Category Archives: Video Archive

Then and Now

With the continued difficulties in the economy and the comparison often heard to the Great Depression I thought I’d search the Archive for some perspective. While unquestionably there was hardship and suffering, I was heartened to see footage from two … Continue reading

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Eels as party favors?

I was in Mexico City a couple of weeks ago, and we went to Plaza Garibaldi where all of the mariachi hang out, waiting to be hired.  There are great bars on the plaza where you can sip tequila (NOT … Continue reading

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better mp4 (h.264) derivatives at archive.org!

Late last week, we pushed live a new video deriving technique, as well as in the process updated our audio/video file reader, ffmpeg. New items will benefit from this newer method, and prior items can be re-derived by users if … Continue reading

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Nuclear Summit and Marionettes

In light of the recent nuclear de-proliferation summit in Washington, D.C., I thought I’d bone up on pre-cautions in case things don’t work out. Today’s question is: Can paper maché marionettes survive the bomb? Let’s find out: Rural Civil Defense … Continue reading

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"Houston, we’ve had a problem"

The now famous words spoken by Jim Lovell in 1970 in the ill-fated Apollo 13 flight. There was a reunion of astronauts and control crew to celebrate the 40th anniversary. NASAimages has many great photos and video from the flight. … Continue reading

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NASA partners with Internet Archive to archive digital imagery

From Jon Hornstein at Internet Archive’s NASA images: NASA gave a nice shout-out to the Internet Archive for helping them address their Open Government Initiative requirements. http://www.nasa.gov/open/plan/records-management.html Here’s a couple of choice quotes . . . “. . . (the … Continue reading

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New York City

Just back from a sightseeing trip of New York City. After visiting so many famous landmarks I decided to check out what we have at the Archive. I dig the riveting machine in this movie of the construction of the … Continue reading

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St. Patrick's Day at the Archive

Let’s see what we’ve got for St. Patrick’s Day on the servers….. Newsreel of the huge parade in New York City in 1939 (with some other interesting news of the day). A tune featuring bagpipe and fiddle A breathtaking image … Continue reading

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Economic Crisis and the President's Response

On today’s date in 1933 President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered the first of his radio “fireside chats,” telling Americans what was being done to deal with the nation’s economic crisis. Searching the Internet archive I found an audio file in … Continue reading

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The Story of Stuff …

As I sit here looking at the beautiful San Francisco Bay I see an enormous container ship heading to port with a huge load of…stuff. Made me think of this great video, “The Story of Stuff“,  I saw a while … Continue reading

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Alice In Wonderland…a look back

Twas Brillig! With a yet another new version of Alice In Wonderland being released today in a theater near you, I thought I’d take a look back in the Internet Archive to see what we have. Here is the first … Continue reading

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Today's keyword roulette

It was dark and bleak this morning here so I found this utopian pre-war plea for community planning… http://www.archive.org/details/CityTheP1939. Written by Lewis Mumford, narrated by Morris Carnovsky, music by Aaron Copland. Political, bleak, stylish, noir  and a really cool pancake … Continue reading

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BloomEnergy, the Bloombox, Free Energy and Tesla

A hot topic on the heels of the 60 Minutes segment last night. Is the Bloombox the long sought solution to cheap clean energy? Is Mr. K.R. Sridhar the modern day Nicola Tesla? At the risk of boring you all I … Continue reading

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Gumbasia

I was making Playdoh from scratch which of course got me thinking about…Gumby! Hey, seemed logical at the time. Seeing as how Art Clokey passed away last month I thought I’d check to see if we had anything by him … Continue reading

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Valentine's Day Ideas : Dogs, Dinosaurs, Spiders and Craters

Valentine’s Day is this weekend so I decided to do a little rooting around the Archive. I found some very cool stuff but a stop animation that was brought to my attention was so cool I wanted to post it … Continue reading

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Superbowl and New Orleans

OK, I confess I was more interested in seeing if Pete Townshend would do some windmill leaps and trash his guitar at the end of their halftime show. Still I thought I’d check up on some stuff about New Orleans … Continue reading

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The Daily Athenaeum – HaveYouSeen? ‘The Driller Killer’

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Unemployment Rate Jitters

With the unemployment rate so high, cafes here in San Francisco are extra busy with folks killing time, camping out at the tables nursing their one cup of coffee while online. Here’s a good old one for them to check … Continue reading

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Black History Month and Famous Banjos

I found this radio interview with Rosa Parks just 4 months after she refused to give up her seat on the bus in Montgomery, AL. Her interview goes from 12:39-18:50. http://www.archive.org/details/dn2005-1025_vid And here is an interview from the 1957 with … Continue reading

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Hula Dancing and other Risky Behavior

So I was listening to a music in the Live Music Archives section of a local surf band, Mermen http://www.archive.org/details/mermen2009-07-31.m300.flac16. I was really liking “Big Day At The Bay”. Which got me to thinking about surfing. A search got me … Continue reading

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