shorpy historic photo archive

I know that some of you have heard me speak on (or read my blog posts about) the cool archives found on Flickr. But today I want to point you to The Shorpy Historic Photo Archive. Something draws me back there daily. I subscribe to the feed so that I see every new photo. Maybe it’s because I could swear I’ve seen some of the people and places … that Georgia Coca-Cola shack looks like buildings that you can still spot in the Kentucky countryside (if you know where to look). Maybe it’s the photos of the kids, like Shorpy, who worked the mines or sweat shops. Or maybe it’s just that you can click on each photo, view it in its original size, and find a trove of little treasures and hidden clues in each historic view. So, for today’s Friday Fluff, I urge you to take a 10-minute vacation, find a photo that pleases you, and examine it. You might get hooked.

delivery boy resting in Newport, Kentucky

Harry Swope: 1908 in Newport, Kentucky

More Hubbub!

Here’s more media (use the link here to get to it) from Hubbub 2010.  This video was collected and assembled by Kirk Laird in Academic Technology (go Kirk!).

Hubbub 2010!

Animoto video of some Hubbub pix! Gee, those librarians sure know how to throw a party. 🙂

adoption and adaptation

Two years ago I spat out a little rant after reading an Atlantic Monthly article about how use of the Web was “rewiring” the brain and dumbing us down. I probably shouldn’t follow a snort and roll of the eyes by sitting down to the keyboard, but sometimes I can’t help myself. That said, I have just finished reading a more thoughtful article in the New York Times on the subject of technology adoption and the adaptations that follow. It is not about our rewiring, although there are a few references. It speaks more to the point about what’s really going on, and that is our interaction with the technology and how we change it and it affects us. Read the article and you will find references to younger folk than I using their phones rather than a watch as a timepiece, but also pointing to evolutionary survivalists (the author’s phrase, and I like it) such as the radio. I like the idea that technology does not rewire the people, but that people rewire the technology (my phrase, and I like it).

I still don’t put much stock into short messages and social networking rewiring my brain/attention span/capabilities; however, I can get on board with adapting to new and rapidly evolving technology though change in habits and making personal choices. And now, if you will excuse me, I will return to reading The Three Musketeers. In a musty book. I bought it second-hand, because I don’t like to muss my nicest hard cover editions. Of course, I’m reading an English translation … I’m not a purist or anything.

Rewired. *snort*

classic tacky

I was so busy on Friday, I forgot to post my Friday Fluff. That won’t do! Here’s an amusing post from BoingBoing.net on The Glory (and Tackiness) of Ancient Greece. Yes, it’s true, white is not the original color of those classic images in statues and temples. The post points to this article with a little more detail and a few more illustrations. I’m sure they seemed less tacky at the time they were created. Or maybe not.

Academic Technology

You may have heard the news already, since it is making the rounds:  TASC (University of Kentucky’s Teaching & Academic Support Center) underwent a reorganization this summer, and as we enter the fall semester we do so as three groups that will continue to work closely together.

TASC’s Instructional Technology, AV/Distance Learning Networks, and Graphics & Multimedia divisions have now joined forces with SSTARS to form UK IT’s Academic Technology Group. I’ll be the AT Group’s director. TASC’s former Educational Development group is now CELT (the Center for the Enhancement of Learning & Teaching), under the direction of Dr. Kathi Kern. Connie Baird will continue to be director of Distance Learning Programs. All three groups will still be sharing space and cross-pollinating on tasks and projects, and, among other things, the AT Group will now be a part of project processes and protocols that will help our services grow into more efficient, helpful ones

For now, the old TASC web pages are undergoing a gradual change, so you can still find the services you need at http://www.uky.edu/TASC/. I’m going to miss calling my co-workers TASCers, but just knowing that I still will be working closely with that group of people makes me smile. I’ll continue to contribute to technology180, although perhaps sporadically until I get my sea legs in UKIT.

very sex-c

Welcome, Friday! For your (serious but amusing) fluff today, a little lesson in naming planets from National Geographic. Well, okay, so it’s a light look at a few new exoplanet discoveries. In particular: 24 Sextanis and its friends 24 Sex b and 24 Sex c. If you can’t take this one, don’t even go here.