B.B. King Archives

This week we are highlighting the B.B. King Archive of Dr. William Ferris. B.B. King was born Riley B. King in 1925 in Mississippi. By the late 1940s King was playing the blues regularly on Beale Street in Memphis and soon went on to national success, eventually being inducted into the Blues and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame. B.B. King toured extensively until his death in 2015. B.B. King’s contribution to rock and roll and blues music is immeasurable.

Visit the B.B. King Archive to browse through photos, videos, audio clips of the King of the Blues. This archive was created in 2004 by students at UNC Chapel Hill using material from the Ferris Collection, part of the Southern Folklife Collection at UNC Chapel Hill.

https://www.ibiblio.org/catalog/items/show/4394

The Degree Confluence Project

I’ve been working in the ibiblio database recently and have had a chance to view everything that we currently host and it’s been enlightening. I’ll post weekly to highlight some sites.

Today we’ll visit the Degree Confluence Project :

From the website “The goal of the project is to visit each of the latitude and longitude integer degree intersections in the world, and to take pictures at each location. The pictures, and stories about the visits, will then be posted here.”

An amazing look at what our Earth looks like from all around the globe.

“Where in the world are you…. exactly?”

If you’re talking to a member of the degree confluence project, they really mean exactly.

When you were young, did you ever look at those lines on the globe and wonder what it was like where two of those lines met? Well Alex Jerrett and Peter Cline did too, and they decided to find out.

They did not find two lines drawn into  the earth (as a certain 5-year-old once imagined), but rather, this oddly-shaped tree in New Hampshire:

43 degrees north, 72 degrees west

Thus began the “Degree Confluence Project,” proudly hosted by ibiblio.

In their own words:

“The goal of the project is to visit each of the latitude and longitude integer degree intersections in the world, and to take pictures at each location. The pictures, and stories about the visits, will then be posted here.”
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