Archival Gems

One of the elements that I miss from my doctoral work was the archival and historical research on the progressive era that I did on a regular basis. While I was usually searching for specific information, I regularly stumbled across little gems of information or research tracks that I never had the time to follow […]

Links 6/25/2013

For your consideration: Verlyn Klinkenborg at the New York Times on the decline of the English major. Lee Hutchinson at Ars Technica has the story of how NASA rebuilt the F-1 “moon rocket.” Adam Johnson tells the story of Kim Jong-il’s sushi chef at GQ. Finally, Atlas Obscura takes a tour of the “Ruins of […]

Glimpses of the Past

Here are two old color films that have been making the rounds online lately. One is of London in 1926 and the other is of New York in 1939. Both are stunning.

A Heavenwide Blast of Light

I’ve been taking in all the news and video about the meteor explosion over Russia this morning. Amazing stuff. It just goes to show just how vulnerable we are as a planet and as a species. Neither of these videos are “new” or anything. I just wanted to post them here for posterity (and research). […]

Says Joe

Every so often I talk back to the book I’m reading. It’s fairly similar to the movie goer who calls out to the next victim in a zombie movie. Obviously that door doesn’t lead to safety! It’s where your zombified neighbor happens to be waiting patiently (if a bit peckish). Usually my outbursts come due […]