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One website with all the TV news since 2009

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It's the latest offering from Brewster Kahle's "Internet Archive, a giant aggregator and digitizer of data, which he founded and leads."

But wait — there's more: much, much more.

Excerpts from Bill Carter's September 17, 2012 New York Times article follow.

"We want to collect all the books, music and video that has ever been produced by humans," Mr. Kahle said.

As of Tuesday, the archive's online collection will include every morsel of news produced in the last three years by 20 different channels, encompassing more than 1,000 news series that have generated more than 350,000 separate programs devoted to news.

The latest ambitious effort by the archive, which has already digitized millions of books and tried to collect everything published on every Web page for the last 15 years (that adds up to more than 150 billion Web pages), is intended not only for researchers, Mr. Kahle said, but also for average citizens who make up some of the site's estimated two million visitors each day.  “The focus is to help the American voter to better be able to examine candidates and issues,” Mr. Kahle said. "If you want to know exactly what Mitt Romney said about health care in 2009, you'll be able to find it."

Of course, if you want to discredit or satirize a politician based on a clip showing some reversal of a position, that will be made easier as well. Or, as Mr. Kahle put it, "Let a thousand Jon Stewarts bloom."

Many conventional news outlets will be available, including CNN, Fox News, NBC News, PBS, and every purveyor of eyewitness news on local television stations. And Mr. Stewart’s program, "The Daily Show" is one of those 1,000 series that is part of the new news archive.

All of this will be available, free, to those willing to dive into the archive starting Tuesday. Mr. Kahle said the method for the search for information would be the closed-captioned words that have accompanied the news programs. The user simply plugs in the words of the search, along with some kind of time frame, and matches of news clips will appear.

"You could turn all the books in the Library of Congress into a stack of disks that would fit in one shopping cart in Best Buy," Mr. Kahle said. He estimates that the Internet Archive now contains about 9,000 terabytes of data; by contrast, the digital collection of the Library of Congress is a little more than 300 terabytes, according to an estimate earlier this year.

The act of copying all this news material is protected under a federal copyright agreement signed in 1976. That was in reaction to a challenge to a news assembly project started by Vanderbilt University in 1968.

As enormous as the news collection is, it is only the beginning, Mr. Kahle said. The plan is to "go back" year by year, and slowly add news video going back to the start of television. That will require some new and perhaps more challenging methodology because the common use of closed-captioning only started around 2002.

Fair warning: There goes the rest of your life.

September 20, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Talking Measuring Cup Speaks Volumes

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From The Green Head: "This innovative measuring cup measures and then verbally announces the volume and weight of any added wet or dry ingredients up to 3 cups. It even has a handy tare function so you can easily add multiple ingredients without emptying it each time, and can compensate for ingredients with different densities such as water, oil, milk, flour, and sugar. A great solution for anyone who's visually impaired, has trouble reading measurements, or just likes futuristic talking kitchen gadgets."

Put one of these next to to a luchador bottle opener and watch the fur fly.

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Talking Measuring Cup: $65.90.

And the ones that mother gave you

don't say anything at all.

September 20, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: "What do I want in a doctor?" — by John Steinbeck

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From Letters of Note: "In 1964, following the retirement of his regular physician, 62-year-old novelist John Steinbeck was asked by his new doctor to complete a routine medical questionnaire for his records. Steinbeck did exactly that, and on reaching the last of its many pages, the 'Grapes of Wrath' author discovered, and left blank, a small space reserved for 'any other data you think may be of importance.' Instead, he wrote a letter [top]. Steinbeck passed away four years later."

September 20, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Fractal Gears Wallpaper

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Wonderful.

[via Cliff Pickover]

September 20, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

LocateMyKindle.com — "Find your Kindle at the touch of a button"

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I wish I could get more excited about this website, which I only learned of yesterday when its Twitter incarnation started following me, prolly because I've been tweeting and suchlike about my brand-spanking new Kindle Fire HD 7" tablet, which arrived Tuesday and has proved very impressive — far better than the flopsweat-drenched Google Nexus 7 tablet, which cost me exactly the same price ($199) but proved about 100 times harder to use for this TechnoDolt®™©.

Anyhoo, I've been getting up to speed with my Kindle (first one I've ever owned as I've long thought that Jeff Bezos was an even better reality distortion field-creator than Steve Jobs, Bezos having convinced millions of otherwise apparently rational and sane people that reading off a grey background was just as good as a real book) with the help of Adam P. Knave, whose interventions via Twitter — @adampknave — have made overcoming the inevitable roadblocks to use moments of brief frustration rather than hours of annoyance and irritation trying and failing to get answers from Amazon's website and Help pages.

But I digress.

Why can't I get excited about LocateMyKindle.com?

Because who cares if I lose it?

The Amazon content is safe and stored in its cloud, ready for me to access via another Kindle.

People — I have a blog to get out that consumes me daily, with its never ending demand for eight fresh posts.

¡Vamos!

September 20, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Eyeball Lollipops

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Six for $10.50.

[via carlovely]

September 20, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Fanboy Heaven, Podunk Virginia

Read the headline above to the tune of John Denver's classic "Take Me Home, Country Roads," the back story for which makes for fascinating reading if you've got a few minutes.

But I digress.

Yesterday was a fanboy's version of the Transit of Venus, what with the following taking place here at boj World HQ©™®:

1. Download iOS 6 to iPhone 4S

2. Download iOS 6 to new iPad

3. Download Mountain Lion 10.8.2 to Air & iMac

4. Download iPhoto 9.4  to Air & Mac

All downloads were monitored for quality by Gray Cat, who approves this message.

All possible love to Taffy Nivert.

September 20, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Glow-in-the-Dark Pebbles

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Originally featured here on March 9, 2008 in a post that's become a perennial favorite.

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"Acrylic pebbles soak up sunlight during the day, then glow for 2-3 hours after dark."

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Pack of 100: $10.99.

September 20, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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