Category Archives: Esoteric Studies

Walter Weiss, Longtime Maître d’Hôtel and Arbiter of Standards at ’21,’ Dies at 80

Every so often (usually in the obituaries) you run across these links to an arguably more civilized time and realize that more to the past than those black and white movies. Anyway, I found his story fascinating. At a restaurant … Continue reading

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Fading Ads

You might still see old painted advertisements like these on the older buildings in town, unless your town has gone through several generations of redevelopment. This is also assuming that your town hasn’t created sham “weathered” ads for that “authentic” … Continue reading

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Recent photolog from the Demster Highway to Inuvik and back

Cool set of photos taken last month by a traveller driving up the Demster Highway, past the Arctic Circle, to Inuvik and back.

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Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names

Geography freaks beware! My new favorite web site to kill a lot of time. [via MetaFilter]

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Surf movie posters of the 1960s

Cool collection of 60s-era surf movie posters. Most of these are for local showings of surf documentaries and have a neat guerilla design ethic. I mean who on earth would ever come up with a title of Dr. Strangesurf. [via … Continue reading

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All about Phonetic Alphabets

You’re familiar with the phonetic alphabet, right? You know, Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel, India, Juliet, Kilo, Lima, Mike, November, Oscar, Papa, Quebec, Romeo, Sierra, Tango, Uniform, Victor, Whiskey, X-ray, Yankee, Zulu. I’ve heard a couple of … Continue reading

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Physicists On The Money

Collection of world currency that pictures physicists. Check out the 10 billion dinar note from pre-breakup hyper-inflationary Yugoslavia with Nikola Tesla on it. [via Boing Boing Guestbar – Wiley Wiggins]

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Nevada’s Nuclear Test License Plates

Nevada is now offering license plates commemorating it’s past as an atomic bomb test site. The plates feature a mushroom cloud with an atom and Einstein’s E=MC^2 equation. I wonder if anyone has grabbed “KA-BOOM” or “STRNGLV” yet? [via FARK]

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What EPCOT was supposed to be like

detailing Walt’s original plans for EPCOT, which was going to be a real futuristic city with a central translucent dome, monorails everywhere, and real residents . Lots of old-school retrofuture material here. [via bOing bOing]

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More metasequoia information

Following up on the Arctic metasequoia post earlier (I just love the name metasequoia!), here’s a page with the full skinny on them. Remarkably, metasequoias (love that name!) a.k.a. “dawn redwood” survive to this day in a remote area of … Continue reading

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