6th Century Writing Discovered Inside Medieval Bookbinding by Shaunacy Ferro

http://mentalfloss.com/article/502886/6th-century-writing-discovered-inside-medieval-bookbinding_6th-Century

It is a well documented fact that in the past parchment from other texts had been recycled to be used in binding a new book.  Though it was known that the text was present it was not often able to be viewed without destroying the current book.  However one text had degraded to the point that the original writing was visible.  At this point the text was sent to be x-Rayed in an attempt to create a legible view of the text.

Since sending texts out to be analyzed all the time can be cost prohibitive, these researchers attempted two different methods of analysis.  Neither of these attempts were very successful on their own, however when they were integrated using a computer algorithm the researchers were able to create a very clear view of the hidden text, presumably at a lower cost then sending texts out all the time.

Very interesting, it just proves that we are learning all the time.

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Moving Beyond E-Books By Laura Dawson

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/content-and-e-books/article/74786-moving-beyond-e-books-and-into-the-virtual.html

I love this article.  It accurately describes one of the new ways that technology is heading.  Pretty soon, like with Pokemon Go, augmented reality is going to be a big part of our lives.  The last paragraph is both fascinating and terrifying.

*To clarify, I have been watching a lot of old Night Court re-runs.  If you know this show at all you will know that one of the minor reoccurring characters, Buddy, is known for having been in a mental institution.  Therefor a lot of these plot lines revolve around mental health awareness.  At least 2 episodes that I can think of have pointed out, in a very real way, that some people have a weak grasp on reality.  Sometimes it is easy to confuse television with reality; what is real and what is not tend to get a bit mixed up.

If we are able to get confused just sitting in front of a box, imagine how confused some people will be when their bedroom is a dorm in Hogwarts?  Okay, you can only see that when you are looking at your phone, or using your AR Glasses, but maybe that is allowing you to see the real world and what you see when the glasses are off is the fake world.  (Unfortunately, some people have trouble with these distinctions.) *

Sometimes before we celebrate a new technology we need to ask, “Should we go there?”

As Computer Coding Classes Swell, So Does Cheating by Jess Bidgood and Jeremy B. Merrill

New York Times May 29, 2017

This is an interesting article depicting an area that I had not thought of in regards to cheating.  Since I have not had opportunity, yet, to explore code beyond the basic HTML where everything is fairly routine I was unaware of how different each code can/should be from programmer to programmer.  This article explains that with the uptick of enrollment, complexity of homework, and availability of collaborative resources it becomes very easy for students to take shortcuts or blur the line between asking for help and plagiarizing.

I am glad that I read this articulate article, it helped me to gain insight into an aspect of coding I was unaware of.

The Slow Death of Vintage Skills

http://imperfectlyhappy.com/the-slow-death-of-vintage-skills/

This author begins by exploring why a particular scene in a show has remained on her mind for an entire day, the scene is a woman being told that her bobbin lace in antiquated.

“Skills like knitting, sewing, cooking from scratch, canning, gardening and, yes, making bobbin lace seems to belong to a bygone era”

From there this author begins to explore how education began, at the mother’s knee with the children involved in all aspects of everyday life to one extent or another.  Food preparation has fallen by the wayside, including canning, baking bread from scratch, etc.  Sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery, etc. this author laments not learning these skills when she was younger at her grandmother’s knee.  Gardening gets a mention also.

“BUT!  I see a revival!!!  Homeschoolers.  Backyard Farmers.  Crafters.  Survivalists.
Homesteaders.  These movements are growing and beginning to cross paths.  They are cool, hipsters, conservatives and hippies.  This “vintage revivalism” is gaining momentum.”

As people get more involved in understanding the health impact, and economic impact, of their choices in life they begin to go back to what was old.  I am really hoping that these skills are seen as valuable since Olean Public Library will be holding classes on them over the summer!

How I Use Evernote to Keep My Entire Life Organized

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-evernote-keeps-my-entire-life-organized-240088

This is one persons utilization of Evernote to keep their life organized.

  • A master list of everything that they have to do in their life. Work, personal, etc.  They still maintain  a daily list, but this is their overarching document.
  • Create a packing list for trips, if you travel often have a master list like warm places packing, cold places packing, leisure, family, etc.
  • Keep a list of long term goals, even adding photos etc, to make it more visually interesting.
  • Scan important papers, receipts, business cards, etc.
  • Use evernote e-mail address to subscribe to newsletters so they don’t clutter up your inbox
  • Clip web pages to read later
  • Make digital post it notes so that brainstorms are not lost later and work is not interrupted
  • Pick meals from a master list of favorite recipes
  • Keep a running grocery list

*The first few items seem silly, I can use any word/pages document even the notes function of my phone/ipad for making, keeping and maintaining master lists.  Scanning important documents, okay that might be useful.  Clipping web pages to read later, I do that with instapaper but it is a useful function of evernote.  Make digital post it notes, that can be useful if you have evernote integrated into your work computer.  Picking meals from a master list, this is a great tip, I think I’ll make one on pages.  Keep a running grocery list?  Again that’s what I have Notes for on my phone, and why is syncs up to my ipad.  On a more practical note I was just checking why I stopped using evernote and here it is: Sync across 2 devices  If I want to sync my notes on more than 2 devices I have to pay evernote $35 per year.  (the ‘evernote e-mail’ thing also requires the ‘Plus’ subscription.) Admittedly $35 per year is not that much in digital terms, but when you can do barely more than my already included with purchase, or free apps then why should I pay you $35 a year?  Let alone the $70 subscription where you can scan and digitaze the business cards.  No wonder this author uses Evernote for everything you have to justify $70 a year somehow.*  Just my 2 cents.

‘Back to the Future’ Inspires Solar Nanotech-Powered Clothing

https://today.ucf.edu/back-future-inspires-solar-nanotech-powered-clothing/

This is a really neat article that reminds me, we are truly living in an age of innovation.  Everything from Stainless Steel fiber for spinning yarn to copper filaments to weave with technology is becoming such a part of every day life.  I love that old things and new things are interacting and interlacing in such amazing ways to create brand new things.

This article talks about a copper filament that is being created that can be woven into fabric.  Even more exciting this filament captures solar energy and can store it like a battery.  The future might include charging your cell phone by walking down the street on a sunny day.  Perhaps even charging your car, or making money as you take a walk and release the stored energy back into the grid.

These are fascinating times!  Thanks to all of the researchers that work hard to create these amazing innovations!

Book to TV Adaptations

https://www.bookstr.com/article/book-to-tv-adaptations-to-look-out-for-in-2017/2982?trr_article_source=post-ribbon-module

Often books get turned into movies and occasionally into a television series.  This is a list of those that will be coming out this year.  It is interesting to see which authors have had thier material picked up, JK Rowling; Niel Gaiman; Lemony Snicket; Margaret Atwood; and more.  Another tidbit is that a number of these are being created by ‘non-traditional’ networks.  BBC is picking up Rowling’s series (Written as Robert Galbraith), Starz is premiering the Gaiman Series, Netflix Lemony Snicket; Jay Asher; L.M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables); and Hulu is adapting A Handmaids Tale by Atwood.

Okay, Starz and BBC are probably not considered non-traditional networks but I would have thought that Niel Gaiman would be produced by the BBC.

This will be a very interesting year for television and books.