The History and Evolution of Social Media Social media has become an integral part of modern society. There are general social networks with user bases larger than the population of most countries. There are niche sites for virtually every special interest out there. Meet the Man Behind the Map: Washington, D.C.'s and Baltimore's Historical Trains, Subway-Style - Curbed Interviews The remnants of abandoned train lines are still visible to this day, often drawing curiosity from what David Edmondson calls "legacy train nerds." As a railway enthusiast, himself, Edmondson became tired of not knowing where these train lines were or how they connected, deciding to take it into his own hands to map each line in a colorful subway-style map. He describes his maps as "quasi-geographical train service diagram[s]" that are able to show the rails and also the service of each train. By utilizing 1930's railway timetables, he's completed a map of the San Francisco Bay Area's historical trains and is currently working on one that will cover the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore areas. To create these and more maps, Edmondson started a Kickstarter project with a $250 goal that has already been exceeded and is currently reaching $1,000.
July 18, 1992: The First Photo Uploaded to the Web, of CERN’s Parody All-Girl Science Band by Maria Popova Love and science set to song, from quarks to colliders. In 1990, shortly before a CERN physicist subverted gender and science stereotypes by adapting Alice in Wonderland as an allegory in quantum mechanics, a different type of delightful subversion was afoot at the famed European Organization for Nuclear Research, now home to the Large Hadron Collider: Michele Muller, a former British model and actor working as a 3D graphic designer for a virtual reality project at CERN, was dating CERN computer scientist Silvano de Gennaro and found herself frustrated with her boyfriend’s seemingly unending shifts. Rather than fight over it, the two decided to have some fun with the relationship sticking point — Michele set her frustrations to song, asking Silvano to write some music that she would perform at the CERN Hardronic Festival. Oh, and they were actually very, very good.
Five Technologies to Make Sure Your Data Lives Forever They say that on the Internet, nothing ever goes away. This is true, for popular content that’s endlessly shared and remixed. But this kind of viral candy is only the tip of a really big iceberg. Beneath the surface of memes and naked celebrities lurks endless petabytes of data too boring for immortality.
What The Internet Thinks About - Interactive Infographic What if you saw the Internet’s most-read stories all at once? You would see a picture of what the Internet thinks about – this (click on each story). How do we know all this? The data comes from the largest index of links on the Internet (after Google) by Ahrefs. Become A Real Geek: Learn The True Tech Lingo Advertisement I have come across people who say they are tech savvy, but they don’t seem to know a single term when it comes to technology. Of course you can be somewhat tech savvy even though you don’t know the tech lingo, but if you want to become a true geek, you should probably spend at least some time learning the tech lingo that most geeks know today. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you have to be a rocket scientist in order to converse, but a few terms wouldn’t hurt, right? If you think about it, how many times have you been lost in a conversation where tech lingo is thrown around like it was yesterday’s news? If your answer to that question is a lingering yes, you should definitely have a look at the infographic (or short dictionary rather) that is included in this article.
Chris Burden Has Died at 69 Chris Burden.Photo via MOCA TV. Performance artist and sculptor Chris Burden, who may remain best known for a performance in which he had himself shot in the arm, died today at his home in Topanga Canyon, California, at age 69. The cause was malignant melanoma, according to the artist's friend Paul Schimmel, as reported in the L.A. Times.
When Baseball Went Space-Age: The Houston Astrodome in Archival Photos - Preservation Watch The Houston Astrodome will turn 50 next month, and its fate is still very much up in the air; the repurposing proposals keep rolling in, even while the orange upholstered seats of what was once deemed the "eighth wonder of the world" turn into collectors items. In celebration of the big five-oh, join us on a romp through the archives, from the very Texan groundbreaking ceremony to LBJ's appearance on opening night, with a brief glimpse at its flamboyant presidential suite. ↓ Different models of the Astrodome were used for planning for pedestrian circulation, structural testing, and introducing it to county officials. <div class="gallery loaded"><a href=" src=" width="600" height="400"></a><br /><a href=" style="font-size: 9px; text-align: center;">Click here to view the full photogallery.</a></div> <div class="gallery loaded"><a href=" src=" width="600" height="400"></a><br /><a href=" style="font-size: 9px; text-align: center;">Click here to view the full photogallery.
How He Captured America by Frank Rich Hope: Entertainer of the Century by Richard Zoglin Simon and Schuster, 565 pp., $30.00 When Bob Hope died in 2003 at the age of one hundred, attention was not widely paid.