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Bodymovin - aescripts + aeplugins - aescripts.com
An After Effects extension to export animations for web. Animations are exported as .json files that use the bodymovin.js player that comes along with the plugin. You can render animations in the browser on svg, canvas and html. It supports a subset of After Effects features.
animation  Javascript  utility  AfterEffects  +++++  nmd205 
8 days ago by jonippolito
Mapping the Atlantic Charter · Norumbega [Colin Windhorst via Neatline]
[DIG student project based on historic meeting between Churchill and FDR in 1941, a precedent for the United Nations]
alumni  digitalcuration  maine  map  history  +++++ 
20 days ago by jonippolito
xkcd: Research Risks
[Graph showing risk of your research being used by a supervillain versus breaking free from your facility]
research  defect  fun  +++++ 
28 days ago by jonippolito
ART+COM Studios | Terravision
Terravision, 1994

Ter­rav­i­sion is a net­worked vir­tual rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the earth based on satel­lite im­ages, aer­ial shots, al­ti­tude data and ar­chi­tec­tural data. It serves as an en­vi­ron­ment to or­gan­ise and ac­cess in­for­ma­tion spa­tially. Users can nav­i­gate seam­lessly from overviews of the earth to ex­tremely de­tailed ob­jects and build­ings.

Ad­di­tion­ally to the pho­to­re­al­is­tic rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the earth, all kinds of spa­tial in­for­ma­tion-data are in­te­grated. Even his­tor­i­cal aer­ial shots and ar­chi­tec­tural data are of­fered in the sys­tem; this al­lows users to nav­i­gate not only spa­tially but also through time. All data are dis­trib­uted and net­worked and are streamed into the sys­tem ac­cord­ing to the user’s needs.

Ter­rav­i­sion was the first sys­tem to pro­vide a seam­less nav­i­ga­tion and vi­su­al­i­sa­tion in a mas­sively large spa­tial data en­vi­ron­ment. In order to nav­i­gate this data, three core com­po­nents were cre­ated as an in­ter­face: a large sphere ref­er­enc­ing the globe to pilot the planet; a 3D mouse to fly around; and a touch screen to in­ter­act with ob­jects on the vir­tual earth.

Ter­rav­i­sion is an isochro­nous re­al­i­sa­tion of Neal Stephen­son’s lit­er­ary idea in the novel “Snow Crash” as well as a pre­quel to Google Earth.

Deutsche Telekom Berkom GmbH sup­ported the re­search pro­ject.
map  Google  art  newmedia  history  place  interface  +++++ 
4 weeks ago by jonippolito
Streaming-Only Shows Come With One Huge Problem for Consumers and Historians
In their book Re-collection, co-authors Jon Ippolito and Richard Rinehart quote an industry lawyer who, in a letter to the U.S. Copyright Office, asserted that the industry rejects “the view that copyright owners and their licensees are required to provide consumers with perpetual access to creative works.” Of course we all understand that our Netflix subscriptions don’t entitle us to watch 30 Rock or Beavis and Butt-Head in perpetuity. (Both shows are gracing Hulu at the moment.) But the problem runs deeper than the practical implications of individuals having to pay for multiple subscriptions in order to maintain access to their favorite shows. The problem is systemic. Providing “perpetual access” really requires a system that is decentralized with plenty of redundancy built in, and that’s just what streaming video platforms are unable to offer. When talking about the preservation of information, librarians use the expression “LOCKSS” or “lots of copies keep stuff safe.” If every library—or every Walmart—in the country has a copy of a certain DVD, it’s unlikely that all those copies will be destroyed or lost simultaneously. But online streaming platforms are highly centralized by their very nature, and it’s doubtful that they really have the resources to maintain “lots” of carefully maintained copies of their exclusive content....

