It was a gray day in late 2005. I was sitting at my desk, writing code for the next year’s iPod. Without knocking, the director of iPod Software—my boss’s boss—abruptly entered and closed the door behind him. He cut to the chase. “I have a special assignment for you. Your boss doesn’t know about it. You’ll help two engineers from the US Department of Energy build a special iPod. Report only to me.”https://tidbits.com/2020/08/17/the-case-of-the-top-secret-ipod/
The Attack of the Dead Men was a battle of World War I that took place at Osowiec Fortress, in northeast Poland, on August 6, 1915. The incident got its name from the bloodied, zombie-like appearance of the Russian combatants after they were bombarded with a mixture of poison gases, chlorine and bromine, by the Germans. (from Wikipedia)#music #metal #history #WWI
“Not one of the paper screens was left intact, all of them having been smashed to pieces. The wooden boards of the ceiling were also torn apart where men who had been hiding under the floorboards were stabbed with spears from below. The tatami mats in a number of the rooms, both upstairs and downstairs, were spotted with fresh blood. Particularly pitiful were arms and feet, and pieces of facial skin with the hair still attached scattered about.”Wow, absolutely badass troops and what a massacre they did. Seriously.
—Nagakura Shinpachi, assistant vice commander of the Shinsengumi
Die Geschichte der Sklaverei beginnt nicht erst auf Baumwollfeldern. Sie reicht bis in die frühesten Hochkulturen der Menschheit zurück. Bis zur Abschaffung der Sklaverei eroberte der Menschenhandel riesige Territorien, setzte seine eigenen Grenzen und schuf seine eigenen Gesetze in einer Welt der Gewalt, Machtbesessenheit und Profitgier.#Sklaverei #rassismus #geschichte #history
Powhatan Beatty was a hardcore dude with a badass Action Hero name who was born into slavery in the heart of the Confederacy, escaped to freedom, received the Medal of Honor for heroic actions undertaken in a bayonet charge to liberate his hometown, survived thirteen Civil War engagements, and then went on to become a successful playwright and one of the first black actors to ever perform Shakespeare on stage in the United States.Wow! What an impressive story,
The lengthiest of early elevator dilemmas, though, seems to have been whether should a man remove his hat when sharing a lift with a lady. On this topic the New York Times regularly published opinions, articles, and satire from the 1880s well into the 1920s. At stake was not only the practicality of hat-doffing in general but also the peculiar space of elevator itself: Was it more like a waiting room or a subway car? In the end, social arbiters decided the elevator was a means of conveyance, which meant heads could stay covered. (Still, as Don Draper once demonstrated, the matter might not have been fully settled by the 1960s.)Hah!
Am Sonntag feiert Alan Kay den achtzigsten Geburtstag. Er wurde im US-Bundesstaat Massachusetts geboren und wuchs in New York auf. In den 1960er-Jahren erfand er einen Personal Computer sowie das tragbare Dynabook. In den Siebzigern arbeitete er im legendären Forschungszentrum PARC. Kay zählt zu den kreativsten Köpfen der Informatik und ist auch ein exzellenter Musiker.#history #HNF #tech