He looks like Sheldon Cooper, and I think that’s how Sheldon would dance too — no arms.
An extraordinary collection of color photographs taken between 1909 and 1912. In those years, photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) undertook a photographic survey of the Russian Empire with the support of Tsar Nicholas II.
He used a specialized camera to capture three black and white images in fairly quick succession, using red, green and blue filters, allowing them to later be recombined and projected with filtered lanterns to show near true color images.
The high quality of the images, combined with the bright colors, make it difficult for viewers to believe that they are looking 100 years back in time - when these photographs were taken, neither the Russian Revolution nor World War I had yet begun.
Collected here are a few of the hundreds of color images made available by the Library of Congress, which purchased the original glass plates back in 1948.
Today is the birthday of one of my personal heroes.
Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace
Ada was the only legitimate child of the English poet, Lord Byron. Born in the 1800s, she was part of a world that didn’t have many female scientists and mathematicians like her.
Why was she badass?
Among her many other accomplishments, Ada is widely considered to be the world’s first computer programmer.
In 1842–43, Ada translated an Italian manuscript on Charles Babbage’s proposed Analytical Engine, the very first design for a Turing-complete general purpose computer. With the article, she appended a set of notes explaining the Analytical Engine’s function.
This was difficult, considering other scientists did not actually grasp Babbage’s concept. The notes she left were longer than the manuscript itself and included, in complete detail, a method for calculating a sequence of Bernoulli numbers with the Engine.
When the first complete Babbage Analytical Engine was completed in 2002, her method was found to successfully and efficiently run on it. Yes, the algorithm she wrote in the notes of a translation she did, for a computing device the likes of which had never been seen and that had not even been built and wouldn’t be tested until 150 years after her death.
Although it is a bit silly, I like to think that one can trace a long line of female computer programmers down from Ada Lovelace. I learned my first programming languages from my mother. I’ll tear down any chauvinist who says girls can’t code.
If you have a weak heart or a large corner office, brace yourself, because this may come as a shock: Henry Ford paid his workers a decent wage and still made good money. In 1914, he doubled their wages to $5 a day. He wanted to decrease turnover and make it so that every employee could afford to buy one of the cars they built. Two years later, Ford had doubled its yearly profits - from $30 million per year to $60 million. Not bad for an hourly investment of $2.50 per employee.
“It’s ironic that I have to use an example from the past to illustrate perhaps a bridge to the future,” Jennifer Granholm says. “If 21st-century industrialists want a middle class that is capable of buying their products, they should pay the wages that allow the workers to do so. Not how little they can get away with, but how much they can afford, rather than hoarding profits as the middle class shrivels.”
Watch the full breakdown here, and catch Jennifer Granholm hosting ‘The War Room’ Mon-Thurs at 10E/7P and Fridays at 6E/3P.
In the hands of the right people, capitalism is a brilliant idea.
Just so you know, there’s a whole sub-Reddit devoted to chemical reaction GIFs. There goes the rest of your day.
I mean LOOK AT THIS:
‘Poorest president’ donates 90% of his salary
How’s this as a man of the people: The president of Uruguay, José Mujica, has earned a nickname, “el presidente mas pobre” (translation: “poorest president”).
The 77-year-old recently admitted to the Spanish newspaper El Mundo that he donates almost all of his presidential salary, making him the poorest, or, as Univision pointed out, most generous president, in the world.
El presidente explained he receives $12,500 a month but keeps only $1,250. The public servant told the newspaper, “I do fine with that amount; I have to do fine because there are many Uruguayans who live with much less.”
He and his wife—a senator who also donates part of her salary—live in a farmhouse in Montevideo. His biggest expense is his Volkswagen Beetle, valued at $1,945.
Perhaps not surprisingly, under the former guerrilla fighter, who was elected in 2010 as a member of the left-wing coalition, the Broad Front, the country has become known for being one of the least corrupt on the continent.
Mujica has no bank accounts and no debt, and he enjoys one thing money can’t buy: the companionship of his dog, Manuela.
The Uruguayan is not the first president to donate his salary. U.S. President John F. Kennedy, who came from wealth, donated his salary when in office, as did President Herbert Hoover. Hoover, who grew up poor, decided to never accept money for public service, so he could not be accused of corruption.
there are few who are truly worthy of leading the people, and even less who happen to be holding public office. here’s one, tho…
How a sewing machine works.
always baffles my mind
I just look at it and
I can stare at this forever o-o
“At its best, public television would help make our Nation a replica of the old Greek marketplace, where public affairs took place in view of all the citizens.”
-President Lyndon B. Johnson
On this day in 1967, LBJ signed the Public Broadcasting Act (S.1160).
Photo: President Lyndon B. Johnson delivering remarks prior to the signing in the East Room of the White House. November 7, 1967.
Read the full remarks at the American Presidency Project.
-from the LBJ Library
I don’t particularly like LBJ but this is something good that came out of his administration.
Also the Civil Rights Act.
“Be bossy with me”
She was at the Quaker Meeting I attend this past Sunday. True story.
The Associated Press reports that a rare “split” orange and black lobster was recently caught by a Massachusetts fisherman. The one-pound female lobster’s coloring occurs once in every 50 million lobsters, according to the New England Aquarium.
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