A History of the World Wide Web From 1989 to the Present Day

The World Wide Web was created all the way back in 1989. Here’s a look at the history of the web as we know it, up to the present day. Source: A History of the World Wide Web From 1989 to the Present Day

Why Chicago Became So Huge

Its position is unique in all the US, and the founders of the city knew it. Source: Why Chicago Became So Huge

‘A serious-minded kid:’ Pete Buttigieg aimed high early

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — It was a running joke in his AP U.S. history class at Saint Joseph High School: Would Peter Buttigieg — the smartest kid in class, language whiz and devotee of John F. Kennedy — use his unusual last name in his eventual run for president of the United States? Source: ‘A serious-minded kid:’ Pete Buttigieg aimed high early

Burnham’s “Make No Little Plans” Quote: Apocryphal No More!

Long considered apocryphal, here’s confirmation that Daniel Burnham really said his most famous quote! 

“Make no little plans, they have no magic in them to stir men’s blood.”  This quote from Daniel Burnham, the architect and city planner, is one of Chicago’s most famous maxims. It’s painted on the walls of a pretty sizable percentage of our tourist attractions. It’s engraved on one pair of my glasses.

Source: Burnham’s “Make No Little Plans” Quote: Apocryphal No More! – Mysterious Chicago

That time when George Harrison and Paul Simon did a duet on SNL

Get the backstory here: https://fb.watch/hQfBj7Joax/

One of the best commercial series ever made; every performance of every artist of every piece of music every recorded

In my mostly humble opinion, this series of commercials by George Parker is one of the best ever made. My personal favorite starts at about 1:10 minutes: “Our jukebox has every performance of every artist of every piece of music every recorded”. Effing brilliant! George recounts “Bob Metcalfe who invented the LAN at Xerox Parc, then went on to found 3Com, said it was the best explanation of what broadband can do that he had ever seen.”

20 years later, here’s an example: 120 different versions of Bob Dylan’s ‘Make You Feel My Love’ in one place: Spotify. 200 years ago you had to be the Emperor of the Austro/Hungarian Empire to listen to Mozart on demand. Now, we’re all kings and queens of our playlists on the internet. “And I think to myself what a wonderful world!”

How long will you remain unmoved by the plight of Ukraine and Ukrainians?

While we celebrate thanksgiving, Ukrainians remember Holodomor…

“Holodomor was a genoсide. The artificial famine killed millions in Ukraine in the 1930s. In 1933, Ukrainian villages were like hell on earth. Exhausted and swollen from hunger, both adults and children died a slow and painful death.” Source: Holodomor was a genoсide. The artificial famine killed millions in Ukraine in the 1930s

Today, the Russian regime is resorting to genocidal practices in the war against Ukraine. But it also does not shy away from using food as a weapon once again, this time – to pressure the international community. Russia does not care who and where will suffer or even die of hunger.

Only proper commemoration, conviction, and punishment of all perpetrators of crimes against humanity can be a safeguard against their repetition of crimes. And recognizing Holodomor as a genocide and condemning the Soviet totalitarian regime are the inevitable steps on this path.


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Watch 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything

In a tumultuous era, 1971 was a year of musical innovation and rebirth fueled by the political and cultural upheaval of the time. Go to the source: Watch 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything | Apple TV+

Apple trailer…
Similar opinion…

Here’s the Spotify playlist:

The Virtue That Made Marcus Aurelius So Great

Ryan Holiday writes: “Marcus Aurelius did not come out of the womb a leader. Nor was he an emperor ‘by blood.’ In fact, when first told he was to be king, he wept—thinking of all the bad and failed kings of history. So how did he get from there to philosopher king? Book 1 of Meditations shows us. The first ten percent of the book—Debts and Lessons—thanks people who groomed him into one of history’s greatest leaders. He knew it—without his philosophy teachers and rhetoric teachers and, most importantly, his mentor Antoninus Pius, he wouldn’t have became who he became. In this video Ryan Holiday recounts one of the greatest stories in human history and talks about how Antoninus Pius taught Marcus Aurelius the most important virtue of all.”

A Stoic Idea Worth Tattooing On Your Body

Grant and Twain: The Story of a Friendship That Changed America

Sam Elliott pays tribute to SGT Ray Lambert on the 2019 National Memorial Day Concert

This is why and how we honor our soldiers.

MIT Has Predicted that Society Will Collapse in 2040

Will they be right?

Volodymyr Zelensky and Ukraine #slavaukraini #heroiamslava

I’ve been using Twitter for well over a decade and last Sunday morning, I read the first tweet that made me sob:

How can this be happening in this day and age when people can livestream the atrocities as they are found and here we sit, doing nothing.

Last night I stumbled across ‘Servant of the People‘ on Netflix. Volodymyr Zelensky’s story could not be more bizarre if it had been scripted by Hollywood (unfamiliar? I refer you to the Wikipedia article). You’ll get a feel for ‘Servant of the People’ from this trailer…

I don’t know what images Ukraine brings to mind, but if you’re like most Americans you didn’t know much about it until the Russian invasion started. As you can see from the trailer above, this is a beautiful, peaceful country that is now being raped by a madman.

Zelensky may have been a comic before he ascended to office, but there’s nothing comical about the situation now. Click the image below to see the damage and learn more about the invasion and war crimes.

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We ask ourselves hypotheticals all the time like if I were a German during WWII, would I have stood up for the Jews. The question today is not hypothetical: will you stand up for Ukrainians? Here is a link to information about the ways you can support Ukraine now.

