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Proprietor of https://t.co/sdyjXHCZF7, historian, filmmaker, archivist, storyteller. Works on/for the Internet Archive. Rank Amateur.
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May 9 4 tweets 1 min read
This is your guy, huh? Your best guy I mean, I get it. You need to convince yourself this guy is Tony Stark blended with, I don't know, 4chan's /pol/ with a dash of Hackernews when it wanders into social issues?

Have a ball. Enjoy your hero
May 7 6 tweets 2 min read
Does everyone know the story that the reason birth parents are very very very hard to discern with the adoption system is because a scandal happened where children were swiped from poor young moms to give to families and the law was passed so they couldn't be returned easily? In NY this was all started in 1935, and was undone in 2019. This wasn't to protect anything except rich adopting families from running into issues where the birth parents could be found.

May 6 29 tweets 23 min read
One of the tapes I digitized is a casting tape from the early 1990s. Actresses doing a read for a potential part. I wondered how many would hit in today's google-filled world. Quite a few. Maya Danzinger.
May 5 10 tweets 3 min read
This is the ritziest @negativlandland concert I've ever been to. Image Image
Apr 28 6 tweets 3 min read
The wonder of @jmechner's "The Last Express" reminds me that for some people, not hearing about a game means it PROBABLY? wasn't good or great? But, like cinema, a variety of factors, and the effort needed to keep titles in the public mind across decades, is probably why. The Last Express comes out in 1997 and is a tour-de-force of combining basically indie-filmmaking budgets with computer graphics tools to make something we just don't really see again in this way. Rotoscoped actors on a train of mystery. Image
Apr 27 5 tweets 1 min read
JASON OH NO Image Anyway, new console on archive dropping soon.
Apr 23 4 tweets 2 min read
Well, I went from zero knowledge about the fact someone is uploading AMERICAN AIRLINES REEL TO REEL TAPES THAT PLAYED ON THE MUSICAL CHANNELS IN THE AIR IN THE 1960s to knowing we have nearly 100 hours of them, so:

archive.org/details/chrisc… So, it appears the uploader uses us as a backend for an app you can play on Alexa and some mobile apps and man, I'm not even the slightest bit bothered because you can listen to them on the Archive and until 8 minutes ago I had not a scintilla of knowledge this was an thing.
Apr 22 10 tweets 3 min read
Quick Netflix thoughts.

I actually tried to get GET LAMP on Netflix in 2010. Really! I contacted them and the people there didn't know what to do, and they told me to call some guy in the midwest. The midwest guy was very nice. He told me he had a room stacked with DVDs sent in so maybe he could look at it, but maybe not. So that's Netflix in 2010.
Apr 7 9 tweets 2 min read
Twitter Gets An Edit Function: A Thread I don't have any insider information, and Twitter indicates some sort of edit function has been in the works for months. I know two things: Twitter does things clunkily, and Twitter does things randomly. So I'm sure the Edit function will be both.
Mar 29 4 tweets 1 min read

Mar 26 5 tweets 2 min read
I am so excited to see all of these go out of business And by "go out of business" I mean the dude drags his file folder to the trash and then opens a few tabs to stock photo sites to get solid images for his new lion-themed vape pen brand
Mar 17 4 tweets 2 min read
Thank you to everyone bringing up this article every (checks watch) 38 seconds in my DMs, discords, twitter stream, facebook chat and signal.

inputmag.com/features/trope… As @sirosenbaum expertly and effectively demonstrates through this article, the issues are not technical. We long ago figured out how to do this sort of thing. A virtualization container and a properly-set-up environment to run within it would make short work of this in a month.
Mar 15 5 tweets 2 min read
This is vaguely interesting. While getting those twitch excerpts up on youtube, I hit my analytics page, and this is the curve for one of my podcasts (which are mirrored on my youtube page). Image I built up a style to these podcasts, which works nicely for my personal flow and which make it easier for longtime listeners to understand the individual episode layouts.

The style is: Preamble, Podcast Intro, Story, Podcast Outro, (Optional) epilogue.
Mar 12 6 tweets 2 min read
I was putting up some streams I created on YouTube. One of them is a shot-by-shot discussion of Terry Gilliam's Brazil.

Upon uploading it, before it was seen by anyone, it was blocked and considered unviewable in a mass of countries. This isn't my income or my only means of communication, so I have time to dispute. It's interesting how you basically go into a sort of automat-version of a small legal discussion with scripts and robots at Youtube. I am the only meat in this process.
Mar 2 4 tweets 1 min read
Dedicating today's work efforts to this Hacker News comment: Image Setting aside comparing anything to Bitcoin, which would have gotten you to Weehawken in 1804, the fact is that an archive, or library (ANY, not just Internet Archive) isn't a currency or a unwatched water hose spraying into the night.

Feb 20 4 tweets 1 min read
This is an exceptional scene in a pretty good movie.

The first time through, you'll catch Mr. Rogers is looking at the reporter, but actually looking at you.
Feb 16 4 tweets 2 min read
Another day, another set of people I find going "I can't find stuff on the Internet Archive." I agree, it can sometimes be difficult depending on the subject matter (and WAY TOO EASY for other subject matter) but let me acquaint you with my long-held trick for finding specifics. Image There's search boxes aplenty. And if you look carefully under the search box, you can go from the default search to "Search text contents".

Select that one. Now, search for a phrase or word set you're looking for. Something specific but not too specific. See what pops up. Image
Feb 11 6 tweets 2 min read
Every once in a while, someone gets a brilliant idea, which is not a brilliant idea, and the first step for a mountain of heartache.

The idea is "The Internet Archive is permanency-minded, and Youtube is full of things. I should back up Youtube on Internet Archive". Image Depending on the person's capabilities and their drive, they may back up a couple videos here and there, or, as sometimes people are capable of doing, they set up a massive operation to just start jamming thousands of YouTube videos in "just in case".

Do not do this.
Feb 10 8 tweets 5 min read
I'd like to let people who care about preservation and recovery of Floppy Disks know that @DiskBlitz has started a Patreon for continued full-time work on the Applesauce FDC. I would suggest $10/mo if you believe in the work. More if you depend on it.

patreon.com/diskblitz/posts If you've been seeing me and others talk about preserving floppies using some cool equipment, or seen me imaging them on streams, I'm using Applesauce. It's just the best, and John/Disk Blitz has been adding literally hundreds of features to it over the past few years.
Feb 8 4 tweets 1 min read
How many stars is this Image I bounced back and forth on including the name, but I appreciate the compliment. The substance of the blog was saying I was wrong to call out the weird additions to the Audacity "upgrade" after it was bought out. But the main disagreement was if these additions were "right".
Feb 7 9 tweets 5 min read
This thread is going to be very long and very weird and maybe very interesting. It arose out of an unrelated issue where I had some bad digitizations I need to revisit, I wondered where to put them, and then I idly went "By the way, how many things have I added and never sorted?" Image If you just upload things into the Internet Archive, they end up in the Community Collections. They might get sorted into other collections, or just stay in Community. Well, I've been uploading hundreds of thousands of items for 12 years, and they've mostly gotten sorted.