Experts have proposed strategies for saving all sorts of corporate-owned digital content, including TV. Rumsey suggests that lawmakers create more legal and financial incentives to encourage the entertainment industry to deposit digital assets in libraries and archives. Ippolito, who is director of the digital curation graduate program at the University of Maine, believes that concept of long-term storage of digital media is unworkable. Rather than impose analog methods on digital media, he recommends developing strategies that best suit the digital world. For example, emulation is a preservation strategy that allows a new computer to imitate an older computer so that it will be compatible with older software. But because emulation would encourage consumers to reuse old things (say, games or videos) rather than buy new ones, the entertainment industry objects to it, citing copyright infringement.

In spite of these differences of opinion in the world of archives and digital curation, all these ideas have one common denominator: Creating tax incentives, mandating archival deposit, and reforming copyright all require action from Congress. Given the history of gridlock in Washington, we may have no choice but to continue to accept the inevitability of digital impermanence.

Rachel Paige King is a freelance writer and media librarian at Long Island University. Her articles have appeared in Salon, Tablet, and Atlas Obscura.
law  preservation  digitalcuration  media  movie  television  defect  network  press  @i  +++++ 
4 weeks ago by jonippolito
The popularity of zombies is due to a mistake in Night of the Living Dead - The Verge
Zombies are everywhere, with blockbuster TV shows like The Walking Dead and in Game of Thrones, and films such as 28 Days Later, World War Z, Zombieland, and many others. That popularity stems directly from George R. Romero’s 1968 film Night of the Living Dead. A new video essay from Kristian Williams delves into how one mistake with the film’s release led to the renaissance of zombie stories that terrify and entertain us.

That popularity is due in part to the fact that when Night of the Living Dead was released, its distributor forgot to place a copyright indicator when it changed the title from Night of the Flesh Eaters to its current moniker. According to copyright law at the time, leaving that symbol and the year off meant that it entered the public domain. “The film’s entry into the public domain became the ultimate distribution tool,” says Williams, because theaters, video stores, and TV stations could air it at no cost.

Here, you can watch it right now on YouTube, or download it off of the Internet Archive:

Copyright laws changed a decade after the film hit theaters, so leaving the mark off an original work now wouldn’t allow this to happen. Williams explains out that Romero’s undead were far different from the original zombies from Haitian folklore, and that it was original enough that a copyright would have protected the concept of the modern zombie. Indeed, had the film not entered the public domain, Romero’s hold on the film and concept would have lasted through at least 2024.

Because of the error, Zombies became a thing that could easily be exploited by other creators. Williams notes that if Romero retained the copyright through 2024, we wouldn’t get works like Shaun of the Dead, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and the hundreds of other works that have proliferated in the years since.
law  success  sharing  violence  movie  television  comics  nmd205  variablemedia  +++++ 
5 weeks ago by jonippolito
Museum Wars!
Bednarz O'Connell
@bednarz
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Sep 13
Who would win in a staff battle between @sciencemuseum and @NHM_London, what exhibits/items would help you be victorious? #askacurator
digitalcuration  socialmedia  success  museum  +++++  marketing 
5 weeks ago by jonippolito
| Nintendo - Corporate Information | Legal Information (Copyrights, Emulators, ROMs, etc.)
Can I Download a Nintendo ROM from the Internet if I Already Own the Authentic Game?

...The backup/archival copy exception is a very narrow limitation relating to a copy being made by the rightful owner of an authentic game to ensure he or she has one in the event of damage or destruction of the authentic. Therefore, whether you have an authentic game or not, or whether you have possession of a Nintendo ROM for a limited amount of time, i.e. 24 hours, it is illegal to download and play a Nintendo ROM from the Internet.

How Does Nintendo Feel About the Emergence of Video Game Emulators?

The introduction of emulators created to play illegally copied Nintendo software represents the greatest threat to date to the intellectual property rights of video game developers. As is the case with any business or industry, when its products become available for free, the revenue stream supporting that industry is threatened. Such emulators have the potential to significantly damage a worldwide entertainment software industry which generates over $15 billion annually, and tens of thousands of jobs.

What Does Nintendo Think of the Argument that Emulators are Actually Good for Nintendo Because it Promotes the Nintendo Brand to PC Users and Leads to More Sales?

