This Day in Blogging History: Jackhammer Jill automata; RIP Tom Disch; Distributed fan-trans of Potter 5

One year ago today
Jackhammer Jill, the animated GIF automata: Ernie made us a Jackhammer Jill automata from pinewood and paint.

Five years ago today
RIP, Thomas M Disch: Sf author Thomas M Disch committed suicide at his apartment on July 4. Patrick Nielsen Hayden's eulogy paints a picture of a man who was brilliant, noble, foolish, difficult and angry.

Ten years ago today
Distributed fan-translation of Potter 5 into German: A group of German Harry Potter enthusiasts are working to collectively translate the English text of Order of the Phoenix into Deustch.