Tuesday, April 21, 2015

UK Centre for Computing History

The Cambridge UK Centre for Computing History, which has nearly a thousand old computers and related items like game consoles, phones, and toys with computers in them, raised 200,000 pounds in a month of fundraising. Now there are some development folks who should get a bonus! At least part of the funding will be used to create a Tech Odyssey exhibit to help inspire and tell the story of the computer revolution. Very cool. For more info click here http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-32354826

Alice is 150

Alice Through the Looking glass/in Wonderland is 150 years old, first having been printed in 1865 in the UK. Various theater adaptations and a new Disney film are in the works to mark the anniversary. The Clarke has a gorgeous original American publication from 1866 with original (ugly) drawings. The author saw them after the book was released as a paid subscription, paid in advance only offer, immediately after the Civil War ended. He demanded his agent retrieve them all, bring them back to England, get all new (author approved) drawings, insert them in the book, remove the old drawings and then return them to the purchasers. What a long year for the agent traveling 1 month 1 way on a ship to and from to get orders, to and from to retrieve books, to and from to deliver final copies. Our version is gilt edged and velum bound, lovely even if the images are cold and sterile. Because it was originally presented to Princess Beatrice, the author and his agent could not ask for her to return it to have new images inserted. The book with the original images from the American release, right after the Civil War, are quite rare and it is a very expensive book. Read more about the UK version and anniversary events here.http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-32314299

Friday, April 17, 2015

Wikileaks published Sony docs and emails

Sony is going to be even more embarrassed than it was over its Angelina Jolie remarks. 170,000 emails and over 20,000 documents are now publicly released. Sony is strongly against the public release, of course. Assange says the documents "at the centre of a geo-political conflict". What does that  mean? Does it all have to do with The Interview film, being first not released, then released, and resulting sanctions against NK and foreign hackers?? I'm sure there will be debate about what it means. NK praised the release. Read more about it here http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-32343268

ancient humans were cannibals

Extensive tests on skeletal remains found in Somerset, England, in 1992 confirm that some humans ate others. To quote one  of the scientists, "We’ve found undoubting evidence for defleshing, disarticulation, human chewing, crushing of spongy bone, and the cracking of bones to extract marrow." That is pretty specific. Also, teeth marks were found on some bones. The bones showing evidence of their previous persons being eaten are about 15,000 years old.  All of this verifies cannibalism existed. The question is how widespread it was and why it existed. Was it ritualistic? A pure act of war? Ancestor worship? This is fascinating and repugnant simultaneously.  Read more about it here http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150416-our-ancestors-were-cannibals

Oscars moving image Cataloger job posting

Moving Image Cataloger

The Moving Image Cataloger works in the Academy Film Archive under the supervision of the Head Cataloger. Primary duties include reviewing, indexing and approving records of recently processed items, developing cataloging policy, collaborating with other staff to process and describe collections.

Duties and Responsibilities
Perform descriptive cataloguing, subject indexing and authority control using a relational database
Enter basic data and clean up legacy data
Develop collection level cataloguing strategies
Work in teams with archivists, preservationists, curators and interns to process collections.
Create data reports for archive staff
Develop and document cataloguing policies and practices. May be required to work cross-departmentally with staff of Digital Management Services and catalogers in other Academy collecting divisions to define cataloging procedures and data governance policies.
Develop and maintain professional skills by participating in continuing education and professional activities such as conferences, workshops and committee work

Qualifications and Requirements

Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with other staff, visitors and catalogers at other archives.
Previous experience working with relational databases and familiarity with new technologies
Experience cataloging moving image material in a library or archival setting.
Familiarity with controlled vocabularies such as Library of Congress Subject Headings, Thesaurus for Graphic Materials, and Getty Art & Architect Thesaurus.
Knowledge of cinema history and current archival and library cataloging practices and standards.
Masters in film and/or library studies
Excellent attention to detail
Familiarity with Adlib Archive/Library/Museum collections management software is a plus

To Apply:

Please submit application and cover letter to www.oscars.org/careers.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

WWII silver rupees salvaged

Divers brought up 50 million dollars worth of silver rupees from a ship sunk in WWII. The SS City of Cairo was sunk by a German u-boat in 1942. The boat was hit by 2 torpedoes. While most of the crew survived and got into boats, half of them perished before or after rescue. The silver was owned by the British Treasury.  A salvage crew entered into a contract with the Treasury to retrieve it. Odd objects on the ocean floor were found by a salvage crew in 2011. Eventually they found and retrieved a large part of the silver by Sept. 2013. It was found at quite a deep depth. The retrieved silver was melted down and the salvage crew got a percentage. The money had originally been requested from India to help the UK with the war effort. The propeller of the second torpedo was also found still sitting on the ocean floor. The retrieval has only been announced recently. Read more about it here http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-32316599

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Pearl Harbor remains to be identified

Due to improvements in forensic analysis and identification, the remains of 394  then unidentifiable remains of service men killed aboard the USS Oklahoma during the bombing of Pearl Harbor and buried in a grave as Unknown at a national cemetery in Hawaii will now be dug up and identified. It is good that we can identify these men who died in service to our nation.  I think this is interesting that it is happening now. I have no info as to why or who pushed for it. This will take a lot of time and money and effort. Who is paying for it?  Well we the taxpayers will pay for it ultimately. Also, I think it is interesting that this was not covered in CNN, I had to read about it in the BBCNews. Read more about it here http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-32313713