This blog is an eclectic collection of interesting things I've seen and heard on Tumblr, the rest of the web, and beyond. Its name is taken from this quote by Dinah Craik:

"Oh, the comfort — the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person — having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away."

Posts tagged with ‘history’

Have we hit peak beard?: Beards Are Less Attractive When They’re Everywhere

The Birth Of The Minimum Wage In America →

npr:

For decades, the Supreme Court ruled that laws regulating wages were unconstitutional. What changed?

wonklife:

How we’ve changed how we die. (via 40 charts that explain the world)

wonklife:

How we’ve changed how we die. (via 40 charts that explain the world)

Taking A Magnifying Glass To The Brown Faces In Medieval Art

The tumblr sounds a bit like a college course: People of Color in European Art History.
And its goal is pretty ambitious. The blog’s author, Malisha Dewalt, says that her goal is to challenge the common perception that pre-Enlightenment Europe was all white, which she argues is a much more recent and deliberate invention.

Image: Adoration of the Magi by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

Taking A Magnifying Glass To The Brown Faces In Medieval Art

The tumblr sounds a bit like a college course: People of Color in European Art History.

And its goal is pretty ambitious. The blog’s author, Malisha Dewalt, says that her goal is to challenge the common perception that pre-Enlightenment Europe was all white, which she argues is a much more recent and deliberate invention.

Image: Adoration of the Magi by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

Trigger Effect →

On a clear blue day on Jan. 17, 1989, a man whose peripatetic life included years as a troubled Sacramento youth walked onto a playground in Stockton and shot 35 children, killing five. In the span of only a few minutes, the act marked the first mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history. Today, 25 years later—and one year after the massacre at Newtown—these once-unthinkable tragedies have become terrifyingly familiar as citizens and political leaders from Sacramento to Washington choose sides in the fight over the future of guns in America.

(via)

roadsandkingdoms:

The 76th anniversary of the Rape of Nanking is Friday. Today: Amanda Mustard’s portraits of those who survived.

roadsandkingdoms:

The 76th anniversary of the Rape of Nanking is Friday. Today: Amanda Mustard’s portraits of those who survived.

explore-blog:

A brief animated history of how the American Presidency was invented. Pair with 200 years of presidential campaign posters

(Source: explore-blog)

The Fascinating Origin of Arlington National Cemetery
Photo source

azspot:

Grace Hopper on Letterman

More on Grace Hopper here.

mapsontheweb:

Forming the Confederacy: When each state seceded from the Union before the American Civil War 1860-61

mapsontheweb:

Forming the Confederacy: When each state seceded from the Union before the American Civil War 1860-61

(via ilovecharts)

oswaldofguadalupe:

The Twitter Mandela Hall Of Shame

(via cognitivedissonance)

Mandela: An Audio History →

npr:

From the archives (2004.)

How Plain Vanilla Games, Maker Of Hit App QuizUp, Took Two Years To Create An Overnight Success.
I can’t stop playing this thing.
theatlantic:

The 50 Greatest Inventions Since the Wheel

Some questions you ask because you want the right answer. Others are valuable because no answer is right; the payoff comes from the range of attempts. Seven years ago, The Atlantic surveyed a group of eminent historians to create a ranked list of the 100 people who had done the most to shape the character of modern America. The panelists agreed easily on the top few names—Lincoln, Washington, Jefferson, in that order—but then began diverging in intriguing ways that reflected not simply their own values but also the varied avenues toward influence in our country. Lewis and Clark, or Henry Ford? Thomas Edison, or Martin Luther King? The result was of course not scientific. But the exercise of asking, comparing, and choosing helped us understand more about what these historical figures had done and about the areas in which American society had proved most and least open to the changes wrought by talented, determined men and women.
Now we turn to technology. The Atlantic recently assembled a panel of 12 scientists, entrepreneurs, engineers, historians of technology, and others to assess the innovations that have done the most to shape the nature of modern life. The main rule for this exercise was that the innovations should have come after widespread use of the wheel began, perhaps 6,000 years ago.
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theatlantic:

The 50 Greatest Inventions Since the Wheel

Some questions you ask because you want the right answer. Others are valuable because no answer is right; the payoff comes from the range of attempts. Seven years ago, The Atlantic surveyed a group of eminent historians to create a ranked list of the 100 people who had done the most to shape the character of modern America. The panelists agreed easily on the top few names—Lincoln, Washington, Jefferson, in that order—but then began diverging in intriguing ways that reflected not simply their own values but also the varied avenues toward influence in our country. Lewis and Clark, or Henry Ford? Thomas Edison, or Martin Luther King? The result was of course not scientific. But the exercise of asking, comparing, and choosing helped us understand more about what these historical figures had done and about the areas in which American society had proved most and least open to the changes wrought by talented, determined men and women.

Now we turn to technology. The Atlantic recently assembled a panel of 12 scientists, entrepreneurs, engineers, historians of technology, and others to assess the innovations that have done the most to shape the nature of modern life. The main rule for this exercise was that the innovations should have come after widespread use of the wheel began, perhaps 6,000 years ago.

Read more.

The Real Story Behind Penicillin