Yesterday I received a letter from Google addressed to Robert T. Gunther at Found History. As founder of the Museum of the History of Science at Oxford, where I did my doctoral work, and a major figure in my dissertation, I am very honored to welcome Dr. Gunther to the Found History staff. Despite having passed away in 1940, it is my hope that Dr. Gunther will make significant contribution to this blog’s coverage of the history of scientific instrumentation.
Category Archives: Humor
Briefly Noted for March 9, 2009
This year CHNM and the American Historical Association will be pleased to award the first Rosenzweig Fellowship for Innovation in Digital History in memory of our late friend and inspiration, Roy Rosenzweig.
The American Association for State and Local History has launched a traveling exhibition directory for museums and other organizations looking to find and publicize traveling exhibitions.
Smithsonian Director of Web and New Media Strategy, Mike Edson, has posted his spot-on treatment of lingering concerns over social media and web technology among collections professionals and administrators. The presentation originally appeared at the recent WebWise conference in Washington, DC.
Briefly Noted for October 28, 2008
The Oral History Association has launched a new and improved website, including a social network and an instructional wiki.
Jim Spadaccini has a great post about the special kind of planning involved in building museum and other cultural heritage websites that incorporate social networking features. Jim writes, “While the standard methods of web design—such as wireframes and mockups—are still part of the process, we’ve been concurrently working on plans for social interaction.”
AHA Today points to TimesTraveler, a new blog from the New York Times. The premise is simple: TimesTraveler excavates Times’ headlines from exactly 100 years ago, giving readers a sense of what was happening on this day in 1908. Surprisingly compelling and very well done. For a more entertaining and more creative glimpse at 1908, however, I suggest TweetCapsule—time-twittering life in the last century. (Thanks, Tad.)
Briefly Noted for March 17, 2008
The content is about the same, but The History Channel’s new design is a big step in the right direction (see the Internet Archive’s very slow loading capture from a year ago for comparison).
Food Fight. A history of 20th century warfare, “told through the foods of the countries in conflict.” Delightfully (or maybe it’s disgustingly) strange.
Briefly Noted for March 11, 2008
How to make a Leyden jar out of a two-liter Coke bottle, from MAKE Magazine.
Top Ten Moments in Sitcom History. I think you’d have to put Lucy and Ethel’s stint at the conveyor belt at the top of the table, but a good list nevertheless. (Thanks, Jerm.)
Prolific “junior ranger” Chance Finegan on the history of Mt. Rainier National Park.
Keeping with my management kick, here are 14lessons from 37signals for good digital project management and organizational development.
Today, Now with 75% Less History
Today In History: History Lite. A blogger in Indianapolis gives us a different take on the history of February 29th.
Briefly Noted for January 13, 2008
New Stella Artois website uses brewer’s long history, period costumes to sell beer. See especially “L’Origine.”
Science Fiction Timeline of Inventions. Learn when the taser, credit cards were first proposed as science fiction.
The History of LOLCats from G4.
It has been a while since I posted in the Tops of All Time category. That isn’t because it’s any less popular. Here are a few (“bad”) examples:
The 25 Most Ridiculous Band Names in Rock History
Star Wars, the baroque version
Star Wars, the baroque version. Like steampunk, but older.
(Via Old is the New New.)
Bowie's in Space
One last music post before I return to Found History‘s bread and butter.
If you haven’t been watching HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, you’re really missing something. Take my word, it’s the best comedy to hit TV since FOX inexplicably pulled Arrested Development from the air more than a year ago. It’s way too weird to explain fully here, but it’s basically a story about a pair of New Zealanders—Bret and Jemaine—trying to make it as novelty musicians in New York. Between meetings with their agent Murray and chance encounters with their lusty “fan” (singular) Mel, the Conchords regale us with their truly awesome music videos.
This week the Conchords did some history—some freaky Bowie history. Three times during the episode, Bret is visited in his sleep by a vision of Bowie past: the 1972 Ziggy Stardust Bowie, the 1980 Scary Monsters Bowie, and finally the 1996 Labyrinth Bowie. This final visit launches the Conchords into “Bowie’s in Space” a brilliant parody of Bowie’s “Space Oddity”. Then, to top it all off, the video continues into the credits where the music changes from the 1970s space kitsch of “Major Tom” to the 1980s wood block and rolled up sport jacket sleeves of “Let’s Dance.” Too funny, man.