Author Archives: taqfu

What were Twitter’s competitors: Pluggd and Dodgeball?

While researching how Twitter was created, I ran into this really great Techcrunch article that announced the release of Twitter. In it, they compare it to Dodgeball and someone else commented about it being similar to Pluggd. Dodgeball was a service that was founded in 2000 by an Alex Rainert. It let you text your location and… Read More »

Which acts of President Bush did Obama immediately repeal upon taking office?

Donald Trump has run on a platform of reversing many of the things Obama has set in motion during his presidency. This made me wonder, “What acts of President Bush did Obama reverse upon being inaugurated?” I asked on /r/Ask_Politics and /u/tayaravaknin’s answer was essential to pointing me in the right direction   Executive Order 13233 – Further… Read More »

Secondhand Sunday 5 : Donald Trump, Fidel Castro, & Software To Report Sexual Assault

Via Motherboard How Pro Wrestling Fans Watched Foreign Matches Before the Internet Why Personal Trainers May Not Be Immune from Automation Via Business Insider: Why airplanes have tiny holes in the windows How Fidel Castro rose to become Cuba’s controversial leader for 5 decades How Amazon can become the world’s first trillion-dollar business Here’s why… Read More »

Simple Saturday 8: Bush, Christian Jews / Jewish Christians, & Autonomous Vehicles

At what point did Christianity withdraw from Judaism as a separate entity? In the first century after Jesus’ here was debate whether followers of Christ needed to be circumcised in order to be Christians and because Jesus opened the faith to gentiles, it was decided that the strict requirements placed on Jews were no longer applicable.… Read More »

Do other countries have Thanksgiving?

Before I started digging into Thanksgiving, I thought it was just some kind of historical holiday where Pilgrims were able to peacefully interact with Native Americans and survive the winter. Eventually, in modern times it became this vague holiday about “giving thanks” and “being thankful”. Thanksgiving is a traditional celebration of harvest. Given that people… Read More »

What president was villified during his presidency but is fondly remembered?

Harry Truman was a controversial president. He ascended to presidency during the final months of World War II after the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He was responsible for approving the plan to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In the beginning of his first term, Truman had to deal with the largest labor strike… Read More »

Where did the US embassy move in Moscow?

While researching the Siberian Seven for Has anyone else been holed up in a foreign embassy like Julian Assange?, I read this article from 1981 that said there may be another problem with them staying at the embassy: …in a few years, even that could conceivably present problems: The embassy is scheduled to move to new quarters. Out… Read More »