4 Jan 2018 Strange things, Blue Moon (drawings), Digital Dark Age and Myths and Monsters (Netflix)

3 Jan 2018 – I know this is a strange drawing. As I’ve mentioned before with how things work for me when I’m drawing – I just draw. The numbers were just what I heard in my head.  A year or so ago now I had a very vivid dream that involved gray aliens.  More than one of them was standing around me.  I can remember asking them “What are you doing to my face?!”  When I saw my face in the dream, it was half human and half alien.  Every time they were around in the dream after that I couldn’t see them but Spot would start barking at seemingly nothing.  I don’t have a bad feeling about them at all.

3 Jan 2018 – I’m trying to get in the habit of making a “hard copy” of my chalk drawings.  We are systematically, as I’m finding from experience, being erased through digital censorship*see article I shared. Anyhew… as you can see, the translation changes from chalk to paper and pen.

3 Jan 2018 – What came to mind on this one was “station.” I’ve been interested in recent videos I saw of interesting craft appearing around the space station.

3 Jan 2018 – The translation came out to be quite different that what I drew in chalk!

3 Jan 2018 – “Blue moon” – this was the last drawing of yesterday.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/newsscienceandtechnology/scientists-warn-we-may-be-creating-a-digital-dark-age/ar-BBHKb6t?ocid=sfyou may want to consider going a little “old school” on things about your life that you want preserved for posterity or risk being “erased.”  I’ve already started running into format issues when trying to open documents I saved on CD’s several years ago.  If it’s important to you, you might want to make a real hard copy of it.  I still keep hard copy journals etc. 

Adam Wernick, Science Friday

Scientists warn we may be creating a ‘digital dark age’

You may think that those photos on Facebook or all your tweets may last forever, or might even come back to haunt you, depending on what you have out there. But, in reality, much of our digital information is at risk of disappearing in the future.

Unlike in previous decades, no physical record exists these days for much of the digital material we own. Your old CDs, for example, will not last more than a couple of decades. This worries archivists and archaeologists and presents a knotty technological challenge.

“We may [one day] know less about the early 21st century than we do about the early 20th century,” says Rick West, who manages data at Google. “The early 20th century is still largely based on things like paper and film formats that are still accessible to a large extent; whereas, much of what we’re doing now — the things we’re putting into the cloud, our digital content — is born digital. It’s not something that we translated from an analog container into a digital container, but, in fact, it is born, and now increasingly dies, as digital content, without any kind of analog counterpart.”

Computer and data specialists refer to this era of lost data as the “digital dark ages.” Other experts call the 21st century an “informational black hole,” because the digital information we are creating right now may not be readable by machines and software programs of the future. All that data, they worry — our century’s digital history — is at risk of never being recoverable.

Surprisingly, many of the world’s largest companies and data-based enterprises still rely on an old storage medium: magnetic tape. In 1952, IBM introduced the first magnetic tape data storage system, ushering in the modern era of electronic computing. An early tape unit could hold about 2.3 megabytes per reel on two tapes.

The medium has come a long way, says Lauren Young, Science Friday’s web producer and the lead reporter on a three-part series called “File Not Found,” which explores issues of data storage (and loss) of all kinds. A single cartridge of today’s magnetic tape can hold hundreds of terabytes of data, the equivalent to hundreds of millions of books, Young says. “This past summer, IBM increased the amount a cartridge can hold to 330 terabytes, which is 330,000 gigabytes per cartridge. Big companies like Google and particle physics labs like Fermilab all have massive libraries of tape with thousands and thousands of cartridges.”

While most companies use digital technologies for first-line storage, in many cases, magnetic tape is the backup to the backup. This, too, can present problems, in the form of evolving magnetic formats and a phenomenon known as “bit rot.” Over time, the digital information on tape, and in other digital formats, can decay or degrade if it is not stored properly or is subjected to other adverse conditions.

Kari Kraus, an associate professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland in College Park and who helps run a project that rescues and resurrects digital relics, including video games and virtual worlds, knows about bit rot, and its close relative “software rot,” in which old files, games and other data becomes unusable because no format exists to read and reproduce the information.

“Different storage media have different lifespans,” Kraus says. “In our project, we worked a lot with magnetic media like floppy disks and those only have a lifespan of, say, 10 to 14 years. Optical media like DVDs and CD-ROM, I believe have even less. It is going to be a problem across different storage media.”

IBM 729: The IBM 729 Magnetic Tape Unit was IBM's iconic tape mass storage system from the late 1950s through the mid-1960s.© Credit: Wikimedia Commons The IBM 729 Magnetic Tape Unit was IBM’s iconic tape mass storage system from the late 1950s through the mid-1960s.

Lauren Young says some researchers see hope in one of the newest technologies: DNA storage. “Basically, researchers have found a way to store data onto DNA, which is a billion-year-old molecule that can store the essence of life,” Young explains. “It’s pretty incredible that they can do that. It’s all synthetically made; it’s not genomic DNA.”

In this case, storage capacity is measured in petabytes; that is, millions of gigabytes. Science Magazine writes: “A single gram of DNA could, in principle, store every bit of datum ever recorded by humans in a container about the size and weight of a couple of pickup trucks.”

Kari Kraus understands the urgency but says she cannot make up her mind whether the phrase, digital dark ages, is overblown or not. “We have architectural ruins; we have paintings in tatters. The past always survives in fragments already,” she says. “I guess I tend to see preservation as not a binary — either it’s preserved or it’s not. There are gradations of preservation. We can often preserve parts of a larger whole.”

Related video: Twitter is too big for the Library of Congress to archive (provided by Newsy)

We started watching this on Netflix – very interesting.  The art/graphics with it are amazing:

Myths & Monsters – Trailer – Netflix [HD]

Published on Dec 2, 2017

Myths and Monsters takes its audience on a journey through the mythic landscape of Europe, revealing the origins of the most famous legends this continent has produced and exploring why they have endured so long.

A 3DD Production for Netflix.
Presented by Nicholas Day

Directed by Daniel Kontur
Written by William Simpson

Produced by Daniel Kontur, William Simpson

Executive Producers – Dominic Saville, Patricia Hickey, Cal Seville

Cinematography by Pablo Rojo
Edited by Ashley Hall
Music by Murat Evgin

Animations by ODD Budapest.



One comment on “4 Jan 2018 Strange things, Blue Moon (drawings), Digital Dark Age and Myths and Monsters (Netflix)

  1. do you think it really could happen to meet someone who is not from this planet? ( I mean actually not literally lol) …and maybe they really look like your gray aliens?…. so much of us have nearly the same pictures in our minds when we think about aliens… either it is because of the tv and the movies or we maybe have something inside of us what knows thath they exist and how they will look… (crazy, I know)

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