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January 16, 2009
"Well behaved women rarely make history," said Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. Scandalous Women
brings you the lives, loves, and sexual adventures of some of the most fascinating women who rocked the world. Like Olimpia Maidalchini
who managed to achieve something that no woman ever has, for the 11 years of her brother-in-law Innocent X's reign as pope, Olimpia was the real power at the Vatican; or Elizabeth Armistead
, wife of a cabinet minister, courtesan to many. Read the bios and follow the tales of nearly a hundred women of scandalous pursuit from Mata Hari
to Typhoid Mary
posted by netbros at 10:04 PM PST - 14 comments
People of the Screen
: "Digital literacy’s advocates increasingly speak of replacing, rather than supplementing, print literacy. What is “reading” anyway, they ask, in a multimedia world like ours? We are increasingly distractible, impatient, and convenience-obsessed—and the paper book just can’t keep up. Shouldn’t we simply acknowledge that we are becoming people of the screen
, not people of the book?"
posted by dhruva at 9:22 PM PST - 36 comments
"The Mass Observation movement
was founded by a group of 1930s' British intellectuals who believed the most revealing way to document an event was to document the peripheral activities surrounding it. The Mass Observers carried out their greatest project on May 12th, 1937, when they dispatched more than 200 observers throughout London to monitor the coronation of King George VI.
" This coming Tuesday, the folks at Januarythe20th.com
are attempting to create a day of Mass Observation in the United States.
posted by TheWash at 8:02 PM PST - 18 comments
Frozen in 1955
This awesome 50's bungalow, located on a quiet, cul-de-sac street on the Hill neighborhood in St. Louis Missouri, has seriously never been lived in... at least on the main level. This ONE-OWNER home was resided only in the lower level during their stay here, so the main level has been frozen in time and perfectly preserved.
posted by robbyrobs at 6:45 PM PST - 64 comments
is dedicated to the subject of early and silent cinema. It is designed to be a news and information resource on all aspects of the motion picture before sound. It covers news, publications, events, discoveries, documents, critical theory, filmmakers, performers, audiences and technology, and aims to encompass film production, distribution and exhibition in the silent era, as well as ‘pre-cinema’, chronophotography, optical toys, and related media, across the world. [more inside]
posted by jokeefe at 6:21 PM PST - 4 comments
- Now It’s a Chemical Weapon, Now It’s Not; was used
by US forces in the siege of Fallujah. Now Haaretz
has questioned if White Phosphoros is being used against Gaza. Here
is apparent video proof. Willy Pete has a strange legality
; but whether legal or not is certainly one of the nastiest chemicals
used in warfare.
posted by adamvasco at 4:32 PM PST - 62 comments
The New Creation
was born in 1970 when Chris Towers, an unknown guitarist from Vancouver, decided to form a Christian rock group with his mother Lorna as lead singer and their neighbor Janet Tiessen on drums. Scared by reports of the hippie excesses of the Manson/Altamont era, Lorna Towers wrote doom-laden, apocalyptic lyrics for the New Creation's aptly titled album, Troubled
. The band was unpolished, yet somehow captured a unique lo-fi sound comparable to a hybrid of the Velvet Underground and the Shaggs
. The group might be totally forgotten today, if an aging hippie record dealer named Ty Scammel
hadn't rescued a copy from a $1 bargain bin, leading to the album's rediscovery
by collectors of Christian rock and outsider music
. [more inside]
posted by jonp72 at 12:46 PM PST - 23 comments
44 Presidents Coming
is either the perfect antidote or the perfect complement to all the Inaugural excitement. Though not complete yet, it will continue to be updated until all 44 presidents are....there. I'm particularly partial to Teddy
posted by sleevener at 9:30 AM PST - 35 comments
charts the history of the black and Asian community in Canning Town, east London, in the 1920s and 1930s. It tells the story of the Coloured Men's Institute and its founder, Kamal Chunchie, a man who can rightly be called east London's first black and Asian community leader. One of the many excellent East London history projects
at Hidden Histories.
posted by Abiezer at 4:16 AM PST - 2 comments