The Longest Now

Brookline Graffiti vs. Michael Dukakis: Who would win? (part 2)
Tuesday August 21st 2012, 12:52 am
Filed under: chain-gang,Glory, glory, glory,indescribable,Too weird for fiction

Thoroughly awesome.

Brewster Kahle in The Internet Hall of Fame – a joyful acclaim
Monday August 20th 2012, 12:54 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

With a lovely quotable interview by Wired’s Matt Simon

Translator’s Joys: Global Voices amplify the Declaration of Internet Freedom
Saturday August 18th 2012, 6:37 pm
Filed under: Blogroll,chain-gang

Global Voices translators speak out about why they do what they do.

Organ Trail: road trip through zombie apocalypse and dysentery
Tuesday August 14th 2012, 5:54 am
Filed under: citation needed,Glory, glory, glory,null

A Flash remake of the ’70s classic.

Digitize it all: from law to code and standard, for public justice
Thursday August 09th 2012, 12:51 pm
Filed under: citation needed,international,metrics,Uncategorized,wikipedia

If you haven’t visited recently, do so now. I’ll wait… you are in for a treat.

Carl Malamud and Friends (soon to be a show on CNN) have kept up the momentum of their early work to digitize and publish technical and other standards, many of which are now online in all their glory.

And there’s a lovely collection of introductions, from the 5-minute summary of why and how to free building codes, to a 20-minute showcase of what the team does. (via boingboing)

This is still rather top-down for my tastes — there’s no obvious way for me to help out, fund the digitization of a particular code, or run a digitizing party in my neighborhood library or FabLab. But I am inspired by the persistent work and vision of the people making this dream a reality.

They also have a lovely site devoted to a national scanning project for scanning all the archives: YesWeScan. Which gave rise to this excellent blog post and commentary from the Archivist of the US, David Ferriero*.

* Recently seen at Wikimania DC saying, in his beautiful closing speech, “If you have any trouble using Wikipedia… tell them, if it’s good enough for the Archivist of the US…”

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