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PBS Defends the Selfie in New ‘Why Do We Hate Selfies’ Idea Channel Episode

PBS Defends the Selfie in New ‘Why Do We Hate Selfies’ Idea Channel Episode | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
Defending the selfie in this day and age is a dangerous angle to take, but the folks at the PBS Idea Channel are taking a swing at it because, in their words, “despite being possibly the world’s most annoying habit, selfies are undeniably a major...
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The lost promise of the Internet: Meet the man who almost invented cyberspace

The lost promise of the Internet: Meet the man who almost invented cyberspace | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
In 1934, a little-known Belgian thinker published plans for a global network that could have changed everything
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Conceived in the pre-digital era, Otlet’s scheme relied on a crazy quilt of analog technologies like microfilm, telegraph lines, radio transmitters and typewritten index cards. Nonetheless, it anticipated the emergence of a hyperlinked information environment — more than half a century before Tim Berners-Lee released the first Web browser.

Despite Otlet’s remarkable foresight, he remains largely forgotten outside of rarefied academic circles. When the Nazis invaded Belgium in 1940, they destroyed much of his work, helping ensure his descent into historical obscurity (although the Mundaneum museum in Belgium is making great strides toward restoring his legacy). Most of his writing has never been translated into English.

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This Is a Generic Brand Video - YouTube

This Is a Generic Brand Video is a generic brand video of "This Is a Generic Brand Video," written by Kendra Eash for McSweeney's Internet Tendency. No surpr...
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"...This “generic brand video” has the perfect combination of cynical, dry humor and memorable images to make it a classic commentary on how people can be manipulated by companies, or say, vapid political candidates..."

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Photog Loses $7,000 of Gear On Japanese Bullet Train, Gets Every Bit of It Back

Photog Loses $7,000 of Gear On Japanese Bullet Train, Gets Every Bit of It Back | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
News in the photo world isn’t always uplifting — what with all the layoffs and copyright scandals — but once in a while you stumble onto one of those ‘renew your faith in humanity’ stories that just make you smile.
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Mesmerizing Photos of Frozen Flowers by Mo Devlin

Mesmerizing Photos of Frozen Flowers by Mo Devlin | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
When you hear the term flower photography, it probably doesn’t inspire a particularly powerful reaction.
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500px Prime: A New Licensing Marketplace that Promises Photographers a 30% Cut

500px Prime: A New Licensing Marketplace that Promises Photographers a 30% Cut | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
Earlier today, 500px announced that it would be getting into the licensing game with a new commercial licensing site dubbed 500px Prime.
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Humor: What Would Instagram be Like if it Had Been Invented in the 80′s?

Humor: What Would Instagram be Like if it Had Been Invented in the 80′s? | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
Here’s a fun little thought experiment for you: what would Instagram have been like if the filter-tastic service had been invented back in the 1980s?
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Have Camera, Will Travel: Fifty Awesome Photo Workshops Around the World

Have Camera, Will Travel: Fifty Awesome Photo Workshops Around the World | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
You could go alone to New Zealand, Mexico, Cuba, or wherever your wanderlust takes you, and bring your camera along for the trip — hope to stumble upon the ‘photographic’ spots, and take some pictures you think might be good.
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Getty Images Sports Photographer Robert Cianflone Reporting from Sochi…

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In the picture above, taken on January 30th 2014, you see more than 315,000 Euro worth of Canon camera gear or 425,659.59 US dollars! That’s the value of a house and more than a Lamborghini Aventador!
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Australian Website Lists Price of Sigma’s 50mm f/1.4 Otus Competitor at $1,350

Australian Website Lists Price of Sigma’s 50mm f/1.4 Otus Competitor at $1,350 | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
We know Sigma’s recently-announced 50mm f/1.4 Art Series lens is supposed to be good, great even.
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Mind-Blowing TV Spot Recreates Six Iconic Images in One Uninterrupted Shot

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This TV Spot is the height of creativity, and we absolutely love it.
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Pioneers of northern radio

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When Yellowknife was founded more than 75 years ago, its only reliable means of communications was run out of a tent with two soldiers and a radio.

Early in September of 1937, the Army was ordered to the new town to establish "RC Sigs Station Yellowknife." It was the government's answer to communications problems in the North. The station would become the largest and busiest in the Northwest Territories, according to Maj. Terry Buehl, the man currently in charge of military signals in Yellowknife with Joint Task Force (North).

The Yellowknife station was part of a vast network of stations manned by soldiers from the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. The first was built in 1922 in Dawson City, Yukon, replacing an unreliable telegraph line and a limited post service.

On Friday, the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals celebrated the 110th anniversary of military communications in Canada. In Yellowknife, Buehl and his signallers took part by participating in a world-wide radio exercise.

 

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Northwest Territories and Yukon Radio System History Project http://ow.ly/qqKVi

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"...The Canadian military was the first in the Commonwealth to create a dedicated signals unit. Military signallers in Yellowknife today can trace their roots back to the formation of the Canadian Signalling Corps in 1903.

The army provided radio communications for Yellowknife for 21 years, until 1958, when CBC took over the station...."
'...The story of the NWT&Y Radio System is a virtually unknown saga in the history of the development of northern Canada. The contributions of the men who staffed the stations are largely unheralded. In his post-script to the official history, WO1 Cal Vince says:

"Northerners will also remember Signals primarily as magistrates, Airways and Transportation agents, acting minions of the law and prime movers in community affairs. It is the unmistakeable fact that the fine reputation built by the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals during 37 eventful years of service in the north country was not the result of the efforts of one, two or even three individuals, but rather the results of the combined efforts of every officer and man who served on this now non-existent arm of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals."

