Found in The Division Viol (1659): an interesting social comment on mid-17th Century acceptance of the idea of a heliocentric solar system:
Also of interest: “American English” spelling of “centre” as “center”…
“(Chuse whether you will have the Sun, or Earth to be the Fixed Center)”
New favourite history webcomic: veritablehokum.com Lovely art style, interesting subject matter, detailed explanations and a really nice typeface.
#TIL that “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” was appropriated by Pete Seeger (and then further sanitized by George Weiss) from a song written by Solomon Linda, who died in poverty. His family only received royalties for the song’s widespread Disney use after a lawsuit in 2006 — 44 years later.
There’s an archive of the in-depth three part write-up of the whole thing from Rolling Stone by Rian Malan here.
These #wikipedia visual timelines of composers are quite beautiful: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_classical_music_composers_by_era. I’d love to make a continuous, richer one with sheet music, instruments, other relevant events, portraits, composers identified by country
Ubiquitous computing demo video from 1995 demonstrating seamless creative collaboration across devices and space: http://www.ubiq.com/hypertext/weiser/quicktime/UbiCompTeaScene.qt
Their acting isn’t great but the technology is impressive.
A 2003 iSight sitting on top of a 2012 iPad:
The iSight was built to work with a great many products, and as a result is extensible. The lead is a standard Apple firewire lead nested inside an adapter which can fit onto many different attachments. On the attachment, there’s a thumbscrew, so that same clear plastic hook can join onto items of many different thicknesses (such as the iPad). That’s four levels of modularity.
The iPad was built to be useful for two years, tops, before being replaced. Its dock connector is already out of date. Its case is incompatible with the previous model.
Which is better designed? Which will retain its value longer?
@textfiles oh wow, that immediately looks far more complete than before!