All the races of Middle Earth

I enjoyed this introduction to the various races of Middle Earth: https://youtu.be/yZvH4wIKGCM I’m very tempted to try figure out which of Tolkein’s books delve into the history of Middle Earth, before the events of The Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings. Well, I know there are earlier books. I have a little research to work…… Continue reading All the races of Middle Earth

Family trip to the Eretz Israel Museum

We took advantage of the Election Day public holiday to have a family outing in Tel Aviv, at the Eretz Israel Museum.

We had national elections in Israel this last Tuesday, 9 April. Elections days are public holidays in Israel, so we took advantage of the day off to have a family outing. We decided to head to the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv. I had been to the museum a couple times with our kids,…… Continue reading Family trip to the Eretz Israel Museum

Tweeting to preserve history

D Sami Reindeer 12 by Michiel van Nimwegen, licensed CC BY NC ND 2.0

I suppose Twitter still has its good use cases. Tweeting to preserve history isn’t one of them. I came across this fascinating Twitter thread by Marina Amaral about the Sami people, who’ve been living in what’s now Finland for thousands of years: https://twitter.com/marinamaral2/status/1005904882140925953 The thread runs for several tweets, and it includes wonderful resources such…… Continue reading Tweeting to preserve history

Colourful computer history

I love James Ball’s colourful photographic history of computers. These machines are grossly under-powered compared to the devices we use today. Still, they’re a wonderful reminder of how far we’ve come, and what lies ahead for us in technological terms. This Telefunken RA770 (circa 1970) is one of my favourites: Via The Stylish & Colorful…… Continue reading Colourful computer history

How Humans first walked on the Moon in Apollo 11

Aldrin Looks Back at Tranquility Base

Vox has a terrific video that explains how the Apollo 11 mission worked, and how the astronauts that took part in the mission made their way to the Moon and back. https://youtu.be/OCjhCL2iqlQ If you’re into old footage of historical events like this, also be sure to check out the CBS coverage of the lunar landing…… Continue reading How Humans first walked on the Moon in Apollo 11