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Rare Photos Of Black Seattle Unearthed: Help ID Them

Rare Photos Of Black Seattle Unearthed: Help ID Them | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Seattle is a young city, young enough that most of its history can be traced through photographs. Until recently though, most of those photos have been
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Would You Pass Thomas Edison's Employment Test? - Smithsonian

Would You Pass Thomas Edison's Employment Test?
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Of what kind of wood are kerosene barrels made? How is sulfuric acid made? What cereal is used all over the world? Where is the Assuan Dam?

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Locals get onboard decorating Lincoln Funeral Train car - Chicago Tribune

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Across Lake County, history buffs and President Abraham Lincoln fans have chipped in to help decorate the funeral train car that is being built in honor of the 150th anniversary of his assassination and the end of the Civil War.

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A Letter Lego Sent to Parents in 1974 Holds an Important Message for the Parents of 2014

A Letter Lego Sent to Parents in 1974 Holds an Important Message for the Parents of 2014 | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Proof that Lego was already helping us imagine a better world four decades ago.
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Infographic: Social media then and now

Infographic: Social media then and now | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Do you remember when Polaroids were the best way to quickly share photos, or when you tacked reminders to a bulletin board, not Pinterest?

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Big History Project

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The best part? Take the course, pass our fun quizzes, and become a certified big historian.


Earn badges along the way. Collect all 9 and we'll send you a big historian sticker.(U.S. and Australia only. Limit first 10,000.)

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A forgotten Belgian genius dreamed up the internet over 100 years ago

A forgotten Belgian genius dreamed up the internet over 100 years ago | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Though we're pretty sure that time travelers don't exist, people were working on hypertext -- used by web browsers to retrieve connected information --
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271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book

271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
In 1692 an artist known only as "A. Boogert" sat down to write a book in Dutch about mixing watercolors. Not only would he begin the book with a bit about the use of color in painting, but would go on to explain how to create certain hues and change the tone by adding one, two,

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The lost Mod who may have inspired The Who’s ‘Quadrophenia’

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In the climactic scenes of the film Quadrophenia, based on The Who’s concept album, Jimmy (Phil Daniels) rides a prized Mod scooter along the cliffs at Beachy Head, East Sussex, before hurling it over the cliff on to the sea-lashed rocks below. It’s a symbolic end to Jimmy’s life as a Mod, as a follower believing in false idols, like his hero Ace Face (Sting) (whose scooter he stole), a local Mod leader, who turns out be nothing more than a bell-boy lackey. Jimmy’s fall is central to the film, and to Pete Townhend’s album. But Jimmy’s symbolic crash may have actually been inspired by the death of Mod teenager, Barry Prior in 1964.

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How Jules Verne Invented Astronautics

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A lot is made of how prophetic SciFi is supposed to be. And it certainly has seemed to hit the mark pretty often and pretty remarkably. But some of its most impressive hits depend on just what you mean by "prophecy."
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The History Essay Checklist

The History Essay Checklist | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Students are often disappointed by the mark they receive for their History essay. Not always. Sometimes they get a grade above what they were expecting - underestimating the nuance of their own wor...
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Ten Reels Of Explosives

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My research regarding this photo probably got me put on a half dozen watch lists, thanks to early film technology.  Here's Kay Johnson to explain, from the September 1930 issue of Screen Romances: ...
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SOC 2014 - The Motion Picture Camera: Past, Present and Future

For the Society of Camera Operators 2014 Lifetime Achievement Awards. Edited by Bob Joyce Music: "Sunshine (Adagio in D Minor)" by John Murphy soc.org

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50 years later, old soul finds new fans - KALW

50 years later, old soul finds new fans - KALW | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

No matter how talented they were, many singers who recorded in the 60s did not rise to stardom, leaving a surplus of soul singles behind.

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Visual treats and archive wonders from Radio 3, the BBC's arts, culture and music station, established in 1946 (it was called the Third Programme back then)

Visual treats and archive wonders from Radio 3, the BBC's arts, culture and music station, established in 1946 (it was called the Third Programme back then) | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Before the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop existed, a small group of engineers and producers inside the BBC pioneered ‘synthetic music’ with the simplest of home-made electronic tools and analogue...
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The Patron and the Panhandler: A Decades-Long Literary Mystery is Solved

The Patron and the Panhandler: A Decades-Long Literary Mystery is Solved | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

Joe Gould’s Secret, Joe Mitchell’s classic portrait of an astute but deluded bohemian in postwar Greenwich Village, has been picked over for half a century by literary critics, fact-checkers, college professors, and ordinary readers. One abiding mystery has long been the identity of the anonymous heiress who kept the down-and-out Gould housed and fed throughout the late 1940s. That mystery has now been solved.

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Penthouse Interview: Pete Seeger, January, 1971

Penthouse Interview: Pete Seeger, January, 1971 | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

“I would say every artist is, in effect, trying to figure how the human race can be saved from itself. So in those days when we sang for the union workers, and today when I go around and sing on a picket line, I’m not really being all that different. Artists who say ‘We’re only interested in art for art’s sake’ are fooling themselves, I think.”

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A Trip to Japan in Sixteen Minutes

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In 1902, a poet attempts to stage the world’s first “perfume concert.”

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Amaze-balls!

