With election season coming up, the Internet Archive is looking to publish collections of political ads from earlier US campaigns. They have a massive archive of digitized US TV footage, along with searchable full-text closed captions. Now they're hoping someone can point them to some software to auto-extract the political ads from the corpus.
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Lisa Rein writes, "The Internet Archive is hosting its first ever 'Ethics in Tech' event
this Wednesday, December 11th at 6:30pm. (Show starts promptly at 7:00
pm.) Political Comedian Will Durst will be on a panel with the EFF's Legal
Director, Cindy Cohn Frontier Foundation and the Internet Archive's own
Digital Librarian, Brewster Kahle. Inder Comar, from WitnessIraq.com, and
Janet Weil, from CodePink.org, will also be speaking."
Learn about how to protect your Fourth Amendment rights and other
constitutional rights and freedoms while attempting to see the lighter
side of these very serious issues. Tickets are still available here (Proceeds will be donated to the following
organizations, based on a selection process from ticketholders: Veterans
For Peace, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Internet Archive,
WitnessIraq.com, EthicsInTech, SF99Percent.org, and CodePink.)
NSA Comedy Tour with Will Durst! A Night of Comedy, Ethics & Tech!
A reader writes, "You've heard about the fire that destroyed one of the thirty-two scanning centers last month. But here's what you may not have heard: the good news.
An incredibly generous anonymous donor is helping the Internet Archive rebuild -- and grow -- by matching every donation made before 2014 three-to-one
. That means your $50 donation results in a $200 contribution.
They are raising $1,000,000 before the end of the year to fund more machines and five petabytes -- that's five thousand terabytes! -- of storage."
The Internet Archive has a marvellous trove of scanned work from Warren Publishing, the maverick house behind such classic magazines as Creepy. The introduction of the Comics Code, following Fredeic Wertham's scientific fraud purporting to show a link between comics and crime, gutted comics for half a century. But Warren Publishing avoided the Comics Code altogether by changing formats and publishing as a magazine, bringing us such classics as Famous Monsters of Filmland, Eerie, and Help! magazine (which employed Gloria Steinem!). Here's the Wikipedia summary of Warren's amazing run:
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Rick Prelinger writes, "Early this morning a fire whose origin is still unknown destroyed the book, film and microfilm scanning center located next door to Internet Archive's office in San Francisco's Richmond District."
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Lisa Rein writes, "Noisebridge and the Internet Archive are hosting a big event on Nov 8 (1830h-2100h) to celebrate
Aaron Swartz’s life and accomplishments, and kick off an international
series of hackathons that will be taking place all over the world in his
honor, during what would have been his 27th birthday weekend, November
8-10, 2013. (Confirmed locations include, Amsterdam, Bangalore, Berlin,
Boston, Brisbane, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Houston, Kathmandu, Magdeburg,
New York, Santiago, Chile, Seattle and San Francisco.)"
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Zack writes, "In 1947, Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, the Road Runner and other beloved cartoon characters had his own radio show spinning out of his appearances on Jack Benny's program, where he played a fix-it shop owner. More than 40 episodes are available to legally download for free on this page."
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Craig sez, "This is an unofficial music video for 'The Darlings of Lumberland' by They Might Be Giants, from their 16th album 'Nanobots' (2013). It was created using both famous and obscure silent horror films found on Archive.org, and photos from the vintage photo site Retronaut. TMBG is giving away a free MP3 of 'Darlings.'
TMBG - The Darlings of Lumberland (a Halloween music video) - from Nanobots (2013)
In 1940, my grandmother graduated from the Central High School of Commerce in Toronto. As a condition of graduating, she had to write a book-length thesis project, and hers was called "RADIO," and was a history of radio to date, with emphasis on its applications to business. My grandmother pulled this out at a family gathering last year, and I passed it on to Bobby Glushko, who was working with Hathi Trust at the time on a book-scanning project (he's since landed a plum gig at the University of Toronto), and he arranged to have the book scanned and uploaded to the Internet Archive under a CC-BY-SA license. I think it's a fascinating read, especially considering my grandmother wrote it when she was 17 years old.
The Internet Archive's Brewster Kahle has done the math on building a data-center that could hold all of America's voice-calls, and concluded that this it wouldn't quite fit within the $20M price-tag reported for Prism, though it's not far off.
These estimates show only $27M in capital cost, and $2M in electricity and take less than 5,000 square feet of space to store and process all US phonecalls made in a year. The NSA seems to be spending $1.7 billion on a 100k square foot datacenter that could easily handle this and much much more. Therefore, money and technology would not hold back such a project– it would be held back if someone did not have the opportunity or will.
Another study concluded about 4x my data estimates others have suggested the data could be compressed 10:1, and the power bill would be lower in Utah.
Here's a shared spreadsheet with Kahle's calculations.
Cost to Store All US Phonecalls Made in a Year in Cloud Storage so it could be Datamined
"Types of insanity, an illustrated guide in the physical diagnosis of mental disease" from 1883 is not just a frightening look at the inhumane treatment of people with mental health problems in the 19th century, it's also full of sensitive charcoal portraits of inmates in various asylums, along with their tragic personal histories: "X______ has been melancholic for some years, and the disease is drifting into dementia."
Types of insanity, an illustrated guide in the physical diagnosis of mental disease [with manuscript notes] (1883)
Aaron Wolf's released a jim-dandy Barbershop Quartet arrangement of Nina Paley's song "Copying is Not Theft."
The song is licensed Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 3.0 (as is my entire website). This means I have full legal right to do anything I want with it as long as I credit Nina and I license my version the same way. Lots of people have already made tons of variations of the song from jazz to punk rock versions.
Copying Is Not Theft: Barbershop Arrangement pt2
Carl Malamud sez, "If you are in the Bay Area, please come to the Internet Archive Thursday evening for a memorial honoring Aaron Swartz
. The program will be streamed on the net."
Aaron Swartz's friends and colleagues at the Internet Archive will be holding a memorial gathering
for him on January 24 from 7PM onward at the Internet Archive, 300 Funston Avenue, San Francisco 94118, in the Presidio.
Brewster Kahle, Carl Malamud, and Aaron Swartz's other radical archivist friends have put together an open repository for peoples' electronic Aaron Swartz files. Brewster writes,
"The Web team of the Internet Archive have been archiving all the aaronsw sites they are finding.
But, Carl suggested we make a way for people to store digital archives related to him: email, photos, code, etc... It might be the first crowd-sourced Personal Digital Archive, or a digital memorial collection."
Welcome to The Aaron Swartz Collection