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04/10/2014 15:17:33

newsweek:

When George Laurer goes to the grocery store, he doesn’t tell the check-out people that he invented the barcode, but his wife used to point it out. “My husband here’s the one who invented that barcode,” she’d occasionally say. And the check-out people would look at him like, “you mean there was a time when we didn’t have barcodes?”
A time without barcodes is hard to imagine now. But it wasn’t that long ago, and the story doesn’t start with George Laurer. It starts with an engineer named Joseph Woodland. In 1948 Woodland was trying to come up with simple symbol that, when scanned, would translate to a number that a computer could use to identify a product.
The Untold History of Where Barcodes Come From

newsweek:

When George Laurer goes to the grocery store, he doesn’t tell the check-out people that he invented the barcode, but his wife used to point it out. “My husband here’s the one who invented that barcode,” she’d occasionally say. And the check-out people would look at him like, “you mean there was a time when we didn’t have barcodes?”

A time without barcodes is hard to imagine now. But it wasn’t that long ago, and the story doesn’t start with George Laurer. It starts with an engineer named Joseph Woodland. In 1948 Woodland was trying to come up with simple symbol that, when scanned, would translate to a number that a computer could use to identify a product.

The Untold History of Where Barcodes Come From

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04/10/2014 15:13:15

theatlantic:

In Focus: London and the U.K. From Above

Photographer Jason Hawkes has been making fascinating aerial images since 1991. With a gyro-stabilized camera, he takes photos directly from the open door of a helicopter. Hawkes has covered subjects around the world, but specializes in aerial shots of the United Kingdom. Once more, he’s been kind enough to share some of his recent photos with us here.

Read more.

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04/10/2014 10:47:14

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04/10/2014 10:20:50

newyorker:

Last week, the New York Public Library released twenty thousand maps from its extensive collection. Take a look at five that unearth New York City’s past: http://nyr.kr/1oKjBDd
Above: Pocket edition of “The Merchant’s and Shipper’s Guide Map to the Port of New York,” by S. D. L. Taunton (1879).

newyorker:

Last week, the New York Public Library released twenty thousand maps from its extensive collection. Take a look at five that unearth New York City’s past: http://nyr.kr/1oKjBDd

Above: Pocket edition of “The Merchant’s and Shipper’s Guide Map to the Port of New York,” by S. D. L. Taunton (1879).

(Source: newyorker.com)

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04/08/2014 14:09:50

newshour:

Haunting photos of World War I reveal how little Europe has changed in 100 years.

See more photos here.

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04/08/2014 12:23:55

Crazy commutes: 10 of the weirdest forms of urban transport – in pictures

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04/08/2014 11:54:03

siphotos:

On April 8, 1974, Atlanta Fulton-County Stadium was packed with a record 53,775 fans as Hank Aaron hit career home run No. 715 in the fourth inning off of Los Angeles pitcher Al Downing, surpassing Babe Ruth as the game’s all-time leader in home runs. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
GALLERY: Hank Aaron Retrospective

siphotos:

On April 8, 1974, Atlanta Fulton-County Stadium was packed with a record 53,775 fans as Hank Aaron hit career home run No. 715 in the fourth inning off of Los Angeles pitcher Al Downing, surpassing Babe Ruth as the game’s all-time leader in home runs. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

GALLERY: Hank Aaron Retrospective

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04/08/2014 11:51:37

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04/07/2014 12:19:02

"In total, if passengers were willing to go just three minutes out of their way, 40% of the trips could have been eliminated."

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04/03/2014 13:22:03

New York storefronts: what a difference a decade makes

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