“We may not be sexy, but we have fresh uniforms nonetheless! We Trekkies and We Know It!”
- Fans of The Princess Bride will appreciate this design concept.
- Portal Cake is not a lie!
- Someone needs to make this into a real stained glass window
- Terrible Yellow Eyes: A papercraft tribute to the late Maurice Sendak
- Versus/Hearts is a playful project that combines two characters that strongly dislike each other into heart-shaped images.
The earliest explicitly dated printed text is printed. The Diamond Sutra, a Buddhist scripture, is published. The Sutra is a sixteen foot scroll with six sheets of text printed from wood blocks and one sheet with a woodcut showing the Buddha with disciples and a pair of cats. The sheets measure twelve inches by thirty inches and are pasted together. The book will be dated by a colophon at the end stating that the book was “made for universal free distribution by Wang Jie on behalf of his two parents on the 13th of the 4th moon of the 9th year of Xiantong.” The scroll will be one of about 1,130 bundles of manuscripts that will be found a thousand years later, walled up in one of the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas in Turkestan.
Radio station WGY 810 AM, in Schenectady, New York, begins broadcasting America’s first regularly scheduled television broadcasts. The programs run from 1:30pm to 2:00pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays with twenty-four line resolution. Most of the viewers are members of the technical staff at the nearby General Electric, which had designed the system and will use the broadcasts to refine its equipment. A handful of hobbyists who had built their own television sets will also receive the broadcasts. Those who tune in have to make constant adjustments, turning two knobs at once to keep the blurry picture discernible on their three-inch square screens. By the end of the year, seventeen other stations around the country will begin scheduling broadcasts, intended to test the apparatus rather than to attract viewers.
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In many ways, Facebook’s story is the most modern example of the American dream gone right. Some would argue that those who have gotten rich from the company should pay some dues back into the system that enabled that success. As billionaire Mark Cuban has written on his blog, the ‘most patriotic thing you can do’ is ‘bust your ass and get rich. Make a boatload of money. Pay your taxes.
- “Just In Time For A Facebook IPO Tax Break, Eduardo Saverin Renounces U.S. Citizenship” by Colleen Taylor, May 11, 2012. Quoting “The Most Patriotic Thing You Can Do” by Mark Cuban, September 19, 2012.
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In the future, not getting any imagery or story line or content is going to be the equivalent of silence because people are so filled up now with streaming video. Paying attention to anything will be the missing commodity in future life. You think you’ll miss nothing, but you’ll probably miss everything.
The first American newspaper cartoon is published in Benjamin Franklin’s Pennsylvania Gazette. The illustration shows a snake cut into sections, each part representing an American colony. The caption reads, “Join or die.”
The nation’s first tax-supported public library is founded in Peterborough , New Hampshire.
What will one day be the oldest known recording of a human voice is recorded by Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville using his phonautograph. On March 27, 2008, replayed by American researchers will use computers to recreate the sound. Prior to that demonstration, most historians will believe that Edison’s recording of an Handel oratorio on a wax cylinder is the first audio recording, but Edison’s recording won’t occur until twenty-eight years after Scott’s construction of his phonautogram. However, the phonautograph recorded sounds visually, without a means to play them back. Read more at the New York Times.
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