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Many Sides of Mid-Winter at ibiblio

There are “Two Sides of the Face: Midwinter Tales” wrote Arthur Quiller-Couch in 1903 (available from ibiblio-hosted Project Gutenberg), but it still took him 8 stories to cover those two sides and of course, Project Gutenberg makes the book available in several formats.

Jane Keefer’s Folk Music Index finds at least 6 versions of “In the Bleak Midwinter” based on the poem by Christina Rossetti but only one “In the Snow of Deep Midwinter” performed by Mrs. Ackroyd and Band recorded on Oranges and Lemmings, Dog 007, LP (1990), trk# A.06.

More practically for some, Hyperwar Project provides information on How to Abandon Ship in Freezing Weather that could be essential including this helpful bit: “The seamen from the torpedoed Norwegian motor tanker Alexandra Hoegh were rescued after 38 hours in open boats during midwinter in the North Atlantic. They reached shore well and healthy. All of them would have been frostbitten, and some of them would have died — if they had not worn life suits.” A short story in itself.

Yellow Poplar

The Plant Information Center, home of the Virtual Herbarium, tells us that “The terminal buds [of the Yellow Poplar} are about 1/2 inch long, flattened and valvate, opening like a duck’s bill. Sprouts and buds are one of the main foods of deer, and squirrels eat yellow poplar seeds in early fall and again in mid-winter.” Handy information if you or your friends are arboreal rodents or very tall deer.

Mid-winter can be a time of despair, but rue not readers. Fiddler know of Midwinter Waltzes and Blossoms from American and Scottish sources via Andrew Kuntz’s Fiddler’s Companion.

Do not end up like young Henry Martin of whom Roger McGuinn sings:

He had not been sailing but a long winter’s night
And a part of a short winter’s day,
Before he espied a stout lofty ship,
lofty ship, lofty ship,
Come abibing down on him straight way.

And quickly turned “turned robber all on the salt sea/ Salt sea, salt sea./ For to maintain [his] brothers and [he]”.

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Thanksgiving from and at ibiblio sites

If you are looking for things Thanksgiving, you need look no further than ibiblio.org searches.

But for a rich summary, here are a few of my own favorites:

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Cristóbal Palmer at Splatspace for Technoactivism 3rd Mondays

Who: Cristóbal Palmer, technical director of ibiblio.org
What:TA3M aka Technoactivism Third Mondays talk
When: Monday November 18 at 7 pm (EST-US)
Where: Splatspace in Durham, NC
About: The Challenge of Archiving Dynamic Websites at ibiblio
Slides from Cristóbal’s talk

This month’s presentation is on ibiblio, and the challenge of archiving dynamic websites. ibiblio is the Public’s Library and Digital Archive. It hosts a range of collections across many disciplines. Their core task — providing infrastructure for digital collection development and preservation of digital content — has gotten more challenging over time. Sites made before roughly 1997 are relatively easy to archive. With a few exceptions (RIP blink tag), they render today just like they did in 1997, and the only concerns of the archivist are those of the underlying media: flipped bits or crashed disk heads, for example. This talk will give a brief introduction to archiving digital content and will then explore more complex archiving problems faced today. We’ll close with a call to action and discussion of how the challenges of archiving dynamic websites might be overcome.

Cristóbal Palmer

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