A paper-letter animation about the history of fonts and typography.
291 Paper Letters.
140 hours of work.
Thinking in Type by Ellen Lupton
Just My Type by Simon Garfield
If this video sparks any ideas, I would love to hear about them!
Archive is a documentary focused on the future of long-term digital storage, the history of the Internet and attempts to preserve its contents on a massive scale.
Part one features Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive and his colleagues Robert Miller, director of books, and Alexis Rossi, director of web collections. On a mission to create universal access to all knowledge, the Internet Archive’s staff have built the world’s largest online library, offering 10 petabytes of archived websites, books, movies, music, and television broadcasts.
The video includes a tour of the Internet Archive’s headquarters in San Francisco, the book scanning center, and the book storage facilities in Richmond, California.
Directed by Jonathan Minard
Cinematography by John Behrens, Alexander Porter, and Fearghal O’dea
Produced at the Internet Archive on October 22-26, during the Books in Browsers Conference and 10 Petabyte Celebration. Project supported by Eyebeam
Michele Catalano used to have a blog named “A Small Victory,” always one of my favorites back in the early days of LGF because of her excellent writing, and she’s done a terrific piece for Medium.com on the “warbloggers” and her personal awakening that the Bush administration’s rationale for the Iraq War was based on deception: The March to War and Back.
I won’t quote, just go ye and read the whole thing.
(Note: I agree and identify with every word of Michele’s piece. Before the 9/11 attacks, like Michele, I was very much a liberal. And I now greatly regret letting my grief and emotions after 9/11 blind me to a lesson I had already learned: that right wing administrations can and will capitalize on anger and fear to advance their agenda. That’s a mistake I’ll never make again.)
You know who else got a splash on the Drudge Report? twitter.com/BuzzFeedAndrew…
— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) January 9, 2013
Well, we have known for a long time that Matt Drudge has been scraping the bottom of the barrel. Whether it’s catering to the Alex Jones conspiracy set with link after link to Infowars and similar conspiracy nut sites, or feeding links to white supremacists and racists, his promoted links have jumped the proverbial shark.
So, it’s not particularly surprising that he’s decided to come out and directly compare President Obama’s suggestion that he might use executive orders to move ahead with gun control (not gun confiscation) measures in the wake of a series of mass murders with the actions of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin.
I’m rather surprised he left off Mao and Pol Pot from the trumped up nonsense.
Never mind that the comparisons are specious and misleading. For starters, the gun lobby’s favorite quip about Nazi Germany and confiscation of guns is pretty much wrong. It’s reached the level of myth that the Nazis banned guns before undertaking the Second World War and Holocaust.
Germans had no right to bear arms between the 1919 constitution and the 1928 Gun Law. That was in the aftermath of World War I. Hitler rose to power in 1933, and Hitler’s government further revised gun regulations in 1938 to deregulate ownership and transfer of rifles and shotguns.
Nazi Germany did restrict guns, but specifically directed the restrictions against Jews (along with the rest of the Nuremberg Laws that were designed to treat Jews as subhumans).
Now, there are some on the right who are gleefully pointing out the irony that some on the left are dismayed by Drudge’s comparison of Hitler to Obama when some on the left made the Bush=Hitler comparison. That’s weak tea and meant to divert attention from the fact that Obama isn’t doing anything even approaching what two of the worst tyrants of the 20th Century did. It’s a further demonization of President Obama and meant to undermine the President’s potential ability to shape the gun control debate.
After all, the President and US Supreme Court (including most recently in Heller) have recognized the sanctity of the individual right to bear arms. The difference is that most Americans actually understand the need to regulate the right and to keep firearms out of those who should not be allowed near them. It means tightening up existing laws and regulations, improved enforcement, and working with lawful firearms owners to make sure that those weapons don’t fall into the wrong hands.
Gun control is not gun confiscation.
Ta-Nehisi Coates responds to a stunningly immoral post on Thomas Jefferson at right wing blog The Volokh Conspiracy, with a moving letter written after emancipation by a former slave: Slavery Is a Love Song.
This is a letter that I often turn to. It was written to Laura Spicer by her husband, who was sold away, much as Jefferson sold people away. After emancipation she repeatedly tried to rekindle their love, despite the fact that the husband had now remarried and formed another family. In this letter the husband tells us what it means to be among the refuse of history:
I would much rather you would get married to some good man, for every time I gits a letter from you it tears me all to pieces. The reason why I have not written you before, in a long time, is because your letters disturbed me so very much.
You know I love my children. I treats them good as a Father can treat his children; and I do a good deal of it for you. I am sorry to hear that Lewellyn, my poor little son, have had such bad health. I would come and see you but I know you could not bear it. I want to see and I don’t want to see you. I love you just as well as I did the last day I saw you, and it will not do for you and I to meet.
I am married, and my wife have two children, and if you and I meets it would make a very dissatisfied family. Send me some of the children’s hair in a separate paper with their names on the paper. Will you please git married, as long as I am married. My dear, you know the Lord knows both of our hearts. You know it never was our wishes to be separated from each other, and it never was our fault.
Oh, I can see you so plain, at any-time, I had rather anything to had happened to me most than ever to have been parted from you and the children. As I am, I do not know which I love best, you or Anna. If I was to die, today or tomorrow, I do not think I would die satisfied till you tell me you will try and marry some good, smart man that will take care of you and the children; and do it because you love me; and not because I think more of the wife I have got then I do of you. The woman is not born that feels as near to me as you do.
You feel this day like myself. Tell them they must remember they have a good father and one that cares for them and one that thinks about them every day-My very heart did ache when reading your very kind and interesting letter.
Laura I do not think I have change any at all since I saw you last.-I think of you and my children every day of my life. Laura I do love you the same. My love to you never have failed. Laura, truly, I have got another wife, and I am very sorry, that I am. You feels and seems to me as much like my dear loving wife, as you ever did Laura. You know my treatment to a wife and you know how I am about my children. You know I am one man that do love my children….
Are there any Tea Party Republicans who actually know American history? After last night’s GOP debate, wingnut extraordinaire Rick Perry once again revealed the shocking ignorance that lies beneath all the patriotic posturing: Rick Perry Mixes Up Dates of American Revolution.
…actually the reason that we fought the revolution in the 16th century was to get away from that kind of onerous crown if you will.
Yes, he really did miss the date by two centuries. “Lame” doesn’t even begin to describe this.
Much mockery ensued on Twitter.
In the burgeoning genre of Right Wing Historical Revisionism, potential Republican presidential front-runner Mike Huckabee is proud to announce a new project: Learnourhistory.com!
The Huckster is going to fight back against the “blame America first” attitude forced onto our schoolkids by secular atheist progressive commies, with a series of surrealistically awful animated “history lessons.”
You may recall that Huckabee was recently in the news for saying “All Americans Should Be Forced at Gunpoint to Listen to David Barton” (the religious right pseudo-historian), so that may give you an inkling of where these videos are coming from.
The first one out is titled, “The Reagan Revolution,” and the villain is a knife-wielding black kid wearing a DISCO t-shirt who says, “Gimme yo money.”