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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Sony AV-3650 1/2" EIAJ-1 Videotape Recorder (c. 1970)

In 1970, the emergence of a standardized 1/2" video format changed the landscape for documentarians, visual artists, educational institutions and home video enthusiasts. EIAJ-1 would become the first and most widely used non-broadcast video format across the world.

The United Nations established October 24 as the annual day to celebrate the creation of the UN Charter. It was created by General Assembly Resolution, A/RES/168 (II) on 31 October 1947.

Monday, October 15, 2012

One of the Stanford's latest (and greatest) digital humanities efforts is ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World, a collaboration between the Stanford University Libraries and Professor Walter Scheidel of the Stanford Classics Department. ORBIS was released in early May, 2012, to great acclaim and accompanied by masses of web traffic and multiple write-ups in the popular Internet press. But now it's receiving more attention of a different and more substantial nature: professional reviews and attention in the scholarly press.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Ed Ricketts holding a Humbolt squid

Edward Flanders Robb Ricketts, known by many simply as Ed Ricketts, was an American marine biologist, ecologist, and philosopher. He is best known for the publication Between Pacific Tides (1939), a pioneering study of intertidal ecology, and for his friendship with writer John Steinbeck, which resulted in their collaboration on the Sea of Cortez, later republished as The Log from the Sea of Cortez (1951). Steinbeck based the character “Doc” in his novel “Cannery Row” on Ed Ricketts.