IBM’s 120 million gigabyte array, the world’s largest data center, could hold 60 copies of the Wayback Machine, the Internet Archive’s backup of the entire web.

“This 120 petabyte system is on the lunatic fringe now, but in a few years it may be that all cloud computing systems are like it,” says Bruce Hillsberg, director of IBM storage systems in Almaden, California. 


Bytes were never built to last. Hard-drives inevitably fail; links rot; web services fold. The legacy of our civilization, our shared history and culture, depends upon the endurance of digital collections. 

Archive, a compendium of documentaries told from the perspective of archivists and cultural producers, looks at the history of the Internet and attempts to archive its contents on a massive scale: from Archive.org’s Wayback Machine to the Amazon Glacier.


From The Right To Be Lazy. Ned Ludd was a fictitious leader. Costumes, jokes, and more. Here’s an excerpt:

“The Luddites, as they soon became known, were dead serious about their protests. … But they were also making fun, dispatching officious-sounding letters that began, ‘Whereas by the Charter’…and ended ‘Ned Lud’s Office, Sherwood Forest.’ Invoking the sly banditry of Nottinghamshire’s own Robin Hood suited their sense of social justice. The taunting, world-turned-upside-down character of their protests also led them to march in women’s clothes as ‘General Ludd’s wives.’

But definitely read the whole thing.


Teaching artist Mariam Ghani worked with sixth grade students from School of the Future for two months in 2005 to produce sound, image and web projects that take explorations of the girls' family histories as starting points for personal investigations of historical events.

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February 2005
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Summer 2007
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The Society for a Subliminal State has published The Subliminal History of New York State: Route of Progress, a hardbound tunebook telling the subliminal history of the Erie Canal and beyond through shape note songs, stories, and written directions. The book contains 53 songs, all written by Carrie Dashow (text), and Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg (music) during the summer 2007 subliminal history tour of upstate New York.

Projects: The Subliminal History of New York State: Route of Progress
People: Carrie Dashow
Research: Education Lab
Tags: new york, history, performance, songs
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