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  1. The Library of Babel is a place for scholars to do research, for artists and writers to seek inspiration, for anyone with curiosity or a sense of humor to reflect on the weirdness of existence - in short, it’s just like any other library. If completed, it would contain every possible combination of 1,312,000 characters, including lower case letters, space, comma, and period. Thus, it would contain every book that ever has been written, and every book that ever could be - including every play, every song, every scientific paper, every legal decision, every constitution, every piece of scripture, and so on. At present it contains all possible pages of 3200 characters, about 104677 books.

    Since I imagine the question will present itself in some visitors’ minds (a certain amount of distrust of the virtual is inevitable) I’ll head off any doubts: any text you find in any location of the library will be in the same place in perpetuity. We do not simply generate and store books as they are requested - in fact, the storage demands would make that impossible. Every possible permutation of letters is accessible at this very moment in one of the library's books, only awaiting its discovery. We encourage those who find strange concatenations among the variations of letters to write about their discoveries in the forum, so future generations may benefit from their research.

    2 years ago / / /
  2. Playscii is an open source ASCII art program, the successor to EDSCII. It runs on Windows and Linux, and will run on Mac OSX soon after a bit more work.

    More info: http://vectorpoem.com/playscii/

    Please note that Playscii is open source, still in early development, and is offered as a pay-what-you-want download here on itch. Testing and bug reports are appreciated!

    2 years ago / /
  3. Tausende Gangnam-Style- und Harlem-Shake-Videos auf Youtube sind der Beleg: Remix ist heute ein Massenphänomen. War das 20. Jahrhundert noch geprägt von zentralisierter Kulturproduktion, laden heute Computer, Videohandys und Internet zu kreativer und öffentlicher Interaktion mit Kulturgütern ein.

    Viele der erfolgreichsten Videos auf Youtube und Facebook profitieren davon, dass andere NutzerInnen eigene Versionen von ihnen erstellen und so zur Bekanntheit des Originals beitragen. Die Bandbreite reicht dabei von verwackelten Handy-Videos bis hin zu aufwendigen Remixversionen. Sich für die Erstellung von Werken bei Vorhandenem zu bedienen, ist kein neues Phänomen. Der Blogger Malte Welding illustrierte diesen Umstand einmal unter Verweis auf Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, der Bach-Fugen bearbeitete und die den Fugen voranstehenden Präludien mit Eigenkompositionen ersetzte, die für Streicher geeignet waren: „Er remixte Bach. Er mashte ihn, er fledderte die toten Noten und schuf etwas Neues.“


    3 years ago / / / /
  4. Literary elites love to rep Shakespeare’s vocabulary: across his entire corpus, he uses 28,829 words, suggesting he knew over 100,000 words and arguably had the largest vocabulary, ever. I decided to compare this data point against the most famous artists in hip hop. I used each artist’s first 35,000 lyrics. That way, prolific artists, such as Jay-Z, could be compared to newer artists, such as Drake.

    3 years ago / /
  5. Build beautiful interactive books using GitHub/Git and Markdown.

  6. Le papier permanent
    par Astrid Brandt

          La première norme internationale pour le papier permanent (ISO 9706), publiée par l’International Organization for Standardization (organisation internationale de normalisation, désignée par l’abréviation ISO) en mars 1994, fixe " les prescriptions pour qu’un papier destiné à l’établissement de documents soit permanent ", c’est-à-dire qu’il reste chimiquement et physiquement stable pendant une longue période. Cette norme internationale est l’équivalent de la norme américaine ANSI Z39.48 de 1992 : " Permanence of paper for printed library materials ".

    Pour qu’un papier puisse être déclaré conforme à la norme ISO 9706 (ou ANSI Z39.48), il doit répondre aux critères suivants :

    - le pH de l’extrait aqueux de la pâte à papier doit être compris entre 7,5 et 10 ;

    - l’indice Kappa de la pâte à papier, qui indique la résistance à l’oxydation (liée à la présence de lignine), doit être inférieur à 5 ;

    - la réserve alcaline doit être supérieure ou égale à 2 % d’équivalent de carbonate de calcium ;

    - la résistance à la déchirure doit être supérieure à 350 mN pour un papier dont le grammage est supérieur à 70 g/m2.

    Le symbole attaché à cette norme est le signe mathématique de l’infini dans un cercle surmontant la mention " ISO 9706 ".

    Le papier permanent peut être fabriqué soit à partir de chiffons, soit à partir de pâte chimique de bois en milieu neutre ou alcalin ; le bois peut donc être utilisé à condition d’en éliminer tous les constituants non cellulosiques, et en particulier la lignine.

    3 years ago / / /
  7. Homoglyphi.cc is a simple tool for writing Unicode-calligraphy. The user can combine characters from the Astral Planes of the code structure to create alternative word-images. These can, for exempel, be pasted into typographically restrictive social media. The point of view of homoglyphi.cc is the basic character set of cloud-english.

    A homoglyph is a symbol that has a similar form to another symbol. The Unicode Standard is a utopian masterplan where each archetypical symbol is given its own space in an immense skeletal structure reaching for the sky. The FAQ says: “Unicode covers all the characters for all the writing systems of the world, modern and ancient.” At the time of writing, 110,182 symbols are encoded. Many of these are homoglyphs. This offers possibilities for creative users wishing to embellish their writing.

    The Standard defines a true essence beyond the stylesheet. Milleniums of human cilvilization snapped to a flat grid. This universal, ultimate standard is the codebook of global text-communication. On a material level this world of symbols depends on fonts, files installed on the local machines, to become visible. If the required font is missing the reader sees a crossed out box, a question mark or nothing.

    3 years ago / /
  8. These drawings are a methodical interpretation of A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schzophrenia by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari.

    3 years ago / /
  9. A performance between graffiti artist and town painter.

  10. Le catalogue nos livres recense les livres électroniques du domaine public français, disponibles gratuitement et qui ont un minimum de qualité. Les sites suivant sont recensés : Bibliothèque électronique du Québec (BEQ) Bibliothèque numérique romande (BNR) Bibliothèque Russe et Slave (BRS) Ebooks Libres et Gratuits (ELG) ÉFÉLÉ Gallica La bibliothèque de Gloubik Projet Gutenberg (livres en français)

    4 years ago / / /
  11. New research reveals why people like to reread books, re-watch movies and generally repeat the same experiences over and over again. It’s not addictive or ritualistic behavior, but rather a conscious effort to probe deeper layers of significance in the revisited material, while also reflecting on one's own growth through the lens of the familiar book, movie or place.

    5 years ago / /
  12. This audio reading of The Metamorphosis is read by David Barnes. Contents : # I - 00:49:52 # II - 00:53:51 # III - 00:50:42

    5 years ago / / /
  13. Mobile is a French-American bilingual magazine, where a part of creation meets a part of reflection.

    mobile album - nicolas boillot

    5 years ago / / /
  14. Do you hate having to write your artist statement? Generate your own here for free, and if you don't like it, generate another one. For use with funding applications, exhibitions, curriculum vitae, websites ...

    6 years ago / / /
  15. All online newspapers in the world, translate with one click
    6 years ago / / /
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