Singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester
passed away at his Virginia home on April 11 after a battle with cancer. Born and raised in the US South, Winchester brought his incredible talents
north to Quebec's Eastern Townships
in 1967 as a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War.
He wrote and sang about his choice in 1977's Nothing But a Breeze
: “Me I want to live with my feet in Dixie and my head in the cool blue north.”
Winchester boasted that he was the fifth cousin of Robert E. Lee and that his father served in the second World War but he chose instead to renounce his family's militaristic tradition and "spend his time gardening". Despite having been pardoned in 1977 by President Jimmy Carter, Jesse remained in his adopted home for many more years, before settling in Virginia in 2002. [more inside]
posted by rocket88
on Apr 20, 2014 -
The hard drive celebrates its 50th birthday
Timothy Prickett Morgan reviews the history of the hard drive, introduced to the world in September, 1956 as the IBM 305 RAMAC . Imagine life without the hard drive, without the ability to store and quickly access
bootlegged MP3 and video files and pr0n
large data collections. (To anticipate, yes, Mr. Morgan may know the history of technology, but firearm nomenclature, perhaps not so much.) Also Tom's Hardware Guide interviews Seagate's Senior Field Applications Engineer, Henrique Atzkern, on the hard drive's future.
posted by mojohand
on Oct 12, 2006 -