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The IT Crowd – FriendFace

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Just one more reason why the IT Crowd is awesome!

National Jukebox LOC.gov

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I was fishing around in the 78RPMs and Cylinder Recordings at the Internet Archive, finding wonderful things, when I found some really poorly preserved recordings of really wonderful songs.  Searching for a better copy lead me to the Library of Congress National Jukebox:

National Jukebox historical recordings from the Library of Congress project. You can now play this collection of old music from the early 20th century online. | Library of Congress LOC.gov

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And, if you, like me, end up spending all day listening to old tunes and still can’t get enough, the University of California, Santa Barbara Special Collections Department has a fabulous Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project.

What Jane Saw

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A historical art exhibit, rendered in colored drawing, capturing the perspective of a famous writer.  What more could you want?  Source: What Jane Saw

Historypin | Mapping emotions in Victorian London

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Mapping Emotions in Victorian London is a crowdsourcing project designed to expand possibilities for research in the humanities. The project has invited anonymous participants to annotate whether passages drawn from novels, published mainly in the Victorian era, represented London places in a fearful, happy, or unemotional manner.

Source: Historypin | Mapping emotions in Victorian London

Terms and Conditions aka why I left Facebook

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Hello!  How are you?  Me, I’m keepin’ on and experiencing yet another bleed from my professional life into my personal one.  This semester has sent me quite a few more requests for copyright guidance than last semester.  Sometimes the answers to these questions actually involve contract law, which is a different beast entirely – as any electronic resources librarian can tell you.  What companies put in their contracts can make allowances for more or less use than copyright law allows.

And, I hear you saying, yeah, so what.  How is this a personal issue?  Our memberships, customer accounts, use of software and apps are all regulated by terms and conditions or EULAs (End User License Agreements) that are meant to govern our uses and interactions (beyond just copyright).  Some companies are putting crazy things in their EULAs now a days.  Example one:   Palmer vs. Kleargear, where-in Company A declares that they can hold you financially liable and take various actions against you, like ruining your credit, if you tell your friend they suck.  That was an extremely simplistic summary but the truth is no less scary.  Example two:  EULAs that explain that your download of a free media player means your agreement that their constituent will take over all your browser programs and change the settings for your search and home pages (you know who you are!).

Given these happenings, I have been trying to be more mindful of what I am actually agreeing to by using websites and services.  I had a read of Facebook’s terms and conditions (that were supposedly updated over the holidays), and decided that what they said was not for me.  I couldn’t agree, and since using the service equated agreement, I have deleted myself from Facebook.  I’ll miss all the friend creeping, but bye.

Inspirograph

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inspirographThere are people who end up sitting in front of a computer with nothing worthwhile to do, or nothing worthwhile they want to do.   Inspirograph, though maybe not made specifically for those people, can bring beauty and a little fun creativity to them.

 

Earth at Night 2012 : Feature Articles

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Have you seen NASA’s new pics of the world at night?  If not, then leave here right now!  and go to: Earth at Night 2012 : Feature Articles.

The Console Living Room at the Internet Archive

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The Console Living Room : Free Software : Download & Streaming : Internet ArchiveI have the Atari system I fondly remember set up in the kitchen of my Dad’s house.  It is all packed up in a box in my closet.  I have not yet found the adapter that will make it work with my new flat-screen TV.

Why was it in the kitchen that seemed barley 8′ by 8′ from wall to wall?  Why was the TV it was connected to on top of the fridge? Us kids would stand in the middle of the room with the controllers (the few moments a day when it wasn’t being used for food preparation) looking up at the screen.  The ridiculousness of this set up makes me question my memory, but there you have it.

I do remember that I, being very young and destined to take very little interest in video games at all, had games that were mine and mine alone.  My favorite was Strawberry Shortcake.  It was reminiscent of those fashion plates where you changed the head, torso, and legs of a character to make something new.  I don’t think there was much else to the game.  Should I figure out how to play it again, I don’t have to wait to get my Atari hooked up again.  I can play on any computer nearby, because the The Console Living Room at the Internet Archive has made streaming versions of all those old Atari games (and more).

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