Tag: history

  • Old Film, Transformed

    Two cities, each on the other side of the world, captured on old film which has been digitized, colorized, and upscaled using neural networks to 4k and 60 frames/second. Some of the technical details about what Denis Shiryaev, a YouTuber known for restoring vintage videos does to achieve his magic: 4k upscale – Each frame […]

  • Skipper

    Skipper

    My great-grandfather, the World War I pilot.

  • It can happen again

    It can happen again

    Don Tamaki and the flawed but still dormant law used to justify throwing 120,000 Japanese-American into concentration camps.

  • How we met

    How we met

    Where did I meet my wife? Kindergarten.

  • My Web 2.0 Laptop

    When I worked at Yahoo it was at the height of a cultural trend called Web 2.0. The fashion was to put stickers of various startups all over the front of your laptop so people could see how hip you were. I was running into many interesting people so I took a different approach and […]

  • Political Theatre

    A detailed breakdown of how the Senate health care vote went down in the dead of the evening. John McCain’s mic-drop moment when he went against his party and voted against repealing legislation enacted by his opponent in the 2008 presidential campaign. Buzzfeed has an annotated blow-by-blow of the historic moment, complete with animated GIFs, […]

  • The Unseen Great Wall

    This weekend’s Sunday New York Times features the striking photo seen above, spread over two pages. Most people experience the Great Wall, “on half-day tours from Beijing to the Badaling or Mutianyu sections of the Great Wall, which are 40 to 50 miles north of the capital” but the author of The Great Wall, Our […]

  • Time Travel

    Leave it to the Lutherans. 100 years ago, on April 22, 1913, the Ladies Aid Society and the First Lutheran Church in Oklahoma City sealed a time capsule which has been sitting under a grill set into the floor of the church. Last month, the Century Chest as it was called, was opened. The contents […]

  • Google Glass and Time Travel

    A lot has been written about how Google Glass will be great for those that put on a pair. Immediate access to the world’s most powerful database, push alerts from your closest friends, a voice UI so you can look up directions without having to look down at your phone, a  camera that lets you […]

  • A day that will live in world history

    At Pearl Harbor there is an exhibit of the events leading up to the Pacific War. Inside is the original draft of the speech FDR gave to congress on the day following Japan’s attack. The document is a fascinating glimpse into the mind of FDR. Several changes you can see include: Replacing, “a date which […]