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Computer-assisted cooking: IBM puts Chef Watson to work April 22, 2015 – Posted in: Books and Technology, Content, Video

Remember a few years back when IBM’s incredible computing machine Watson appeared on the television quiz show Jeopardy!? Well, like most technologies a lot has changed since then. Watson’s system performance is 2400% greater than in the Jeopardy! days and it has gone from the size of a master bedroom to three stacked pizza boxes! Now Watson enters a whole new realm, from simply being a storehouse of vast amounts information to now being able to actually create new knowledge. And one…

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Eggplant with books served up in this animation March 25, 2015 – Posted in: Books and Technology, Content, Video

For part of their work on a 2013 campaign for the IGA supermarket chain the folks at SHED served up a pretty amazing book-infused animation. The goal was to show off how knowledgeable the typical IGA employee is, and it is safe to say, they know what to do with an a eggplant!   behind the scenes look at creating the library at SHED’s blog

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Haiku with Strangers: New app lets you create poetry with strangers March 19, 2015 – Posted in: Books and Technology, Content

  Next time you have a few minutes of downtime and are in need of a creative escape you might want to consider a visit to HaikuJAM. HaikuJAM is a new free app that lets you create poetry with strangers. Just hit the “Jam” button and your off, either by starting your own poem or photo story, or by joining one already in progress.  That’s right, if your not feeling wordy you can create a haiku comprised of…

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Reference Rot: The dangerous attrition of digital footnotes March 15, 2015 – Posted in: Books and Technology, Content, Miscellany

Footnotes are a divisive bunch, for some readers they are pure annoyance for others they provide the opportunity to explore the source and offer a potential new window into something of interest. For Noel Coward reading footnotes was like ‘having to go downstairs to answer the door while in the midst of making love.’  In her piece for History Today, Anna Neima alerts us to the danger of digital footnotes as more and more of scholarly life moves toward…

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For Your Listening Pleasure: New Technology Rescues Poets from Old Vinyl December 8, 2014 – Posted in: Books and Technology, Content, Special Collections

 The Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard University just might be the closest thing we have to a poetry heaven on earth. Yes, there is the extensive collection of 20th and 21st century English-language poetry books and “an encyclopedic array of poetry journals and literary magazines” but the crown jewel of the collection is their collection of sound recordings, “one of the largest poetry-specific sound archives in the world”.  And, as you can imagine, many of the older vinyl…

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