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<em>Alt Wire is a morning digest of links and information collected and explained by a different guest blogger every weekday. Today’s guest is <strong>Matt Novak</strong> of Paleo-Future.</em>
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he best online archivists you may not know (want more paleo-future goodness? Listen to our <a href=”https://www.utne.com/science-and-technology/utnecast-corporate-doublespeak-war-photography-and-paleofuture.aspx” target=”_blank”>Utnecast interview with Matt</a>).</em>
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<strong>Bibliodyssey</strong> may be the most visually stunning website around. <a href=”http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.com/” target=”_blank”>Culled from old books</a>, Paul never ceases to amaze with his often beautiful, sometimes macabre discoveries.

<p>Charlie Shopsin has cornered the market on <a href=”http://blog.modernmechanix.com/” target=”_blank”>20th century popular science magazines</a>. If you’re looking for inspiration from pure American ingenuity, look no further than the <strong>Modern Mechanix blog</strong>.</p>
<p>While the name of this blog has never made sense to me, the collection of <a href=”http://gorillasdontblog.blogspot.com/” target=”_blank”>amateur photos from ’50s and ’60s tourists to American theme parks</a> on <strong>Gorillas Don’t Blog</strong> is pretty interesting to peruse.</p>
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<strong>The Animation Archive</strong> collects <a href=”http://www.animationarchive.org/” target=”_blank”>comic books, single-panel cartoons and animated films from all eras</a> of illustrated history.</p>
<p>After discovering the <strong>Prelinger Archives</strong> in college I spent about 3 sleepless months downloading and watching an amazing <a href=”http://www.archive.org/details/prelinger” target=”_blank”>collection of old industrial and ephemeral films</a>. You’ve been warned.</p>
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<strong>BIO:</strong> Since he started the <a href=”http://www.paleofuture.com/” target=”_blank”>Paleo-Future</a> blog 2007, Matt Novak has become an accidental expert on past visions of the future, and has amassed the world’s largest (only?) library of media related to the study of paleo-futurism. </p>
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<strong>Previous Alt Wire Guests:</strong>
<a href=”https://www.utne.com/science-and-technology/how-good-are-you-five-online-tests-to-gauge-your-goodness.aspx” target=”_self”>Jason Marsh</a>, <a href=”https://www.utne.com/arts/alt-wire-david-labounty-of-blue-cubicle-press.aspx” target=”_blank”>David LaBounty</a>,</em>
<a href=”https://www.utne.com/media/alt-wire-with-guest-blogger-jen-angel.aspx” target=”_blank”>
<em>Jen Angel</em>
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<a href=”https://www.utne.com/spirituality/alt-wire-with-will-braun-of-geez.aspx” target=”_blank”>
<em>Will Braun</em>
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<a href=”https://www.utne.com/science-and-technology/alt-wire-with-regan-hofmann.aspx” target=”_blank”>
<em>Regan Hofmann</em>
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<a href=”https://www.utne.com/politics/alt-wire-with-guest-blogger-josh-breitbart.aspx” target=”_blank”>
<em>Josh Breitbart</em>
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<a href=”https://www.utne.com/environment/alt-wire-with-guest-blogger-andrew-lam-of-new-american-media.aspx” target=”_blank”>
<em>Andrew Lam</em>
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<a href=”https://www.utne.com/media/alt-wire-with-feministings-jessica-valenti.aspx” target=”_self”>
<em>Jessica Valenti</em>
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<a href=”https://www.utne.com/politics/alt-wire-with-make-shifts-jessica-hoffmann.aspx” target=”_blank”>
<em>Jessica Hoffmann</em>
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<a href=”https://www.utne.com/arts/alt-wire-with-activist-designer-noah-scalin.aspx” target=”_self”>
<em>Noah Scalin</em>
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<a href=”https://www.utne.com/politics/alt-wire-with-guest-blogger-and-colorlines-editor-rinku-sen.aspx” target=”_blank”>
<em>Rinku Sen</em>
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<em>, </em>
<a href=”https://www.utne.com/arts/alt-wire-with-paddy-johnson-of-art-fag-city.aspx”>
<em>Paddy Johnson</em>
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<em>, </em>
<a href=”https://www.utne.com/media/alt-wire-with-shakesvilles-melissa-mcewan.aspx” target=”_self”>
<em>Melissa Mcewan</em>
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<a href=”https://www.utne.com/spirituality/alt-wire-with-guest-blogger-fatemeh-fakhraie-of-musilmah-media-watch.aspx” target=”_self”>
<em>Fatemeh Fakhraie </em>
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<em>, </em>
<a href=”https://www.utne.com/media/alt-wire-with-guest-blogger-joe-biel.aspx”>
<em>Joe Biel </em>
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<a href=”https://www.utne.com/community/welcome-to-utne-reader-alt-wire-blog.aspx” target=”_blank”>
<em>Anne Elizabeth Moore</em>
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