The history of the paper clip: It was invented in 1899. It hasn’t been improved upon since Getty Images/BananaStock via Thinkstock. The paper clip is something of a fetish object in design circles. Its spare, machined aesthetic and its inexpensive ubiquity landed it a spot in MoMA’s 2004 show Humble Masterpieces. This was a pedestal too high for design critic Michael Bierut, who responded with an essay called “To Hell with the Simple Paper Clip.” He argued that designers praise supposedly unauthored objects like the paper clip because they’re loath to choose between giving publicity to a competitor and egotistically touting their own designs. Most everyday objects—like the key, or the book, or the phone—evolve over time in incremental ways, and the 20th century in particular revolutionized, streamlined, or technologized the vast majority of the things you hold in your hand over the course of an average day. Before the paper clip, there was paper. “Mr. Here in Mr. Epinglier/Defehrt/Goussier via artoftheprint.com. Image of box via Officemuseum.com.
VUVOX - slideshows, photo, video and music sharing, Myspace codes TwHistory Historypin The History Guide -- Main Zeen Ferris Wheel Animation in Google Earth Home > Animations > Ferris Wheel Animation in Google Earth This is a Google Earth Time Animation of the 110 year old Ferris wheel in Prater Park, Vienna - the Riesenrad. The only survivor out of five similar wheels designed by Walter Bassett, located in Chicago, Paris, London, Blackpool and Vienna. For those interested in classic movies, Orson Welles took a ride on this in ‘The Third Man’ and directly afterwards gave his famous ‘cuckoo clock’ speech. Viewing Tips After the file loads, the time control appears near the top of the screen. Click on the white clock gadget to the left of this to access the time control options.Change the repeat mode to ‘wrap’.Use the “Play” button (the triangle to the right of the time slider) to see it animate.Terrain (Layers, bottom left in GE) should be toggled on.The file has 2 modes - one with the original 30 gondolas, another with the current 15. View the animation260kB. Related posts:
Essential Norman Conquest - An interactive day-by-day retelling of the events of 1066 Google Sky Constellation Boundaries Home > Other Planets > Google Sky Constellation Boundaries In a recent post, OgleEarth mentioned the lack of constellation divisions in Google Sky’s default layers. As Stefan says, these are pretty useful landmarks for finding your way around the night sky. I’m guessing GSky might include something like this eventually, but until it does, here’s a simple add-on KML file which does the job. Google Sky Constellations (130kB) To keep things simple the file just includes boundary lines. The coordinates for the KML were drawn from Davenhall & Leggett’s “Catalogue of Constellation Boundary Data”, from the file for equinox and equator 2000. One more thing: If you turn on Google Sky’s grid (View menu -> Grid) you’ll notice the borders are slightly skewed compared with the vertical and horizontal red lines of the grid. . Related posts:
7 Outstanding YouTube Channels for History Teachers Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has recently started featuring some educational YouTube channels pertaining to different subject matters. Up to this moment, we have covered channels for Math, Science, and yesterday we posted a list of channels for kids. The purpose behind such collections is to help teachers and educators have instant access to educational videos they might need to use with their students. The channels we post are among the top ones you can find on YouTube and some of them are created by teachers like you and me. Today, we are providing you with a list of some of the best YouTube channels. The list is not exhaustive and we might have skipped some other useful ones, but we are sure the ones included below have the answers you would be looking for when it comes to looking for history videos to share with your students. 1- Dizzo Dizzo documents the human's history in short videos . 2- US National Archives 3- World History and other Stuff 4- Computer History Museum
In Pictures: The Strangest Sights in Google Earth - PCWorld tk Close More on Merrifield: Another look at Intel's new chip Feb 26, 2014 6:45 AM At Mobile World Congress, we got a chance to take a look at Merrifield to see if the new processors from Intel can give you better battery performance. More on Merrifield: Another look at Intel's new chip Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History Educator Review What's It Like? The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History highlights the New York-based museum's extensive collection, ranging from 8,000 B.C. to current-century fashion. Its content is written by Met curators, conservators, scientists, and educators and includes 930 essays and nearly 7,000 objects to view. You can locate artwork from a certain region by clicking on a world map; select an era on a timeline, or search for specific pieces by entering qualifications like name, artist, material, or technique. A Thematic Essays section features written background and slideshows of different styles, movements, artists, and time periods. You can also select a general category, department, geographical region, or time to find what you're looking for. Is It Good For Learning? The site's structure makes finding specific items fairly easy; it can also help you obtain a sense of how different eras, artists, and movements influenced each other. How Can Teachers Use It?