Visiting the Big Apple? "Don't ask a pedestrian where a certain street is. He is usually too busy to stop, and if polite enough to stop, won't know. No New Yorker knows anything about New York."
And another kind reminder: "Don't gape at women smoking cigarettes in restaurants. They are harmless and respectable, notwithstanding and nevertheless. They are also smart."
Advice from Valentine’s City of New York: A Guide Book
, published in 1920. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Jan 29, 2014 -
Machinery Scans a showcase for some of the most detailed advertisement engravings produced. During the later part of the 19th century most machinery and equipment makers spent large sums of money to have their tool or piece of machinery converted into an engraving for advertising.
The scans are of engravings produced from the 1850s-1890s.
posted by Mitheral
on Feb 28, 2012 -
is one of the strangest sites I've seen in some time. I have no idea how these people got their Snickers wedged into their scanners, or why.
posted by quiet coyote
on Aug 18, 2011 -
Vegetated State conversations: To find out whether a simple conversation was possible, the researchers selected one of the four - a 29-year-old man who had been in a car crash. They asked him to imagine playing tennis if he wanted to answer yes to questions such as: Do you have any sisters? Is your father's name Thomas? Is your father's name Alexander? And if the answer to a question was no, he had to imagine moving round his home.
posted by bigmusic
on Feb 3, 2010 -
The Open Content Alliance
poses a threat to Google and Microsoft's competing library digitization projects. OCA was founded by the Internet Archive
, whose main claim to fame is the Wayback Machine, designed to archive the internet's web history. OCA's mission is to open the nation's library collections to universal web search by digitizing books and making them as widely accessible as possible. [more inside]
posted by richards1052
on Oct 22, 2007 -
Safety of MRI scans - annoying and temporary free registration required.
If movement whilst being scanned may not be safe, then what about the heart, lungs, blood and even a foetus? You can't keep those still.Background: Of Mice & Magnets.
posted by southisup
on May 26, 2002 -
Get your snail mail by e-mail.
This startup will scan in your postal mail, e-mail you the images, and snail mail back your e-mailed reply. All for a monthly fee
of $30 (or $40 for color scans). They offer CD-ROM archiving and optionally weed out the junk mail. Anyone want to try this out and post their experiences?
posted by waxpancake
on Feb 20, 2002 -
Boobscan - the name sums it up.
Personally I prefer this to the nobscan site posted the other day. Just sharing in the name of gender equality. (Warning: if it's not obvious enough, this link will lead to a site featuring nudity - maracas on the glass plate to be exact.)
posted by sixdifferentways
on Apr 27, 2001 -
Pre-internet, it was used to drop your pants and sit down in the office photocopier. Now you can scan your nob
and display it proudly to the rest of the world. Now I guess this is what they really meant about the Internet bringing great progress to the world...
(Disclaimer: kids probably shouldn't see this)
posted by betobeto
on Apr 19, 2001 -