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Simply amazing

Astonishing video mapping performed for the 600-year anniversary of the astrological tower clock in central Prague. By the Macula.

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San Francisco before and after the 1906 earthquake

Above: Seventeen minutes of recently uncovered silent film footage of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake. It appears to be shot from a trolley. The footage starts off a little boring, but after about three minutes the POV is traveling down Market Street almost to the Ferry Building. Later you see the remains of buildings […]

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Thursday Top 5+3

Velma and I are going on a site visit to beautiful Sequioa National Park for a few days and I thought I’d be generous and post some extra distractions for those of you stuck behind desks while we’re backpacking through the redwoods. So here are three bonus links along with your normal five. Don’t say […]

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Lolita Lebrón and others attack congress

No other woman in the Hemisphere has been in prison on such charges for so long a period [as Lolita Lebrón]; a fact which Communist critics of your human rights policy are fond of pointing out. – National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, in a secret memo to President Jimmy Carter in 1979 When early American […]

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Stonehenge not created by Spinal Tap after all

The first excavation allowed inside Stonehenge since 1946 has brought some interesting new interpretations as to its purpose, and scientists have for the first time been able to carbon date the bluestones (there are two types of stones in the ring, sarsen being the other) as having been placed there about 2,300 BC, which is […]

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Jerry Levitan meets the walrus

In 1969, then-14-year-old Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John Lennon’s hotel room and convinced the Beatle to do an interview about peace. Thirty-eight years later, Jerry and director Josh Raskin have produced an animated short film using the recording as its soundtrack, and featuring the pen work and digital illustration […]

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Finding the fallen

Over half a century has passed, but thousands of WWII U.S. servicemen and women still remain unaccounted for. In the jungles of Papua New Guinea, a chain of islands north of Australia, a Pentagon team of forensic anthropologists searches even today for the wreckage of over 2,000 downed U.S. fighter pilots who were embroiled in […]

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