Category: History

  • Uranium and Atomica Melancholica Idyll 

    […] At the same time, his use of double images and the search for hidden images which characterise his Surrealist experimentation are persistent aspects of his work during the 1940s, when Dalí moved to the United States, where he lived between 1940 and 1948. The dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on […]

  • The Scanimate, The Last Analog Motion Graphics Machine

    Easily one of the coolest machines you’ll ever lay your eyes upon. All of those iconic VHS production company intro graphics and spiffy effects from the eighties? You can thank the Scanimate for that. The last engineer taking care taking care of one of these machines is Dave Sieg, a thankless hero. The short Viceland […]

  • Chinese tourists are allegedly being recruited to spy on the US

    Chinese tourists are being recruited by the Chinese PLA to bring back sensitive military gear, a violation of international arms trafficking regulations.

  • A mystery settled — Homo erectus remains are confirmed to be youngest link to the past

    Skull fragments were unearthed in 1931. Only recently has it become clear they are the youngest link from Homo erectus to who we are now — Homo sapien.

  • How New York’s Bagel Boys fought and beat a mafia takeover

    An unlikely tale of The Beigel Bakers Union Local 338 fighting back the mafia stronghold on New York City’s lifeblood: the bagel.

  • Influential contemporay abstract artist, John Baldessari has died at 88

    We lost a conceptual art icon this week.

  • Knopf Doubleday’s editor in chief, Sonny Mehta dies at 77

    Knopf Doubleday has been publishing books for nearly 122 years since its founding in 1897. During that century and a quarter’s time, there have been only 3 editors in chief at the helm, Sonny Mehta was appointed to the position in 1987: Today, Knopf is one of the most venerable literary publishers in the country. […]

  • How Baseballs Are Made

    How Baseballs Are Made

    From the winding of twine around the rubbery-core, to the wrapping of the stretched leather, to the hand-sewn red stitching — it’s a miraculous process to behold. Kind of romantic that they’re still hand-sewn nowadays:

  • Jim Shaugnessy’s 60-Year Odyssey Photographing the Evolution of the North American Railroad

    Allison Meier at Hyperallergic: “Always restless, even daring when he had to be, Shaughnessy worked hard to get in and around the railroad, in all conditions, in all settings,” writes Kevin P. Keefe, former editor-in-chief of Trains magazine, in a book essay. “If the life of a crossing watchman was important, then Shaughnessy shuddered through a subzero night […]

  • Every Two Weeks, a Language Dies

    Nina Strochlic at National Geographic writes: Between 1950 and 2010, 230 languages went extinct, according to the UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger. Today, a third of the world’s languages have fewer than 1,000 speakers left. Every two weeks a language dies with its last speaker, 50 to 90 percent of them are predicted to disappear by the next century. […]