Tag Archive for History

Quick Book Review: Egyptomania

A fun book I’ve had on my list for a year+ after reading a good review in the WSJ. It’s a quick interesting read. And somewhat unexpected. A good deal of the book describes the engineering feats it took to…

Some Reasons To Be Positive & Look To The Future …

First, we should Be less romantic about the past (Jeff Jacoby) Second, this Doomslayer Wired article is a classic. And third, definitely spend some time at HumanProgress.org. Additional links: The Lousy Living of the Past’s Royals and Rich Life before…

Dr. Boudreaux Asks An Important Question

Would you trade places as Dr. Boudreaux asks below? At first I thought it was just a good point and moved on. Then after thinking about it some more I realized it was much more profound than that. We (and…

Predicting Is Tough

Stories like this make me wonder if we are at times a bit overconfident about what the future will bring. These Vintage Ads Prove We Had No Idea What The Future Would Actually Look Like: “If you thought “The Jetsons”…

A Few on War, Govt., and WWII

Three on War and WWII. The piece on Hiroshima by Bryan Caplan is a must-read. Richman is always good. TGIF: Truman, A-Bombs, and the Killing of Innocents The Future of Freedom Foundation: Why do people today assume an invasion would…

One of My Favorite Apollo Pics, Water Egress Practice …

Chuck Maddox would have liked this. Photo-s66-51581: S66-51581 (June 1966) — Prime crew for the first manned Apollo mission practice water egress procedures with full scale boilerplate model of their spacecraft. In the water at right is astronaut Edward H. White (foreground)…

Manhattan Fact of The Day – Equine Edition

From A Grand Complication: The Race to Build the World’s Most Legendary Watch by Stacy Perman. Think about the daily pollution, filth, and disease that existed on city streets prior to the advent of the automobile. A nod to Dr. Boudreaux…

Scary 1950s Nuke Test Story

This guy was apparently a test pilot. They would fly near nuke explosions (Operation Redwing) to see the effects on aircraft and pilots. This recollection is scary as hell. Nuke the Pilot – Military Aviation – Air & Space Magazine:…

Amazing Private Library

This is fantastic. Definitely click through and see the pics. Browse the Artifacts of Geek History in Jay Walker’s Library: Nothing quite prepares you for the culture shock of Jay Walker’s library. You exit the austere parlor of his New…