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August 7, 2019

Stealth favicons in dark mode

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Favicons are great: they're cheerful and useful. 

Why Safari still doesn't have them is beyond me.

But I digress.

I noticed that when I switched to dark mode some months back, most favicons looked even better

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(above and below)

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but the very best one turned out to be that of the New York Times, which became a stealth image (top) in dark mode.

The Washington Post (sixth one down in the image up top) achieves almost the same invisibility.

Try it*, you'll like it!

*dark mode

August 7, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

"Astimagtismo" — Nicolai Troshinsky

YouTube caption:

A boy, having lost his glasses, can only see one thing in focus at a time. His sight gets attracted by the sounds that surround him. He will have to explore a blurry world of unknown places and strange characters.

August 7, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Stephen Colbert in the mid-80s

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From CelebsAnswers:

Before he won our hearts as the ruthlessly clever host of "The Colbert Report," Stephen was a slightly reclusive young man who loved playing dungeons and dragons.

As a student at Northwestern University, Colbert began doing improv comedy at Second City in Chicago where he made a name for himself.

The comedian became a frequent contributor to "The Daily Show" and eventually landed his own show on Comedy Central.

Colbert turned 55 this past May.

[via imgur]

August 7, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Secretly Public Domain

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From crummy.com:

"Fun facts" are, sadly, often less than fun. But here's a genuinely fun fact: most books published in the US before 1964 are in the public domain! Back then, you had to send in a form to get a second 28-year copyright term, and most people didn't bother.

This is how Project Gutenberg is able to publish all these science fiction stories from the 50s and 60s. Those stories were published in issues of magazines that didn't send in the renewal form. But up til now this hasn't been a big factor, because 1) the big publishers generally made sure to send in their renewals, and 2) it's been impossible to check renewal status in bulk.

Up through the 1970s, the Library of Congress published a huge series of books listing all the registrations and the renewals. All these tomes have been scanned — Internet Archive has the registration books — but only the renewal information was machine-readable. Checking renewal status for a given book was a tedious job, involving flipping back and forth between a bunch of books in a federal depository library or, more recently, a bunch of browser tabs. Checking the status for all books was impossible, because the list of registrations was not machine-readable.

But! A recent NYPL project has paid for the already-digitized registration records to be marked up as XML. (I was not involved, BTW, apart from saying "yes, this would work" four years ago.) Now for anything that's unambiguously a "book", we have a parseable record of its pre-1964 interactions with the Copyright Office: the initial registration and any potential renewal.

The two datasets are in different formats, but a little elbow grease will mesh them up. It turns out that 80% of 1924-1963 books never had their copyright renewed. More importantly, with a couple caveats about foreign publication and such, we now know which 80%.

This was announced back in May, but I don't think it got the attention it deserved. This is a really big deal, so I had no choice but to create a bot. Here's Secretly Public Domain, which highlights unrenewed works that have already been scanned for Hathi Trust. This only represents 10% of the 80%, but it's the ten percent most likely to be interesting, and these books have the easiest path towards being available online.

August 7, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Blank Wall Clock

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A 2010 design by Martí Guixé.

From websites:

With this clock, you can write down your dreams, sentences, names, notes, for whenever and wherever you think they belong.

15.75"Ø x 2"D.

Includes pen.

Aluminum.

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$175.

August 7, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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