Truth is not the square root of two balanced quotes.
The New York Times to revamp online archive
TimesMachine, a treasure trove of NY Times papers published between 1851 and 1922, just got a makeover. The news giant recently released the prototype with six issues, and gave details on the technology behind it (via NY Times):
In order to build the new TimesMachine, we repurposed technology and techniques from an unlikely quarter: geographic information systems. Every scanned issue of The Times is essentially one very large digital image. For instance, our scan of the June 20, 1969 issue is a 13.2 gigapixel image that weighs in at over 200 megabytes. Since it is impractical to transmit such an image to every interested user, we needed to find a way to send only those parts of the scanned paper that a user was actually interested in viewing. To solve this conundrum we turned to tiling, a solution often used to display online maps. With tiling, a large image is broken down into small tiles that are computed at several different zoom levels. When a user wishes to view the tiled image in a browser, only the tiles required to display the visible portion are downloaded. This approach dramatically reduces bandwidth requirements and has the further advantage of allowing users to zoom and drag the larger image.
As developing systems for the generation and display of tiled images from scratch would have been cost prohibitive, we are quite fortunate that there are a number of excellent open source libraries for just these purposes. For processing and tiling the scanned newspapers we relied on both GDAL andImageMagick. For the in-browser display of our tiled images we relied on theLeaflet mapping library. In addition to great software, we received much valuable guidance from the great people of both Geo NYC and CartoDB.
FJP: The Times calls it a “work-in-progress” and welcomes suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
She gets her fans to play in her band for free, retweets praise and wrote a terrible poem about the Boston bomber. Is singer Amanda Palmer a free-spirited visionary – or a deluded egotist?
Exclusive: U.S. has secretly provided training to Syrian rebels
Since late last year, CIA and U.S. operatives have been providing support to Syrian rebels, particularly for anti-tank and anti-aircraft armaments.
The two-week courses include training with Russian-designed 14.5-millimeter anti-tank rifles, anti-tank missiles, as well as 23-millimeter anti-aircraft weapons, according to a rebel commander in the Syrian province of Dara who helps oversee weapons acquisitions and who asked his name not be used because the program is secret.
The training marks another step in U.S. involvement in the grisly, ongoing civil war within Syria, preceding President Obama’s recent pledge to provide arms to rebel forces.
Read the full story over at World Now.
Photos: Ahmad Aboud, Daniel Leal-Olivas, Jewel Samad / AFP/Getty Images, Manu Brabo, Edlib News Network / Associated Press
Game Theory is No Longer Just for Economists. Now Engineers and Computer Scientists Like MIT’s Asuman Ozdaglar, Constantinos Daskalakis, Silvio Micali, Munther Dahleh, and Mardavij Roozbehani are Using it to Rethink Their Work
We are in the midst of an animated GIF renaissance. What was once a relic of the Web 1.0 era, with MySpace connotations and an 8-bit Nintendo sensibility, can now be considered a timely medium.
More compelling than a static photo and more immediate than Web video, the animated GIF (correctly pronounced with a soft g) is a uniquely digital mode of conveying ideas and emotion. Like the Twitter hashtag, which has transitioned from a functional way of sorting content to its own part of speech, the animated GIF has gone from a simple file type to its own mode of expression. GIFs have grown up, and they are everywhere right now.
There are news GIFs (Gif Hound), fashion GIFs (Reed and Rader), arty GIFs (If We Don’t, Remember Me) and pornographic GIFs (you’ll have to Google those yourself). There is a whole subset of fan sites devoted to celebrity GIFs (fromBeyonce to Bieber), artists who make psychedelic GIFs (Mr. Div) and people who keep GIF personal journals (Gif Diary). There are entire GIF-based memes (What Should We Call Me) and spinoffs of those memes (What Should We Call Opera). Even President Obama’s reelection campaign is deploying animated GIFs.
If you clicked on any of those links, I’m sure you noticed a common denominator: They are all Tumblr blogs.
Yolanda Cuomo is the curatorial voice behind some of the 20th century’s greatest photographic books. This year, alongside Melissa Harris, Cuomo is co-curating this year’s LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, Va.
One word comes up again and again, like a shared mantra, when talking with Yolanda Cuomo, or when discussing Cuomo with people who know her: collaboration. Hardly surprising, perhaps, in light of the talent that, at one time or another, the 55-year-old art director and designer has worked with — including creative icons from Avedon and Sylvia Plachy to Twyla Tharp and Laurie Anderson. But one quickly gets the sense that, in Cuomo’s world, collaboration is not simply one way to approach a project; it’s the only way to approach a project.
As her longtime friend (“creative soulmate” might be a more apt description), Aperture Foundation editor-in-chief Melissa Harris, puts it: “Yolanda is simply one of the greatest people I know. She is so full of ideas, and our collaborations [on books, magazines, exhibitions] have been so fantastic because we always approach each project from an utterly fresh perspective. And we laugh,” she adds, making it clear that humor is an integral element of their long-time, enormously fruitful partnership. “We laugh a lot.”