From the mid 40s to the mid 50s Coronet Instructional Films
were always ready to provide social guidance for teenagers on subjects as diverse as dating
, preparing for being drafted
, and shyness
, as well as to children on following the law
, the value of quietness in school
, and appreciating our parents
. They also provided education on topics such as the connection between attitudes and health
, what kind of people live in America
, how to keep a job
, supervising women workers
, the nature of capitalism
, and the plantation System in Southern life
. Inside is an annotated collection of all 86 of the complete Coronet films in the Prelinger Archives
as well as a few more. Its not like you had work to do or anything right? [more inside]
The Hathi Trust
, a partnership between 66 universities and 3 higher education consortia, is breathing a little easier now that Judge Harold Baer, Jr. of New York's Southern District has found
that the Trust was within its fair use rights
to allow Google to scan member library holdings, and then making the resulting files available for the reading impaired, and for use in search indexing and data mining. While this is excellent news
for the educational institutions involved, it doesn't completely exonerate Google's role in the scanning project. It's notable that just last week Google abandoned it's own fair use claim
in settling a different case involving the same book scanning project. Of the four factors used when considering fair use cases
, Judge Baer ruled on the side of the Hathi Trust on all four.
Still clinging desperately to those reading-things of yours made from dead trees? While you're at it, scan the damn thing
and make your own e-book. (My prediction is that there are copyright issues here that the manufacturer is ignoring, but that will come back to haunt them.)
Closed Circuit TV and Data Confluence Qinetiq
is bringing their CCTV
confluence technology, codenamed Praetorian
, to the UK. "The system automatically tracks and stitches 3D images with CCTV video, maps and other real-time information. It automatically alerts operators to intruders, unusual behaviour, left objects or anything it is told to spot." And it looks more like a video game than a video feed. This new tech is perhaps not as controversial
as Qinetiq's Millimetre Wave Imaging System
that allows passive scanning through clothing
to detect guns, knives or bombs.
Yes, it is very Big Brother-esque but its also pretty amazing technology too.
Qinetiq previously discussed on MeFi here, here, here and here.
Advanced methods of bomb detection and investigation.
New equipment developed to scan cars and people, such as a parking lot device which quickly bathes the car's trunk in invisible neutrons, a procedure that makes materials inside the trunk emit gamma-rays
that would indicate the presence of explosives.
Also, a bomb disposal robot which take[s] fingerprints before blowing [a] package up
Ben Kacyras is the inventor of the portable Cyrax 3D scanning camera
traditionally used by surveyors for quickly creating "surgical exact" 3D models of large structures. Ben has set a goal to scan
every World Heritage Site
on Earth and make it available online so that if anything were to happen to a site, an exact replica could be re-built. Example Cyrax pictures
. More 3D Camera links
and other World Heritage Digitization
Catalogue your personal library...
I have a sizeable library, and have long wanted to catalog the whole thing for insurance purposes and for general gee-whiz potential. The prospect of hand entering information for each of the books, though, has kept me from doing anything. Now, thanks to a link at PB's site
, I've got the itch again... and something to scratch it.
Note to Mac users: Mac-Barcode has a USB scanner available.