These are not the normal roles of soldiers on active service. But there in the Canadian northland they were engaged in unusual circumstances and eventful times. Not only was Canada's northern frontier and its resources in the early stages of exploration and development, but the science, technology and practical applications of global telecommunications and air transportation were also probing new frontiers. The Royal Canadian Corps of Signals was asked by the Government of Canada to step into the breach and fill the void in long-distance telecommunication to serve those industries and the embryonic communities in the northern territories. In the process the Signallers found themselves, perforce, fulfilling duties far beyond anything they had learned at the School of Signals in Vimy Barracks. In enthusiasm, ability, dedication and inventiveness they were not found wanting. In the nearly four decades (1923-59) that their System operated they left behind them a proud and impressive legacy...."
Northwest Territories and Yukon Radio System History Project http://ow.ly/qqKVi

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Roots, Radio and Social Change: Why Low Power FM Radio is about YOU - BillMoyers.com

Roots, Radio and Social Change: Why Low Power FM Radio is about YOU - BillMoyers.com | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
Roots, Radio and Social Change: Why Low Power FM Radio is about YOU BillMoyers.com The acceleration of media consolidation and unfair restrictions on community radio and TV have narrowed already limited access to the airwaves for local voices,...
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Pinterest Strikes a Deal with Getty Images, Will Pay for Metadata

Pinterest Strikes a Deal with Getty Images, Will Pay for Metadata | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
When it comes to images, Pinterest is a bit of a copyright nightmare. It’s not unusual for people to pin photos without any information or attribution, which inevitably leads to others using or sharing the photo without permission.
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Camera fans fooled yet again by April Fools’ Day pranks

Camera fans fooled yet again by April Fools’ Day pranks | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
  Image: Photo Rumors April Fools’ Day is extra-hilarious for anybody who follows camera and photography news. Our little category has a healthy rumor mill, fueled by thousands of dedicated fanboys, many of whom are good with Photoshop,…

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BTS: What It’s Like Being on DigitalRev’s Cheap Camera Challenge

BTS: What It’s Like Being on DigitalRev’s Cheap Camera Challenge | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
We’ve featured plenty of Pro Photographer Cheap Camera Challenges over the years, all of them informative, educational and entertaining to varying degrees. What we’ve never had before is the photographer’s perspective.
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Australian Photographer in Hot Water After Threat-Filled Facebook Tirade

Australian Photographer in Hot Water After Threat-Filled Facebook Tirade | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
Think before you post. This should be the message greeting all of us when we open up our social network of choice.
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Not what I expected when I clicked this article, but it was surprising. The definition of cyber bullying, but to public degree. I'm glad all the waters are cleared, but whether he claims to have been drunk or not, treatment like this is never acceptable. 

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#CBCNorth first aid training Tweet from @Call_Randall

#CBCNorth first aid training Tweet from @Call_Randall | MediaMentor | Scoop.it

News room bleeding puncture wounds dressing bandages are part of #CBCNorth first aid training pic.twitter.com/WxgUFSsijl

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Adios Yellow Glow: How LED Streetlights Will Change the Look of Night Photography

Adios Yellow Glow: How LED Streetlights Will Change the Look of Night Photography | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
LED streetlights are the wave of the future, but in addition to being the environmentally friendly choice, doing away with high-pressure sodium streetlight has one other significant (at least to photographers and filmmakers) side effect: it...
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Beautiful Landscape Photographs Exposed Onto Handblown Glass Vessels

Beautiful Landscape Photographs Exposed Onto Handblown Glass Vessels | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
Artist Emma Howell‘s landscape images are unlike any we’ve ever run across. Not because she’s capturing something unique, or using a process we’ve not seen before.
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High School Girl Takes Selfie with Cadaver, Wins Our Vote for Most Repulsive Selfie

High School Girl Takes Selfie with Cadaver, Wins Our Vote for Most Repulsive Selfie | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
And the award for most repugnant and moronic selfie of the year (or maybe decade?
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Time-Lapse Captures Astonishingly Bright Aurora Borealis Over Sweden

Time-Lapse Captures Astonishingly Bright Aurora Borealis Over Sweden | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
In Sweden’s Abisko National Park, 2014 has been something of a God-send for time-lapse photographers. In the first 32 nights of the year, the so-called ‘polar spirits’ have come out to dance 29 times!
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PBS Defends the Selfie in New ‘Why Do We Hate Selfies’ Idea Channel Episode

PBS Defends the Selfie in New ‘Why Do We Hate Selfies’ Idea Channel Episode | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
Defending the selfie in this day and age is a dangerous angle to take, but the folks at the PBS Idea Channel are taking a swing at it because, in their words, “despite being possibly the world’s most annoying habit, selfies are undeniably a major...
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Audiour - Share Audio, Simply

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"The Easiest Way to Share Audio"

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"The Easiest Way to Share Audio"

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First exhibition at MoMA wholly dedicated to sound as a form of artistic ... - Art Daily

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Spectacular Time-Lapse Born Out of 13,000 Miles and 10,000 Photos

Spectacular Time-Lapse Born Out of 13,000 Miles and 10,000 Photos | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
The “quit your day job and go on the adventure you’ve always dreamed of” piece of advice is given so often as to almost be cliché. And yet, many of us are still blown away when someone actually finds the guts to do just that.
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