Posts Tagged "history"

Fascinating video montage of Montreal in the 60’s

Posted by on 2 Mar, 2011 in My Stream | 0 comments

This is really interesting for Montreal residents such as myself. A glimpse of what the city used to look like.
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The Complete History of the Soviet Union, with Tetris as Melody and Metaphor

Posted by on 19 Aug, 2010 in My Stream | 0 comments


Ever since I heard this, I can’t get it out of my head. Incredibly catchy, but more than that, it’s incredibly clever, using the never-ending stream of blocks as a metaphor for the Russian worker class and even the Berlin wall. It covers the whole history of the Soviet Union and Russia, from the Russian revolution through Lenin, Stalin, WWII, 80s westernization, the fall of communism and the recent drift back towards communism.

What are you waiting for? Watch it!

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Visualization of 4,000 years of democracy in 90 seconds

Posted by on 6 May, 2010 in My Stream | 0 comments

Nice animation showing how different ideas of governance spread around the world. Slightly oversimplistic in parts, and lacking some details, but still, a nice way to represent it.

Here’s the history of religion too:

And the history of the Middle East:

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an interesting tale from 18th century France (via @jmatlin)

Posted by on 23 Mar, 2010 in My Stream | 0 comments


In this short cartoon you will learn some interesting things about the history of paper money and why you can’t just print more of it.

It’s a great example of why would need to study history and learn from it, so we don’t make the same mistakes in the future.

Is there a parallel with US subprime lending? You be the judge.

Hopefully the new trend of local banknotes in the UK are backed by equivalent UK legal tender in a bank vault somewhere!

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100 years of visual effects in the movies

Posted by on 18 Sep, 2009 in My Stream | 0 comments

We’ve come a long way.. What will movies look like in another 100 years?!

(Great soundtrack by the Blue Man Group too!)

A few other ones I would have included as steps forward in movie visuals:

– Forrest Gump meeting JFK

– Final Fantasy movie pseudo photo-realism

– The Matrix – bullet time

– Sky Captain / Sin City / The 300 and other stylised films

– A Scanner Darkly – rotoscoping

And if we were including TV too:

– adverts that have brought back Steve McQueen, Bob Monkhouse, Alfred Hitchcock etc

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