on climate change

No one would mind, neither bird nor tree, If mankind perished utterly; And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn Would scarcely know that we were gone. (A poem by Teasdale)
Read the whole poem

TV News Archive from the Internet Archive

I just learned about the existence of the TV News Archive (covering news from 2009 until the day before today's date) containing news shows from US TV such as PBS, CBS, ABC, FOXNews, CNN, etc.

You can search by the captions.

They also have several curated collections like news clips regarding NSA or snippets or TV around the world

I think some of you might find this useful. Quite a nice collection, IMO.

Public Domain Day (January 1, 2017): what could have entered it in 2017 and what did get released

Copyright law is messy, yo. We won't see a lot of notable and important works entering public domain here in the US until 2019.

Other countries, however, got to enjoy many of them first. Public Domain Reviews put a list of creators whose work are entering the public domain for Canada, European Union (EU), and many other countries (https://publicdomainreview.org/collections/class-of-2017/.) For those in EU, nice to see H.G. Wells name there (if UK do withdraw, this might end up not applicable to them. But, my knowledge about UK copyright law is zero, so, who knows.)

As usual, Center of Study for the Public Domain from Duke University put a list of some quite well-known works that are still under the extended copyright restriction: http://web.law.duke.edu/cspd/publicdomainday/2017/pre-1976. Those works would have been entered the public domain if we use the law that was applicable when they were published. I'm still baffled how current copyright hinders research done and published in 1960 to be made available freely. Greedy publishers...

So, thanks to that, USA doesn't get to enjoy many published works yet. "Yet" is the operative word here because we don't know what the incoming administration would do on this topic. Considering the next POTUS is a businessman, I fear the worst. I know: gloomy first of the year thought, but it is what it is.

On a cheerful side, check the list from John Mark Ockerbloom on his Online Books Project. It's quite an amazing project he's been working on.

Of course, there are also writings made available from HathiTrust and Gutenberg Project, among other things.

Here's to the next 365 days.

xoxo

for 2017

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice. and to make an end is to make a beginning
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light

“Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.”
― Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man

dot-dot-dot

bertolt brecht quote: In the dark times, will there also be singing? Yes, there will also be singing about the dark times.
More about Bertolt Brecht poem

assistive technology

Many people would probably think assistive technology (AT) are computer software, applications, or tools that are designed to help blind or deaf people. Typically, the first thing that one might have in mind was screen readers, braille display, screen magnifier app for desktop reading, or physical objects like hearing aid, wheel chair, or crutches,

A lot of people probably won't think glasses as an AT. Perhaps because glasses can be highly personalized to fit one's fashion style.

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woodchuck

There's a question how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood. Obviously, a woodchuck would chuck wood as much wood as a woodchuck could.

shrugs

droplets

shiny water droplets on leaves

The Story of the Chinese Farmer

“You’ll never know what would be the consequences of misfortune. Or, you’ll never know what would be the consequences of good fortune.” — Alan Watts

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