Right to Repair = Right to Preserve

I’ve been following the discussions centered around the right to repair farm equipment for a couple of years. Here’s a couple of articles that will give you a primer on the issue: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/bvgx9w/farmers-are-buying-40-year-old-tractors-because-theyre-actually-repairable?fbclid=IwAR0rP3Yy8wNABaxSTe9ggcwZmhGnmMClvG5ORioV2VoBucZqne9wlik88aghttps://www.vice.com/en_us/article/xykkkd/why-american-farmers-are-hacking-their-tractors-with-ukrainian-firmware Why would an archivist care about this movement beyond my general distrust of companies that don’t allow people to tinker with the […]

Historic Juxtaposition

Southern Israelite, 1940’s AD Working on another research project this afternoon, I stumbled across this image. I immediately recognize the stereotyping of an African American man as a jovial waiter happily ready to serve a cold beer. This type of imagery was common in print and media through the early part of the twentieth century. […]

Recipe: Cold Brew Tea

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Digital Diplomatics

A recent Ars Technica article demonstrated that there’s a great need for diplomatic training in the record keeping profession. This case from Canada revolved around using fonts for forging records, but the would-be forger used a series fonts that would not have existed at the time the documents were created. New Skills?

The ROM Drama

A major site that hosts ROMS of classic video games has shut down because they are being sued by Nintendo. There’s a lot of discussion around this topic circulating in games journalism. Here’s a few pieces https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/08/emuparadise-shuts-down-rom-downloads-amid-lawsuit-fears/https://kotaku.com/in-defense-of-roms-a-solution-to-dying-games-and-broke-1828340811 Issues What are this issue There are some issues at play here that don’t seem complex at first, […]