In 1966, Ed Ruscha drove along the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, Los Angeles. Using a motorized camera mounted on the back of a pickup truck, he methodically photographed all of the buildings on each side of the street. He assembled the photos in the artists’ book Every Building on the Sunset Strip, which challenged […]
The story of “blue being invisible in history” begins in 1858 when William Gladstone who was mystified as to why the color blue was never referred to in ancient Greek writing. Further explorations have revealed an absence of the mention of the color blue in writing from many other ancient cultures. It was as if […]
The Investigatory Powers Act, or Snooper’s Charter, was introduced in 2016. Now one of its most contentious surveillance tools is being secretly trialled by two undisclosed internet firms. Via Wired If you don’t already use a VPN, now might be a good time to start.
The miners of Renaissance Europe, digging ever deeper into the earth in the search of ore, invariably found another, less welcome substance – water. Everywhere they dug, it found them, seeping into tunnels and shafts. If it could not be removed at least as quickly as it entered, it would flood the mine and make […]
The birth of the music video is often credited to MTV. It was 1981 when the first 24-hour music channel launched on our screens with “Video Killed the Radio Star”. Oh the irony, right? Wrong. Video and the radio star actually go way back. Get comfortable, because we’re about to have some fun getting to […]
Ever wanted to skip the marital problems and jump straight to the cookie recipe on your favorite food blog? This Chrome extension detects recipes and will prompt you with a button which replaces everything on the page with just the recipe.
Imagine tiny little nuclear powered batteries, made from nuclear waste, capable of easily and safely providing nanowatt to microwatt power levels, with a 20 year lifespan, used to power tiny little microscopic machines. Via Wikipedia
A pill box for when you find yourself somewhere that observes Xtraday, which is that day that occurs right between Saturday and Sunday. Three day weekends forever! Via Fasttech
When you accidentally send a lender a LOT more money than you intended, and it just happens to be the exact amount that you owe them. Via CNN
Ten doses of the Covid-19 vaccine would expire within hours, so a Houston doctor gave it to people with medical conditions, including his wife. What followed was “the lowest moment in my life,” Dr. Hasan Gokal said. Via NYT The charges were dismissed. Via CW39
This London home, currently on sale for £950k, was once a Victorian hat shop. Some parts of the house are no wider than a bathtub. Via My London
What other animals and plants are invasive to the point of being environmentally destructive–and can be pretty damned tasty if cooked up? Read on. Via PBS
For decades, Soviet Russia banned pop, jazz, and rock-and-roll. These music lovers devised a solution: music ‘on the bone. In 1946 two enterprising music lovers in Leningrad, Ruslan Bugaslovski and Boris Taigin, figured out a way to copy records. The original music was smuggled into the country, often by sailors. Because materials in the U.S.S.R. […]
“Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists is the first major thematic exhibition to explore the artistic achievements of Native women.” Via The Smithsonian