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Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria
“Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books and nobody is allowed to read them.”
By James Somers

You were going to get one-click access to the full text of nearly every book that’s ever been published. Books still in print you’d have to pay for, but everything else—a collection slated to grow larger than the holdings at the Library of Congress, Harvard, the University of Michigan, at any of the great national libraries of Europe—would have been available for free at terminals that were going to be placed in every local library that wanted one.

At the terminal you were going to be able to search tens of millions of books and read every page of any book you found. You’d be able to highlight passages and make annotations and share them; for the first time, you’d be able to pinpoint an idea somewhere inside the vastness of the printed record, and send somebody straight to it with a link. Books would become as instantly available, searchable, copy-pasteable—as alive in the digital world—as web pages.

It was to be the realization of a long-held dream. “The universal library has been talked about for millennia,” Richard Ovenden, the head of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries, has said. “It was possible to think in the Renaissance that you might be able to amass the whole of published knowledge in a single room or a single institution.” In the spring of 2011, it seemed we’d amassed it in a terminal small enough to fit on a desk.

“This is a watershed event and can serve as a catalyst for the reinvention of education, research, and intellectual life,” one eager observer wrote at the time.

On March 22 of that year, however, the legal agreement that would have unlocked a century’s worth of books and peppered the country with access terminals to a universal library was rejected under Rule 23(e)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.


On this day in music history: August 11, 1973 - Eighteen year old Jamaican born DJ Kool Herc (aka Clive Campbell) throws a block party in the first floor rec room of his apartment building at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx in New York City. Advertised as a “Back To School Jam”, flyers handwritten on 3x5 index cards are distributed widely throughout the neighborhood. The event is filled to capacity, attracting 300 people. Herc sets up his powerful sound system in the room, spinning a mixture of R&B, Funk, Latin and Rock records. Using duplicate copies of the same record on two turntables, Herc isolates and extends the breakdown of these songs to the delight of the crowd. The event is a huge success and leads to the DJ spinning at even larger events on the streets and in clubs in and around the Bronx. However, the first party is regarded as a watershed event in history as the birth of the Hip Hop Movement. Happy 43rd Birthday, Hip Hop!!!


9/16/2016 (New York)—Pantheon (Knopf/Penguin Random House) announces plans to publish the English edition of internationally acclaimed gay erotica artist and icon Gengoroh Tagame’s first general audience comic book series, My Brother’s Husband, in a two-volume omnibus edition.

 My Brother’s Husband is the hit Japanese manga series, awarded by the country’s own Media Arts Council for Excellence in Manga, celebrating an unapologetic approach to queer social themes and issues. In a heteronormative mainstream comics culture that has never seen an explicitly gay main character in a popular series, My Brother’s Husband has been a watershed publishing event: not only is this the first openly out gay artist to be commended by a government council, Tagame’s bestselling work has now been featured on the front cover of the popular young adult magazine in which it serializes…twice.
The series “My Brother’s Husband” debuted in Gekkan Action Zasshi (Monthly Action Magazine) in November of 2014 in Japan to monumental critical acclaim and commercial success. Currently approaching its 16th installment, the monthly series has been one of publisher Futabasha’s bestselling series. The first collected book of the series (Chapters 1-7) is in at least its fifth printing and has since launch, been translated into Korean and French. Unlike the original or current foreign editions, the English edition will be formatted as a two volume omnibus.
My Brother’s Husband is a family drama that begins with the auspicious arrival of Mike, a Canadian who has come to pay respects to the family of his recently deceased Japanese husband Ryoji, whose only remaining immediate family member is Yaichi—an identical twin brother. As Mike gets accustomed to Japanese morays and the surprising idiosyncrasies of living with Yaichi and his daughter Kana, the sleepy Japanese suburb also learns the true meaning of family.
“I think ‘My Brother’s Husband’ will be one of the most important works of manga to be published in the last ten years—it opens the door on what it means to be LGBT in Japan today, the considerable challenges that community still faces, and how it relates to the strides of acceptance that have been made in the West.  Gengoroh Tagame has achieved something extraordinary here, in his beautifully-drawn story of not only a very modern family, but an international one too.” —Designer/Editor Chip Kidd

