20th century

20th century

'The man who forgot Ray Bradbury,' a short story by Neil Gaiman
Swatch Automates Movement Assembly, Pushing Watchmaking Into The Third Quarter Of The 20th Century

DEAR AUGUSTA NATIONAL: Now's Your Chance To Gracefully Stop Being The Most Sexist Club In America

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The most sexist club in America, Augusta National, has a quandary on its hands. The club loves to have rich, powerful people as members. So the club eagerly invites the rich, powerful CEOs of The Masters' big sponsors to become members. For example, Augusta has invited the last three...
DEAR AUGUSTA NATIONAL: Now's Your Chance To Gracefully Stop Being The Most Sexist Club In America
Why The 'Missing 20th Century' Of Books Is Even Worse Than It Seems

Four years in the making, BioShock Infinite will hit October 16

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Developer Irrational Games has revealed that BioShock Infinite will be available for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC in North America on October 16, 2012, with an international release October 19. Irrational President and Creative Director Ken Levine said the upcoming title has been "our sole focus for the...
Four years in the making, BioShock Infinite will hit October 16
Heroes of Science: action figures we'd love to buy

30 Of the most beautiful typeface designs released last month (April)

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Anyone who’s tried their hand at designing a typeface will know it’s a wildly difficult process, and to actually come out at the end with something attractive takes an extreme amount of skill, taste and patience. Type design isn’t for everyone, but typography is, and nearly every designer works with it every...
30 Of the most beautiful typeface designs released last month (April)

The Design Museum's new permanent collection already seems dated

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Two years before it moves into its new home, the museum is struggling to keep up with the timesIn our increasingly design-literate world, when hallowed classics of 20th-century furniture are no longer just the preserve of the Conran Shop, but can be found in every McDonald's window, it is interesting...
The Design Museum's new permanent collection already seems dated

Edison’s Motion Picture Patent Enforcement

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Merlin Mann: You a big fan of aggressive IP enforcement? Like to think a well-litigated market is a healthy market? Hate those little entrepreneurial nuisances like “competition from emerging media?” Well, then, you would have loved the early 20th century. Because you had to get Thomas Edison’s permission to make...
Edison’s Motion Picture Patent Enforcement

Twitter is the history of the everyperson

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Twitter archives at the Library of Congress—along with the Internet, in general—will offer future historians a new way to write about the past, argues Slate's Christopher Beam. For the first time, we'll have the story of average people—rather than just the "Great Men" or the upper classes—recorded as it happens,...
Twitter is the history of the everyperson

Poland Prime Minister Suspends Any Effort To Ratify ACTA; May Kill ACTA In The EU

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This is getting interesting. Following the growing protests about ACTA in Europe, as well as signs of US meddling, Poland's prime minister is making it clear that Poland will not ratify ACTA for the time being, leading to speculation that the EU may not actually join ACTA. Tusk's backtracking could...
Poland Prime Minister Suspends Any Effort To Ratify ACTA; May Kill ACTA In The EU

Father's Day celebrated in Google doodle

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Search engine creates doodle in honour of event created in early 20th century by American Sonora DoddGoogle has celebrated Father's Day by creating an animated version of its logo in tribute. It depicts the E from the logo covertly deploying a robot to deliver a mug bearing the logo '#1'...
Father's Day celebrated in Google doodle
Watch this: the chilling history behind the abandoned island in 'Skyfall'

Picture of the Day: The Coming of a Nearby Supernova

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A little more than two centuries ago, the star system Eta Carinae appeared dimly in the sky. Over the first decades of the 19th century, it grew in brightness, so much so that by the spring of 1843, it was the second brightest star in the sky, behind only...
Picture of the Day: The Coming of a Nearby Supernova

BBC seeks technocrat with vision

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The next BBC director general will have to see the corporation though its most demanding and life-threatening time since 1926Recent commentary on the race for the next BBC director general has focused on the frontrunners – and on the 12 necessary and four desirable characteristics the successful candidate will have...
BBC seeks technocrat with vision

The Google Map of the 19th Century

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It seems like the quintessentially contemporary phenomenon: the pedestrian, walking along, distracted from his surroundings by the glow of the map in his smartphone. But there have been some oblivious palm-gazers, it turns out, since long before Steve Jobs came along. In London, during the Great Exhibition of 1851,...
The Google Map of the 19th Century

