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Bookmarks tagged with “history”

  1. LRB · Keith Thomas · Diary

    About taking notes from books, keeping commonplace books, etc. Interesting to read about his laborious technique.

  2. The Revision Thing | The Texas Tribune

    A fascinating view of what the Texas State Board of Education (which effectively determines what children across the US study) changed in the US History standards.

  3. Final edition: Twilight of the American newspaper—By Richard Rodriguez (Harper’s Magazine)

    Lovely article that is more a reminiscence of a lost San Francisco and childhood than it is another “we must save newspapers” plea.

  4. Experimental Rockets at the Naze - Windows Live

    There was secret rocket testing going on at Walton on the Naze during World War II.

  5. The day the music died - Vox

    Simon Wistow on the end of the UK dot.com bubble ten years ago.

  6. When Science & Poetry Were Friends - The New York Review of Books

    I liked this Freeman Dyson article from last year, recounting the scientific world of 1770-1830 and comparing it to today.

  7. Timeline twins, music and movies

    I keep thinking about this old post. I must be getting old. “Listening to Michael Jackson’s Thriller today is equivalent to listening to Elvis Presley’s first album (1956) at the time of Thriller’s release in 1982.”

  8. WW2: A Civilian in the Second World War

    Another historical-diary-as-weblog, this time diaries from the home front in Essex during World War II.

  9. Westminster City Council - The Life and Loves of a Victorian Clerk

    Least inspiring implementation yet of realtime-historical-diary-online? No RSS, links, weblog view. Does have pictures though. And pointless generic “Was this useful?” block.

  10. The Diary of a Nobody, as a daily weblog

    From ‘Punch’ magazine in 1888.

  11. Looking Into the Past - a gallery on Flickr

    Lovely photos featuring an old photo of the same view held between camera and background. Oh, just look, it’ll make more sense.

  12. Grand Unified Timeline of Human History - Meta

    Sounds interesting, although I’m not quite sure what it is… A project to combine lots of existing timelines? An attempt to create a huge new timeline from scratch?

  13. Visualizing empires decline on Vimeo

    Lovely visualisation of the expansion and contraction of four empires over 200 years. (via Long Now)

  14. Royal Society - Trailblazing

    A little thin in content so far, and overly flashy for me, and the original articles are all but hidden. But otherwise a good start on making this old material more accessible.

  15. Augmented Reality Does Time Travel Tourism | Singularity Hub

    I remember 20ish years ago walking round my home town wanting something like this (only portable, and working everywhere).

  16. Why do we have an IMG element? [dive into mark]

    The history of the image element in HTML. A great bit of documenting internet history. (via Waxy)

  17. Reocities , rising from the ashes - RIP Geocities…

    Wonderful - one guy raced to copy all of GeoCities. Worth reading ‘Making of’. He should win medals, awards, certificates, etc. (via Kottke)

  18. 100 years of Big Content fearing technology—in its own words - Ars Technica

    How companies have complained that new technologies will destroy content industries over the past century. Like when home taping killed music. Wasn’t that terrible. (via Kottke)

  19. Chris Heathcote: anti-mega: Saving Britain’s Past

    This really is a good programme, with a nice balance of old and modern. And no struggling to make stories over-dramatic, like too many documentaries these days.

  20. Historical Blogging

    Pretty fantastic. Students from The Anderson School in New York created blogs, IM chats and blog comments for American Civil War-era characters. Have a read.

  21. Internet Archaeology

    Some lovely “old” fragments of the web.

  22. Jorn Barger, the NewsPage Network, and the Emergence of the Weblog Community | Tawawa.org

    Fascinating history of the early days of weblogs, with a prominent place for Dave Winer’s NewsPage stuff, which I remember being important to me (the Haddock Directory started on Userland Frontier in 1997). (via Preoccupations)

  23. Walton Tales - Windows Live

    A blog and photos about the history of Walton-on-the-Naze in Essex.

  24. The London Gazette - Munday Septemb 3, to Munday Septemp 10, 1666

    Facsimiles of four pages of ‘The London Gazette’ reporting on the Great Fire of London. “Published by Authority”.

  25. DreamHost Blog » They’re Internet History

    More stuff about the history of GeoCities and WebRing. (via Waxy)

  26. ASCII by Jason Scott / Geocities: Lessons So Far

    Not just for the good stuff about archiving Geocities, but also about the history of the site and its structure. (via Waxy)

  27. Magical times at the picture palace - Evening Star 24

    Second part (of two, I think) of my grandad’s memories of growing up in Ipswich in the early 1900s.

  28. Child’s-eye view of Edwardian Ipswich - Evening Star 24

    Part one of my grandad’s memories of growing up in Ipswich in the early 1900s.

  29. 140 Characters » How Twitter Was Born

    How Twitter went from idea to product. I love stories like this because you know how much it means to the people involved. (via Preoccupations)

  30. Photographic collection homepage from London transport museum

    More than 16,000 historical photos of London, nicely browsable. You can even add comments to each one. Would be nice if they enlarged bigger, but otherwise fab.

  31. Newspapers and magazines - Digital National library of Serbia

    Scanned and browsable issues, from the avant-garde ‘Zenit’ to ‘Advanced Beekeeping’. Awesome (especially if you read Serbian).

  32. Twitter / novelsin3lines

    I’m very much enjoying the 1906 French news summaries by Félix Fénéon (and not just because I wrote it up as an idea myself a while back). Lovely writing.

  33. Cabinet Magazine Online - A Timeline of Timelines

    A history of different timelines. (via Kevin Kelly)

  34. Bristol Then and Now Photographs - Page One

    Lots of animated images with photos of past and (nearly) present Bristol. A shame more of them don’t line up better, but still interesting.

  35. Universal Heritage Poster

    A timeline “summarizing 13.7 billion years”. (via Cool Tools)

  36. Timeline of historic inventions - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I like timelines. One day I’ll draw a great big one on a very long wall. (via Kottke)

  37. Historischer Zollsstock

    2,000 years of history on a 2 metre folding timeline. £15 in the National Portrait Gallery shop. I like long-term timelines.

  38. House of Commons, Journal | British History Online

    Going back to 1547 (and House of Lords), could be handy for Pepys. But, annoyingly, very un-guessable URLs for the daily archives. Hmm.

  39. Writers Dreamtools - Decades - 1650

    Guide to what was happening in different fields in consecutive decades through history. Good if you ignore that knowledge changes with geography and social position. (via Kottke)

  40. Maps of War

    Excellent animated map showing who’s inhabited and carved up the Middle East over millennia. (via Haddock)

  41. LRB | Tom Shippey : The Most Learned Man in Europe

    Interesting summary of the history of libraries in Western Europe. (Subscribers only.)

  42. The New York Review of Books: City Lights

    Review of Tristram Hunt’s ‘Building Jerusalem: The Rise and Fall of the Victorian City’. Were things better when wealthy Victorians did things for the plebs? (Subscribers only unfortunately)

  43. Digitally Distributed Environments: London Google Earth 1690

    One day we’ll be able to view reality augmented with what the space looked like centuries ago. Until then, try this Google Earth map overlay. Awesome. (via Haddock)

  44. Economic History Resources - How Much is That? (British Pounds)

    Handily converts the value of money in past years (back to 1264) to 2002 values.

  45. EarthStation1.com - The Radio Propaganda Sounds

    Some sample wavs/MP3s of the man who broadcast Nazi propaganda in English from Germany during World War II.

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