Virtually all the predictions about the death of old media have assumed a comfortingly long time frame for the end of print—the moment when, amid a panoply of flashing lights, press conferences, and elegiac reminiscences, the newspaper presses stop rolling and news goes entirely digital. Most of these scenarios assume a gradual crossing-over, almost like the migration of dunes, as behaviors change, paradigms shift, and the digital future heaves fully into view. But what if the old media dies much more quickly? What if a hurricane comes along and obliterates the dunes entirely? Specifically, what if The New York Times goes out of business
—like, this May? [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Jan 6, 2009 -
Something to make the inner geek
that is inside your inner geek
do the boogie
-woogie: "Weird Al
" Yankovic announces
that thanks to digital distribution, he will begin releasing songs as he records them, while the parodied song is still fresh in the public's mind, instead of waiting for an album release every three to four years. The first one will come out on October 7. iTunes will have first dibs on the new singles for the first 14 days, after which they'll go to other online music retailers. (via /.)
posted by WCityMike
on Oct 3, 2008 -
The Futility of Flogging Music
"I was pondering the other day whether I actually have a field of expertise. I thought for ages, and couldn't come up with anything, and then in a blinding flash I realised, with a slight sense of despondency, what it might be: being in bands that people have never heard of." Actually you may have heard of Rhodri Marsden
if you're caught the current Scritti Politti line-up in action, if you've ever followed the broadcasts of the late DJ John Peel, or if you've read Rhodri's technology column in UK newspaper the Independent. This week, in a speech to the Oxford Geek Night
, Marsden shared his caustic yet heartfelt observations on DIY music from the early 90s through to the digital age, sighing "I can think of nothing more soul destroying" than social networking and quoting post-punk icon of Pere Ubu as saying musicians should "screw the audience".
posted by skylar
on Aug 29, 2008 -
This is a collection of the National Archives stored in the Digital Vaults
. You can browse through hundreds of photographs, documents, and film clips and discover the connection between some of the National Archives' most treasured records. With the Pathways
tool you can see the unique and surprising connections between events and people and test your knowledge of history. As you travel through the site and collect documents, images and films, you can then merge the objects to create your own
poster or movie from your collection.
posted by netbros
on Jul 17, 2008 -
! A new online comic book is now available
*, and three feature-length films are in development. Remarkably, the comic was developed as a combined effort
between producers and fans; fans voted on five different stories and even contributed art. ReBoot
was one of the first TV shows to feature 100% digital animation and has a warm place in the hearts of many children of the 90s.
* sign-up required and their web-viewer is a pain, be warned.
posted by PercussivePaul
on May 30, 2008 -
The ultimate in nerdy tattoos?
"Jim Mielke's wireless blood-fueled display is a true merging of technology and body art. At the recent Greener Gadgets Design Competition, the engineer demonstrated a subcutaneously implanted touch-screen that operates as a cell phone display, with the potential for 3G video calls that are visible just underneath the skin."
posted by tugena13
on Feb 27, 2008 -
"In this film
, director Shanker wanted to change Rajini's
wheatish complexion to a white European complexion. It has taken 25 dedicated CG technicians almost a year to achieve
this 6 ½
posted by tighttrousers
on Jun 26, 2007 -
(Spoilers in most links). So an SNL digital short, Dear Sister
spoofs the second season finale of the OC
. Now the internets just don't know when to stop, with parodies (of the parody) playing on everything from the obvious like The Departed
, The Matrix
, Reservoir Dogs
, and Predator
to the not-so-obvious like Lord of the Rings
, Raging Bull
, Monty Python
, Duck Hunt
(my favorite), Looney Toons
, Smash Brothers
, Office Space
, and Bio-Ooze Super Soakers
posted by ztdavis
on Apr 28, 2007 -
have become an essential piece of technology for people who spend time in avalanche terrain. Beacons, as they're also known, operate on an international standard frequency and can be used to find other transceivers (hopefully still attached to people) buried under snow, giving rescuers a chance to find victims before they suffocate. [more inside]
posted by mistermoore
on Nov 16, 2006 -
Will Vinyl Survive?
Is vinyl on its last legs
? Or like Gloria Gaynor, will it survive
? Most home listeners chucked out their turntables years ago, but are DJs finally giving in and following suit? DJs face off in a pair of articles discussing the merits of vinyl vs. digital...
posted by bunglin jones
on Aug 24, 2006 -
Well over 100 universities
around the world have set up searchable digital repositories to make available journal articles, datasets, theses and other academic materials using the DSpace repository system. DSpace at MIT
alone hosts over 11,000 theses. Also, the software
running the sites is freely available and open source.
posted by cog_nate
on Feb 22, 2006 -
Seen something like this on one of your credit or debit cards recently? 09/25 DIGITAL AGE 888-529-98 CYPRUS, SE $24.99
Join the crowd
. You might remember something from earlier in the summer, when CardSystems Solutions
reported a security breach that had gone on for months. Or maybe you remember a bit of more recent news
, when "a California judge ruled Friday that Visa USA Inc. and MasterCard International Inc. don't have to send individual warnings to thousands of consumers whose personal account information was stolen during a high-tech heist uncovered earlier this year."
My family was hit on three different cards from three different banks in less than a week. Doesn't seem to matter if you ever used the card online or not
. Any guesses where "Digital Age" is getting all these valid credit and debit card numbers? Anyone? So, please, check your statements and be prepared to cancel your card immediately if you've been hit, too. Nothing good will come of these criminals being able to make additional charges against your accounts, using different shell companies to hide themselves, continuing to do this sort of thing for years
posted by RKB
on Oct 13, 2005 -
I/O Brush is a new drawing tool to explore colors, textures, and movements found in everyday materials by "picking up" and drawing with them.
posted by Armitage Shanks
on Oct 12, 2005 -
I waited to see if anyone else might post this. I saw it on Future Feeder
Photron's model ultima APX-RS
is a high speed video camera - 250,000 fps. Here's a quick link
to the gallery of video (flash interface).
apparently that's not the fastest. That appears to be Shimadzu’s HyperVision HPV-1
at 1,000,000 fps. They also have a gallery
- but with only 3 mpg clips each a little more than 2.5 MB (1
posted by tvjunkie
on Jun 24, 2005 -
In the early decades of the 20th century, a Cleveland book collector named Otto Ege
removed the pages from 50 medieval manuscript books, divided the pages among 40 boxes, and sold the boxes around the world. Now the University of Saskatchewan plans
to digitally remake
posted by dhruva
on May 28, 2005 -