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What was it like to be a teenager in the Victorian era?

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Two women reminisce about their teenage years in the 1890s. They were obviously better off than many of their counterparts of the day but it's still quite fascinating to get first-person accounts that go so far back. I'm also impressed by one woman's cycling endurance. London to Brighton and back on what was effectively a fixed-gear bike is quite something.

Added on the 10th of May, 2022 Details

The forgotten history of the blinking cursor.

The ubiquitous blinking cursor that we all see without seeing has a long history. It's probably one of the oldest remnants of historical computing that's still there today.

Linked on the 15th of February, 2022 Details

Susy Thunder. The notorious phone phreaker that vanished.

A fascinating look at the story of Susy Thunder, a phone phreaker, social engineer and many other things.

In the early ’80s, Susan and her friends pulled increasingly elaborate phone scams until they nearly shut down phone service for the entire city. As two of her friends, Kevin Mitnick and Lewis DePayne, were being convicted for cybercrime, she made an appearance on 20/20, demonstrating their tradecraft to Geraldo Rivera. Riding her celebrity, she went briefly legit, testifying before the US Senate and making appearances at security conventions, spouting technobabble in cowboy boots and tie-dye. Then, without a trace, she left the world behind.
Linked on the 29th of January, 2022 Details

Britain's first female rock band you never heard about.

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The story of the Liverbirds, Liverpool's first female rock band that came up behind the beatles and had quite a run. Amazing and moving story. (via Kottke)

Added on the 6th of November, 2021 Details

Window art in World War 1.

During the first world war, Parisian shop owners would place lines of tape across their windows to avoid flying glass in case of a nearby bombing or explosion. It turned into something of a design contest as they started creating…

Published on the 11th of October, 2021 Read full post

California's vanishing hippie utopias.

Fascinating look at the remnants of California’s hippie communes and the few hardcore idealists, now in their 70s or 80s, still living the dream.

Linked on the 15th of September, 2021 Details