laurence turner

the random musings of a fool

giving thanks

Loudon Wainwright Looks ‘High’ For Inspiration, npr.org / What If Steve Jobs Hadn’t Returned To Apple In 1997?, techcrunch.com / America, the beautiful? – Roadside Architectural Wonders, howstuffworks.com / Solar System Scale Model, phrenopolis.com

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Filed under: architecture, history, music, tech, thanks

9/11 tragedy pager intercepts

WikiLeaks is hosting something unique: “From 3AM on Wednesday November 25, 2009, until 3AM the following day (US east coast time), WikiLeaks is releasing over half a million US national text pager intercepts. The intercepts cover a 24 hour period surrounding the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and Washington.”

The pager intercepts can be found here: http://911.wikileaks.org/

Filed under: history, news, tech

the end is nigh!

Visualizing empires decline from Pedro M Cruz on Vimeo. / 2012: End of the World?, informationisbeautiful.net / the last opium den in the world, kottke.org / ‘Im going to tell my son the worst swearword in the world‘, Jon Ronson, guardian.co.uk

Filed under: history, politics, pop, science, video

11/17/2009 links

The ‘abominable mystery’ even Darwin couldn’t solve, telegraph.co.uk / Welcome to PublicEarth, publicearth.com / NYK super eco ship 2030, designboom.com / Take me back to Constantinople, foreignpolicy.com / History of curved origami, makezine.com / Will disparity split the human race?, thestar.com / Welcome to Citizendium, en.citizendium.org / Cryptographic voting debuts, web.mit.edu / I’m Belle de Jour, timesonline.co.uk / No God doesn’t mean no beliefs, courant.com

Filed under: art + design, history, news, politics, science, tech

history and its discontents

All eyes front, please. Today we will recount the History of the Internet and also of email.

(Sources: sixrevisions.com and npr.org)

Filed under: history, tech

scars and ghosts

Pictures From a Vanished Country, magnumphotos.com. Hauntingly beautiful photos of the GDR by Thomas Hoepker.

Filed under: history, news, politics

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