My RSS feeds from a decade ago, a snapshot of gadget blogging when that was a thing

I chanced upon an ancient backup of my RSS feed subscriptions, a cold hard stone of data from my time at Wired in the mid-2000s. The last-modified date on the file is December 2007. I wiped my feeds upon coming to Boing Boing thenabouts: a fresh start and a new perspective. What I found, over 212 mostly-defunct sites, is a time capsule of web culture from a bygone age—albeit one tailored to the professional purpose of cranking out blog posts about consumer electronics a decade ago. It’s not a picture…

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Love Cornflakes For Breakfast? Here’s How This Crunchy Wonder Was Discovered

It is a global favourite when it comes to breakfast. It is thin, flaky, crunchy and blends well with milk leaving you full and satiated for hours. Yes, you guessed it! We are talking about your favourite corn flakes. Corn flakes makes for one of the most popular snacking options, the hassle-free preparations further add on to its illustrious rep. Ever wondered who came up with the idea of a flaky corn-based breakfast option? Our dear cornflakes were a result of an accident. The popular breakfast cereal made by toasting flakes of corns…

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Ever Wondered How the Potato Chips Was Invented? French Fries Had a Hand

How we love our big bag of potato chips – crispy, crunchy and delightful each time. But did you know your favourite comfort food was an outcome of an accident? Now we all know, food and hospitality business is a hard place to be. Each diner comes in with his own expectations and there are times when chefs fail to deliver. Way back in the year 1853, somewhere in an upscale restaurant in New York, a similar disagreement between a diner and his chef over the thickness of French Fries gave birth…

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U-Va. education dean: Betsy DeVos’s Senate hearing performance was ‘disqualifying’

  Robert C. Pianta is dean of the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. I am disappointed to have to say that Betsy DeVos should not be the next Secretary of Education. As an academic, dean of a school of education, and educator who has advocated for good charter schools, who can see the value of empowering parents through school choice and the promise of vouchers to enable that empowerment, and who believes our education system is still deeply in need of reform, I had initially approached…

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THE 2016 CFDA/VOGUE FASHION FUND AWARD CEREMONY WAS ALL ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS

Perhaps it was fitting that designer Laura Vassar wore white to the 2016 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Gala on Monday night. When Vassar and her husband Kristopher Brock took the stage to accept the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award for their line, Brock Collection, their ebullient speech gave the room the vibe of a wedding reception. “In 2011, a student at Parsons dropped out of a class three weeks after the semester started, which allowed me — on the waitlist — to take his seat in the class, where I met my…

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Meet Katiti Kironde, the First Black Woman to Appear on the Cover of a Fashion Magazine (And It Was Glamour)

Katiti Kironde was an undergraduate at Harvard with an interest in fashion. She knew she was beautiful—she’d been told as much—but she also knew that her beauty was “different,” and not the kind celebrated by the fashion industry. She was black in a very white world—especially when it came to fashion. Then, she applied to Glamour’s “Best Dressed College Girls” contest (the name has has since been changed to “College Women Of The Year”) and won, earning her a spot on our cover and making history in the process. The…

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Uma Bharti Believes the Real Dispute is Whether Ram was Born in Ayodhya. She is Positive

New Delhi: The BJP raised its Ram Mandir pitch on Monday with two Union ministers supporting the construction of a temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, months before Uttar Pradesh goes to the polls. While Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma said he will visit the site on Tuesday, Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti said that the original dispute is whether Ram was born in Ayodhya. She then went ahead and answered the question in the affirmative. Party MP Vinay Katiyar, too, raised the issue, urging the Modi government to introduce…

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I thought education was my education

A Brief: Where the Department of Education meets CUNY. At the College of Staten Island there is a mandatory Civics class known as CORE. It was developed nearly 20 years ago as an interdisciplinary class to remediate persistent knowledge gaps emerging out of the incoming student population. The final essay of this particular class challenges students to form a thesis that incorporates an entry from their weekly journal and compares it to issues discussed during lecture. Jalisa Kellum wrote about the education gap as she experienced it. Her essay so…

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‘WHITES HELPING WHITES’ Sick neo-Nazi thugs set up ‘whites only’ food bank in Scotland and boast ‘Hitler was right’

SICK neo-Nazi thugs using the slogan “Hitler was Right” have set up a “whites only” food bank in Glasgow. Far-right group National Action – whose aim is “ethnically cleansing Britain” – bragged about the stunt that they described as “whites helping whites”. 3 Neo-Nazis set up a food bank to spread their message of hate in Argyll Street in Glasgow 3 National Action thugs have used the slogan ‘Hitler was right’ and want to ‘ethnically cleanse’ Britain Photos online showed ranks of male and female yobs – dressed in sinister…

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Sick neo-Nazi gang set up ‘whites only’ food bank in Glasgow and spout slogan ‘Hitler was right’

Neo-Nazis using the slogan “Hitler was Right” have bragged about setting up a food bank for “whites only” in Glasgow. But sickened anti-racism campaigners said National Action had no interest in helping the poor. They warned that the fascists were using food handouts and vulnerable homeless people to spread their message of hate. National Action, who want to build a group capable of “ethnically cleansing Britain”, claimed on their website that members in Scotland opened a pop-up food bank in Glasgow city centre on the last weekend in August. They…

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