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Blog Archive for the year 02007

Public data and proprietary systems…

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 20th, 02007

There is a good story in today’s Herald Tribune on how costly digital loss can be:
“JUNEAU, Alaska: Perhaps you know that sinking feeling when a single keystroke accidentally destroys hours of work. Now imagine wiping out a disk drive containing information for an account worth $38 billion (€29 billion).
That is what happened. . .   Read More

Oh The Irony: The Society of American Archivists Deletes Its Listserv Archive

by Simone Davalos on March 14th, 02007

From The Prelinger Library:
Now comes word that the SAA Council has decided that the archives of its own listserv are no longer worth saving and will be “disposed of” at the end of this month. After an appraisal of their value, they’ve determined the cost of keeping these bits is higher than their. . .   Read More

Cultural Memory and Digitization

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 13th, 02007

Interesting and quite long article in the Times Business Section on Sunday, beginning page about one of the downsides of digitization of books and similar printed resources. The thesis is that as we come to expect sources to be available digitally, and thus to rely on what we can find and search that way, those. . .   Read More

Brian Fagan – Catastrophic drought is coming back

by Kevin Kelly on March 10th, 02007

Catastrophic drought is coming back

There are two kinds of historians, Brian Fagan says, parachutists and truffle hunters. Parachutists command an overview of the landscape, while truffle hunters dig deeply to uncover marvelous treasures. Fagan is a parachutist. In his talk Fagan emphasized a wide view of human history as it unrolls in the landscape. . .   Read More

2,300 Year Old Solar Observatory in Peru

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 1st, 02007

The BBC is reporting on a site in Peru known as the Thirteen Towers. The thirteen notches line up with where the sun sets throughout the year.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6408231.stm. . .   Read More

Sandisk archival memory

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on February 27th, 02007

As reported by Engaget, Sandisk is rumored to be developing 100 year archival memory cards… These may be just the thing for those family photos languishing on your ever detiorating CDRs. . .   Read More

Rosetta rounds Mars…

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on February 27th, 02007

On February 24th the Rosetta spacecraft successfully completed its somewhat hairy slingshot around Mars with a copy of our Rosetta Disk on board. More here: http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Rosetta/

Here is agreat photo forwarded by Stewart Brand shot from Rosetta as it swung by Mars. . .   Read More

Three Predictions

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on February 23rd, 02007

It’s a bit rare that we see such clear and succinct predictions. These three by Ari Emanuel were published at the Huffington Post and were forwarded to me by Paul Saffo:

I have three predictions to make this morning: 1) John McCain will not be the Republican Party’s nominee. 2) Hillary Clinton will. . .   Read More

Antikythera Redux

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on February 23rd, 02007

Nice piece by BBC on the latest work on the Antikythera Mechanism. This example of a 2000 year old astronomical computer being reconstructed out of relics from the bottom of the mediterranean is very encouraging for our Clock project…

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6191462.stm. . .   Read More

Vernor Vinge – What if the Singularity Does NOT happen?

by Stewart Brand on February 16th, 02007

Non-Singularity scenarios

Vinge began by declaring that he still believes that a Singularity event in the next few decades is the most likely outcome— meaning that self-accelerating technologies will speed up to the point of so profound a transformation that the other side of it is unknowable. And this transformation will be driven. . .   Read More