Gengoroh TAGAME
Born in 1964. Upon graduating Tama Art University, he took jobs as an Art Director, debuting as a gay erotic artist in 1986 with manga, illustratraions and prose fiction for a variety of magazines. He has been a full-time gay erotic artist since 1994. As a gay mangaka he has published over a dozen graphic novels and been translated into French, Spanish, German, Italian, and finally in English, with the 2013 publication of The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame, edited by Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins and Chip Kidd. His artwork has been exhibited in solo exhibitions around the world, including Paris, Berlin, Los Angeles and New York. Tagame’s work can be found in comic bookstores and online at massive-goods.com where he is also represented by Anne Ishii.
MASSIVE GOODS designs, produces and curates queer and feminist comics and art created by artists in Japan.
My Brother’s Husband: Volume 1 (of 2) will be released Summer 2017, produced in conjunction with MASSIVE GOODS.
Translator: Anne Ishii
Designer: Chip Kidd
Production: John Kuramoto
Originally published in Japanese by: Futabasha, 2014-2015

Ornette Coleman, The Shape of Jazz to Come [Atlantic, 1959] was a watershed event in the genesis of avant-garde jazz, profoundly steering its future course and throwing down a gauntlet that some still haven’t come to grips with. The record shattered traditional concepts of harmony in jazz, getting rid of not only the piano player but the whole idea of concretely outlined chord changes. The pieces here follow almost no predetermined harmonic structure, which allows Coleman and partner Don Cherry an unprecedented freedom to take the melodies of their solo lines wherever they felt like going in the moment, regardless of what the piece’s tonal center had seemed to be. Plus, this was the first time Coleman recorded with a rhythm section – bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Billy Higgins – that was loose and open-eared enough to follow his already controversial conception. Coleman’s ideals of freedom in jazz made him a feared radical in some quarters; there was much carping about his music flying off in all directions, with little direct relation to the original theme statements. If only those critics could have known how far out things would get in just a few short years; in hindsight, it’s hard to see just what the fuss was about, since this is an accessible, frequently swinging record. It’s true that Coleman’s piercing, wailing alto squeals and vocalized effects weren’t much beholden to conventional technique, and that his themes often followed unpredictable courses, and that the group’s improvisations were very free-associative. But at this point, Coleman’s desire for freedom was directly related to his sense of melody – which was free-flowing, yes, but still very melodic. Of the individual pieces, the haunting “Lonely Woman” is a stone-cold classic, and “Congeniality” and “Peace” aren’t far behind. Any understanding of jazz’s avant-garde should begin here.


I cried freely at @thecurvycon today. I couldn’t help it. Who am i kidding, I’m still crying right now. After years of exercising in spaces where I was the ONLY- the ONLY #fat, ONLY #queer, ONLY #POC- today I exercised and practiced yoga in a room full of beautiful fat, queer, POC. FOR ONCE I WAS IN A FITNESS ENVIRONMENT FULL OF PEOPLE WHO LOOKED LIKE ME. THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED. IF YOU ARE NOT FAT BODIED, YOU MAY NOT REALIZE HOW EPIC THIS REALLY IS. At one point, I looked around at this amazing crowd of curvy bodies- w/ bad bitches like @round_the_way_gal & @rozthediva just casually kicking ass and taking names- EVERYONE with their hands in the air, EVERYONE moving fast, sweating freely, jiggling like all hell- and i really couldn’t take it. I started crying. While snapchatting. It was amazing. Thank you to everyone involved in the creation of @thecurvycon- idk if you know it, but this is a watershed event in the #bodypositivity movement, and I hope you feel proud. Thank you @anowaadjah for embodying the future of the fitness industry, and for busting all of our asses today. But especially thank you to @ceceolisa and @garnerstyle for seeing the need for this kind of environment, scoffing at the naysayers, and making space for a real body positive fitness revolution to happen. As always, I bow and bow and bow. Shout out to @glamourmag & @huffingtonpost for showing me mad love this week- they both have videos about me floating around on Facebook if you’re into it. throwback to practicing yoga by the Brooklyn Bridge with a mop of hair and my favorite @mandukayoga leggings. (at New York, New York)

