So here is the promised video. All I did was create some slides to go along with the audio from the podcast. I hope this is okay. I’m looking for better ways to do this in the future, if you have any suggestions I would like to hear them in the comments. I had some trouble viewing the video in Safari (try play in pop-up), but it works fine in Chome. Let me know if there are issues with other browsers. Thanks!
I received an email from listener Stephen lately. He is looking for book recommendations on the topic of Kent State Shootings. While I don’t have any recommendations for that specific topic I do have some of my favorite US history books that I thought I would share in this post. If you have a recommendation for Stephen please put it in the comments below, both Stephen and I would appreciate it!
When I am looking for good history books on a subject, I usually look to my local library. Stephen can’t do this as easily as he mentions in his email, he is in the UK and finds it difficult to find US history books. I would try amazon.com and look at the star ratings and reviews, but even better than that try out goodreads.com. I’m on that site every day. There readers just like you are reading, rating and reviewing thousands of books every minute of the day. It is a great site to discover new books. There are many different books groups on the site. One I found today is called “The History Book Club”. It has over a thousand members and is very active. You can join the group for free.
I’ve put together a PDF that you can download for free to refer to the last podcast. It has links to many of the topics we talked about but did not go into detail about. Plus, it has pictures of the people discussed in the podcast. It has the full text of the last podcast. If you find any errors, please email me so I can update the file. Thanks!
We finally have another podcast out! You voted for it! We finally have a winner. 17 of you voted 4 of those votes were for the Thirty Years War. So here it is. I hope you all enjoy it. One of Eric K.’s request can finally been crossed out. I hope you all enjoy this podcast and more importantly learn something from it. Above is a picture of Wallenstein’s Palace.
I’ll be posting up the PDF soon as well. Might take longer for the video. Please let me know what you think in the comments.
While you guys are still fighting over what podcast topic to cover next, 30 years war and Japan’s aspirations leading to WWII are still tied, you might want to take a look at some of these podcasts. I’ve already reviewed a few to help you choose. Also, I’m going to start working on something for the 30 years war this weekend. But you can still vote on the poll below:
Choose the next podcast episode
The 30 Years War (24%, 4 Votes)
Japanese aspirations to Empire, leading up to WWII (18%, 3 Votes)
Alexander the Great (12%, 2 Votes)
Spanish New World Empire (12%, 2 Votes)
Josephus and the Jewish War (12%, 2 Votes)
The Mongol Empire (12%, 2 Votes)
Rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire (6%, 1 Votes)
I don't like any of those do something else! (4%, 1 Votes)
Today marks the 50th anniversary that humankind put a man in space. Everyone is writing about this online. I mean everyone. This is your one stop shop for everything online that is Gagarin. Jalopnik, a car blog, even has an extensive feature on their blog. National Geographic has a huge slideshow with really fantastic photos you need to check out. Boing Boing posted the below video with a link to NASA’s website where there is a feature on Gagarin too. Gizmodo did a great job with their article online too, maybe the best one I read today. Wired did a post about the photos that were altered of some of the soviet astronauts. Google of course jumped in and created a custom image for Gagarin.
Yuri Gagarin carried two personal items with him on his historic first spaceflight. First, cognac. Second, shark repellant. The shark repellant was in case he landed in the sea. Mary Roach via Twitter
Then there is the movie. Metafilter mentions it on their site. We touched on it briefly a few posts ago. The best site to learn about the movie is GeekDad. I’ll post the movie below.
I read The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood mostly because it was on the non-fiction bestseller’s list and I thought it might be interesting to read about the history of information. But this book is not just the history of information but also the communication of that information. Actually, I think the book might be miss named. Maybe it should be named the History of Communication. After all, the author first starts out with discussing the use of drums to convey messages, then he moves on to smoke signals and this theme is returned to throughout the book. He even covers (quite extensively) the history of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), which I had just read a full history of and will have to post a seperate review here later.
After the OED, he covers the interesting history behind the telephone, computers, Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), wikipedia, domain names, photography, printing press, email, microfilm, twitter, and google. During all this discussion he also takes time to discuss information theory, information overload, and too much information (TMI) e.g. noise.
All these topics and more are covered extensively in the book. I found that in places he was a bit over verbose, but that may be because I had just read all about the OED and was really bored through this section, because I already knew the history of this monumental work.
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