The Verge: Newly recovered Ground Zero photos show why you should back up your CD-Rs now. “When comedian and activist Jon Stewart gave an impassioned speech before Congress to seek ongoing aid for 9/11 first responders, it inspired Internet Archive software curator and digital preservationist Jason Scott to share something timely with the world as well: a newly discovered cache of photos from one of the workers who toiled away at Ground Zero, and who’d saved thousands of those photos on CD-R.”
Wired: Tame Your Picture Overload With These Google Photos Hacks . “How many photos are on your phone right now? While you check, let me posit a guess: One zillion. Did I ballpark it? Thought so. The great modern convenience of carrying an excellent smartphone camera in your pocket everywhere you go has led to the great modern inconvenience of being saddled with an unmanageable crush of photos.”
Dublin InQuirer: How a Butcher Amassed a Photo Archive for East Wall. “Each of the seven folders holds about a hundred prints. The collection began with a few photos, rescued from a skip around the corner, says Paddy Curtis, in his East Wall butchers’ shop last week.” This is a wonderful story. Please read it.
Fox59: Indiana Album encourages Hoosiers to share their photographs, past and present, for online database. “[Joan] Hostetler is the executive director of the Indiana Album. It’s a nonprofit organization that borrow Hoosiers’ photos and documents from all eras, digitizes them, catalogs and shares them on their website.”
Lifehacker: How Do I Digitize and Share a Ton of Old Family Photos?. “Welcome back to another week of Tech 911—Lifehacker’s advice column that’s designed to answer your most pressing and peculiar questions about technology. This week, we’re taking a question from someone who wants to find a solid photo-storage service for a special project.” Not a lot new here for seasoned genealogists, but a good overview of the basics for the rest of us. And — and I want to say this because I never thought I’d get to say it — hands down the best and most helpful thread of article comments I have EVER seen.
Ars Technica: Scientists found these old photographs contain metallic nanoparticles. “Daguerreotypes are one of the earliest forms of photography, producing images on silver plates that look subtly different, depending on viewing angle. For instance they can appear positive or negative, or the colors can shift from bluish to brownish-red tones. Now an interdisciplinary team of scientists has discovered that these unusual optical effects are due to the presence of metallic nanoparticles in the plates. They described their findings in a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”
Lifehacker: Find Local Hotspots With These Photography Maps. “Data artist Eric Fischer built a map of the world, populated with data from geotagged Twitter photos. A blue dot means a local took a photo in that spot; a red dot means a tourist took a photo. (Fischer identified locals as anyone who took photos in one city for over a month, and tourists as anyone taking photos outside their usual city.) The maps show that tourists concentrate in certain areas, usually dense city centers, while locals spread out everywhere.”