Cyberpunk: 1990 Documentary Featuring William Gibson & Timothy Leary Introduces the Cyberpunk Culture

≡ Category: Film, Sci Fi, Technology, Web/Tech |1 Comment

“High tech and low life”: never have I heard a literary genre so elegantly encapsulated. I repeat it whenever a friend who finds out I enjoy reading cyberpunk novels — or watching cyberpunk movies, or playing cyberpunk video games — asks what “cyberpunk” actually means.

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Did the Wayback Machine Catch Russian-Backed Rebels Claiming Responsibility for Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17?

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If you’re a long-time reader of Open Culture, you know all about Archive.org — a non-profit that houses all kinds of fascinating texts, audio, moving images, and software. And don’t forget archived web pages.

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The Internet’s Own Boy: New Documentary About Aaron Swartz Now Free Online

≡ Category: Current Affairs, Film, Life, Web/Tech |13 Comments

On BoingBoing today, Cory Doctorow writes: “The Creative Commons-licensed version of The Internet’s Own Boy, Brian Knappenberger’s documentary about Aaron Swartz, is now available on the Internet Archive, which is especially useful for people outside of the US, who aren’t able to pay to see it online….

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The Big Lebowski Reimagined as a Classic 8-Bit Video Game

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The above video brings together two things that few people of my generation can resist.

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The Problem with Facebook: “It’s Keeping Things From You”

≡ Category: Media, Web/Tech |18 Comments

You liked our Facebook page. Now you’re expecting to see our material in your Facebook news feed. It’s not an unreasonable expectation. But it’s also very unlikely to happen.

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What Happens on the Internet in 60 Seconds

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Chances are in the past week you’ve read some argument about how the internet has destroyed the middle class, democracy, culture, etc, or a rebuttal of one of the above. I can’t add much to these debates. They sometimes sound like arguments over whether telephony is a boon or a curse.

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How Brewster Kahle and the Internet Archive Will Preserve the Infinite Information on the Web

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Brewster Kahle is an unassuming man. But as an internet pioneer and digital librarian, he may rightly be called a founding father of the Open Culture ethos. In 1996, Kahle began work on the Internet Archive, a tremendously important project that acts as a safety net for the memory hole problem of Internet publishing.

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A Short Animated History of the GIF

≡ Category: Art, Creativity, Design, Web/Tech |1 Comment

In 1987, Compuserve begatteth Image Format 87A.
Image Format 87A begatteth Graphics Interchange Format or GIF (rhymes with a certain brand of peanut butter, the video history above helpfully points out).

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Bitcoin, the New Decentralized Digital Currency, Demystified in a Three Minute Video

≡ Category: Business, Economics, Web/Tech |1 Comment

They sound like something out of science fiction, but Bitcoins are getting just a little bit more real every day. They’re intangible and invisible, but bitcoins recently attracted some real investment capital from the Winklevoss twins, who first dreamed up the idea for Facebook — or so their lawsuit argued.

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LA County Museum Makes 20,000 Artistic Images Available for Free Download

≡ Category: Art, Museums, Web/Tech |1 Comment

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art houses the largest American collection of art west of Chicago. Developed as an “encyclopedic” museum—its collections represent nearly every human civilization since recorded time—LACMA’s eclectic holdings span from art of the ancient world to video installations.

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