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Correction of Corrections

In the information-poor world, where any table of numbers was a rarity, centuries went by before people began systematically to gather different printed tables in order to check one against another. When they did, they found unexpected flaws. For example, Taylor’s Logarithms, the standard quarto printed in London in 1792, contained (it eventually transpired) nineteen errors of either one or two digits. These were itemized in the Nautical Almanac, for, as the Admiralty knew well, every error was a potential shipwreck.

Unfortunately, one of the nineteen corrections proved erroneous, so the next year’s Nautical Almanac printed an “erratum of the errata.” This in turn introduced yet another error. “Confusion is worse confounded,” declared The Edinburgh Review. The next almanac would have to put forth an “Erratum of the Erratum of the Errata in Taylor’s Logarithms.”

Gleick, James (2011-03-01). The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

Unknown Unknowns Roundtable in the Bronx

Shifting Communities Roundtable Series at the Andrew Freedman Home
Sunday, May 27 from 3:30-6:30pm
Angie Waller with Jason Zevin and Miranda Nell
“Unknown Unknowns”
Photo documentation by Annie Shaw.

Spy Novel-o-Matic

side 1

side 2

How to Talk Without Saying Anything Important


A Field Guide to the Interactive Documentary

On Feb. 18, I attended the Moma event “A Field Guide to Interactive Documentary.” Here are some of the projects and resources that were covered.


Bear 71
“Jeremy Mendes and Leanne Allison’s poignant interactive documentary about a bear in the Canadian Rockies illuminates the way humans engage with wildlife in the age of networks, satellites, and digital surveillance.” Funded in part by NFB Canada.
http://vimeo.com/35267742 (trailer)

NFB Canada has a lot of other interesting projects that were mentioned. (http://www.nfb.ca/interactive/) In particular, One Millionth Tower, Highrise, and Welcome to Pine Point.

Interrupt Violence (launching soon)
Companion website for documentary “The Interruptors.”

Star Wars Uncut
crowd-sourced remake of Star Wars

Take This Lollipop
Creates a creepy serial killer drama out of your facebook info.

similar to

The Wilderness Downtown
Interactive film by Chris Milk featuring Arcade Fire’s “We Used to Wait.”
Superimposes google maps of your hometown within the narrative. Built in html5



“Popcorn.js is an HTML5 media framework written in JavaScript for filmmakers, web developers, and anyone who wants to create time-based interactive media on the web.”

Tool for creating interactive stories, allows for mashups between youtube, vimeo, flickr, and maps.

“The Korsakow System (pronounced ‘KOR-SA-KOV’) is an easy-to-use computer program for the creation of database films.”

“Cowbird is a small community of storytellers, focused on a deeper, longer-lasting, more personal kind of storytelling than you’re likely to find anywhere else on the Web.”

(still in beta – example project 18 Days in Egypt (http://18daysinegypt.com/)

(still in alpha, not released)
“Zeega is an open-source HTML5 platform for creating interactive documentaries and inventing new forms of storytelling.
Zeega makes it easy to collaboratively produce, curate and publish participatory multimedia projects online, on mobile devices and in physical spaces.”

Self Help in China

Working Titles
What do the most industrious people on earth read for fun?
by Leslie T. Chang
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