Dec 222014
 

Inside the Firewall

China blocks sites from its citizens. We know this. But, what do they block and to what extent? Sisi Wei for ProPublica tracked major news homepages with the help of transparency site GreatFire.org and archived the pages for the sampled days.

Each row represents a timeline for a homepage, and a color-coded tick is added for each day a homepage is checked. There are four categories: blocked, no censorship detected, inconclusive (meaning there's mixed results from different testing servers), and no data.

For the most part it looks like there isn't a ton of switches between no censorship and blocked. There's some between inconclusive and blocked, but that might just be a server thing. Hard to say. However, the Wall Street Journal looks like it was blocked around the anniversary of Tiananmen Square, with a mostly green to mostly red transition. And of course, for reference, Facebook and Twitter is a bunch of red.

One interesting bit, and I don't know if it's just a coincidence, but there are some green slivers that appear after December 17, the day the project went up.

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Dec 222014
 
What It Shows This infographic maps the intense layers of connections between the multiple characters, stories, and actors in the movie Cloud Atlas. The film has been out for a couple of years, but I hadn’t gotten around to seeing it until a few days ago. Immediately after watching, especially given my experience with Inception […]
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Dec 212014
 

Taal lake is a freshwater resource of the residents of the province of Batangas,island of Luzon, the Philippines. Aside from its inherrent livelihood and food source, the lake is so unique because it is believed to have been created by volcanic eruptions during pre-historic period. It is actually a caldera which acts as a basin for the provinces of Batangas, Laguna, and Cavite. The water outflows to one and only river to the West Philippine Sea. In the middle of the lake sits an island called the Volcano island. On the Volcano Island is a volcano named Taal Volcano.

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Dec 212014
 

I hope your semesters are wrapping up as unstressfully as possible. I look forward to seeing your collections and thoughts popping up on the forum over the break and as we enter the spring semester. For now, I’m still thinking through my own digital collection and I appreciate the space to be able to write up some of my current questions and ideas.

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Dec 202014
 
Less than a week to go until Christmas! We thought we'd treat you to another Guess the Manuscript - we know you love them - but this time with a festive twist... Carol singing, medieval-style - but where might you find these three angels? Answers, as usual, through the comments...
Dec 202014
 

Yesterday British Library Labs hosted the one day workshop “Curious Images: Image Processing, Pattern Recognition, Artistic Use and a celebration of the British Library 1 Million images collection.” It was a fascinating showcase of the ways in which artists and researchers have interacted with the British Library 1 million images on Flickr.

Moving from the power of art to the possible impact of technology, the creativity and innovation in the presentations showed us the enormous potential of cultural heritage content on the web.

From artist David Normal’s use of the images to create huge backlit installations as part of the Burning Man festival to Mario Klingemann’s cluster recognition tool identifying and classifying thousands of images automatically. Advances in handwriting-to-text analysis through the University of Valencia’s tranScriptorium and Queensland University TILT projects. Cardiff Universities Lost Visions tagging interface and Oxford Universities projects on object recognition and the temporal ordering for objects with no date attached. This was a day full of imagination and foresight. It’s exciting to look towards to realisation of these projects, and the development and impact of the tools being conceived in the area of digital resource discovery.

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Dec 202014
 

78 classic cocktail recipes from the International Bartender’s Association’s list of drinks every bartender should know.

Forget old-school measures like ml and oz. We’ve calculated our own universal metric. One of any ingredient represents one part of any measuring vessel you choose: cup, spoon, lid, shoe, whatever – it’s your party! These universal recipes scale up for any level of mayhem. Enjoy! Um…responsibly of course.

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