A pair of geologic clocks get updates

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Radioactivity revolutionized the 20th century, not only through weapons, electrical generation, and medical applications, but also by shining a light into Earth’s dark prehistory. Geologists in Darwin’s time could only indirectly guess at the deep time they were studying. The advent of radiometric dating allowed us to measure the...
A pair of geologic clocks get updates

E3: Hands On with the World of Warplanes Game

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World of Warplanes brings airborne arena payer-versus-player combat with mid-20th century aircraft and hopes to duplicate the success of the popular game World of Tanks....
E3: Hands On with the World of Warplanes Game

'Like' it or not, privacy has changed in the Facebook age | Helen Lewis

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It's hardly a shock to learn that fans of The L Word are lesbians. We need to relax about online privacyOf all the great inventions, the front door might be the least appreciated. But for many of our forebears, the idea that you could retreat into a house to escape...
'Like' it or not, privacy has changed in the Facebook age | Helen Lewis

We're Betting It Was This Huge Masters Sponsor That Shamed Augusta National Into Admitting Women...

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It was quietly a momentous day today. Augusta National, home of "The Masters" golf tournament, finally announced that it had admitted women as members. And, in so doing, it finally entered the late 20th Century. (Yes, we're in the 21st Century now. But these things take time.) So, what finally...
We're Betting It Was This Huge Masters Sponsor That Shamed Augusta National Into Admitting Women...

Another Reason The Music Industry Won't Be Coming Back -- The History Of Music Is More About Participation Than Compensation

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As the debate over file sharing rages on, a number of voices have stepped up to offer their opinions on all sides of the issue. In a post titled "Paying for Music: My Two Cents (Pun Intended)," Danny Bowman (a software engineer at Funzio and developer for Brute Labs) presents...
Another Reason The Music Industry Won't Be Coming Back -- The History Of Music Is More About Participation Than Compensation

The Exquisite Forest: crowdsourced art made possible by Chrome (video)

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Crowd-sourced art projects? You knew Google would get there sooner rather than later. And with the cooperative backing of the UK's Tate Modern gallery, artists Chris Milk and Aaron Koblin have been able to do just that, taking the surrealist concept of "the exquisite corpse" -- an evolving word...
The Exquisite Forest: crowdsourced art made possible by Chrome (video)

Facebook and Twitter: the art of unfriending or unfollowing people

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When even 'unfriending' someone on Facebook seems like a terrible snub, how do you declutter your social circle?In 1902, the caustic American satirist Ambrose Bierce - who once reviewed a book by observing that its covers were "too far apart" - proposed a new social convention. Modern life, he complained, involved...
Facebook and Twitter: the art of unfriending or unfollowing people
Russian Internet policy at odds with that of Western countries
We Don't Need a Digital Sabbath, We Need More Time

Ahmad Jamal, "Misdemeanor," from Jamalca (20th Century, 1974)

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Ahmad Jamal, "Misdemeanor," from Jamalca (20th Century, 1974)

Fair Use Or Free Riding? The AP's New Attack On News Scraping

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The Associated Press is becoming more aggressive in trying to rein in the information the news service scatters around the world. After helping to launch a copyright monitoring service, the AP is now suing a company that clips headlines and news items for its customers. In a complaint filed...
Fair Use Or Free Riding? The AP's New Attack On News Scraping

What's next for books in the digital age? Outlook unclear | Dan Gillmor

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Innovations have blurred the boundaries of books and digital media, forcing authors and publishers to copeAmong my many other activities these days, I'm working on a new book ... or something like that.That qualification reflects the uncertainty of the times. As volumes printed on paper evolve to newer media -...
What's next for books in the digital age? Outlook unclear | Dan Gillmor
Dutch Architect Plans To Build A 12,000-Square-Foot 3D Printed House

Local charities and community groups need to focus on online efforts

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Online marketing and donation tools can help grassroots organisations survive the current economic difficultiesThe UK has slipped back into recession, putting even more pressure on the collective national pocket. As disposable income and financial confidence shrink, what affect will this have on the UK's small, local charities and community groups?These...
Local charities and community groups need to focus on online efforts
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