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  1. Marc

    Interesting Read The periodic table is 150 years old - March 2019

    The periodic table is 150 years old. An interesting read: 150 years ago, the periodic table began with one chemist’s vision and Q&A: The fascinating backstory of the periodic table, which is about to turn 150 years old Interesting - There were six different formulations of the table in the 1860s.
  2. Marc

    Maps - I love Maps

    I watch a lot of historical documentaries - I was reading Lose yourself in this highly addictive “murder map” of medieval London today. If you are a history lover, these sources might interest you. These are London circa 14th century. For sale...
  3. Marc

    The Voynich Manuscript - Status as of January 2018

    A bit of click bait in the article title, but The mysterious Voynich manuscript has finally been decoded | Ars Technica is a good read. For those who haven't heard of it, here is a good read: Voynich Manuscript | Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
  4. Marc

    Food Processors and Blades - Weekend Discussion

    I ave a small food processor. I'm not even sure if it can be called a "food processor". It's about the same size as the "old" Salad Shooter's" were (I assume they still sell those...). It has been awhile, but having been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes I am eating a lot more salads these days...
  5. Marc

    NIST’s Trove of Scientific Instruments and Relics

    NIST’s Trove of Scientific Instruments and Relics I have never had to opportunity to visit the NIST headquarters, but this article is most interesting. A good read on a lazy Sunday morning. The Bat Missile? Yup! Also see: https://www.nist.gov/nist-museum
  6. Marc

    How Lucas Modernised Audio in Film

    How Lucas Modernised Audio in Film I am somewhat of a video person and like a lot of movies including ones from the earliest (1896?) to some of the current films. But, I do prefer video at home. I don't like going to theaters these days. Anyway - This is a pretty good article on the history...
  7. Marc

    Before the 760mph Hyperloop dream, there was the atmospheric railway

    As some of you know, I read Ars Technica quite a lot. I thought this was interesting and since it's a Sunday thought you might be interested in a quick read. I had never heard of this before. Before the 760mph Hyperloop dream, there was the atmospheric railway The images posted with the...
  8. Marc

    Ten City Maps from History

    Ten City Maps from History
  9. Jim Wynne

    Fish Pedicure--I must be in the wrong business

    From the AP via Yahoo News, I bring you the latest evidence that Homo sapiens is not the advanced species we would like to think we are. It's called a "fish pedicure," and people are actually spending the equivalent of US $100 per hour to have tiny carp nibble on their digits.
  10. Marc

    A Summary of Internet Smilies and E-Mail Emoticons

    Popular (and clean) Internet acronyms: BTW By the way FAQ Frequently asked question FW Freeware FWIW For what it's worth FYI For your information GR&D Grinning running & Ducking IAE In any event IMO In my opinion IMHO In my humble...
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