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On this day in music history: August 11, 1973 - Eighteen year old Jamaican born DJ Kool Herc (aka Clive Campbell) will throw a block party in the first floor rec room of his apartment building at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx in New York City. Advertised as a “Back To School Jam”, flyers handwritten on 3 x 5 index cards will be distributed widely throughout the neighborhood. The event will be filled to capacity, attracting 300 people. Herc will set up his powerful sound system in the room, spinning a mixture of R&B, Funk, Latin and Rock records. Using duplicate copies of the same record on two turntables, Herc would isolate and extend the breakdown of these songs to the delight of the crowd. The event will be a huge success and will lead to the DJ spinning at even larger events on the streets and in clubs in and around the Bronx. However, the first party will be regarded as a watershed event in history as the birth of the Hip Hop Movement. Happy 42nd Birthday, Hip Hop!!!

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“What would you have me do?” Jinki took a calm sip of his drink. Jonghyun was a romantic. It was a bit of a joke among their friends; his imagination was always two steps ahead of his heart. And more often than not, both were left dissatisfied. “Don’t tell me to go to the airport because traffic is ridiculous on Fridays.”

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And finally, what if Marat were to return today? What would he think of the state of our planet in the second decade of the twenty-first century? He could read in the history books that the Great French Revolution—his Revolution—is recognized as the watershed event in the making of the modern world.
“But what did it accomplish?” he might ask.
“It rid France of a parasitic class whose right to rule was based upon aristocratic birthright and traditional privilege.”
“Is that all?”
“It established legal and political equality, which then spread throughout much of Europe and the world.”
“Legal and political equality? What about economic and social equality?”
“No, the situation in that regard is even worse than you remember it. Today, despite two centuries of mind-boggling technological progress, a handful of billionaires control most of the Earth’s resources while billions of people remain mired in hunger, disease, oppression, and grinding poverty.”
Marat would surely be shocked and dismayed to learn that after more than 200 years his struggle for social revolution had lost none of its relevance and urgency. Where is the People’s Friend now, when we need him?
—  Jean Paul Marat: Tribune of the French Revolution (Clifford D. Conner)

Today in 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give her seat to a white passenger on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. She was arrested for violating Montgomery, AL segregation laws.
Parks’ arrest lead to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a protest lasting 381 days.

The famous boycott concluded when the outcome for Browder v. Gayle was upheld by the US Supreme Court, ruling that Alabama Bus segregation laws were unconstitutional - violating the Fourteenth Amendment.

Rosa Parks’ action that day serves as one of the watershed events of American history.

Candlelight vigil in memory of the 1932 uprising in Izalco, El Salvador. Following an uprising of mostly indigenous peasants against government repression and voting irregularities, state and militia forces killed perhaps 30,000 people. Popularly known as la matanza, this watershed event was understood to be the end of indigeneity in El Salvador for decades. After the end of the Cold War and communist claims, many people are reclaiming their history, and their identity.

Una marcha fue organizada en Izalco el 21 de enero 2014  para conmemorar el 82 aniversario de la levantamiento indígena de 1932. Los miembros de la “Alcaldía del Común”,  una estructura de organización comunal de orígenes en la colonia, participaran de la procesión. Según los historiadores se calcula que el ejercito salvadoreño mato a 25 mil personas para sofocar el levantamiento de la población indígena en la zona occidental de El Salvador. Vea más fotografías en el siguiente enlace: http://goo.gl/skVMcI

(Photos: AFP via El Faro)

girl75lostinspace-deactivated20  asked:

Every time someone says something about Iris being a redhead. I roll my eyes. Because Barry is originally blond. But no one is crying about how Grant Gustin isn't a blond.

