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November 2010 choices November 2010 choices
by The Ovi Team
2010-11-01 06:51:15
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November stands in front of the door marked "December" but we before we go rushing towards that doorknob and begin fumbling for the key, why don’t we see what are Ovi’s choices for the eleventh month.

Do take the time to check them and if you have any suggestions for the coming months then please contact us at info@ovimagazine.com.

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Site of the month: The Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library with the stated mission: "universal access to all knowledge." It offers permanent storage and access to collections of digitized materials, including websites, music, moving images, and books. The Internet Archive was founded by Brewster Kahle in 1996. In addition to its archiving function, the Archive is an activist organization, advocating for a free and open Internet.

Most societies place importance on preserving artifacts of their culture and heritage. Without such artifacts, civilization has no memory and no mechanism to learn from its successes and failures. Our culture now produces more and more artifacts in digital form. The Archive's mission is to help preserve those artifacts and create an Internet library for researchers, historians, and scholars.

The Internet Archive has capitalized on the popular use of the term "WABAC Machine" from a segment of the old Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon, and uses the name "Wayback Machine" for its service that allows archives of the World Wide Web to be searched and accessed. This service allows users to see archived versions of web pages of the past, what the Internet Archive calls a "three dimensional index". Millions of websites and their associated data (images, source code, documents, etc.) are saved in a gigantic database. The service can be used to see what previous versions of websites used to look like, to grab original source code from websites that may no longer be directly available, or to visit websites that no longer even exist. Not all websites are available, however, because many website owners choose to exclude their sites.

In addition to web archives, the Internet Archive maintains extensive collections of digital media that are attested by the uploader to be in the public domain in the United States or licensed under a license that allows redistribution, such as Creative Commons licenses. The media are organized into collections by media type (moving images, audio, text, etc.), and into sub-collections by various criteria. Each of the main collections includes an "Open Source" sub-collection where general contributions by the public are stored.

Aside from feature films such as Battleship Potemkin, The Birth of a Nation, Night of the Living Dead, Plan 9 from Outer Space and Triumph of the Will, IA's Moving Image collection includes: newsreels; classic cartoons; pro- and anti-war propaganda; Skip Elsheimer's "A.V. Geeks" collection; and ephemeral material from Prelinger Archives, such as advertising, educational and industrial films and amateur and home movie collections.

 

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 For more interesting links check, HERE!

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Blog of the month: Hyperbole and a Half

Hyperbole and a Half is not really a web comic, but it isn't really a blog either. Basically, it has lots of pictures and words and it really tries hard to be funny.

If that doesn't intrigue you then how about the text on her "About Me" page:

"Hi.  I'm Allie. If I had to explain myself in six words, those words would be "heroic, caring, alert and flammable."  That's only four words.  Oh well, I guess I should have thought of that before I started writing.  Too late now."

Okay, how about her Mission Statement:

"Do you like velociraptors, pirates, sharks and boats? Then you will probably like my blog!

I have never written about the previously listed things, per se, but I like them... and you like them... so we obviously have something in common.

Edit: I mentioned boats on 8-11-09 and 9-01-09. Please disregard the part where I said that I had never written anything about boats.

Edit: I mentioned a raptor on 8-17-09. Please disregard the part where I said I had never written anything about a raptor.

Edit: Okay this entire thing is pretty much obsolete now because my blog has become almost entirely about velociraptors. It is at least heavily based on them. And sharks."

Give Hyperbole and a Half a whirl... you'll love it.

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For more interesting blogs check, HERE!

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Photo of the month: Is it really art?

 

 

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 For more photos check HERE! 

 


  
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