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 -
Love in a cage.
All Iranian filmmakers working in their homeland have to face the trials of the censor
, but if the subject matter
includes abortion, adultery and lesbianism, the chances of gaining official approval
in the Islamic republic
are all but zero. Actress Mania Akbari
, the lead of Abbas Kiarostami
, explores this territory in her first feature film as a director, "20 Fingers
", which unspooled
in the new "Digitale" section at the Venice Film Festival (.pdf file)
and won the first prize as Best Movie Shot On Digital
. The film's use of digital video was also invaluable in getting around censorship: the only way to shoot in Iran on 35mm is to hire equipment from the central authorities, which means script approval and a government minder attending the shoot. Shooting on digital video requires script approval, but no minder is sent along. So 29-year-old Akbari, in an amazing display of courage, gained approval for one script and then duly shot another (she could now be barred from working or from screening her films or from even leaving the country, but she insists on working in Iran, to challenge the system from there and not from abroad). The film is coming soon
at the Vancouver Film Festival
. More inside.
posted by matteo
on Sep 24, 2004 -
Five galleries of (literally) fantastic, mostly figurative images by Maggie Taylor. Serendipity has me reading Perdido Street Station
at the moment, and these quaintly eerie portraits seem almost as though they could have been plucked from Miéville's mythic population of bizarre Remades, uncanny constructs and outlandish alien races. Beautiful. (Click the eye.)
posted by taz
on Jun 14, 2004 -
Digital Utopia and its Flaws
Cory Doctorow In Conversation With R.U. Sirius
"Every other media revolution that we've had from Gutenberg to the radio to recorded music and so on, ended up with an industry that's a thousand times larger, that makes a thousand times more money, and makes available a thousand times more work. That happens every single time! If you go back far enough, you will find the guild of clavichord makers decrying the advent of the lute."
posted by moonbird
on Mar 4, 2004 -
Half-Life meets Matisse
in a virtual reconstruction of the apartment of Etta and Claribel Cone
. During the first three decades of the twentieth century, the sisters amassed one of America's foremost collections of modern art. Today, many of the pieces can be viewed in the Cone Collection
at the Baltimore Museum of Art. As part of the 50th
anniversary celebration of the museum's acquisition of the collection, the Imaging Research Center
at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County designed a digital walkthrough
of their apartment so that visitors could see the art in its original context.
posted by Aaaugh!
on May 4, 2003 -
The future of music retail...
will be nothing like this. Echo Networks, a Los Angeles based "digital venture", in partnership with Best Buy, Tower, Wherehouse, Virgin & FYE, has launched an instore downloadable purchase initiative whose chances of failure are only exceeded by the extreme vagueness surrounding the announcement.
For more, read the news article at CNET
posted by jonson
on Jan 27, 2003 -
The end of Vinyl II?
Stanton ships Final Scratch, which enables a DJ to manipulate (mix, scratch, cut...) any music on their PC with their turntables. Besides not needing to carry all the weight and bulk of crates of records around, DJs can now skip the expensive and complicated step of cutting their own records in order to play original tracks. Is vinyl going to die for real this time?
posted by badstone
on Jan 15, 2003 -
Digital projection coming to a theater near you.
"Lucas says the new format is cheaper and easier on viewers' eyes because it eliminates the pops and scratches from film wear and tear. He accuses the industry of resisting change the same way it snubbed talking pictures until "The Jazz Singer" signaled the end of the silent era."
Any other mefites planning on seeing Episode II at a DLP theater? [DLP theater list
posted by skallas
on May 14, 2002 -
Why Your Digital Data Could One Day Disappear
HBS Working Knowledge has a Story (actually it's an Excerpt of Dark Ages II: When the Digital Data Die
, by Bryan Bergeron)
that says data stored on discs and other
computer storage are anything but permanent.
Not only are the disks themselves the trouble (they last 5-20 years), the computers that read/write them are an added problem, tried opening a Commodore 64 file lately, or a 5 ¼ inch disc?
posted by Blake
on Feb 17, 2002 -
Does anyone care that nobody needs to sing well anymore?
Spot-on piece about the way that digital music tools aren't just making rotten singers sound OK (with software that shifts their pitch upwards), but good singers lazy ("hey that's fine, just copy'n'paste it into the next chorus"). And
removing the excitement from studio performance. Is the only honest response to this electro-fakery to go all Daft Punk?
Or am I just an old Stevie'n'Retha'n'Marvin nostalgist?
posted by theplayethic
on Feb 14, 2002 -
"is a non-linear loopbox of digital samples and serendipitous scraps which may be entered and mixed from multiple points"
posted by MrBaliHai
on Nov 11, 2001 -
Make World event
in October, Germany - about borderless digital culture, no doubt curated long before The Current Situation, but I'm sure will be rendered far more relevant as a result.
posted by blackbeltjones
on Sep 26, 2001 -
Have you heard about the SSSCA
? It is the sequel to the universally-reviled Digital Millenium Copyright Act and is 1000 times more heinous. It would require that any device even remotely capable of transmitting digital data contain security hardware approved by the US Department of Commerce. I can't say I have ever heard of anything more ridiculous. Here
is a draft of the bill.
posted by donkeymon
on Sep 8, 2001 -
A very pretty digital film
Actually made waaaay back in the year 1996, though it's still quite nice. The fine people over at Paperveins have quite a bit of neat interactive art, although their servers seem to be a little slow... Please be gentle!
posted by atfrost
on Jun 1, 2001 -
Oh, yeah. Reboot!,
truly one of the geek shows of all time, is returning Fall 2001. Two made-for-television moives have been in production forever. But, now this
: not movies, but a freaking full 13 episode season! With talk of another 13 after that! And a season-ending musical number! Fall 2001 can't come soon enough. Reboot! is a Canadian production; anyone know about US release dates and network? (more inside)
posted by mrmorgan
on Dec 13, 2000 -
Snap to Grid: A User's Guide to Digital Arts, Media, and Cultures
is one of the best readings on the interactions between artists, technology, and culture I've found so far.
I found a quote here by Sir Isaiah Berlin which is very appropriate to my experience and perhaps those who search for sites like Metafilter:
posted by Taken Outtacontext
on Jul 3, 2000 -
Loneliness is not just the absence of others but far more living among people who do not understand what you are saying.
First Boo.com goes down, now DEN. The Digital Entertainment Network is closing it's doors
after running out of cash. After raising over 33 million dollars, they burned it at rate of up to $3 million per month, pulled their $75 million stock offering, and with no revenue model in place, they had to close up shop, with 150 people suddenly out of work.
posted by mathowie
on May 18, 2000 -