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Blog Archive for the ‘The Rosetta Project’ Category

Browseable DVD Version of the Rosetta Disk now available

by Laura Welcher on December 16th, 02008

A fully browseable version of the Rosetta Disk is now available on DVD from The Long Now store ($15).

The viewer on the DVD is powered by the OpenLayers 2.5 map visualization framework, which allows you to zoom all the way in to read even the microscopic text on both the front and back. . .   Read More

Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes

by Austin Brown on December 4th, 02008

If Indiana Jones had been created by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Stephen Pinker instead of Lucas and Spielberg, he might have been something like Daniel Everett.  His story is as visceral as it is intellectual – it’s got love, beauty, pain and suffering in the South American jungle and a high-stakes search to understand. . .   Read More

Long-term materials testing on the ISS

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 19th, 02008

 Through our partnership with Applied Minds we were invited to include one of our materials on a NASA material experiment called MISSE on the International Space Station. We included a sample of commercially pure titanium, that was black oxide coated, and laser etched (pictured below).  This is the same material/process that we made the. . .   Read More

Adivasi Academy students work to save indigenous languages of India

by Laura Welcher on November 11th, 02008

In a remote region of India, students at the Adivasi Academy are working to save their tribal languages, and through their languages, their tribal cultures and knowledge as well. They certainly have their work cut out for them — many of the students have had to devise writing systems for their historically unwritten native tongues only. . .   Read More

Macro to micro etching

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 3rd, 02008

The final technical hurdle of the Rosetta Disk Project has finally been overcome.  (See Kevin Kelly’s write up of this project here) We are distributing three of the disks to their owners this month and have two remaining of this first edition.

We now have both the sides of the disk micro-etched.  The. . .   Read More

reCaptcha your wasted time

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on October 28th, 02008

  Surreptitious crowd sourced book digitizing… one word at a time. Last night I attended the Internet Archive’s Open Content Alliance meeting.  I was really amazed by how far their book scanning, (over a million books now), and contextualizing projects have come.  The two most amazing things were the blog embed tools for the scanned […]

“We would all be smarter if the world remains multilingual”

by Laura Welcher on October 27th, 02008

During his presentation at Pop!Tech 2008: Scarcity and Abundance, Dr. K. David Harrison discussed how language death leads to intellectual impoverishment in all fields of science and culture. He also detailed efforts to sustain, value and revitalize linguistic diversity worldwide. His talk was presented in collaboration with the multilingual video captioning site DotSub, where. . .   Read More

Crowd-sourced Translation

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on October 18th, 02008

We are testing out a crowd-sourced method of translation and subtitling of our Seminar series called The first of twelve talks we are going to try this with is the Will Wright Brian Eno talk (as seen above).  We have added the full English time coded transcript, and welcome any help in. . .   Read More

Rosetta craft rocks our world!

by Laura Welcher on September 8th, 02008

Last week the Rosetta craft (carrying our prototype Rosetta Disk) successfully recorded its flyby of Steins Asteroid with these — the first images from its OSIRIS imaging system (also check out this cool animation). During the flyby, the craft was out of communication for approximately 90 minutes – what must have been a nerve-wracking, although. . .   Read More

Very Long-Term Backup

by Kevin Kelly on August 20th, 02008

Paper, it turns out, is a very reliable backup medium for information.  While it can burn or dissolve in water, good acid-free versions of paper are otherwise stable over the long term, cheap to warehouse, and oblivious to technological change because its pages are “eye-scanable.”  No special devices needed. Well-made. . .   Read More