The Secret History of Hypertext

Historians of technology often cite Bush’s essay as the conceptual forerunner of the Web. And hypertext pioneers like Douglas Engelbart, Ted Nelson, and Tim Berners-Lee have all acknowledged their debt to Bush’s vision. But for all his lasting influence, Bush was not the first person to imagine something like the Web.

via The Secret History of Hypertext – Alex Wright – The Atlantic.

The Library of Congress Wants to Destroy Your Old CDs

If you’ve tried listening to any of your old CDs lately, if you even own them anymore, you may have noticed they won’t play. That’s what happened to mine, anyway.

via The Library of Congress Wants to Destroy Your Old CDs (For Science) – Adrienne LaFrance – The Atlantic.

The last time I played through *all* of my CDs (1500) I found about 10 with unplayable parts, and 2 that were completely unusable.

One of the “damaged” CDs was actually harmed by the marker used to put info on it – the part where the ink was had become completely transparent.

How NYC’s Newest Neighborhood Will Float Above an Active Train Yard

In Manhattan this spring, crews are ramping up work on Hudson Yards, the largest private development in US history. But what’s fascinating about this new mega-development aren’t just its buildings. It’s the fact that they will float above an existing train depot on a massive artificial foundation. We got an early look at how it’s being built.

via How NYC’s Newest Neighborhood Will Float Above an Active Train Yard.

Fascinating. The construction simulations are fantastic.

The 24,000-Liter “Wine Box”

VT: What is a flexitank?

AN: A flexitank is a large polyethylene bag that transforms a regular 20ft shipping container into a liquid transportation system. Think of a giant “wine box” that fits on the back of an 18-wheel tractor trailer or a rail flatcar and can be used to move liquids securely and cost effectively.Flexitanks come in various sizes/capacities the most commonly used capacity is 24,000 liters and can be used for shipping a huge variety of liquids. When shipping wine or other sensitive liquids, special types of flexitanks are used to provide extra protection to the wine.

via The 24,000-Liter “Wine Box” | Vine Talk.

Dance Band Experiments With ‘Three-Way Stereo’

Now NightBus, a dance-pop band with members split between Los Angeles and London, has what it says is a novel take on stereo. Its single, “When the Night Time Comes,” to be released on Tuesday by S-Curve Records, is produced in what it calls “three-way stereo,” an audio innovation for the earbud age.

via Dance Band Experiments With ‘Three-Way Stereo’ –

Actually it is 4 different tracks – left, right, stereo, and mono. If you put the recording in to mono you get a separate (and different) mix than either left or right alone.

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