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from analog to digital Using high-energy physics to preserve old records. Quote:

Haber and Berkeley Lab colleague Vitaliy Fadeyev are working on a breakthrough way of digitizing and archiving old recordings, such as wax cylinders and traditional flat records, that are too far gone for a standard stylus. If successful, the pair may be able to help archivists at The Library of Congress and elsewhere rescue swaths of recorded musical and audio history that are today in danger of being lost.
I always wonder about the fragility of the digital medium (i.e., sans technology, a CD is simply a nice shiny coaster, and recovering information from digital mediums when their platforms and formats are long-gone is as hard, if not harder), but recovering really old analog information is also important. Reminds me of The Long Now as well.

Categories: science
Posted by diego on May 13, 2004 at 3:54 PM

today's reading...

...The 1992 Winner of the Strategy Essay Competition at the US National Defense University: The Origins of the American Military Coup of 2012, by Lt. Col. Charles J. Dunlap. (Awarded by then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin Powell). Quote:

The letter that follows takes us on a darkly imagined excursion into the future. A military coup has taken place in the United States--the year is 2012--and General Thomas E. T. Brutus, Commander-in-Chief of the Unified Armed Forces of the United States, now occupies the White House as permanent Military Plenipotentiary. His position has been ratified by a national referendum, though scattered disorders still prevail and arrests for acts of sedition are underway. A senior retired officer of the Unified Armed Forces, known here simply as Prisoner 222305759, is one of those arrested, having been convicted by court-martial for opposing the coup. Prior to his execution, he is able to smuggle out of prison a letter to an old War College classmate discussing the "Origins of the American Military Coup of 2012." In it, he argues that the coup was the outgrowth of trends visible as far back as 1992. These trends were the massive diversion of military forces to civilian uses, the monolithic unification of the armed forces, and the insularity of the military community. His letter survives and is here presented verbatim.

It goes without saying (I hope) that the coup scenario above is purely a literary device intended to dramatize my concern over certain contemporary developments affecting the armed forces, and is emphatically not a prediction. -- The Author

Categories: geopolitics
Posted by diego on May 13, 2004 at 3:47 PM

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