Alex Schmidt is joined by comedy writers/podcasters Robert Brockway and Seanbaby (1-900-HOT-DOG) for a look at why barcodes are secretly incredibly fascinating.
Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week’s bonus episode.
LINKS FOR THE GUESTS:
- ‘The Dogg Zzone’ podcast
- Carrier Wave by Robert Brockway
- Billy Karate by Robert Brockway (1900HOTDOG)
- “Sissyneck” is a wonderful columnist for 1900HOTDOG.
- Alex Schmidt’s page at 1900HOTDOG — Alex writes monthly columns there for your enjoyment!
RESOURCES USED TO INFORM THE EPISODE’S LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:
- U.S. Department Of Arts And Culture
- The True Native New Yorkers Can Never Truly Reclaim Their Homeland (Smithsonian)
- Mapping Manahatta: 10 Lenape sites in New York City (6sqft)
- Eureka: How Invention Happens by Gavin Weightman, excerpted by Smithsonian Magazine
- George Laurer, co-inventor of the barcode, dies at 94 (BBC News)
- The QR Code Was Left for Dead. Then the Pandemic Saved It (Popular Mechanics)
- What Do the Numbers on Barcodes Mean? (Mental Floss)
- GS1 US press release: “A New Dimension in Barcodes: Get Ready for Sunrise 2027”
- Trade Toolkit: Technology that enables trade. (Lapham’s Quarterly)
- Why the Bar Code Will Always Be the Mark of the Beast (WIRED)
- Edwards AFB Satellite Calibration Targets (Atlas Obscura)
- ‘1 Way To Make An Emoji’ podcast / bisonemojipodcast.com — this is Alex’s very personal miniseries about making the bison emoji. Episode #2 contains his interview with Greg Welch of Unicode.
Image of Woodland and Silver’s patent diagrams:
Images of 1974 Troy, Ohio code and scanner:
About the show
A weekly podcast about the history, science, lore and surprises that make everyday things secretly incredibly fascinating. Hosted by comedy writer, emoji creator, and ‘Jeopardy!‘ champion Alex Schmidt. Join Alex & his co-host Katie Goldin for a joyful deep dive into seeing the world a whole new way!
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