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A History of Pizza

A History of Pizza

Pizza is the world’s favourite fast food. We eat it everywhere – at home, in restaurants, on street corners. Some three billion pizzas are sold each year in the United States alone, an average of 46 slices per person. But the story of how the humble pizza came to enjoy such global dominance reveals much…
History is Written by the Losers

History is Written by the Losers

This post was originally published as part of the Thucydides Roundtable project over at Zenpundit. I encourage you to read all of the posts in the roundtable. Meet Sima Qian. I hold him in high regard. You could say that this was a historian with balls. Sima Qian is sometimes called the “Herodotus of the…
Hong Kong anti-mask law: a history of mask bans around the world

Hong Kong anti-mask law: a history of mask bans around the world

The Hong Kong government today (Oct. 4) invoked emergency powers to enact a ban on wearing face masks in public, even as critics decried the move as setting a dangerous precedent and jeopardizing the city’s protection of civil liberties.It’s not the first place in the world to impose such a ban, and other countries have…

My history with Forth and stack machines (2010)

My VLSI tools take a chip from conception through testing. Perhaps 500 lines of source code. Cadence, Mentor Graphics do the same, more or less. With how much source/object code? – Chuck Moore, the inventor of Forth This is a personal account of my experience implementing and using the Forth programming language and the stack…

History of the browser user-agent string (2008)

In the beginning there was NCSA Mosaic, and Mosaic called itself NCSA_Mosaic/2.0 (Windows 3.1), and Mosaic displayed pictures along with text, and there was much rejoicing. And behold, then came a new web browser known as “Mozilla”, being short for “Mosaic Killer,” but Mosaic was not amused, so the public name was changed to Netscape,…
Thread by @BillHolohanSolr: “A history lesson for people who think that history doesn’t matter: What’s the big deal about railroad tracks? The US standard railroad gauge […]”

Thread by @BillHolohanSolr: “A history lesson for people who think that history doesn’t matter:...

A history lesson for people who think that history doesn't matter: What's the big deal about railroad tracks? The US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches. That's an exceedingly odd number. Why was that gauge used? Well, because that's the way they built them in England, and English engineers…
This week in tech history: Android turns 11 – Engadget

This week in tech history: Android turns 11 – Engadget

After search (and the massive ad business attached to it), what do you think Google's most important product is? There are multiple potential candidates like Chrome and Maps, but my money's on Android. The 10th major version of Google's mobile operating service just arrived a few weeks ago, as it now does every fall. And…
This week in tech history: Android turns 11

This week in tech history: Android turns 11

After search (and the massive ad business attached to it), what do you think Google's most important product is? There are multiple potential candidates like Chrome and Maps, but my money's on Android. The 10th major version of Google's mobile operating service just arrived a few weeks ago, as it now does every fall. And…
The history of celebrity: from Bernhardt to the Kardashians

The history of celebrity: from Bernhardt to the Kardashians

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A History of Börek

A History of Börek

During the reign of Sultan Mehmet IV (r. 1648-87), the Dîvân-ı Hümâyûn (imperial council) would meet every other morning in a domed chamber of the Topkapi Palace. When the Grand Vizier and his ministers had dealt with affairs of state, they would sit down to a magnificent lunch. Like the palace itself, the meal was…

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iOS 13 Code Suggests Apple Testing AR Headset With ‘StarBoard’ Mode,...

Apple has long been rumored to be working on an augmented reality headset or glasses, and despite a recent DigiTimes report claiming the project had been suspended, documentation seen by MacRumors in an internal build of iOS 13 suggests development of a head-mounted augmented reality display has continued. Apple Glasses concept Namely, internal builds of…

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