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Edinburgh’s Mysterious Miniature Coffins

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In 1836, three Scottish boys discovered a strange cache of miniature coffins concealed on a hillside above Edinburgh. Who put them there—and why?
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Fascinating!

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The Science of Citizenship | Belle Boggs | Orion Magazine

The Science of Citizenship | Belle Boggs | Orion Magazine | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Science education does more than create a lot of little scientists; it’s the cornerstone of cultural literacy.
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This is an incredible post. Read it, please!

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Cemeteries

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                            In the Cemeteries folder there are 80 pictures. Here are a few:  
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Donate to the Internet Archive!

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Help us keep the library free for millions of people by making a tax-deductible donation today. Donors will receive an email confirmation of their donation that can be used for tax records.


Every day 3 million people use our collections.

We have archived over ten petabytes (that's 10,000,000,000,000,000 bytes!) of information, including everything ever written in Balinese. This year we also launched our groundbreaking TV News Search and Borrow service, which former FCC Chairman Newton Minow said "offers citizens exceptional opportunities" to easily do their own fact checking and "to hold powerful public institutions accountable."


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Donate -- you'll feel amaze-balls!

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The Beard Tax | Inherited Values

The Beard Tax | Inherited Values | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

A beard tax was instituted in 1705: men who wished to keep their beard could pay a tax, otherwise men would have to shave. Men who paid the tax were given a proof-of-payment token to show they had made their payment.

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A special Movember collectible coin history post!

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A special Movember collectible coin history post!

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Weird stuff, good job
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Queered Science: Historic Women Pioneers

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'Extraordinary Women in Science & Medicine', an exhibit at The Grolier Club, highlight 32 women scientists who transcended gender-related societal constraints, including two queer women.


...It has nothing to do with the innate characteristics of women (because that idea is a fallacy if ever there was one) but rather the way people who are identified as "feminine" by society are treated, or not treated: the stories they are told about themselves.


All that philosophizing aside, de Beauvoir explains in detail the ways — at least up to her time, in the mid-1900s — that women of equal intelligence were kept away and turned down from institutions of higher learning.

And the women highlighted in this exhibit are some of the few who transcended, for whatever reason, those gender-related societal constraints on their intellect.

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As insightful about history and women's lived in general as it is about the individuals themselves. This is why we still need exhibits like this.

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As insightful about history and women's lived in general as it is about the individuals themselves. This is why we still need exhibits like this.

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Do You Know Your Ditto From A Mimeograph Machine?

Do You Know Your Ditto From A Mimeograph Machine? | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

“Oh, a Ditto machine — remember that smell?!?” Wifey exclaimed.  She had visions of fuzzy purple-text pages becoming our regular method of correspondence with family and friends, if only for that famous post-printing chemical smell.  Unfortunately, she was close but not quite right: this is a Mimeograph, the teacher’s lounge compatriot of the Ditto machine.

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Curated by Deanna Dahlsad
An opinionated woman obsessed with objects, entertained by ephemera, intrigued by researching, fascinated by culture & addicted to writing. The wind says my name; doesn't put an @ in front of it, so maybe you don't notice. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com
Other Topics
A Marketing Mix
Adventures in advertising and marketing - the contemporary, the historical, and the hysterical. http://deanna.dahlsad.com/
Antiques & Vintage Collectibles
Collecting old things; heirlooms and new to you things! Companion to http://www.inherited-values.com/
Colorful Prism Of Racism
Racism past and present. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/colorful-prism-of-racism/
Consumption Junction
Consumerism meets marketing; who & what manipulates the free market of goods & services. See also: http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/ze-big-mouth-promotions-stuff/
Crimes Against Humanity
From lone gunmen on hills to mass movements. Depressing as hell, really.
Cultural History
The roots of culture; history and pre-history.
Dare To Be A Feminist
I do. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/hey-sister-can-you-spare-some-social-change/
For Art's Sake-1
Art, crafts, and the people who make them. To inspire and purchase. Companion to http://www.ululating-undulating-ungulate.com/
Herstory
History as this woman sees it. The serious, the kitsch, the opinionated. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/
In The Name Of God
Mainly acts done in the name of religion, but also discussions of atheism, faith, & spirituality.
Kinsanity
Let's just say I have reasons to learn more about mental health, special needs children, psychology, and the like.
Kitsch
Mostly vintage and retro "badness" but you can decide how delicious it is. http://www.kitschy-kitschy-coo.com/blog/
Nerdy Needs
The stuff of nerdy, geeky, dreams.
Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic
The meaning behind the math of the bottom line in publishing and the media. For writers, publishers, and bloggers (which are a combination of the two).
Sex Positive
Sexuality as a human right.
Vintage Living Today For A Future Tormorrow
It's as easy to romanticize the past as it is to demonize it; instead, let's learn from it. More than living simply, more than living 'green', thrifty grandmas knew the importance of the 'economics' in Home Economics. The history of home ec, lessons in thrift, practical tips and ideas from the past focused on sustainability for families and out planet. Companion to http://www.thingsyourgrandmotherknew.com/
Visiting The Past
Travel based on grande ideas, locations, and persons of the past.
Walking On Sunshine
Stuff that makes me smile.
You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important
Links to (many of) my columns and articles.