Coding, History, and Your Kid

Programmable computers are a lot older than you might think. According to…

Programmable computers are a lot older than you might think. According to appendTo, the first idea for programming goes all the way back to 1843. Computers and programming are really not all that new in the big scheme of things. Coding and programming are definitely the way of the future, and learning at least some coding will position your kids to take part in a computing revolution that has been going on since the 1800s, and it will position them to participate actively in the future of computing as well.


Going back to that mention of the year 1843, Charles Baggage was working on plans for the first computer, and Ada Lovelace, a mathematician was writing about programming. She ended up writing an algorithm that Baggage’s computer could use, and she is considered to be the first computer programmer by many.

A Brief Modern History of Solar Power

It was President Jimmy Carter who first saw the value in utilizing…

It was President Jimmy Carter who first saw the value in utilizing photovoltaic cells to provide power to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. While largely symbolic at the time, (due to inefficiencies in the young technology), the array on the roof of the White House did serve to heat the building’s water supply. Citing that he believed them to be “a joke”, Carter’s successor, President Ronald Wilson Reagan had the solar panels removed in one of his first acts as president. While the expensive panels were not up to snuff for the Reagan White House, they soon found a home at Unity College in Maine.

Many believe, erroneously, that it was our current president, Barack Obama, who reintroduced solar power to the White House in 2013. While there was much fanfare to the unveiling of the multiple new solar panels on the White House grounds and roof, there was actually one other president who understood the value of solar power and brought the technology back to the People’s House. 


“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

-George Santayana, ‘The Life of Reason’, 1905

The quote above has seen many iterations since Mr. Santayana was first credited with having written it. Perhaps the most famous retelling was by Sir Winston Churchill who, in an address to the House of Commons in 1935 stated,

When the situation was manageable it was neglected, and now that it is thoroughly out of hand we apply too late the remedies which then might have effected a cure. There is nothing new in the story. It is as old as the sibylline books. It falls into that long, dismal catalogue of the fruitlessness of experience and the confirmed unteachability of mankind. Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong–these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history. embraces the idea that mankind is, in fact, teachable. As such, we seek out the most interesting topics that have slipped through the cracks of history and we shine a light on them, educating our readers with entertaining stories of subjects they may have been previously unaware of. Over decades, centuries, and eras, the history of our world is laden with exciting events, characters, and unbelievable stories that shaped the world we live in today. Our frequent visitors are encouraged to submit topics they would like to see researched and presented on this site.

From ancient battles to modern bowling champions, the evolution of kangaroos to the evolution of cremation, and a multitude of other stories, will be your favorite stop on the world wide web for the most interesting reading of your week. Join us on this mission and participate in proving that mankind is certainly teachable.