We've had a computer in the house for most of my life. My mom's programming job and the odd hand-me-down units from family members kept us in playthings pretty early on. But despite that, and my most-of-a-major in Computer Science, there is still naturally a lot that I don't know about the history of computers. Here are some things that I have recently learned.
For those not in the newspaper industry, perhaps you haven't heard of William Randolph Hearst. He was a newspaperman extraordinaire. Newspapers as we know (knew?) them may be on their way out, but in the heyday of the daily newspaper, Hearst was a major player.
Imagine immersing yourself in a living history museum dedicated to life during the Colonial period of the United States. Long, long before the musical Hamilton came out, there was Colonial Williamsburg.
William Morris was a bit of a Renaissance Man, in all things creative. Textiles, wall paper, design, illustration, furniture, and more. His style was distinctive and inspiring.
Learn a bit about the earliest days of American newspapers.
Dancing girls. Prostitutes. Rich patrons. Dance clubs. The Moulin Rouge. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec drew, painted, and more.
Today we celebrate the birthday of one of the most interesting physicists of all time, Richard Feynman. He was a curious character, equally serious about his science and his fun. He would have been 98 this year.
The largest library in the world (the second-largest being the British Library), the U.S. Library of Congress is a sight to behold. The building is just gorgeous. The collections are unparalleled. The exhibits, inspiring.
Taking pictures of the sky isn't new. The first photograph of the sun, a daguerrotype, was made in 1845 by French physicists Louis Fizeau and Lion Foucault, proving that from the earliest days of photography, people were turning their cameras to the skies.
The National Archives of the United States is worth a trip in person, if you can. But if you can't, their website is a treasure trove of information, history, and jaw dropping resources.
When I was a kid, I heard about the Seven Wonders of the World on a semi-regular basis. But, other than the Great Pyramid at Giza (though I always thought the Pyramids were in Cairo proper because I knew nothing of Egyptian geography), I had no idea what the other six wonders were.