Category Archives: Yesteryear

USB Chargers Have as Much Processing Power as the Apollo 11 Guidance Computers

Andrew Liszewski | Gizmodo | February 11, 2020 It comes as no surprise that the guidance computers aboard the Apollo 11 spacecraft were impossibly primitive compared to the pocket computers we all carry around 50 years later. But on his website, … Continue reading

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The New Deal was partly motivated by a desire to kill the fake news epidemic of the Gilded Age

by  CORY DOCTOROW at Boing Boing / 6:15 AM TUE JAN 7, 2020 100 years ago, wealthy people bought up newspapers as fast as they could, then used them to smear progressive reformers, inventing lies (“Congressmen don’t pay taxes!”) to discredit the entire … Continue reading

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The Institute of Official Cheer

It’s been forever since I last perused the pages, nay, plumbed the profundity of James Lileks website, The Institute of Official Cheer. Check it out:

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Canada’s Pirate Queen!!

Pirate Maria Lindsey Cobham sent waves of fear through sailors in 1700s Canada. Written by Paul Dalby in Canada’s History — Posted January 9, 2016 The sleek sailing ship emerged suddenly like an apparition from the shroud of dense fog hanging over … Continue reading

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The Ghost Ship SS Baychimo

Interesting story in the Vintage News

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8 Reasons Children of the 1970s Should All Be Dead

The way things are going, every kid is going to go to school wearing bubble wrap and a helmet.  Back in the 1970s (and earlier), parents didn’t stress about our health and safety as much as they do today… READ.FEEDLY.COM … Continue reading

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How did our linguistic ancestors talk?

  Did the lost common language Proto-Indo-European sound like this? Listen to a linguist’s reconstructed fables about sheep, horses, and a king. Read this article by Tim Hornyak on CNET.   How did our linguistic ancestors talk? Listen in NEWS.CNET.COM

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R.I.P. Uncle Carol Taylor

R.I.P. Uncle Carol Taylor. You lived an interesting life, and inspired me to approach technical problems with curiosity and inventiveness. I will always remember the crystal radio set you patiently helped me build as a wee guy in the 60’s, … Continue reading

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Remembering Joseph Campell

Remembering something from what seems to be from two lifetimes ago… As a young Psychology student in 1982 (and attending a C.G. Jung Society of Montreal – sponsored Joseph Campbell seminar), I exited the auditorium to get a drink, and … Continue reading

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How to “gain flesh”

“A SKINNY man hasn’t a chance.” A chance to what? To make it with the delectably curvy woman shown here? On the contrary! She’s says “I’ll tell you how to gain pounds quick!” See, this woman digs skinny guys. She … Continue reading

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