|June 30, 2022|
Recently learned how Josephine
Baker was active in the Resistance, and was decorated
for her war-time service. Seen here speaking at MLK Jr's March on
Washington in 1963, wearing her Free French uniform. (Click the iconic
photo for a transcript of her speech). I read of her Jazz Age performances
but never heard her voice, until now -- a 'video' from the Internet Archive:
- Politico: What
Republicans Know (and Democrats Don't) About the White Working Class.
- π = 355/113 (or close enough)
|June 28, 2022|
- TheHustle wonders, Can
a corporation own a color?
- Although you can find their stuff in yup-scale supermarkets stateside now, I first
became aware of Bahlsen cookies during my 1984 tour of West Germany, Scandinavia, Belgium and France.
are my favorite, labeled Choco-Star then; but it's been a while, looks like they'e
been renamed. The company's been around a long time, and there's
book about their pre-war biscuit tin and candy box design and
the Present & Correct
blog has posted some scans.
- At Bored Panda, 27
photos Rich took in Southern California. #25: Even an Oil Rig
can look Beautiful in SoCal.
|June 16, 2022|
A traveler's development, as documented through his passport photos. The
last two are scans of the originals, as it's become difficult to see through
the overlayed, psychedelically swirly watermark, which is now made up of
strings of identifying data.|
|June 13, 2022|
- Although useful, I pity their audience, those seemingly too
busy to read during the rest of the year. But here's a couple Reading
Lists for Summer 2022: At Rest of World, 24
books from around the world that you should put on your reading list;
and at NPR,
Picks for all 50 States (and then some).
- Really? You've been using
Chrome? For years!? Yish. Back in '06
I tried to educate about the benefits of Firefox; although
much has changed since then, it's still my browser of choice. Now, according to The Verge,
and Chrome are squaring off over ad-blocker extensions. One of the first things
I do, when setting up a new machine, is install uBlock
Origin onto Firefox -- recommended, especially if you explore
the sketchier areas of the web, as I do.
|June 2, 2022|
Everybody knows that San Francisco has cable cars but the City also
operates trolley-cars/streetcars/trams, and on the Market Street "F" line these trains
are vintage PCC. (Not
getting into the nomenclature of
here, but those aren't funiculars
like Angel's Flight in LA, nor the ski-lifts the Japanese call ropeways.) The
streetcar.org site is all about these
vintage streetcars, many of which came from Philly, St. Louis and the Twin Cities,
in addition to San Francisco; and they've been painted in the livery of cities all
over which used to have trolley systems of their own, including one for my hometown,
which I've spotted a couple times (including last weekend) but never ridden. Pre-Metrobus,
as a teenager, I'd ride buses which looked like this (when the fare was 15¢), but
the trolley was terminated before my time. Lots of detail about DC Transit in
streetcar.org page for this car.