The DNA of Literature. The Paris Review
, with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, makes available free .pdfs of fifty years of interviews with leading writers.
posted by rushmc
on Jan 12, 2005 -
Head Back to Mono
in 32k at the rineke.net records archive
, where a rather consistent curator has digitized a goody chunk of his record collection. It's posted in more-or-less every iteration imaginable. Observe the linked scans
(1 mb page, careful!) of the covers (also in multiple resolutions up to full-size). Note the records themselves
, in sleeve or out
, depending. Most especially, savor the clean, low-res mono mp3s that cry out to be played through the dashboard speakers of a 1967 Dodge Dart
Bonus Big Beat Bonanza:
The site's author is also behind the similarly detailed
archive of shows by ex-WFMU dj The Hound
, from 1987 through 1995, heavy on the rare regional sides
beloved of certain of my pals down New Orleans way.
Last, but not least, rineke.net hosts the adventures of a platoon of Tux clones
, sealing my geek admiration for the overseer of the site. There's more
, of course. My propeller beanie's off to you, sir, and long may you wave, or particle, as is your choice and preference.
(Permission was sought and granted to post this, as I feard for the site's bandwidth. Have at it, Mefites!
posted by mwhybark
on Aug 12, 2004 -
The Lewis Walpole Library
has digitized 10,000 images from its superb collection of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century satirical prints -- not the only collection of its kind on the Internet, but certainly one of the largest and best. Search under "Gillray", "Rowlandson" or "Cruikshank" and browse a selection of images from the golden age of English caricature. Everyone will have their own favourites, but here are a few of mine: Rowlandson's Author and Bookseller
, Cruikshank's The Headache
and Gillray's Advantages of Wearing Muslin Dresses
posted by verstegan
on Jul 31, 2004 -
The Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi
now has a digital archive containing 10,000 images of medieval stained glass from English churches and cathedrals: a wonderful resource for anyone interested in medieval art. These stunning images
of the windows at Fairford, in Gloucestershire, are just a tiny fraction of the extraordinary riches available on the site.
posted by verstegan
on Jul 24, 2004 -
"Home of the Underdogs
is a non-profit site dedicated to the preservation and promotion of underrated PC games (and a few non-PC games) of all ages: good games
that deserve a second chance after dismal sales or critical reviews that we feel are unwarranted."
posted by Hildago
on Apr 4, 2004 -
: Plentiful Electronic Photo Library on Odagahama Japan, and Neighbouring Seashores.
posted by hama7
on Jan 29, 2004 -
The Lucky W Amulet Archive
: "A folkloric resource that contains hundreds of interlinked pages describing and illustrating amulets, talismans, lucky charms, and good luck pieces from around the world and all eras".
posted by taz
on Jan 28, 2004 -
If you're a fan of the works of J. Michael Straczynski (especially Babylon 5, and let me take this moment to give massive props to The Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5
, the second website I ever visited (after searching Yahoo! for "Babylon 5")), then you probably already know that he has long been an advocate of online communication as a means of both promotion of his work and communication with the fans of said work. JMSnews.com
has an archive of all his postings going back eleven and a half years
, a neat accomplishment by ephemeral Internet standards, and it's fascinating reading that gives you a nice portrait of a guy with a story to tell, and his journey to get it told. If you're a geek for "the business" that is Hollywood, this is for you.
posted by WolfDaddy
on Jan 19, 2004 -
Most people have heard of Rotten.com,
the website of sick and twisted news and pictures, but a great and full featured documentary of "all that mankind swore to forget" can be found at the Rotten Library
. Information on just about everything is here, from LSD Blotters
to the Mountain Meadows Massacre
to the anti-masturbatory history of Kelloggs Corn Flakes
, just to name a few.
