That doesn't look so bad? From what I can see, it's probably just feature branches all coming from a single point (e.g. previous release) being merged one after the other. Any active project with a team upwards of a dozen people will look the same and possibly way worse.
Yup, I would not call it bad at all. It's actually very good, dare I say beautiful, perhaps?
The first parent history (the spines going down the left side) contains primarily topic branch merges. If you look at the topic branches, they're all completely linear history.
The linear history in each topic branch is carefully constructed by Junio Hamano, Git's maintainer, as commits typically get into git.git via patches, not through direct commits + merges.
This is not the same as the normal ugliness that people are used to seeing when working with larger teams that abuse "git pull" and create ugly merges in their history.
The resulting history from this approach is more carefully curated and elegant. There are lots of topics and contributors so the resulting history naturally contains lots of merges. The viewport is only so large. If we pan and zoom over to a different area, we'd probably see some pretty trees.
If you're curious, you can read more about how the branches are managed here:
Do you have any source for this trial? I can't seem to find any trace of it when googling. Also Henry Ford died in 1947 and had cerebral issues before that, so if the trial did happen in the 50s it was either brought by his successors or Ford Motor Company.
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Interesting article, but blockbuster posters come in a myriad of formats - I was actually expecting a "hero prominently at the center, sidekicks scattered around the background of the frame" kind of thing, much like that GI Joe: Retaliation movie (cf links). I just checked a few on the top of my head, and the only one that follows the painting style is I Am Legend for obvious reasons.