No robot will ever... Today's XKCD strip, Reassuring, wittily illustrates Kevin Kelly's Seven Stages of Robot Replacement, which start with "1. A robot/computer cannot possibly do the tasks I do" and heads toward "5. OK, it can have my old boring job, because it’s obvious that was not a job that humans were meant to do."
Poe archive from UT Austin goes online: UT Austin's Ransom Center has digitized their Edgar Allan Poe collection, and it's pretty cool. I especially like the copies of his books, with his notes in them
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"It was very odd to have these four characters in here ransacking the place. They were very polite about it. They didn't leave it in any worse disorder than it already was."—science-fiction novelist, Internet theorist, design futurist, blogger, and traveling academic Bruce Sterling, on the odd experience of four archivists descending upon his Austin home
. They're preparing his personal archive to be donated in stages to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, his alma mater. (Chronicle of Higher Education, via BB Submitterator, thanks Capl)
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Lori sez, "UT Austin's Ransom Center has digitized their Edgar Allan Poe collection, and it's pretty cool. I especially like the copies of his books, with his notes in them."
Oh, there's tons of Poe treasure here. I'm in hog heaven.
The digital collection incorporates images of all Poe manuscripts and letters at the Ransom Center with a selection of related archival materials, two books by Poe annotated by the author, sheet music based on his poems, and portraits from the Ransom Center collections. Poe's manuscripts and letters are linked to transcriptions on the website of the Poe Society of Baltimore.
The Edgar Allan Poe Digital Collection
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says: "Too bad Mark couldn't come to Austin last month. The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
had an exhibition of Miguel Covarrubias' work
from the Ransom collection, in addition to work by his friends including Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Rufino Tamayo.
"The Ransom Center has published a book
about this circle of artist friends with the University of Texas Press."
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