Observations on film art : Pandora’s digital box: Pix and pixels

Archivists estimate the life of any digital platform to be less than ten years, sometimes less than five. All hard drives fail sooner or later, and they need to be run periodically to lubricate themselves. Tape degradation can be quite quick; one expert found that 40 % of tapes from digital intermediate houses had missing frames or corrupted data. Most of the tapes were only nine months old. Moreover, hardware…

Poetry Out Loud (first round)

At lunchtime, I ducked out of the office for a Poetry Out Loud competition for homeschoolers in the Greensburg area. These kids are so bright and delightful, it’s a real treat to see them displaying their talents. My son (who turned 14 this week) won this round with his recitation of Poe’s “Annabel Lee.” The next round is next week at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. At the same…

John Glenn fever takes hold of Cape Canaveral as 1st American in orbit recalls 50 years ago

The Russians beat us into orbit, and for the moment only the Russians can ferry American astronauts to the International Space Station. It’s hard to believe that just seven years after the first American was launched into orbit, Americans were walking on the moon. (It would be nice to see someone walk on Mars in my lifetime, but in the meanwhile let’s keep sending the robots.) Glenn recalled how he…

Gamasutra – News – Second Life developer acquires experimental game studio LittleTextPeople

LittleTextPeople, founded by writer Emily Short and Maxis veteran Richard Evans, has so far focused on the development of software that replicates complex social interaction. For instance, among its internal technology is a simulator that models social behavior and individual personalities. –Gamasutra – News – Second Life developer acquires experimental game studio LittleTextPeople.

They may take our books, but they can’t take our love. « Beth Anne Swartzwelder

A thoughtful blog entry from a student in my “Media and Culture” class. When I clicked on the link to “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” despite the interesting title, I was expecting something very academic. But what I found was something so moving that inspired great emotion in me. I guess that I should have expected something like it because when we talk about “The Role of the…