These are the things I've written that are tagged "history"

Happy Jack Mulraney, the Joker of the 19th century.

From the indispensable blog of Jess Nevins: Still another Gopher of distinction was Happy Jack Mulraney, so called because he always appeared to be laughing. However, his smile was caused by a partial paralysis of the muscles of his face. In reality Happy Jack was a verjuiced person and very sensitive about his deformity; when […]

Archive Team Needs Your Help Saving Yahoo! Video

Jason Scott: Yahoo! are about to delete all user-generated content on Yahoo! Video and that is really busting my crank, as well as the crank of a lot of people that have joined Archive Team to rescue it. We’re now to the point that the whole process is pretty smooth, and we’re getting in the […]

Video Game Ephemera

Old documents, unreleased game reviews, and more from a games reviewer. It’s a formatted simply, easy to read, and made up of neat little bits and bobs.

Game Developer Research Institute

Doctor Sparkle, the mad genius behind Chrontendo, mentions the GDRI several times in his videos, and it’s an awesome resource for information on… game developers. The bent is toward older companies and projects because those are the ones we generally know the least about.

You’re Stealing it Wrong: 30 Years of Inter-Pirate Battles

Historian Jason Scott walks through the many-years story of software piracy and touches on the tired debates before going into a completely different direction – the interesting, informative, hilarious and occasionally obscene world of inter-pirate-group battles. A multi-media extravaganza of threats, CSI-level accusations and evidence trails, decades of insider lingo, and demonstrations of how the […]

David Crane’s “2600 Magic” iPhone Application

Describing the technical workings of the Atari 2600, it is not an emulator, or even really a “how to,” but more like a… Documentary App. I love this kind of thing. It is Volume One in what will become a series, and if you don’t buy this you are an asshole.

Goodnight, Sweet GeoCities

You were responsible or many of the most retch-inducing websites on the internet, and you only got worse with time. We’ll miss you. xkcd is GeoCities-ified (saved image).

Jason Scott: Saving 4Chan

Jason’s acquired about 5 years worth of expired threads from the internet’s House of Awful Shit and Meme Factory, 4chan. Yes, this is culturally important. Just trust me. via Andy Baio.

How the Web and the Weblog have Changed Writing

Philip Greenspun: Our literary culture is impoverished when every idea is stretched or amputated to fit the Procrustean bed made up by magazine and book publishers. When an author runs out of relevant stuff to say after 20 or 30 pages, that’s how long the essay should be. Quoting the same passage that Gruber did, […]

Sonic The Hedgehog Series Bible

The Sonic Bible was an internal document created by SOA to provide a localised history and overall philosophy for Sonic and the Sonic universe. It is apparently not based on the Japanese history. The series bible for Sonic The Hedgehog from Sega’s launch of the first Sonic game in the US.

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