Blogging History: Painting characters on coin-heads; UK wants brawl-proof pint glasses; EFF kicks Diebold's ass

One year Coins painted as fictional characters: Andre Levy, a designer in Frankfurt, likes to paint coins. Five years Britain seeks ban on glass pint-glasses to prevent bar-brawl injuries: The British Home Office is looking for proposals to make it harder to attack people with pint-glasses, including a mandate that all pint sleeves be made […]

Blogging History: Soviet plane-spotting head-gear; Ralph Lauren visits Uncanny Valley; Internet bubble's blessings

One year Soviet plane-spotting head-gear: Drakegoodman scanned this 1917-ish photo of Soviet planespotters in exotic headgear; according to a commenter, the binox are focused at infinity "so that when you found the source of the sound by turning your head, you could see the aircraft creating that sound." Five years Ralph Lauren opens new outlet […]

Blogging History: Non-gender kids' clothes retail; London cops apologize for geek-mugging; Lucas ships Xbox malware

One year Better way to organize kids' clothing departments: Ever since our daughter's birth, my wife Alice and I have found ourselves shopping the "boys" section of the department stores for things like pyjamas and tees and rubber boots, this being the only way to get stuff that isn't pink, covered in glitter, hypersexualized (you […]

Blogging History: Precedents for "Internet makes us dumb"; 3D movies are dumb gimmicks

One year Internet dumbing-down hysteria compared against previous waves of anti-tech backlash: Salon has a refreshing take on the effect of the net on wider culture, courtesy of Dennis Baron, author of the new book A Better Pencil. Baron places hysteria about the net's supposed dumbing-down in context with other panics of years gone by. […]

Blogging History: History of RPG combat; 3D printed handcuff keys; Earthlink's P2P manifesto

One year Critical Hits: a history of a the battle between gamers and game-designers for nuance in combat systems: The early history of role-playing games seems like a constant battle between the creators of Dungeons & Dragons and its fans. Sometimes, like with critical hits, the fans wanted the game to be one way, but […]

Blogging History: Netflix uses piracy to guide business decisions; Asking favors from writers; Bubblegum Alley

One year Netflix uses piracy stats to choose its programming: Senior executives from Netflix have explained their method for choosing which programs to license for the service: they buy the rights to the most-pirated shows in each territory, because that's where the demand is. Five years Author John Scalzi "On The Asking of Favors From […]

Blogging History: Fortunes of bankers who tanked world economy; Roy Disney demands Eisner's still-beating heart

One year After the Meltdown: tracking the fortunes reaped by the bankers who tanked the economy: Documents the fate of the regulators, executives, and firms that were most directly responsible for the subprime meltdown, and demonstrates that the top bankers for firms like Lehman got unbelievably rich due to their failures, and are still in […]

Blogging History: Arizona teen exorcists; Philadelphia Free Library is shutting down

One year Teen exorcists from Arizona take on the UK and Harry Potter: Brynne Larson and Tess and Savannah Scherkenback, teenage girls from Arizona who happen to be exorcists just like Brynne's dad, visit the UK! I bet they were a huge hit there. After all, Harry Potter author JK Rowling is British and, as […]

Blogging History: No robot will ever…; Poe archive goes online

One year No robot will ever… Today's XKCD strip, Reassuring, wittily illustrates Kevin Kelly's Seven Stages of Robot Replacement, which start with "1. A robot/computer cannot possibly do the tasks I do" and heads toward "5. OK, it can have my old boring job, because it's obvious that was not a job that humans were […]

Blogging History: NSA phone surveillance appalls FISA judge; Distance ed as Zork

One year NSA reveals that it illegally gathered thousands of phone records, to the appalled astonishment of FISA court judge: As the Snowden leaks about NSA surveillance continue to trickle out, it's easy to miss the fact that the NSA is now releasing hundreds of pages of damning documents about its activities. They're not doing […]

Blogging History: Internet of Things Bill of Rights; Box turtle's leg-prostheses

One year Internet of Things Bill of Rights: We believe Internet of Things devices should all come with a well established expectation of what they will and will not do with consumer's data. Five years Furniture slider prosthetic legs for turtle: Lucky is a box turtle in Petaluma, California who lost his front legs in […]

Blogging History: How NSA sabotages crypto; Steampunk rugged corset; Unix on Gameboy

One year Firsthand account of NSA sabotage of Internet security standards: On the Cryptography mailing list, John Gilmore (co-founder of pioneering ISP The Little Garden and the Electronic Frontier Foundation; early Sun employee; cypherpunk; significant contributor to GNU/Linux and its crypto suite; and all-round Internet superhero) describes his interactions with the NSA and several obvious […]

Blogging History: This is the Space Age; Steel velcro; Cheney can direct terrorist attacks on USA

One year This is the Space Age: Annalee Newitz's Stop pretending we aren't living in the Space Age is a magnificent rant on the incredibly achievements of modern space programs, and a savage indictment of the lack of imagination underpinning complaints about the failure of humans to return to the moon in force. Five years […]

Blogging History: Heinlein's bed; Normalcy is the future; Survival of the fittest mailbox

One year Heinlein's bed up for auction: Want to sleep in Robert A Heinlein's bed? The Heinlein Society was unable to find a museum to take this artifact from his home so they are now selling it on eBay. Five years Normalcy is the future: She poured a coffee, then touched the breakfast table. "Where […]

Blogging History: Kyoto's 1.2kg pizzaburger; Damian Hirst wants £500K from teen who took pencils; Neighbor-shooting BBQer cites Bush doctrine

One year 1.2kg Mega Pizza Burger hits Kyoto: A 400g patty, onion, pickles, and meat sauce, etc. are sandwiched between two 27cm diameter cheesy pizza crusts as buns. It's 2,580 yen and will be sold only for 3 months. Five years Damien Hirst installation owner charges teen art-rival with theft of £500,000 for removing box […]

Blogging History: Bar needs new human toe after man consumes mummified garnish; Consultation shows Canadians want moderate copyright

One year Bar needs new human toe after mystery man consumes their mummified garnish: A bar in the Yukon needs to source a new human toe, because a patron ate the one they used to use as a cocktail garnish. Five years Canadian Copyright Consultation shows Canadians overwhelmingly support moderate, fair copyright: The Canadian government's […]

Blogging History: Satanic Christmas sweaters; Neil Gaiman's library

One year Christmas sweaters featuring Satan, sasquatch, etc: You might think I'd be all about the Sasquatch Knit Bigfoot sweater but I prefer the Satanic Knit Baphomet design! Five years Neil Gaiman's library: Naturally we'd assumed that someone whose work is filled with references ranging from literary to mythological would have a fairly extensive library […]

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