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11 Strategies to Calm Down and Support Ukraine #slavaukraini #glorytotheukraine

Don’t get stuck in “fight, flight, or freeze.” Source: 11 Strategies to Calm Down and Support Ukraine

Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the heroes! Slava Ukraini! Heroiam slava! #slavaukraini

Glory to Ukraine!” (UkrainianСлава Україні!romanizedSlava Ukraini!IPA: [ˈslɑʋɐ ʊkrɐˈjin⁽ʲ⁾i] (audio speaker iconlisten)) is a Ukrainian national salute, known as a symbol of Ukrainian sovereignty and resistance and as the official salute of the Armed Forces of Ukraine since 2018. It is often accompanied by the response “Glory to the heroes!” (Ukrainian: Героям слава!romanized: Heroiam slava!). Source: Glory to Ukraine – Wikipedia


Items That Have Seen The Highest Inflation Price Increases, Ranked

CNBC Make It reports that consumer prices have jumped by 7.9 percent over the past 12 months, and one category accounts for more than a third of that increase. Go to the Source: Items That Have Seen The Highest Inflation Price Increases, Ranked – Digg

Waiting for the Endurance

A hundred and six years ago, in the Weddell Sea, east of the Antarctic Peninsula, the explorer Ernest Shackleton ordered his men to abandon ship. It was eight and a half degrees below zero; the wind was calm. Shackleton’s crew—twenty-eight men, forty-nine dogs, and a cat—had spent a winter stranded in the ice—“frozen,” as one sailor put it, “like an almond in the middle of a chocolate bar.” Shackleton shouted, “She’s going, boys!” as ten million tons of ice pushed against the ship’s wooden sides, which were two feet thick in some places. The deck buckled. On November 21, 1915, the stern went up, the bow went down, and the Endurance slipped under. Frank Worsley, the ship’s captain, wrote down the coördinates in his diary: 68°39′ South, 52°26′ West.

In 2019, a red double-hulled icebreaker known as the S.A. Agulhas II charted a course from Cape Town, South Africa, toward Worsley’s coördinates. An expedition led by John Shears, a veteran polar geographer, and directed by Mensun Bound, an Oxford man who has been called “the last of the gentlemen archeologists,” was looking for Shackleton’s ship, believed to be intact, ten thousand feet down in what Shackleton called “the worst portion of the worst sea in the world.” The expedition did not go well. One day, the team’s autonomous underwater vehicle, or A.U.V., which conducted the search, went missing. Another time, the Agulhas II got stuck in ice for three days. “It was an absolute disaster,” Shears recalled, the other day, on a video call from the Agulhas II, which had embarked on a second expedition in search of the Endurance. He wore a gray fleece, and carried a radio on his hip. “To go from that complete and utter failure to this absolute, total success is quite mind-blowing.” Bound, who grew up in the Falkland Islands, and worked in the engine room of a steamship after high school, chimed in: “This is life’s pinnacle for me.” He laughed, then yawned. “We’re running on empty.” The crew had spent eighteen days hunting for the Endurance. A team of engineers worked in minus-eighteen-degree temperatures on the ship’s back deck to deploy Saab Sabertooth A.U.V.s, which use sonar sensors to create an image of the seafloor. Sea-ice scientists studied the floes; the helicopter team organized a table-tennis competition to pass the time. Sometimes colonies of crabeater seals and emperor penguins approached the ship’s stern. Each night, Bound and Shears met for a cup of Earl Grey tea and a single square of Lindt dark chocolate. Time was running out: “We only had three days before we would’ve had to abandon the search because of the approach of Antarctic winter,” Shears said. “I knew that at any moment the weather could turn.”

Shears, who is sixty, went on, “The night before we found the wreck, we had a music evening. I thought, Shackleton had music evenings. They’d listen to the gramophone, and Hussey”—the ship’s meteorologist—“would play on his banjo. Our people were getting a bit low, and worrying about ‘Are we gonna find her?’ I wanted to try and raise morale.” That night, a cadet sang Alicia Keys’s “Good Job,” and a historian recited Tennyson’s poem “Ulysses.” Someone led the group in “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary,” which Hussey liked to play for the penguins on the sea ice in 1914. The next day, Bound and Shears asked the ship’s crane operator to lower them onto the ice in a rope basket. Shears looked out at the expanse: gray sky, a white iceberg, frozen seawater forever. “Today is a good day,” he said. “I think she’s beneath my feet!” Bound smiled as a penguin danced on the ice. The two returned to the deck. “Literally, as soon as we set foot on the ship, there was the bridge, on the intercom, demanding our presence, immediately,” Bound recalled. “The pit of despair. That’s new, isn’t it? My first reaction was I was extremely worried,” Shears added.” Go to the Source: Waiting for the Endurance

The Mackinac Bridge: Bringing the Two Parts of Michigan Together Since 1957

Mega Projects finally takes a look at Michigan’s engineering marvel. Here’s a short, entertaining history of the Mighty Mac:

This Reddit Thread About The Things Only Internet Veterans Remember Will Make You Feel Ancient

In a viral thread, Redditors revealed the early internet technologies and concepts that will make you feel like Methuselah when trying to explain them to a Gen Z person. Go to the source: This Reddit Thread About The Things Only Internet Veterans Remember Will Make You Feel Ancient – Digg

How Measuring Time Shaped History

From Neolithic constructions to atomic clocks, how humans measure time reveals what we value most. Source: How Measuring Time Shaped History

btw, if you’re looking for more here’s one of the best books I’ve read on the topic of time and history:

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