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Cinema from the Sun

posted March 17, 2014

The South Wales-based but eminently mobile Sol Cinema lays claim to the title “the world’s smallest solar movie theatre.” Its operators built it in 2009 from an abandoned trailer home that they found derelict in a field, bought for £50, gutted, and installed with the best theatre fittings that having little money afforded.

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FCC Announces New “Rules” for Closed Captioning

posted February 22, 2014

Bungled captions may seem amusing, but advocates of better rendition of speech to text on television point out that errors relating to, say, natural-disaster emergency plans can endanger the lives of people with hearing impairment.

The FCC has adopted new rules that will require broadcasters to perform much better closed captioning with television and Internet programming. Performance Tom Wheeler, the recently appointed chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. And that is a fundamental failure of the telecommunications industry and federal regulators, he implied: “Reliable and consistent access to news and information for deaf and hard-of-hearing communities is a right,

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They don’t make ‘em like this…

posted February 3, 2014

marimba queens

Imagine if this had been lost to posterity. They don’t make em like Reg Kehoe and his Marimba Queens, any more. Here they are sometime in the early 1940s on a Soundie in the extraordinary Prelinger Archives (on the Internet Archive @ archive.org). You can select from three versions there, depending on what you have

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SPEAKING IN PALINDROMES

posted January 6, 2014

Caylin Smith asks Thomson & Craighead (Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead) about their goals in repurposing "found" online data and video to create artworks for the Digital Age. How are they using online networks and social-information vehicles. And how are they handling the tricky business of preserving "born digital" audio-visual art works?

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25 U.S. Films Deemed Essential to Preserve

posted December 20, 2013

The Library of Congress has announced the 25 films that have been added for 2013 to the U.S. National Film Registry. As each year, the selection includes classics, gems, curiosities, and some films you may well consider duds. And you can help to choose next year's batch.

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