Archive for the 'History' Category

Wall. Of. Sound.

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

An Insider’s Look at the Grateful Dead’s Wall of Sound [audiojunkies]

(click pic for large image)

Mona Lisa Was 83 Percent Happy

Monday, May 29th, 2006

How do we know? “Dutch researchers … scanned a reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece and subjected it to cutting-edge “emotion recognition” software, developed in collaboration with the University of Illinois.

The result showed the painting’s famous subject was 83 percent happy, 9 percent disgusted, 6 percent fearful and 2 percent angry. She was less than 1 percent neutral, and not at all surprised”

Recording Technology History

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

A timeline, from 1877 to 2005.

Loch Ness Monster an Elephant?

Thursday, March 16th, 2006


Best explanation of the Loch Ness mystery yet.

Spy Photos that Made History

Friday, February 24th, 2006

Historic surveillance images presented as a part of Nova’s Spies That Fly special. The timeline of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) is also cool.

When Nixon met Elvis

Friday, February 24th, 2006

December 21, 1970. “The meeting was initiated by Presley, who wrote Nixon a six-page letter requesting a visit with the President and suggesting that he be made a ‘Federal Agent-at-Large” in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs’. Photos and documents commemorate the event.

Folk Songs for the Five Points

Friday, February 3rd, 2006

Folk Songs for the Five Points is a digital arts project that allows you to create your own “folk songs” by remixing and overlaying a range of sounds taken from New York’s Lower East Side. The SoundMap features a visual representation of the Lower East Side, overlaid with a series of dots. Each dot represents an audio sample recorded at that particular place. To select a sample, click and drag one of circles over the chosen dot. The sample will then automatically start playing. Underneath the map is a control panel – with controls to independently control up to 5 selected sounds.

Sound Everlasting

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

The famous Wilhelm Scream, the ubiquitous Castle Thunder, and a few more tidbits of film sound at Hollywood Lost and Found.

ConvAIRCAR flying car

Thursday, May 19th, 2005

AircarThe short story (from; more complete info.

See also the Gallery Of “Modular” Flying Cars, and this page of flying car links.

A Condensed History Of Everything

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

From the Big Bang to the year 2079 – in outline form, with amusing observations: “5,000,000 years ago, primitive forms of humanoid break off from the evolutionary ape line, lose their hair and immediately begin to feel self-conscious about it“.

Squashed Philosophers

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

Can’t quite recall Wittgenstein’s thoughts on the the totality of true propositions, but you only have five minutes to spare? Never fear, Squashed Philosophers is here. Hey! It has Leibniz, and Turing!