Drawn and Quarterly's mammoth twenty-fifth anniversary collection

776 pages commemorating a quarter-century of Canada's outstanding, astounding indie comics press, including essays by Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Lethem and Lemony Snicket, and featuring seminal stories from Jillian Tamaki, Chris Ware, Adrian Tomine, and Art Spiegelman. Read the rest

Today's terrifying Web security vulnerability, courtesy of the 1990s crypto wars

The Logjam bug allows attackers to break secure connections by tricking the browser and server to communicate using weak crypto -- but why do browsers and servers support weak crypto in the first place? Read the rest

Leetspeak, circa 1901

The telegraph operators of the early 20th century had a rich vocabulary of wrist-saving abbreviations they used among themselves: "Is tt exa tr et?" ("Is that extra there yet?") Read the rest

Remember when Gerber tried to market "baby food for teens?"

(Noluck_boston/Vintage Ads) Read the rest

HOWTO make a working Apple ][+ watch

Like the pioneering 1979 Apple ][+, the Apple ][+ watch, built by Instructables user Aleator777, runs Apple DOS and associated programs (it even has tiny floppy disks) -- and like its predecessor, it's designed to be understood and modified by its owner. Read the rest

Nagra IV-L: the pinnacle of tape recorder UI

A design classic from 1968, with all the dials, knobs, switches and buttons you could possibly need. Read the rest

The 1982 JC Penney Christmas Catalog

631 lovingly scanned pages for your perusal; may I draw your attention to the electronic toys, including Little Professor at $15, Speak and Spell digital at $62, Coleco Frogger at $60, Merlin at $31.50, Simon at $32, Pocket Dungeons and Dragons at $20 and Electronic Battleship at $40 (multiply by 2.42 to adjust for inflation). Read the rest

J. Edgar Hoover palled around with a suspected commie spy

Michael from Muckrock sez, "Few American officials could even come close to the legendary paranoia of J. Edgar Hoover, but that didn't stop the notorious FBI chief from striking up a close friendship with Samuel Dickstein, House Committee on Un-American Activities founder, Supreme Court Justice -- and suspected Russian spy." Read the rest

Nightmare fuel Trix ad

1940s, before the rabbit got in on the act [Vintage Ads] Read the rest

Who got paid what at Woodstock

Hendrix, $18K; Baez, $10K; CCR, $10k; Janis, $7500; Sha Na Na, $700; the Dead, $2250. Multiply by 6.37 for inflation adjustment. (Thanks, Spooky!) Read the rest

Back to the Future Flux Capacitor watch

The Back to the Future Flux Capacitor watch is $50 from Thinkgeek -- naturally, it displays the date as well as the time (and has a mode to make the date jump back and forward to significant dates from the BTTF canon). Read the rest

William Gibson on fashion

William Gibson is the only science fiction writer I know of with his name on a line of exclusive couture repro military clothes from a Japanese company. Read the rest

Matt Haughey retires from Metafilter

After 16 years behind the wheel of Metafilter, Matt Haughey is stepping down. Read the rest

The book thieves of 1990s London

In the 1990s, London was home to notorious book-thieves who stole to order for the shops of Charing Cross road, who paid a fraction of cover-price for them -- meaning that each thief would have to steal £50,000/year worth of books (and often stole more). Read the rest

Ad-hoc museums of a failing utopia

Photographer David Hlynsky took more than 8,000 street photos in the Eastern Bloc, documenting the last days of ideological anti-consumer shopping before the end of the USSR

World War 3 Illustrated: prescient outrage from the dawn of the Piketty apocalypse

The Reagan era kicked off a project to dismantle social mobility and equitable justice began. This trenchant, angry, gorgeous graphic zine launched in response.

8-bit gamer duvet cover

Pixel Nostalgia ($100): also available as a rug, print, tee or tote.

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