Humans make fun stuff: past through present. April 26, 2014
Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
Tags: art, astronomy, creepy, environmentalist, Isaac Asimov, kids, Lemmings, links, Oregon Trail, Osamu Tezuka, steampunk, things made of awesome, vintage
Medieval kids’ doodles on birch bark. This is the greatest thing. 13th-century children draw exactly the same way as 21st-century children.
“An Austrian collector has found what may be the oldest globe, dated 1504, to depict the New World, engraved with immaculate detail on two conjoined halves of ostrich eggs.” (It has most of South America down correctly, but above that is ocean, with a couple of scattered islands where you would expect North America to be. Someone needs to write an AU in that universe.)
“Modern GIFs may make the Internet a more animated place, but they’re no match for the sublime weirdness of 19th-century animations.”
“The girl who is standing in the photo is the one who is dead.”
Isaac Asimov in 1964, predicting what the world will be like in 2014. He’s close to the Internet, way off when it comes to hovercars, and, as you would hope, right-on about robots.
Apple II emulator, with tons of games! In the name of nostalgia, I had to play a round of Oregon Trail, and then may have lost a couple of days rediscovering Lemmings.
Like every visual artist ever, Osamu Tezuka had a clandestine stash of personally-drawn porn. Specifically, sexy anthro mouse porn.
Virtual planet maker! Impressively shiny.
Hacking together your own solar chargers, suitable for powering your USB devices or whatever else you’re in the mood for.