Celebrate V-Day like an early feminist with these Suffragist Valentines

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Dating from 1915 to the 1920s, these suffragist Valentines cards are collected by the League of Women Voters, who worked tirelessly to win the vote for women. Read the rest

The Malware Museum

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At The Malware Musuem you can enjoy the experience of DOS-era viruses, trojans and other digital beasties without any of the risk. Many of them manifested as wild graphical tricks and other spectacular coding feats, distracting you as they formatted hard drives or corrupted files.

The Malware Museum is a collection of malware programs, usually viruses, that were distributed in the 1980s and 1990s on home computers. Once they infected a system, they would sometimes show animation or messages that you had been infected. Through the use of emulations, and additionally removing any destructive routines within the viruses, this collection allows you to experience virus infection of decades ago with safety.

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Entertaining animated history of Japan

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Bill Wurtz made this fun and informative 9-minute history of Japan. Read the rest

An inviting encyclopedia of historical happenings that shaped our world

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See sample pages from this book at Wink.

Yay! Another captivating DK book for children has just come out today. 100 Events that Made History is an encyclopedia of ideas, inventions, wars, scientific breakthroughs, disasters (both natural and human-made), and other historical happenings that had a major influence on how our world looks today. The book's colorful collage-art layout is attractive and inviting.

I enjoyed this book along with my 12-year-old daughter, and I actually learned a lot of little nuggets that I missed in school. The wide range of topics include the discovery of bronze, Confucius, Teotihuacan, Julius Caesar, the birth of Israel, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first flight, global communications, and about 92 other influential milestones in history. Each are explained with fun facts in 1-2 pages, which isn’t enough to turn readers into scholars on any one subject, but will certainly whet their appetites to devour more on their own. And put together, 100 Events allows readers to connect the dots from the beginning of human ideas to where we are now scientifically, politically, spiritually and socially.

100 Events that Made History: Memorable Moments that Shaped the Modern World by DK DK Children 2016, 128 pages, 8.8 x 11.2 x 0.6 inches $17 Buy a copy on Amazon Read the rest

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace

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In 1996, in the midst of the Clinton administration's attack on the Internet and cryptography, Grateful Dead lyricist and EFF co-founder John Perry Barlow sat down in Davos, Switzerland, where he'd been addressing world leaders on the subject of the Internet and human rights, and wrote one of net-culture's formative documents: The Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace.

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It Isn't Even Past: location scouting the secret history of Rudy Valentino with Tim Powers

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In Medusa's Web, fantasy grandmaster Tim Powers presents us with another of his amazing secret histories, this one of Rudolph Valentino. In this guest editorial, Powers -- author of many of Boing Boing's favorite novels, including the World Fantasy Award winning Last Call, Hide Me Among the Graves, and Dinner at Deviant's Palace -- explains the genesis of his latest book, and takes us with him for his field-research.

One hundred of history's most influential jokes

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Vulture presents a lengthy (and very funny) annotated history of "100 jokes that shaped modern comedy," with embedded audio (and sometimes video) of the jokes themselves, going all the way back to 1906's Nobody by Bert Williams -- transferred from wax cylinder to shellac disc to Youtube. Read the rest

Seminar on Jo Walton's Philosopher Kings novels

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Jo Walton (previously) is one of science fiction's great talents, a writer who blends beautiful insight about human beings and their frailties and failings without ever losing sight of their nobility and aspirations. Read the rest

Bernie Sanders: a left wing, twenty-first century Ronald Reagan?

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Reagan didn't fulfill his signature campaign promises -- he raised taxes, created more big government agencies, never introduced his promised anti-abortion Constitutional amendment -- but he changed the way Americans thought about government spending, labor unions, and regulation. Read the rest

1907 telegram: "Send arsenic...exterminate aborigines"

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In 1907, Charles Morgan of Broome Station sent this telegram to Henry Prinsep, the Chief Protector of Aborigines for Western Australia, in Perth: "Send cask arsenic exterminate aborigines letter will follow." Read the rest

Donald Trump's dad was Woody Guthrie's hated Klansman landlord

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Woodie Guthrie lived in one of Fred Trump's building for two years, starting in 1950, and was so taken with the KKK-affiliated landlord, who bribed federal officials in exchange for government handouts that he used to build his income property. Read the rest

Solving the "Longbow Puzzle": why did France and Scotland keep their inferior crossbows?

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The longbow was vastly, demonstrably superior to the crossbow, but only England adopted it as a common military weapon; the Scots and French stuck with the inferior crossbow for nearly a century -- why? Read the rest

Martin Luther King, socialist: "capitalism has outlived its usefulness"

In the great tradition of political heroes, Martin Luther King's legacy has been sanitized and purged of its most radical and urgent notions, watered down to a kind of meek pacifism that omits his beliefs in radical political change as a necessary condition of attaining real justice. Read the rest

Aaron Swartz's "Against School" - business leaders have been decrying education since 1845

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"Against School" is a previously unpublished Aaron Swartz essay about the centuries of word-perfect complaints about the US public school system, which have led to mass-scale, sneak privatization of the public system. Read the rest

A bowel-loosening long-term geopolitical weather report

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The idea that global politics are a terrifying blend of natural disasters, belligerence, and deadly military potential isn't unique to this decade, but holy fuck, did it ever just get weird. Read the rest

De-bullshitifying the libertopian Legend of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

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The domestic terrorists occupying the Malheur National Widlife Refuge Building near Burns, Oregon justify their actions with a highly selective -- and largely fabricated -- history of the federal lands they've seized. The truth is a lot sleazier. Read the rest

Weird and wonderful medical and scientific museum

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We've posted previously about Steve Erenbgerg (Radio Guy)'s online collection of wonderful and strange antique scientific instruments, medical devices, anatomical models, and, of course, radios. SciFri took a video tour, above, of Erenberg's delightful real world cabinet of curiosities!

"Things of Beauty: Scientific Instruments of Yore" (YouTube)

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