Distribution of an emulator developed to play illegally copied Nintendo software hurts Nintendo's goodwill, the millions of dollars invested in research & development and marketing by Nintendo and its licensees. Substantial damages are caused to Nintendo and its licensees. It is irrelevant whether or not someone profits from the distribution of an emulator. The emulator promotes the play of illegal ROMs , NOT authentic games. Thus, not only does it not lead to more sales, it has the opposite effect and purpose.

How Come Nintendo Does Not Take Steps Towards Legitimizing Nintendo Emulators?

Emulators developed to play illegally copied Nintendo software promote piracy. That's like asking why doesn't Nintendo legitimize piracy. It doesn't make any business sense. It's that simple and not open to debate.

People Making Nintendo Emulators and Nintendo ROMs are Helping Publishers by Making Old Games Available that are No Longer Being Sold by the Copyright Owner. This Does Not Hurt Anyone and Allows Gamers to Play Old Favorites. What's the Problem?

The problem is that it's illegal... [more in cip-x/nintendo_emulator_faq.html]
emulation  law  defect  game  socialmemory  +++++  economics 
5 weeks ago by jonippolito
Melting permafrost is causing water to leak into the Arctic 'doomsday' vault - ScienceAlert
Opened in 2008, the facility on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen currently protects over 1 million seed packets containing around 4000 of the world's most important crop species from any possible threats to our managed ecosystems, from asteroid strike to war.

Technically, the vault is a back-up of back-ups held all around the world, with the fact it's buried 1300 kilometres (over 800 miles) beyond the Arctic circle providing not just a remote stronghold, but a cold, dry environment that would continue to keep them safe if the power ever fizzled out.

Without electricity the vault is still expected to stay at around -5 degrees Celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit) for the next two centuries, though with generators running it's kept at a numbing -18 degrees Celsius (-0.4 Fahrenheit).

Of course, staying cold and bone dry depends on the climate, which as we all know isn't trending in a chilly direction.

In fact, 2016 was the hottest year on the books since global temperatures were first noted down in 1880, a record broken just twelve months after the previous one had been set in 2015. Things weren't helped by an El Niño event, resulting in high temperatures that have melted permafrost in the Arctic circle and turned Spitsbergen's usual later winter dusting of snow into heavy rain.

"It was not in our plans to think that the permafrost would not be there and that it would experience extreme weather like that," Hege Njaa Aschim from the Norwegian government told Damian Carrington from The Guardian.

Rest assured the vault doesn't have a new underground swimming pool – it's buried about 122 metres (400 feet) into the side of a mountain with thick, solid concrete walls and a long entrance corridor sloping down, away from the facility's interior.

Yet water has breached that entrance, where it refroze and needed to be hacked out.

"A lot of water went into the start of the tunnel and then it froze to ice, so it was like a glacier when you went in," Aschim described.

Let Derek Muller from Veritasium give you a quick tour of the place to get a better idea of how it's structured.

What is concerning isn't so much the breach itself; even if it poured in, it would have to flow a fair way downhill, then up again, and fail to be removed by the pumping systems. Chances are it would freeze anyway, and form a barrier preventing more water from flooding inside.

But the fact the vault should operate neatly without human intervention means any threats need to be taken seriously. And a water-tight entrance simply wasn't in the plans.
storage  digitalcuration  preservation  life  defect  climatechange  +++++ 
5 weeks ago by jonippolito
The US Nuclear Arsenal | Union of Concerned Scientists
The president can use them at any time.

