Category Archives: History

August 9, 2019

The Baffling Origin of London Stone

As architects began reconstructing the city, surveyors found that much like an iceberg, the visible stone was only a small portion of a much larger structure. The ‘root’ of the stone extended around 3m down into the earth. It could have been “a kind of Obelisque,” noted Robert Hooke, from the Royal Society, the UK’s science academy, at the time of excavation.

November 28, 2017
July 17, 2016

The world’s most powerful corporation

The East India Company was vast and powerful, hiring thousands across the world. But what was it like to work there? And are there parallels with today’s multinationals?

A really good piece on the company’s history.

July 27, 2012

Web browsers I have known, from kottke.org

Chrome will probably be my last default browser on a non-mobile computer. Many of you use Mobile Safari much more than any desktop web browser; I’m not quite there but will be soon enough.

I’m not quite there either. Then again, I don’t currently own a tablet, just my Nexus S.