Of course they aren’t.  The fanboy/fangirl tears over Barry’s hair color stopped the minute they saw Grant’s very first episode of Arrow.  Why?  Because ultimately, Barry’s hair color doesn’t have anything to do with the essence of who he is.  Changing him from a blonde to a brunette doesn’t alter his personality or his destiny as a superhero.  And Grant is damn good in the part. 

Same goes for Iris.  She doesn’t need to be a redhead to be the Iris West everyone knows and loves from the comics:  intrepid reporter, great love of Barry Allen/The Flash’s life, progenitor of the Flash Family.  Her not having red hair changes none of those things.  Not to mention the fact that canonically, she’s been both a brunette and a redhead, but they always seem to conveniently forget that part.  And Candice as Iris West has been a treat.

Let’s be real here.  They could have dyed Candice’s hair Weasley red, and the people who’re complaining still wouldn’t be happy.  They could have hired a black actress with naturally red hair, and they’d still be unhappy with the casting. The hair color complaint is only a proxy for what they really have a problem with.  And that’s her skin color.  Hell, they’ve said as much.  From a Screenrant.com article that was just about the casting descriptions (Candice hadn’t been cast yet):

mongoose    1 year ago

I really don’t get WHAT Hollywood’s incessant need to replace white characters with black ones in comic based stories is, it appears to be a watershed event though. Is Affirmative Action giving them some sort of kickback for every replaced character?

As you said, if this TRULY is about international diversification, where are the ethnic representatives?

Fortunately, there were quite a few folks who truly didn’t care, but this inherent bias and vitriol against black women in leading roles is alive and kicking (see Sleepy Hollow, Person of Interest, Merlin, and Doctor Who just to name a few).  IMO, there should be true diversification in media, but like the commenter above, I get a strong “anything but black” vibe from some of the people who are championing it the loudest.

Some people may not have been thrilled that Grant is a young brunette, but they were willing to give him a chance.  Candice Patton has continually had to prove herself worthy to simply be Iris West.  To simply exist in The Flash universe (even though her character is deeply ingrained in The Flash mythos).  Nine episodes in, and she still has to convince the viewers why she’s worthy enough to be the white male lead’s love interest.  Why she deserves to be loved and cherished and protected by the people in her life.  She’s been unfairly and inexplicably deemed untrustworthy and stupid over and over again.  Called a damsel in distress despite punching out Girder and taking down the Clock King.  I’m just waiting for someone to call her uppity tbh. 

Respect and a given place in Barry/The Flash’s life have been automatically bestowed upon the only other female on the show from episode one.  Candice however, is still trying to prove to the viewers why she deserves to be second-billed, and by extension, Iris is still trying to prove she should even be on the show.  And it has absolutely nothing to do with her hair color. 

Cooperating Satellites Could Help Find Planes And Ships Lost At Sea

by Michael Keller

A virtual constellation of satellites already in orbit could help searchers find planes and ships lost at sea.

A team of space scientists and remote sensing experts tapped into the surveillance power of 54 Earth-observing satellites, which are currently tasked with recording only images of land beneath their orbits.

By expanding the mission of the spacecraft to take pictures of the world’s oceans and inland waters and then feeding the data into a single system, the group believes search-and-rescue operations could be quickly focused on areas of several hundred square miles.

“We’ve been looking at ways in which spacecraft can be operated in a coordinated way to acquire imagery over areas of water in such a way that those images may be used at a later date in the search for ships, small vessels and aircraft that go missing and which are very difficult and time-consuming to find when rescue crews are out there looking for survivors,” says Nigel Bannister, a physicist at the University of Leicester in the UK who led the research.

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