parking, parking meters, parking lots, parking costs, and how they all affect towns and cities. (via Kottke)

  16. Michael Neill reviews ‘Medicinal Cannibalism…’ … and ‘Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires’ … · LRB 1 December 2011

    About “mummy”, the processed remains of humans that was considered a valuable medicine as recently as the 19th century. (Subscribers only)

  17. Crosswords: the meow meow of the 1920s | Crosswords | guardian.co.uk

    A lovely selection of quotes from 1920s newspapers about how the new mania for crosswords was going to destroy society.

  18. Astonishments, ten, in the history of version control < Francis is

    A nice summary of advances in version control systems over the decades. With any technology it’s easy to forget the many incremental changes that make up the current norm.

  19. Home | The British Newspaper Archive

    Looks very impressive - loads of scanned and searchable British newspapers from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. It costs to view the results though (from £6.95 for two days) so not for casual browsing.

  20. 11 Sounds That Your Kids Have Probably Never Heard - Mental Floss

    Sounds of things that you no longer hear. I started making a list of these ages ago, but didn’t even get this many. (via Kottke)

  21. United States Early Radio History

    A fascinating read, with loads of links to text and images from period articles and adverts.

  22. BBC Dimensions: How Many Really?

    Lovely thing from BERG that “compares the number of people involved in key historical events or situations to the people you know through Facebook or Twitter.” Very good.

  23. The Floodwaters Rise

    Jason Scott has been busy importing loads of old computer magazines into Internet Archive. Great stuff (and a great job!).

  24. The First Year of Frames

    I completely forgot sites used to offer the choice of “Frames or No Frames”.

  25. Who Invented the Avant Garde v.3

    Oh, this is a nice painted timeline which I want to spend lots of ink on printing out and putting on the wall to ponder. (Via @mildlydiverting)

  26. LRB · Stephen Sedley · Plimsoll’s Story

    Some interesting bits about the development of laws and reforms in 19th century England.

  27. TimeRime.com - Homepage

    Create your own (Flash-based) timelines. You know when you have an idea for a site and then you find something that sort of does it, but not quite how you wanted?

  28. LRB · Richard J. Evans · The Wonderfulness of Us

    I’m finding this discussion (the article and many letters below it) about how history should be taught in British schools interesting, although I’ve lost track of exactly who thinks what.

  29. London’s Holy Wells

    Some interesting history about the location of wells in London, with photos and maps. eg, St Agnes Well was round the back of the Foundry on Old Street.

  30. Twitter / alex butterworth: For the next ten weeks I w …

    “For the next ten weeks I will be tweeting the events of the Commune through the voices of the participants.” Lovely idea, seems a bit hard to follow what’s actually happening, or maybe I’ve missed the point.

  31. Scripto | Crowdsourcing Documentary Transcription

    “A light-weight, open source, tool that will allow users to contribute transcriptions to online documentary projects.  The tool will include a versioning history and full set of editorial controls, so that project staff and [sic] manage public contributions.”

  32. John C.H. Grabill’s Photos of Western Frontier Life | Plog — World news photography, Photos — The Denver Post

    Lots of photos of late 19th century America, centered on the town of Deadwood. Some lovely images there. (via The Online Photographer)

  33. Street Traffic Accidents (Metropolis). (Hansard, 18 May 1914)

    “…can [the Home Secretary] see his way so to alter or relax the police regulations as to enable the more expeditious slaughter of animals meeting with serious accidents in the streets?”

  34. How Many People Have Ever Lived on Earth? - Population Reference Bureau

    The number of people alive today is something like, very vaguely, 6% of all those who ever lived. (via @GreatDismal)

  35. Thoughts of a Bohemian » Blog Archive » The fire this time

    It’s not just digital archives that are being destroyed: The liquidator in charge of the defunct Corbis Sygma agency is planning to destroy an archive of 12 million photos. We need a real world Archive Team. Grrrrrrrrr. (via The Online Photographer)

  36. Wilderness to brothels to Apple store: the History of Development in one block

    I like this description of one spot of Manhattan and how it changed over the centuries. Although calling the block’s current state “the ultimate culmination of centuries of development” assumes nothing’s going to change ever again. (via @GreatDismal)

  37. One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age | Digging through the Geocities Torrent

    A blog outlining some peoples’ explorations of the torrent of all the archived GeoCities data. Some lovely old bits of early web archaeology in there.

  38. David Long :: Hidden City

    “The Secret Alleys, Courts and Yards of London’s Square Mile” Sounds like a good read.

  39. BBC - WW2 People’s War

    At least one of those BBC sites, a good one, threatened with deletion/archiving/whatever is already archived by the British Library here. I haven’t looked for others.

  40. YouTube - The London Nobody Knows (Part 1 of 4) Documentary

    ‘The London Nobody Knows’ has found its way to YouTube. Watch, if you haven’t seen it, and you like/know London, in case it disappears.

  41. Old maps of Southwark - Southwark Council

    Not just maps of Southwark, but good resolution PDFs of historical maps of London. Good. (via @alanconnor)

  42. The battle of Towton: Nasty, brutish and not that short | The Economist

    Fascinating account of a War of the Roses battle from an excavated mass grave. I didn’t know men of the time weren’t much shorter than the average today (people shrank in the Victorian era). (via Kottke)

  43. LRB · James Davidson · Flat-Nose, Stocky and Beautugly

    This article, about the changes in names given to children over the years was fascinating, at least (for me) until it gets round to the main subject, ancient Greek names.

  44. War Cabinet (ukwarcabinet) on Twitter

    World War II told daily in tweets and links to web pages where you can add free PDFs to your shopping cart, check out, give your email address, and finally download them. Nice idea, spoiled by execution. (via @blech)

  45. Modern Two-Party System in the Senate Timeline

    Fascinating and detailed graph of shifts in Republican/Democrat senators from 1857-2006. I’d love to see something similar for the UK.

  46. Google LatLong: History in the Unmaking

    Very nice - Google Earth layers of London and Paris in 1945. I also didn’t know Google Earth had lots of different post-2000 layers (for London at least). (via Booktwo)

  47. The Participant Observer » Blog Archive » Cyborganic and the Birth of Networked Social Media (It’s here!)

    PhD thesis from a couple of years ago, on Cyborganic and other things (like Wired/Hotwired) that its members were involved in.

  48. Why trust Facebook with the future’s past? — Scott Rosenberg’s Wordyard

    Twitter and Facebook are storing what will be our history, but it’s not accessible. (Which is why I have my own public archive of my Twitters, and rarely use Facebook.) (via Preoccupations)

  49. A Vision of Britain through Time | Your national on-line library for local history | Maps, Statistics, Travel Writing and more

    This is interesting. Seems to be a collection of historic texts and maps and data, all searchable by location. Some nicely done stuff.

  50. Connecting Historical Authorities with Links, Contexts and Entities

    “We want to help create an historic placename gazetteer for the UK, publish it as Linked Data and link it to other widely-used sources of placename reference information on the semantic web.”

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