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the hack of Sony and the fallout

Sony got hacked by North Korea, not just the stupid "Interview" movie, but lots of confidential emails, and apparently a future plan of Snapchat, and who knows what else? Now the movie is not being shown because of threats of another 9-11 event in theatres that show the movie. Sony is reeling, everyone associated with it is affected to some extent, as are movie theatres and viewers that see or show Sony movies.  It is clear that it was a sophisticated tech group from NK that hacked into Sony. They had to have Chinese support. It is amazing that such a country as NK could do this and the effective pernicious extent of the hacking. Now that the investigators are sure who was responsible, what is the next step? Will the US push sanctions against China and/or NK? Maybe limit all American movie access to them? I'm sure Sony is thinking, "what we need is a super techy who can send something their way. " Perhaps it is on the way already. If NK (really China) can do th…

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Navaho nation forced to buy sacred items

Members of the Navaho nation went to Paris to buy at auction sacred items that the Paris Drouot auction house refused not to sell. The auction house refused to postpone to allow time to verify if the objects had been stolen. Although opposed to buying the items, the tribe bought them as a last resort. Also auctioned were items the Hopis did not want auctioned. Read more about it here.

Clifford the Big Red dog creator dies

In honor of the Clarke's children's lit collection I note that Norman Bridwell, the creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog series, has died. What a wonderful series! We have some of the originals in my home, you know the kind where the only colors were black, red and white from the late 1960s. The Clarke has a Clifford and the circus book (I bet I donated that) and a kit. There is another Clifford book upstairs in the Park's children's lit collection. Read more about him at

Tutankhamun exhibit restored

With funds from the EU, Egypt has restored a substantial part of its museum, including that showing the Tutankhamun tomb exhibit. It is hoped that the 7-year restoration will help restore Egypt's tourism business which the country desperately needs. See cool images and read more about it here

Why UT doesn't want to report what it paid for Marquez's archives

Earlier this month there was an announcement that a major writer's papers  from Columbia were coming to an American archives. I felt very ignorant because I had never heard of the man, Gabriel Garcia Marquez,  much less read his literature. He won a Nobel Prize for heaven's sake.  Now there is a bigger article about his archives in the news because the university refuses to report what it paid for the archives, fearing the disclosure may cause the price of archives to increase and make them unattainable for many archives.  I'd be surprised if the archives/library didn't use their Friends of the Library/Archives to gather funds to purchase the archives. It will be interesting to see if they will be forced to disclose or not. Marquez's archives is large, encompassing 50 years of materials with  manuscripts of 10 of his major books. It will be housed at the University of Texas's Harry Ransom Center, which also has the archives of "renowned Argentine writer Jo…

internet access and equality report

Report finds (access to) the Internet is available in have countries and not in have nots, making it less free and more unequal. This is very similar to a statement we archivists have about have and have not institutions and their access to supplies, info, training, and the web. Here's a cool map showing tha Africa, parts of Asia and the pacific islands are have nots. Of course, there is access and then controlled access to consider. Read more about it here

Dylan Thomas poetry notebook bought by Univ. for over 104 thousand

Dylan Thomas' poetry notebook was found in a drawer in his mother-in-law's house. It was purchased by Swansea Univ. in the UK at auction Tues. in London, and is now housed in the Richard Burton Archives. His major poems are in there, as well as some of his last creations. Scholars say it shows his thought process and they find it very exciting. Read more about it here

Pirate Bay goes down

Following a raid, Pirate Bay in Sweden went down completely instead of temporarily being blocked. One of the most known pirating sites, the subject of raids before, almost impossible to stop, it's future functioning is now questionable. Read more about it here

Winnie the Pooh drawing auctioned for over 310 million pounds

This drawing will not be in the Clarke anytime soon. The 1928 original drawing shows  Pooh, Piglet, and Christopher Robin on a bridge playing Pooh sticks. Pooh is, as always, adorable, so are the other two. Estimates for the auction sale price were a third of the final bid. Read more about it here

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Elgin marble loan controversy

For the first time, one of of celebrated 2500 year old "Elgin" marbles of Greek antiquity, stolen from Greece by Lord Elgin and housed in the British Museum since 1816 will be loaned not to its homeland Greece, but to Russia. Greece maintains that Lord Elgin stole them and they should be returned entirely to Greece. He took to Britain  247 ft.. of the 525 ft. frieze, 15 of 92 marble panels and 17 figures. Greece is totally ticked. Will they petition Putin to retain the sculpture to Greece or will it disappear into the Hermitage? They are perfection in ancient art. Read more about it here

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