Today our friends at Storyboard That shared some very exciting news! They are always adding something awesome to their wonderful digital storytelling tool so I couldn't wait to check this addition out.
"Have you ever watched The Shining and thought Jack Nicholson's character was overreacting a bit? Well, should you want to put that to the test, you can now tour the very hotel from Stanley Kubrick's 1980 film in virtual reality.
Kurt Vonnegut gained notoriety and acclaim for his novels -- like Breakfast of Champions, “a slippery, lucid, bleakly humorous jaunt through (sick? inhumane?) America circa 1973,” with Vonnegut acting as our Virgil-like companion, Cat's Cradle, a satirical commentary on modern man and his madness,” and Slaughterhouse-Five, “one of the world's great anti-war books. Centering on the infamous fire-bombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we are afraid to know.
"Led by the University of Toronto libraries, Open Robarts is an alternate reality game celebrating the tensions between open access and the control of information. Designed by local Toronto artist David Oxley and author Mark Foo, Open Robarts explores themes of information and control, and is meant to draw attention to and celebrate open access forGlobal Open Access Week 2015. There are many ways into the game, even for non-locals. Come check it out and help us unravel the mystery and determine the future of the library!"
In the French city of Grenoble, there are unusual vending machines that don't dispense soda or snacks -- they print out short stories that look like paper receipts instead. These machines were built by a publishing company called Short Édition, which placed eight of them in public locations (such as the city hall and libraries) as part of a pilot project. Each dispenser has 1-minute, 3-minute and 5-minute buttons, so readers can choose how long their stories are, all of which were written by members of the Short Édition community.
Before the launch of the Collections API, publishing a story with Tweets was a burdensome task. Developers had to manually gather numerous Tweet IDs and embed them into an app or website one at a time. With the Collections API, a single Collection ID is used to edit, update, and publish a story from any tool in the ecosystem. The Collections API can be used with TweetDeck, Curator, Spredfast, Dataminr, ScribbleLive, Wayin, and Flowics to organize as desired.
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