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July 29, 2009

U.S. Geological Survey

As you would expect, the U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library is a rich source for images of the American landscape and natural wonders. However, did you know the U.S.G.S. also archived portraits, images of pioneers, Native Americans and settlers? There are great gems like the series of photographs documenting how an Inuit tent is made. Best of all, the entire collection is public domain, so the images are free to be published, posted, and shared.

Click on the images for source information

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July 28, 2009

New Metropolis Lecture Series from Virginia Tech

Each year Virgina Tech hosts a lecture series on contemporary topics in Urban Planning ranging from outdoor recreational spaces to energy conservation and more. The entire lecture series is available both on the series website and through iTunes. If you're interested in supplemental materials to the lectures, visit the Virginia Tech website to download the presentations that accompanied the lectures for the most recent school year.

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July 22, 2009

Flickr Commons highlighted on Wired

In response to the Library of Congress' recent flickr slide show of the most popular items from their Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Wired Magazine decided to feature some images they felt stood out among the free public domain image collections on Flickr Commons. These images might be things you missed if you were you just browsing, but are well worth taking a look at.

NUCOA MARGARINE, ca. 1955, Nickolas Muray (American 1892-1965), no known copyright restrictions Click on the image to see the rest of the Nickolas Murray Collection from George Eastman House on Flickr Commons

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July 20, 2009

40 years ago today

From the NASA Images site: the bootprint of Buzz Aldrin, second man on the moon, July 20, 1969.

Apollo 11 bootprint, 7/20/1969 © NASA please click on the image to be taken to the original site

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July 15, 2009

Bad at Sports Podcast

Bad at Sports is an artist run podcast on contemporary art. Though the podcast is based in Chicago, contributions and topics come from around the world. There are interviews with curators, critics, and artists as well as reviews of exhibitions, movies, and books. All the content is kept somewhat informal, so it has a fresher, more spontaneous feel to it than some of the museum-led podcasts. One of the best features of the website is that in the podcast archive, each podcast has a list of links to artists, museums, curators and other items mentioned in that week's podcast. This way, it's easy to do more exploring after the show are learn about something you didn't quite understand while you were listening.

As an example of a typical show, this week's podcast is an interview of Manon Slome who is currently curating a project called No Longer Empty in New York. The project takes empty New York storefronts and connects them with artists for installations in these raw spaces. Not only does the project speak to the current economic times but it also incorporates the community in a way regular galleries and museums can't. To hear more, go listen at Bad at Sports or on iTunes.

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July 09, 2009


Jing is a product from Techsmith, a screen capture and media sharing company. Jing performs both still screen shots as well as video capture of your screen and microphone. Automatically upload these captures to Screencast, a media storage site, or to YouTube, Vimeo or Viddler with the Pro version. If you upgrade to the Jing Pro version for $14.95/year, you get added features like logo free captures, the option of saving files as MPEGs, and the ability to capture from your computer's built-in video as well.

Check the Jing Blog to get tips on posting captures to blogs, tips for working with bugs, and other helpful hints. TechSmith's Education Blog can also be a good place to learn about ways other educators are using TechSmith's products.

If you have a PC, and you're looking for something a bit more powerful than Jing that you can also use for simple editing, you might want to check out the pricier Camtasia.

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July 08, 2009

Eckersley Poster Archive on VADS

A good morning for some might be finding a good resource for vintage posters. One such resource is from the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS), a collection of posters by the graphic designer, Tom Eckersley. If you enjoy the Eckersley Collection, you may also want to peruse other poster collections on VADS, too, like Posters of Conflict and the Spanish Civil War Collection.

image: Advertisement for Gillete, Tom Eckersley, Eckersley Archive: University of Arts, London (1960)

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July 07, 2009

UMMA's Dialog Table

The University of Michigan Museum of Art opened its new wing just a few months ago, and the addition as well as the pre-existing portion of the museum are full of delightful surprises. Located in the vertical gallery on the first floor of the new wing, the Dialog Table allows you to browse the museum's collection, watch videos related to content, compare different works from similar periods or styles, and create your own portfolio. After you leave the museum, your interaction with the collection doesn't have to end either, you can retrieve the portfolio you made at the dialog table, email it, tag it, and submit your own content about the works you chose.

There are a few other delights in the restored and expanded museum as well including the Open Storage Room on the second floor of the Alumni Memorial Hall. The Open Storage is a room loaded with art objects from many eras and places stored in well-lit, glass cabinets. If a particular objects strikes your imagination and you want to learn more about it, you can scroll through the collection on two computers in the room and click objects for more information.

Finally, keep your eyes open for display cases with drawers. There are a few of these located throughout the museum, and they house delicate prints and drawings that can't be exposed to light for long periods of time. However, you're free to open the drawers to take a peek!

Don't forget that you can stop in for quiet study or to meet a friend in the commons area from 8 am - midnight daily, even though the full museum hours are:

Tuesday/Wednesday/Saturday 10 am–5 pm
Thursday/Friday 10 am–10 pm
Sunday 12–5 pm

Images: top photo: UMMA's Dialog Table, Photo by Christine Hucal ummaphotog3's photostream; bottom photo: UMMA Open Storage, Photo by Lainie Kokas UMMA Museum's photostream (both images on Flickr)

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July 02, 2009

Rem Koolhaas on CNN

The BBC recently aired an interview with the architect, Rem Koolhaas, entitled The Architect Planning for the Future. You can also find other interviews and specials relating to architecture by searching the CNN videos page, like this sample search here. You can watch the rest of the special here by clicking on the thumbnails beneath the main video.

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July 01, 2009

Access Ceramics

Access Ceramics is an image database begun by the ceramics department and the visual resources collection of Lewis and Clark University. The collection consists of contemporary ceramicists' work approved by a small curatorial board. The images are all hosted by flickr but the team has developed a website containing citation information as well as links to artists' web pages and other ceramics resources, so you can use whichever method of browsing or searching you prefer.

Image above: Prefab/Refab II (detail) Daniel Bare, porcelain and post consumer objects, 2008

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