modernhombrealpha: The Huntington Beach coastline in 1940. Photo Credit: Ted Hurley, Los Angeles Times.Read more
theatlantic: A Visual History of Manhattan’s Grid In the early 19th century most of the 96,000 or so residents of New York City were packed into homes near Manhattan’s southern tip. The island’s principle artery of transportation was not majestic Broadway or sleek Fifth Avenue but a winding dirt route known as the Boston Post […]Read more
In case you’ve missed it, it seems southerners, in particular, have gone bronze bonkers of late. In Tuscaloosa, Alabama, they’ve unveiled a statue of Nick Saban, after just 43 wins there. In Gainesville, Florida they’ve unveiled a statue of their 23-year-old hero Tim Tebow and in Auburn there’s one now planned for 21-year-old Cam Newton – even though he played all of one controversial and highly suspect season at their school.
It used to be you had to serve a lifetime and die for your country or some noble cause to be immortalized. Now, it seems, all you have to do is generate some cheers and win a few football games for those who live and breathe for such things. If nothing else, you’d think they’d wait at least awhile to see how events play out because recent sports history has taught us that yesterday’s hero might quickly become tomorrow’s outcast.
You’ll recall that it wasn’t that long ago that the trusting citizens of Cleveland might have considered a LeBron James statue, or those in the Bay Area were eager to immortalize Barry Bonds. How stupid would a Roger Clemens monument look outside Fenway Park look right about now? And how many Tiger Woods likenesses will ever see the light of day, even though they once seemed certain to dot golf’s varied landscape?
Look, everyone’s got the right to honor who they wish and how they want. But as with everything else in these days of instant gratification, perspective and timing should count for something, shouldn’t it? I mean if someone’s truly deserving of a lasting monument, what’s the rush?
The very first Gawker design: In honor of last week’s launch of their much–talked about redesign, Kottke takes a stroll down the memory lane of the early ‘00s with his first design concept for Gawker.Read more
The crazy life and crazier death of Tycho Brahe, history’s strangest astronomerRead more
theatlantic: On this day in 1857, The Atlantic was born. Our first cover. Congratulations to The Atlantic on 153 years of going over the heads of the masses.Read more
If you were born on the day the Berlin Wall fell, congratulations: (A) that’s a pretty rad thing to have on your birthday and (B) you’re legally able to buy a drink in the U.S. today! (Just in time, right!?) [via]Read more
The History Of Turtleneck Fighting: This is important stuff you need to know right now. Praise Internet. (And bonus points for the UC Irvine reference.) Directed by Sergio Cilli of ‘We Got That B-Roll’ fame and edited by friend of TDB, Dylan Osborn. (WATCH NOW) (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)Read more
Sociological Images posted this fascinating set of images from WWII, illustrating how key urban centers like factories and airports were camouflaged during wartime. The above are before and after images of the Lockheed Burbank Aircraft Plant. [via Noah]Read more