Why spend any time outside today when you can keep your skin pasty white by remaining hunched over your computer indoors for hours at a time? Here, let me help:
- “Around 1452 the first operational printing press was created, followed in 1799 by lithographic printing. Now, these inventions are reflected in the world’s first bacterial printing press.” (New Scientist, via Slashdot).
- Fashion reporter Stephanie Rosenbloom addresses “the plight of the Google-ee.” Oh, the hearbreak! (NY Times).
- “80 Years of The New Yorker to Be Offered in Disc Form” for $100 (NY Times). Of interest to local readers: “In early 2004, two staff members drove two copies of each issue of the magazine to Kansas City in a rented truck to have them digitally scanned.”
- “A filmmaker who has been collecting digital artifacts for 25 years is amassing the world’s largest collection of podcasts” (Wired).
- Liz finds Dance Dance Revolution to be an excellent way to get fit.
- I have no idea what’s going on in cartoonist Carol Lay’s latest arc (click “next” starting with this one), but it’s kind of compelling.
- Professional indie rock f’ups, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, will go on tour this summer, hitting London a few days after I arrive, conveniently enough. You can legally download a ton of their music for free from their website and relive the band’s multi-year implosion by renting the documentary DiG!.
- Sharon Howard kicks the ass of all previous History Carnivals. (Cliopatria)
- Map your Flickr photos (FlickrBlog).
- Download “This American Life” installments instead of streaming them.
Cool, Brian Jonestown Massacre will be in DC, a few weeks after I move there. Oh, I’ve been wanting to watch DiG for a long time. Have you seen it?
Yes, I rented it about a week ago. It’s good, but problematic. The movie follows two bands–BJM and the Dandy Warhols–who are ostensibly competing with each other, but the singer from the Dandies narrates the movie, which undercuts the objectivity. It’s worth a rent, though.
The digital archive stuff is fascinating. I think I might need to get that New Yorker deal. Probably more useful than an encyclopedia.