Below is a short article with quotes, photos and video of vintage footage shot on the the Golden Gate Bridge opened 74 years ago today.
Here is a cool video I found that fuses personal video with some historic “making of” the bridge video.
Via Scoop.it – San Francisco’s Life
Welcome to San Francisco. It’s May 27, 1937 and the Golden Gate Bridge is open for business. You could be one of the 200,000 people streaming across the new structure that day (above), or maybe you just glance over from time-to-time from your apartment at what had once seemed impossible. Either way, chances are you were filled the feeling of “the technological sublime,” as the historian David Nye calls it.
Americans have a peculiar desire for the technological sublime, Nye argues, finding “essentially religious feeling” in our own creations. Technology serves the role in this country what religion does in less pluralistic societies. It binds us together through ritual pilgrimages to the sites of our collective achievements, achievements like the Golden Gate Bridge.
According to archaeologists, the birth of the world’s first computer was much closer to the dawn of democracy than to the digital age.
Below is a link to a story I wrote for Intel Free Press looking at some of what’s known about the Antikythera Mechanism, discovered by sponge divers in 1900. It dates to the around 100 BCE, according to scientists studying it over the centuries.
The story was inspired by my archaeologists wife, and features a quote from her UC Berkeley friend and scientist Leonidas Petrakis, a former director at the Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, who recently wrote an article about the device for National Herald, a weekly publication for Greek-American news and culture.
It’s not the Intel Museum, but the remodeled 4th Floor of Intel headquarters where we found the sun beaming down…on this blast from the past.
Chances are, you had or used one of these in your life. Well, if you were alive in the previous millennium.
Imagine what the next 20 years will bring!
– Posted using MobyPicture.com
Even if you’ve read about it, seen photos or event stopped to visit, seeing the HP founders’ garage is inspiring. It’ an icon of for that spark of imagination and innovative spirit that still spreads through the arteries of Silicone Valley.
Watching this made me think how cool it is to have a legacy. For HP it goes back a while. They skyrocketed to greatness and managed through tough twists and turns to become one of today’s leading computer companies.
Even short-run start-ups have legacies in Silicon Valley. While many seem to disappear, their efforts actually are the growth seeds, ideas and drive that drives the innovation collective. And sure it’s the great breakthroughs and computer applications that blow the mind, but it’s the people, characters past and present, who are the core of the best stories about Silicon Valley.
This is a nicely produced visual story (kudos!) about people and technology inside HP. The second video is another nicely produced video that looks at a major change to the tiny, ever shrinking transistor — arguable the real engine of possibilities we all think of when we hear two words: Silicon Valley.
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