The Phantom City

Notes from our travels across a mysterious world.

Category: Archaeology

The Great Panther Farms of 2000

In 1952, fashion designers were asked what women would be wearing in the year 2000. I like this one:

Marcel Rochas envisions a spiral antenna headdress for thought transference; sunglass-shaped eye make-up; costume reminiscent of ancient armor; floating veils, and sandals of panther skin.

I miss the days when you could walk into any store and buy panther skin clothes. Now all we have are free-range panthers, and they’re harder to catch.

Courtesy of Paleo-Future, which has the pictures.

Random stuff from the past

When I run across interesting things to link from my blog, I usually send them to my Gmail account with the best intentions of blogging about them “when I get some time.” Well, that doesn’t happen as often as it should, so I’ll clear out a few items now:

5 Lamest Charlie Brown Cartoons – 10 Zen Monkeys covers the five worst Peanuts animated specials. I can’t agree with the inclusion of Snoopy, Come Home, though. Link courtesy of TV Squad.

The Last Panel – A dedicated fan adds the all-important last panel to some For Better or For Worse comic strips. They finally become funny. Link courtesy of The Comics Curmudgeon.

Wikipedia Brown and the Case of the Captured Koala – Wikipedia creates reality. A take-off on the Encyclopedia Brown books I devoured as a kid. Link courtesy of Too Many Topics, Too Little Time.

Ancient Crash, Epic Wave – Did a comet hit the Earth 4,800 years ago?

PHP Eats Rails for Breakfast – Is tracking new lines of code the best way to compare the relative popularity of two languages? That assumes languages evolve to the same level of code complexity when addressing common problems. Might not be a bad assumption, but it would be nice to see some analysis of it. Link courtesy of O’Reilly Ruby blog.

Empires with Expiration Dates – Niall Ferguson examines the short shelf lives of modern empires. Empires are defined as largely political and military entities, with direct power. The question I have is whether global capitalism encourages indirect power, namely economic and cultural. Link courtesy of Arts & Letters Daily.

Myths of British ancestry – Who were the Celts…and does it matter? Link courtesy of Arts & Letters Daily.

synerG Web Site Design Competition – Deadline December 31, 2006.

An Introduction to Salesforce.com’s AppExchange – How to build your own hosted application to sell to Salesforce.com users.

Election Day 2006 – Whose Side is your Favorite Superhero on? – Dave’s Long Box predicts how superheroes would vote. The Hulk’s a Libertarian…he just wants to be left alone.

Twitter – There’s no way I’m using this, but I can see it being pretty interesting for a lot of folks. Kitta, for one.

Gunkanjima, the Abandoned Island

No, it’s not anime, despite the title. It is, however, a ghost city on a small Japanese island, abandoned in 1974. A photographer took some amazing pictures.

Link courtesy of Metafilter.

European Pyramid

Archaeologists in Visoko, Bosnia-Herzegovina, believe they have uncovered the first pyramid ever found in Europe. They think it may be a step pyramid higher than the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Link courtesy of EdCone.com

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