Posts filed under “history”

Day in Pompeii

Still on the topic of volcanoes, here’s a “A Day in Pompeii,” a vivid 3D animation of the destructive eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79 AD, by Zero One for Melbourne Museum in 2009.

On the Passing of Computer Luminaries

Steve Jobs died on October 5th, shortly after the iPhone 4S was announced. Jobs’ reserved seat sat empty at the event, and as new Apple CEO Tim Cook delivered the keynote he almost certainly knew the time was near. I half-expected that he would demo the new iPhone’s FaceTime app with a call to to […]

Cory Aquino

Another sad obituary from the Philippines: Cory Aquino, wife of Ninoy Aquino, heroine of the EDSA People Power Revolution that ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos, and President of the Philippines from 1986 to 1992, died from complications due to cancer on August 1st, 2009. She was 76. As wife to Marcos’ most dangerous political opponent she […]

Ghosts Of My Friends

There was lots of interesting old stuff in Amy’s grandma’s basement: newspapers from 1963, a haunted chest belonging to Waylande Gregory, cassette tapes from the Apostolate for Healing and Evangelism, a phonograph with one of those trumpetlike speakers, an Apple IIe, dozens of neon beer signs — but the most striking historical artifact was “The […]

Scenes From the 2009 Inauguration of President Obama

Amy and I were joined by jclements on the morning of January 20th. Despite living near the Capitol, entering the open expanse of the National Mall from there would have meant squeezing through an impossibly crowded bottleneck between the borders of the inaugural parade route and the ticketed standing areas. Instead we walked as far […]

National Museum of American History Reopens

Sunday after church, we checked out the newly reopened Smithsonian National Museum of American History. I was there on its last day before renovation and was eager to see the changes — and was somewhat disappointed. Most of the changes took place in the middle of the museum, where a special exhibit chamber for the […]

Di Ka Nag-iisa + 25

Last Thursday, August 21st, marked the 25th year since the death of Ninoy Aquino. His opposition to the Marcos dictatorship and subsequent assassination sparked the flame of outrage which would lead to the EDSA People Power Revolution of 1986, sweeping Marcos from the presidency and restoring democracy to the Philippines. Ninoy’s wife Cory became President, […]

Now Thrive the Armorers

Here are a few detail photos from “Now Thrive the Armorers,” an exhibit of historical European weapons and armor from the 15th to 17th Centuries at the Folger Shakespeare Library, all snapped before the guard yelled that photography isn’t allowed in the Great Hall. Oops, sorry about that. More on the exhibit (which runs till […]

Apollo Glove

(Paulo with Apollo Glove uploaded by amy kow.) This comes a bit late, as Amy just uploaded it, but here’s a photo she took of me trying on an Apollo spacesuit glove, courtesy Ron Woods of NASA back during the 2008 Folklife Festival. It was a very hot glove, and had been sitting around a […]

Union Station: 1921, 2008

As promised earlier, an updated photo of Union Station based on this 1921 National Photo Company Collection photo on Shorpy: Can you spot the differences? Look closely! For your reference, read about “The Pit.” As for me and Amy, we’re off to go through this same concourse right now, to catch a train up to […]