A long piece about the rise and fall of the arcade, by the Verge, which has quickly evolved into the finest technology news site that is complemented with occasional pieces of slow journalism.
A great infographic: the most common word in the wikipedia article titled “history of …”
Helsingin sanomat has a nice article on changing face of the city.
Ancient postcards are complemented with an exact replica of the scene in 2012, and the border between the two can be dynamically slid to reveal how the features of the area have evolved.
This image is towards Katajanokka, showing one of the ugliest buildings known to man: Alvar Aalto’s Enso-Gutzeit HQ, a piece of white marble absolutely no-one needed.
30 years of music industry change in a neatly animated infographic.
Yes, The Verge is the New Black, as linked to many a time here.
This lengthy article on the death of Palm and WebOS further strengthens their position as the alpha dog of reporting technology news.
The Restart Page collects boot sequences of various operating systems.
Some of which are seriously nostalgia-inducing, others complete mysteries.
Even if the Alan Rickman reference is a bit old, the presence of a “D. Rumsfeld” ought to have had warning bells ringing.
Groklaw, the geekiest lawsite on earth quits in mid-May.
A couple of examples on the news throughout the history from a very slanted perspective.
Historically hardcore, Smithsonian disagrees.
A History of the World in 100 Objects is BBC’s 100 episode long podcast series. Available for free, with an impressive selection of objects with which the art and skill of man through thousands of years is told. At some fifteen minutes a pop, this is just the optimal length of the morning commute.
Wikipedia turns 10 today. Sure, it’s occasionally mired in misinformation and controversy and has been publicly punked multiple times, but wikipedia’s nonetheless a good starting point for most kinds of deeper search.
(Recent topics checked: “witch house” as a musical genre, the names of guest stars on “NCIS: Los Angeles”, the chronology of eighties Macintosh computer releases. And many others.)
Disunion, blogging the united states civil war as it happened – with a 150 year lag.
Seventies municipal traffic in Helsinki.
On occasion the world seems to be a sane place.
Then something like this conference on geocentric world view rolls along and spoils it all.
According to Eric Schmidt “mankind generates as much data in two days as we did from the dawn of history until 2003″.
The relevant big number is five exabytes. And user-generated content is to blame.
Earlier in the game: people will soon be changing their names to escape an embarrassing digital past.
Artists’ concepts of space colony studies conducted by NASA in the seventies.
Sense of wonder and belief in technology abound.