holly_evolving: (Lucy)
The last of the speakers of the uncrackable code that kept the Japanese and Germans from translating Allied radio transmissions during WWII: Clarence Wolf Guts, aged 86. He was also one of the three developpers of that code. Without these Native Americans, the war could have had a horribly different outcome. Hilter was a crazy moron, destined to fall apart. Hirohito was NOT.

http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/news/article_9668c6fe-7a8a-11df-ab6b-001cc4c002e0.html

Rest in Peace, Pfc. Wolf Guts.
holly_evolving: (Mariantonia)
I wouldn't be surprised, since Michaelangelo was angry and a jerk in addition to one of the greatest talents the world has ever known. Still, as Fark points out, this will probably lead to another Dan Brown pile of garbage.

http://newsfeed.time.com/2010/06/17/is-there-a-hidden-message-in-the-sistine-chapel-ceiling/
holly_evolving: (new glasses)
The backstory is pretty great. Where have all the women programmers gone?

http://www.wired.com/thisdayintech/2010/05/0528cobol-conference/
holly_evolving: (told you)
Documentation of who they are and where they come from.

http://www.netstrider.com/documents/whites/

I personally have never thought ill of them, but I would not want to cross them. Then, I wouldn't want to cross anyone else, so that's not really saying anything.

I will also say that rednecks are a damn sight scarier. And ethnically, I am one (Scotch-Irish, which is really Ulster Scottish).

An example of Jersey Dutch:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jersey_Dutch

I find it pretty upsetting that I believed so many untrue things about them, especially considering that there is scholarly, well-documented work available. And especially especially because I lived in their backyard not too long ago.
holly_evolving: (dark pony)
In his later years, Samuel Clemens was bitter and jaded, and he lost a fortune investing in bad inventions. This might be a downer, y'all.

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/after-keeping-us-waiting-for-a-century-mark-twain-will-finally-reveal-all-1980695.html
holly_evolving: (sad girl)
This is what Tehran looked like in the 1970s, before the Islamic Revolution.

http://nmvsite.com/iran-in-the-1970s-before-the-islamic-revolution
holly_evolving: (Default)
What the Founding Fathers actually thought about religion:

http://www.sullivan-county.com/nf0/dispatch/fathers_quote2.htm

Franklin and Paine are my favorites.
holly_evolving: (Default)
History of the Pledge of Allegiance:

http://oldtimeislands.org/pledge/pledge.htm

I'd be perfectly happy to recite the original pledge.
holly_evolving: (told you)
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The one in which the ERA is passed, gays have full federally legalized marriage, and cannabis is legalized as a cash crop for full usage. Creationism is banned from being taught in schools, and the banking and finance industries have reasonable, responsible regulations. Nobody buys pets from stores, only supplies, and they get their animals from shelters or responsible breeders. And I don't have to pay for my LEEP out of pocket.

So I guess this is some imaginary future.

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