Zines

Great article on some of the difficulties and other concerns surrounding the digitization of those hand made photocopied zines from the 1980s and 1990s. Having worked for a Kinko’s branch in San Francisco during the heyday of the zine, I’m very familair with them, and was a fan of several …

Better TV Through Splitters and Loops

I ran across this oddity from thirty years ago while scanning things for work yesterday, and thought it might be entertaining in light of the recent DTV switch. In 1979, the Triad got its first commercial UHF station (there had been a PBS station on channel 26 for some time, …

On Airports

A great thing about having lots of credit at the local used book emporium is that you sometimes take a chance on a  book you might not have grabbed if you’d had to pay cash for it. This one is a good example that I picked up last night. Apparently, …

Guiding Lights

Guiding Light, the oldest dramatic series on American TV (or maybe any other, for that matter) has been cancelled after seventy-two years on radio and TV. Almost all these shows I watched as an impressionable child are long gone now. I occasionally find myelf looking for old soap opera video …

Maybe There’s Hope

So maybe someone really will hire me some day: When the world entered the digital age, a great majority of human historical records did not immediately make the trip. Literature, film, scientific journals, newspapers, court records, corporate documents and other material, accumulated over centuries, needed to be adapted for computer …

My Kind of Preservation

This article about the fragility of electronic and technology-dependent information is a couple of years old, but it’s a good overview of one of my primary areas of interest within my new field. It’s actually a big topic among librarians and archivists, but I don’t think it can be emphasized …