As Commander in Chief, the president enjoys complete control over the US nuclear arsenal. No one in Congress, the judicial branch, or even the US military can legally prevent their use once the president’s order is given.
war  military  defect  infographic  nmd104  nmd305  parallaxscrolling  +++++  Politics  governance 
11 weeks ago by jonippolito
CSS Web Safe Fonts
* Serif Fonts
Georgia, serif
"Palatino Linotype", "Book Antiqua", Palatino, serif
"Times New Roman", Times, serif

* Sans-Serif Fonts
Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif
"Arial Black", Gadget, sans-serif
"Comic Sans MS", cursive, sans-serif
Impact, Charcoal, sans-serif
"Lucida Sans Unicode", "Lucida Grande", sans-serif
Tahoma, Geneva, sans-serif
"Trebuchet MS", Helvetica, sans-serif
Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif

* Monospace Fonts
"Courier New", Courier, monospace
"Lucida Console", Monaco, monospace
css  nmd104  nmd305  reference  typography  +++++ 
11 weeks ago by jonippolito
Inventing Downtown:Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952–1965 - Grey Gallery
Between the apex of Abstract Expressionism and the rise of Pop Art and Minimalism, the New York art scene was transformed by artist-run galleries. Inventing Downtown presents works from fourteen of these crucibles of experimentation, highlighting artists’ efforts to create new exhibition venues for innovative works of art—ranging from abstract and figurative painting, assemblage, sculpture, and works on paper to groundbreaking installations and performances.

Inventing Downtown proposes viewing these fourteen galleries via five thematic groupings. Leaving Midtown focuses on three Tenth Street galleries which adopted a cooperative business structure where expenses were shared among elected members: Tanager Gallery, Hansa Gallery, and Brata Gallery. City as Muse features four ventures that did not adopt the co-op model: City Gallery, Reuben Gallery, Delancey Street Museum, and Judson Gallery. They are best known for creating dynamic installations and pioneering performances. Space and Time investigates two significant artist-run projects, 112 Chambers Street and 79 Park Place, which occupied different conceptual terrains, embraced a wide range of media, and shared an interest in exploring temporality and geo-spatial dimensions. Politics as Practice includes four groups: March Group, Judson Church’s Hall of Issues, The Center, and Spiral Group, which examined the viability of politics as a subject for art and channeled a new sense of social urgency in addressing Cold War politics, the civil rights movement, and the legacy of World War II, among other concerns. Finally, Defining Downtown looks at the Green Gallery, which played a decisive role in bringing downtown uptown and fostering the rise of Pop and Minimalism. Its program, however, resulted in the narrowing of aesthetic possibilities and the marginalization of many artists.

Artist-run galleries shaped American art irreversibly. After 1965, New York’s uptown and downtown art scenes increasingly diverged, which led to the flowering of nonprofit downtown alternative spaces. Although more than half a century has passed since the era of Inventing Downtown, many of the issues mined in the exhibition still resonate in today’s art world—split as it is between the booming commercial market for contemporary art and ever more pluralistic models of artistic production, promotion, and display.

Inventing Downtown is curated by Melissa Rachleff, clinical associate professor in NYU’s Steinhardt School.
art  angeloippolito  +++++  press 
11 weeks ago by jonippolito
Scripts n Styles — WordPress Plugins
This plugin allows Admin users the ability to add custom CSS and JavaScript directly into individual Post, Pages or any other registered custom post types. You can also add classes to the body tag and the post container. There is a Global settings page for which you can write Scripts n Styles for the entire blog.

Admin’s can also add classes to the TinyMCE “Formats” dropdown which users can use to style posts and pages directly. As of Scripts n Styles 3+ styles are reflected in the post editor.

Because only well trusted users should ever be allowed to insert JavaScript directly into the pages of your site, this plugin restricts usage to admin type users. Admin’s have access to even more sensitive areas by definition, so that should be relatively safe
Javascript  CSS  WordPress  utility  +++++ 
11 weeks ago by jonippolito
Why I Am Not a Maker - The Atlantic
A quote often attributed to Gloria Steinem says: “We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons... but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.” Maker culture, with its goal to get everyone access to the traditionally male domain of making, has focused on the first. But its success means that it further devalues the traditionally female domain of caregiving, by continuing to enforce the idea that only making things is valuable. Rather, I want to see us recognize the work of the educators, those that analyze and characterize and critique, everyone who fixes things, all the other people who do valuable work with and for others—above all, the caregivers—whose work isn’t about something you can put in a box and sell.
newmedia  creativity  gender  Politics  evaluation  +++++  STEAM 
12 weeks ago by jonippolito

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