Posts tagged history
Posts tagged history
Thirty years ago today, Sony introduced the Compact Disk. Happy birthday, CDs!
Digital history is going missing …
Long time ago, Mahatma Gandhi wrote to his “Dear friend” asking him not to go to war. That friend was Adolf Hitler.
The first major exhibition devoted to history of manipulated photography before the digital age opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on October 11, 2012. It will run until January 27, 2013.
Made up word: emoticon consists of two words » emotion (n.) + icon (n., Synonyms: feeling, sensation, sentiment, agitation, excitement)
The emoticon, used to illustrate an emotion using an icon, celebrates its 30th birthday this month. […] On September 19 1982 Professor Scott Fahlman of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh sent an email that included the first use of the sideways smiley face. […] “I propose the following character sequence for joke markers: :-) Read it sideways.” […] The aim, according to Professor Fahlman, was to differentiate between those emails that were meant to be humorous and those that were not meant to be.
Almost 50 years ago, a small team at the Italian company Olivetti managed to do what no one had done before them; they created a computer small enough to fit on a desk, and could be used by regular people. It was the Programma 101, what many consider to be the world’s first personal computer.
The Sikh religion is a reform movement that began in India around the 1480’s. As one of its central tenets, Sikhism holds that all people, regardless of gender, religious background, race, or caste are equal. As a way to symbolize and practice this, the founder of the Sikh religion, Guru Nanek Dev, founded the langar, or community kitchen. Food was to be for all, the rich would eat with the poor, and it would run, by the grace of God, on donations and volunteer labor.
Here’re some must known facts about the community kitchen at the Golden Temple:
- Everyone, regardless of faith, race and background is allowed in the dining hall
- Women, men and children all sit together
- Before entering you must remove your shoes and wear a head scrap
- A traditional meal of lentils, rice, vegetables and roti is served
- Everyone must sit on the floor as equals, so all people are on the same level and nobody is above anyone else
- There are two halls that can serve about 5,000 diners at a time
This photo was originally captured in 1927 at the fifth Solvay Conference, one of the most star-studded meetings of scientific minds in history. Notable attendees included Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Marie Curie, Erwin Schrödinger, Werner Heisenberg, Wolfgang Pauli, Paul Dirac and Louis de Broglie among others. And now, it’s been beautifully colorized by redditor mygrapefruit.
You can learn more about the colorization process, and check out more of mygrapefruit’s work, over on her website.