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Old Card Catalog Cabinets Now Used for Sharing Gifts

A few months ago, a teenager approached the reference desk and asked me where the card catalog was. I was shocked. Oh, I’ve been asked that question before. But never by someone so young! Over the past two decades, many large libraries have disposed of their card catalog cabinets. Due to architectural problems, that was harder [...]

The Late Movies: Facebook Songs and Parodies

Facebook celebrated 8 years this February, and in that time it has become a household name. As with any cultural phenomenon, it’s the subject of songs and parodies. While some of these scenarios are now out-dated (Facebook has changed a lot in 8 years!), these are still some of our favorite videos about the social [...]

The Late Movies: Facebook

Facebook celebrated 8 years this February, and in that time it has become a household name. As with any cultural phenomenon, it’s the subject of songs and parodies. While some of these scenarios are now out-dated (Facebook has changed a lot in 8 years!), these are still some of our favorite videos about the social [...]

Gumbasia

(YouTube link) Gumbasia was Art Clokey’s first film, made in 1955 at the University of Southern California. It was a parody of Disney’s Fantasia, using stop-motion clay figures. This short film led to funding for his first Gumby film. Link

Gmail Motion April Fool’s Hoax Made Real

Remember the Gmail Motion April Fool’s joke that John featured before? Well, Evan Suma and his colleagues at Mark Bolas’ MxR Lab at University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technology decided to make it real (oh, and the added irony: it uses Microsoft Kinect). “This application is pretty ridiculous,” reads text at the end of [...]

Marching Band Forms Moving Football Player

(Video Link) The marching band of the University of Hawaii performed this carefully choreographed piece during halftime at a recent game against the University of Southern California. The band members formed a stick figure football player moving across the field and kicking a ball. via Geekosystem

A Quantitative Study of Ethnicity and Gender in Video Games

Dmitri Williams of the University of Southern California at Los Angeles, et al., conducted a census of video game characters and concluded that non-Whites and women were vastly underrepresented: Seasoned gamers were recruited to play each game for 30 minutes. The researchers analysed video of the sessions and recorded the demographics of each character that appeared [...]