Of course, you can also find dirty secrets about the Freemasons
, Fluoridation, Iraq Weapons of Mass Destruction
, The Kinderhook Plates
, Lucky Luciano
, Kevin Mitnick
, and of course..... Michael Jackson.
posted by Keyser Soze
on Dec 20, 2003 -
BFI presents screenonline
| The British Film Institute
announces the launch of screenonline
: "This new site features an unrivalled collection of archive film and television footage from the bfi
National Film and Television Archive.... [It] is the first time the bfi
has given the public access online to its comprehensive collection of film and television material, giving teachers, students and film enthusiasts an exceptional opportunity to investigate British history, culture and society through cinema. "
posted by jacknose
on Dec 1, 2003 -
delenda mp3.com est
"Vivendi Universal recently sold the MP3.com domain to CNet. However, they're not selling the approximately one million songs on the archive. (recorded by over 250,000 artists) Instead, they're simply destroying it as of December 3. MP3.com's founder and former CEO, Michael Robertson, is pleading with Vivendi to allow the Internet
Archive to preserve the songs." (via Slashdot
posted by kablam
on Nov 23, 2003 -
The President Calling:
American Radioworks (MPR) explores the secret phone tapes of Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. AFAIK, the content is all previously available, but online, they've packaged and annotated
it for ease of use. It's not exhaustive, but the moments picked out are often illuminating, showing "how each man used one-on-one politics to shape history." You might want to start here.
posted by soyjoy
on Nov 20, 2003 -
Dyke to open up BBC archive. Greg Dyke, director general of the BBC, has announced plans to give the public full access to all the corporation's programme archives.
The BBC has archives stretching back to when the Earth was still cooling. And now it will all be available online and for free. [Via Slashdot
posted by PenDevil
on Aug 24, 2003 -
was a French video jukebox that made its debut in 1960 and was imported into the US in 1964. Although they usually featured high production values, catchy melodies, and lots of gratuitous cheesecake, the singers were often relative unknowns and the music was square even by the standards of the day. Consequently, they never caught on in a big way outside of Europe, and many of the original Scopitone jukeboxes and films were destroyed. Fortunately for us, a few Scopitone enthusiasts have catalogued
the songs, scanned
the advertisements, and even preserved a few Quicktime clips of the original French
and American Scopitone
posted by MrBaliHai
on May 4, 2003 -
The University of Kansas Medical Center has an interesting archive of images and text relating to the medical profession. I'm not sure how I happened on this (I was just cleaning out my bookmarks - some google search found this but I don't recall what I was searching for).
posted by substrate
on Oct 10, 2002 -
"It's a good job you have me around to provide continual cultivation."
In the early '80s, Stephen Patrick Morrissey wrote a number of letters to a pen-pal, which have been archived on the web, and they provide a look into his life before he formed the Smiths. In his letters Morrissey produces such gems as "Spider and I? Piffle me boy. There Gops Concorde? Sputter-butter. Vienna? Hogwash."
and "It's so old-fashioned to work. I'd much rather lounge about the house all day looking fascinating. I'd rather look fascinating than have a permanent income. Am I insane?"
(the underline is, apparently, morrissey's.)
posted by moz
on Dec 3, 2001 -
The Wayback Machine.
from October 1999. Search Google
in 1998 or read Salon
in 1997. Visit Word
, Cool Site of the Day
, Village Voice
, and NYTimes
from 1996. Congratulate Mathowie
on his new job in 1997, see Kottke's redesign
from October 1999, Glassdog's
3-D logos from 1997, and Zeldman's pages
optimized for Netscape 3.0. (Unsurprisingly, Jakob's site
hasn't changed much since 1996.) Surf the past and share your greatest nostalgic finds
posted by waxpancake
on Oct 15, 2001 -
An open directory of resources
pertaining to the terrorist attack, the world's reaction, the upcoming military response, and all the various issues surrounding recent events. I think it's important that we maintain a library of sorts -- keeping track of all the news, all the opinion, the personal accounts, the photos -- so that we can learn from these events, so that we can find patterns, so that we can remember.
So, post your good links to the directory!
posted by benbrown
on Sep 17, 2001 -