A few months ago there was a list of links to classic video game emulators posted.
Very recently, I'm pleased to report, those links all came true
. The Internet Archive bespoke upon aforementioned consoles, computers, and mileposts on our way to the tech utopia of today, (seriously, where's my flying car?) and they asked us to do something: Imagine every computer that ever existed, literally, in your browser
. And it was so.
I have absolutely no affiliation with jscott
, btw. Thought I should disclose that.
posted by jdaura
on Oct 25, 2013 -
"During his days as Harvard’s influential president, Dr. Charles W. Eliot made a frequent assertion: If you were to spend just 15 minutes a day reading the right books, a quantity that could fit on a five-foot shelf, you could give yourself a proper liberal education. Publisher P. F. Collier and Son
loved the idea and asked Eliot to compile and edit the right collection of works. The result: a 51-volume series of classic works from world literature published in 1909 called Dr. Eliot’s Five Foot Shelf
, which would later be called The Harvard Classics
." (Via) [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Jul 11, 2013 -
A confluence of factors has pushed me to post the following missive from one Benjamin Franklin–a noted American humorist who also did some other stuff. If from an overindulgence in rich and fatty foods on Fat Tuesday, you find yourself surfeit with internal pressure, follow the advice of a founding father…
posted by Blasdelb
on May 15, 2013 -
The county where no one's gay.
The 2010 Census of Franklin County Mississippi shows no same sex couples. (pdf)
. CNN videographer Brandon Ancil and human rights columnist John D. Sutter tried to determine if the census was wrong, and see if they could find gay men and women willing to speak about "what keeps them hidden." Video
posted by zarq
on Mar 30, 2013 -
In the year 1968, at the height of her powers, one of the greatest singers America has ever produced was in Stockholm, where she served up a breathtakingly powerful and characteristically soulful performance that, lucky for us, was filmed by Swedish television. You know who I'm talking about, of course. "Lady Soul" - parts 1
. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Oct 15, 2011 -
On the Oct. 7th Daily Show
, Sarah Vowell mentioned that she is so desperate for Presidential leadership that she listened to FDR's Fireside Chats (from the Great Depression of the 1930s) and felt a little better. Beginning March 4th, 1933, and running through March 1st, 1945 FDR's fireside chats were a staple in American Homes. The news of the day, brought to you directly from the commander in chief himself. These are those broadcasts
. (#2 is his first, on the banking crisis.)
posted by spock
on Oct 9, 2008 -
The Year of Roosevelt Franklin.
High on the list of forgotten Sesame Street
characters is one Roosevelt Franklin
, a reddish purple muppet with pointed black hair and a distinctly hep style of speech (provided by the late Matt Robinson
, the show's original Gordon). Despite Roosevelt's funky musical sensibilities (demonstrated in an album called My Name is Roosevelt Franklin
, later released
as The Year of Roosevelt Franklin
), the character's classroom behavior
was, well, quite frankly, poison
. His constant misbehavior in school might have been fun to watch, but was seen as representing a negative stereotype and a bad example, and so it was adieu Franklin
posted by Astro Zombie
on Jan 30, 2007 -
At one time or another you've probably rubbed your finger along the rim of a glass to produce a note. In 1761 Ben Franklin
took the idea further with the invention of the glass (h)armonica
. The instrument enjoyed some popularity, but is believed to have caused health problems due to lead content in the glass. Performers complained of loss of feeling in their hands, some even suffered nervous breakdowns. People became very frightened of the armonica, and by 1830 it was all but extinct. But there's been some renewal of interest: they're being played
, and they're being made
. You can play a surprisingly good-sounding virtual
version. Or listen
to a charming rendition of a seasonally appropriate tune. [more links inside] Oh, and: [previously]
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Dec 23, 2006 -
The War on Franklin (Orig. from the NYTimes).
It's only fitting as we approach the tercentennial of the birth
of the First American, Benjamin Franklin
, that there is an ongoing debate
as to whether we should "sacrifice essential liberties for a little temporary safety
" and if we deserve either. To be sure, Franklin is likely the seminal Colonial American, who's philosophy
, self-determination, self-improvement
, and witicisms
underpin most elements of modern American society, politics, and culture, as well as having edited our founding document, the Declaration of Independence
. But Franklin the man was also self-involved, a neglectful spouse and parent, and (likely) a serial philanderer, as well as having never held elected office. (History erases many of the sins of the Foundering Fathers
). Surely increasing criticism
of both the man and his relavency is soon to follow. Perhaps we can all strive to emulate Franklin's greatest skill - the art of compromise
posted by rzklkng
on Jan 5, 2006 -
The paper analogue of the blog is not the diary, but rather the commonplace book
. With the availability of relatively cheap paper beginning as early as the 14th century, people began to collect knowledge in commonplace books. Bits of quotes, reference materials, summaries of arguments, all contained in a handy bound volume.
This merchant's commonplace
, for example, dates from 1312 and contains hand-drawn diagrams of Venetian ships and descriptions of Venice's merchant culture.
An English commonplace dating to the 15th century, the Book of Brome
poems, notations on memorial law, lists of expenses, and diary entries.
John Locke devised a method for keeping
Thomas Jefferson kept both legal and literary commonplaces
, and owned a copy of Sir John Randolph's legal commonplace
, published in 1680.
posted by monju_bosatsu
on Nov 18, 2005 -
Temperance. Silence. Order. Resolution. Frugality. Industry. Sincerity. Justice. Moderation. Cleanliness. Chastity. Tranquility. Humility. Benjamin Franklin's 13 virtues
. "He committed to giving strict attention to one virtue each week so after 13 weeks he moved through all 13. After 13 weeks he would start the process over again so in one year he would complete the course a total of 4 times."
posted by nthdegx
on Sep 10, 2005 -
The virtue of idleness
is lost upon our modern society with its Puritan work ethic. Perhaps a little idleness is good for the soul and the mind. Some would say Ben Franklin is spinning in his grave, but he also enjoyed his idle hours as much as any man, at least according to the recent biography, "Ben Franklin: An American Life" by Walter Isaacson.
posted by caddis
on Aug 7, 2004 -
Ben Franklin was a member of a dinner club that evolved into a sort of secret society, think tank called The Junto
. That group met every Friday from November, 1727 for several decades. Out of those meetings, the group invented the first subscription library in north america, the most advanced volunteer fire department of the time, the first public hospital in Pennsylvania, an insurance company, a constabulary, improved streetlights, paving and what became the University of Pennsylvania. Has anybody ever heard of this? Could something like this work today?
posted by willnot
on Aug 7, 2002 -