Gertjan Filarski

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The mysterious ancient origins of the book

The debate about ebooks v paper books is nothing new. Keith Houston explains how a very similar debate raged as the first books came to be in ancient Rome.<p>The book is changing. Electronic books, or ebooks, are more portable than their paper counterparts, capable of being carried in their hundreds …

e-Books

Archiving a Revolution in the Digital Age, Archiving as an Act of Resistance

<b>Click the image above to enter Vox Populi: Tahrir Archives, a project by Lara Baladi</b><p><b>Archiving a Revolution in the Digital Age, Archiving as an Act of</b> …

Revolution

Four Worlds Emerge at DiMoDa, the Virtual Museum | The Creators Project

<i>The “exterior” of DiMoDA. All images courtesy William Robertson/DiMoDA</i><p>By now, the digital art world is well aware of the acronym DiMoDA. It stands for Digital Museum of Digital Art, and it’s exactly what it sounds like. It’s first edition was hosted by TRANSFER in New York and Import Projects in …

Art

Cryptic dancing: University student uses Ibiza trance music to encode messages

Next time you find yourself dancing to trance music in a club, listen carefully to the tempo — it may be sending you a message. And no, this message …

Encryption

Does Shorter Sell Better? Belgian author George Simenon’s use of sentence length

Belgian author Georges Simenon is probably most famous for his crime fiction novels in which police detective Maigret investigates serious crimes and …

Writing

The Digital in the Humanities: An Interview with Ted Underwood - Los Angeles Review of Books

<i>FOR AT LEAST THE PAST DECADE, the term “digital humanities” (DH) has captured the imagination and the ire of scholars across American universities.</i> …

Humanities

High-tech imaging reveals rare precolonial Mexican manuscript hidden from view for 500 years - Leiden University

The newly-revealed codex, or book, has been hidden from view for almost 500 years, concealed beneath a layer of plaster and chalk on the back of a …

Archaeology

Mali rebel 'to admit' Timbuktu mausoleum destruction at ICC

<b>An Islamist rebel has said he will plead guilty to destroying religious and cultural sites in the Malian city of Timbuktu, prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) say.</b><p>Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi made the admission at an earlier closed hearing, prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told ICC judges …

Timbuktu

The secret libraries of history

After news emerged about an underground reading room in Damascus, Fiona Macdonald discovers the places where writing has been hidden for centuries.<p>Beneath the streets of a suburb of Damascus, rows of shelves hold books that have been rescued from bombed-out buildings. Over the past four years, …

History

Norfolk graffiti survey uncovers 'medieval selfies'

<b>A survey of graffiti in churches in Norfolk has uncovered hundreds of "medieval selfies", hidden for centuries under limewash.</b><p>They were found by …

Middle Ages

Pompeii restoration: Villa of Mysteries gets a makeover

Italy

5 Ways To Make A Journey Interesting

The journey is a classic fantasy story. It’s also something can be tricky to do well in a tabletop RPG. As GM I tend to have a heavy focus on …

RPGs

Publisher wins rights to Voynich manuscript, a book no one can read

It’s one of the world’s most mysterious books, a centuries-old manuscript written in an unknown or coded language that no one has cracked.<p>Scholars have spent their lives puzzling over the Voynich manuscript, whose intriguing mix of elegant writing and drawings of strange plants and naked women has …

Mystery

Ukipper blasts BBC for 'historical inaccuracy', gets destroyed by real historian

BBC

Utopian Travels | IISH

Thomas More’s <i>Utopia</i> was published exactly five hundred years ago, in 1516, in Leuven. More had many epigones throughout Europe, particularly in the …

Huntington Announces Crowdsourcing Project to Transcribe, Decode Civil War Telegrams - In The News

SAN MARINO, Calif.—In a move to gain new insights into the U.S. Civil War, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens announced …

The 'Connective Tissue' That Liberal Arts Students Need For Lifelong Professional Success

For professionals, a great liberal arts education is an appreciating asset, like a wise investment that earns compounding interest over decades. That’s because the knowledge, skills, and learning capabilities that students develop in college gain value as their careers progress and their …

Liberal arts

DNA could be the perfect place to store our data

It looks like a test tube with dried salt at the bottom, but Microsoft says it could be the future of data storage. The company reported today that …

DNA

Digital humanities scholars are like Silicon Valley ‘disruptors’

Many humanities scholars have praised the digital humanities as one of the more promising developments for their disciplines. But a recent article in …

Humanities

The code that took America to the moon was just published to GitHub, and it’s like a 1960s time capsule

When programmers at the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory set out to develop the flight software for the Apollo 11 space program in the mid-1960s, the necessary technology did not exist. They had to invent it.<p>They came up with a new way to store computer programs, called “rope memory,” and created a …

Source Code

Scientists just found a huge cemetery that might solve one of the Bible’s biggest mysteries

One of the Bible’s deepest and most important mysteries may be about to be solved.<p>Archaeologists appear to have found a cemetery belonging to the …

Cemeteries

60+ Free Books on Big Data, Data Science, Data Mining, Machine Learning, Python, R, and more

<b>By Brendan Martin,</b> (LearnDataSci).<p>Pulled from the web, here is a great collection of eBooks. While every single book in this list is provided for …

Data Mining

12 Roadside Encounters

<b>1.</b> A abnormally large toll booth sits on the side of the road. A well dressed troll mans the booth. Instead of asking for a toll, the troll gives …

The Big List of RPG Plots, by S. John Ross

What follows is a scrap of trivia . . . my collection of <b>RPG plots</b>, in abstract form. I built this by examining the premises of hundreds of published …

The Vatican just digitized this 1,600-year-old epic

Virgil wrote his classic poem, “The Aeneid,” more than 2,000 years ago. Thanks to the Vatican, you can now read one of the the world’s oldest versions of the ancient Latin text online.<p>The Vatican Apostolic Library announced Friday that it has digitized a 1,600 year-old manuscript that contains …

Vatican

Napoleon's Veterans Show Their True Colors In Gorgeous Portraits

Some of the earliest photographs of veterans on Earth are a series of 15 original sepia images of members of Napoleon's army. They were taken in …

Napoleon

The Digital in the Humanities: An Interview with David Golumbia - Los Angeles Review of Books

<i>FOR AT LEAST THE PAST DECADE, the term “digital humanities” (DH) has captured the imagination and the ire of scholars across American universities.</i> …

By data mining a vast collection of novels, researchers have identified the six basic plots that all stories follow

Back in 1995, Kurt Vonnegut gave a lecture in which he described his theory about the shapes of stories. In the process, he plotted several examples …

Storytelling

Science funder becomes publisher; publishing, reading articles both free

Wellcome Trust researchers get free outlet for papers, data.<p>Today, the UK's Wellcome Trust, a major funder of biomedical research, announced that it …

Publishing

Biologists have recreated life inside in a computer — NOVA Next

A few years ago, Michael Levin faced a conundrum. He and his colleagues at the Tufts Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology just outside …

Biology