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preshallben:

The first time I got hip to King Britt was back in 1993 when he was with Digable Planets.  They released the groundbreaking, jazz infused "Cool Like That".  There was a whole wave of bands at the time using jazz samples, Tribe Called Quest, Jazzmatazz, De La Soul…. But there was something all together different about this track.  Later I came to find out that it was King Britt who brought his Philly, jazz roots to the production.  King grew up around Philly jazz royalty.  King’s mother was part of Sun Ra’s extended musical family/community.  Almost a decade later, around 2003, King got his hands on a copy of “Let’s Make A Record” by Sister Gertrude Morgan. I had just re-released the project almost 40 years after it had been recorded. King took Sister’s acapella vocals and tambourine playing and created a symphony of sounds and rhythms.  Shortly after "King Britt presents Sister Gertrude Morgan" came out, Katrina swept through New Orleans.  The next project we worked on together was a rethinking of the classic New Orleans standard “St. James Infirmary”.  King came back down to New Orleans, took in the city, and in one night, we recorded all the tracks that would become this new New Orleans classic.  The animated video that accompanies "St. James Infirmary" captures the timelessness of the track….

Preservation Hall Ball Tickets

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#facepalm
(via Sexy Olaf sold out—Controversial ‘Frozen’ costume a hit)

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#WHODAT

#WHODAT

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Tiki Gummi Shots at Tiki Tolteca

#everydayitiki #followyournola #beatouristnola #bestofnola #nola #frenchquarter #neworleans #tiki #gummi #shots (at Tiki Tolteca at Felipe’s)

Tiki Gummi Shots at Tiki Tolteca

#everydayitiki #followyournola #beatouristnola #bestofnola #nola #frenchquarter #neworleans #tiki #gummi #shots (at Tiki Tolteca at Felipe’s)

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GPOYW

GPOYW

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preservearchives:

What is Preservation Programs doing with a Burned Record, a Customized Camera, and a WEBER Grill? 

               The burned record bays at Archives Drive facility in St. Louis are home to the ‘B-files’.   These are OMPF records that were recovered from the devastating 1973 fire, when the entire 6th floor of the Page Avenue facility burned destroying some 18 million individual serviceman’s records.  Approximately 6.5 million records were recovered.  Given the variety of conditions present on these documents, a number of preservation actions (e.g., mold remediation, repair, flattening or other stabilization) are required before releasing these records for reference. Unfortunately many, like this example, are too damaged to yield information and will deteriorate rapidly in the case of further handling.

 

For several years Preservation Programs in St. Louis has tested IR photographic methods to ‘see through’ charred and mold-stained paper and recover information with the idea that digitized versions will best accomplish access for this subset of highly damaged records.  Our testing led to the development of a customized camera system, by Digital Transitions, a photographic technology vendor that specializes in cultural heritage imaging. The examples above are successive shots directly from the camera prototype, with no manipulation (except cropping and redaction).  An internal filter wheel (at very bottom of illustration 4) can be rotated to select bandwidth sensitivity between visible light and two infrared ranges. In addition, the lens turret has been modified to include focus stops (illustrated in orange) to allow operators to rapidly and accurately adapt focus between taking successive shots of visible and IR.

While testing the prototype camera, Digital Transitions created simulated burned records by wrapping a dictionary in aluminum foil and grilling it in a barbeque grill. It turns out that creating char without completely consuming paper is not as easy as it might seem.  

Significant challenges and work remain in the areas of:  a) identifying the best candidates for digitization, b) developing special document handling methods during photography for those fused, blocked, moldy, highly burned, brittle or otherwise heavily damaged documents, and c) integrating these images of damaged records into the archival and reference workflows.

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fluxmachine:

 fluxmachine gifs

Artist Kevin Weir creates ghostly animated GIFs using Archival photos from the Library of Congress

hello new followers!

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nprmusic:

sesamestreet:

Disco Snuffy has entered the building.

Happy Hump Day, y’all. 

nprmusic:

sesamestreet:

Disco Snuffy has entered the building.

Happy Hump Day, y’all. 

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malformalady:

'Marimo' balls washed up on a Sydney Beach. The balls are thought to be an extremely rare species of filamentous green algae. The living organisms are known in Japan as ‘Marumo’ and Cladophora ball or Lake ball in English, and are sometimes found in freshwater lakes in the Northern Hemisphere. ‘Aegagropilious’ describes the habit of free living algae (algae not attached to rocks) forming into balls. Floating algae balls are thought to be brought ashore by warmer weather and the rough wave conditions.

malformalady:

'Marimo' balls washed up on a Sydney Beach. The balls are thought to be an extremely rare species of filamentous green algae. The living organisms are known in Japan as ‘Marumo’ and Cladophora ball or Lake ball in English, and are sometimes found in freshwater lakes in the Northern Hemisphere. ‘Aegagropilious’ describes the habit of free living algae (algae not attached to rocks) forming into balls. Floating algae balls are thought to be brought ashore by warmer weather and the rough wave conditions.

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#glitch #glitchart #owl #gpoy #video

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New branch added to European family tree

archaeologicalnews:

The setting: Europe, about 7,500 years ago. Agriculture was sweeping in from the Near East, bringing early farmers into contact with hunter-gatherers who had already been living in Europe for tens of thousands of years.

Genetic and archaeological research in the last 10 years has revealed…