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Pamela & Texting

Here are a couple of things on the theme of hey-look-what’s-coming-back-around :

A 19th C glove with a map of London on it for handy reference offers an alternative to modern GPS and smartphone maps.

Secondly, the author of this post on student response to  Pamela suggests that students now might be more comfortable with a central character who documents her life in her letters even as the door to her bedroom is being opened than students from 8-10 years ago.  She also talks about her research into some 18th century correspondance which includes some short notes that resemble text messages. It’s a long post but worth reading.



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What lasts?

Interesting article about a bookbinder.

There are two aspects to Michael Greer’s work that catch the attention.  The first is his work doing leather bindings/rebindings for books.  The other is a specific book that he created, namely Genesis in “binary.” I wondered when I first read the article, ASCII,  EBCDIC or something else?  Binary is a system for representing numbers, not letters, so you have to have another layer of interpretation.  The comments cleared that up (it’s ASCII).

Greer said, “I liked the irony, but I also liked what it said about the longevity of a book as a repository of information. ”  So really it’s a hardcopy backup of a text, that, given the lack of people who can sight-read binary-encoded ASCII, would have to be scanned (or typed) into a computer system in order to display it as English.

Why not? In some far off time when quantum computers are the only kind around, it could turn into a Rosetta stone that allows the walk between Roman letters and stored bits found in old media archives.  And it’s prettier than punched cards.

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