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In line for a number but you don't understand (like a modern man) [Apr. 14th, 2011|09:50 pm]
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Guys, SAM AND HANSEN ARE SO CUTE THEY DESERVE CAPSLOCK.

That is all.




Well, on that subject. Another day spent in the Library of Congress, and this time I got to an abolitionist newspaper. As expected, it was extremely self-righteous and irritating, in the exact same measure that the Southern Dem paper was batshit insane.

And I'm pretty sure the Know Nothing Party were the Tea Party of their day. Xenophobic, Anti-immigration, Catholic hating, slavery endorsing idiots. So... yep. That's about right.

We're not on the verge of Civil War, though. So I guess we're still doing better than they were back then--which, to be frank, I did not expect.




I still might go to the historical society next Tuesday. Just because it'd be awesome, and maybe I'd find a few neat little turns of phrase. But for the most part, my work for this week is done apart from printing the covers. This is partly because I hemmed and hawed about it. If I print them myself, I can't print them to the edge--there will be a bleed. And so, I thought I'd just do the images smaller and not even try to take up the whole page--what's the point? And then I thought, what if that looks even worse?

But fuck it, I like empty space. I'm making these fucking things one at a time, here. People won't mind. Anyhow, I think I'll go pick out some card stock and do a test print tomorrow. Wondering if it's smarter to print one and do color copies on it or print them all... thinking the former. Wondering if it'll look decent.

The cover is fucking stunning, though. Even more stunning than Hansen and Sam are adorable. Which is SAYING A LOT.
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[User Picture]From: [info]seanchai
2011-04-15 02:17 am (UTC)

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One of the presentations I was at today was talking a lot about online digital libraries. Not sure what all is available in them, but of course I immediately thought of you. I will be downloading the .ppt tomorrow so I can give you the links.
[User Picture]From: [info]aearonlinn
2011-04-15 02:20 am (UTC)

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They have a bunch of digital resources at the LoC, but most of them require like some kind of academic login or access point or something. Not for everything, though! Like the congressional reports are all there from the 19th c, stuff like that. If there was more somewhere, I would eat it alive!
[User Picture]From: [info]seanchai
2011-04-15 01:28 pm (UTC)

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Digital library at the U of MN:
http://umedia.lib.umn.edu/



I *know* he mentioned a ton of online libraries, but apparently what he linked to in his slides was mostly standards. Maybe if you follow the root back, they've got something too...

http://www.loc.gov/standards/
http://www.mndigital.org/digitizing/standards/
http://www.archives.gov/preservation/conferences/
http://digitalpreservation.gov/education/

No links to these
Western States Digital Imaging Best Practices
California State Library
California State University Northridge
OhioLINK Digital Media Center Standards

Also, because I am a total retard and didn't immediately realize that you had a LINK to the pictures and weren't just teasing us (yeah, yeah - yesterday I left the house and told Mark I didn't need keys. He was like, "Um, aren't you driving?" Me: "Oh. Yeah. Right.")... holy shit those are awesome. Hansen especially. <3
[User Picture]From: [info]aearonlinn
2011-04-15 02:03 pm (UTC)

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OhioLINK! That brings back memories! Right, it looks like most of these operate like the Arlington one, and I remember using some of the OhioLINK stuff when I was in school. (Wow, we had digital resources back then? WTF.)

Awesome. You're the best thing ever!

Yay for cute characters! Wooo! <3
[User Picture]From: [info]seanchai
2011-04-16 04:25 am (UTC)

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Yay! Glad something good and useful could come out of that incredibly freaking long day! (Although I did learn the fascinating tidbit that the U of MN has a cuneiform collection. Who knew?)
[User Picture]From: [info]aearonlinn
2011-04-16 04:35 am (UTC)

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Wow. Yeah, okay, that might ALMOST make it worth it. Though U of MN is known for a great deal of awesomeness, that has to be among the awesomEST.
From: [info]thecory
2011-04-15 09:18 am (UTC)

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Oh god, they ARE adorable!! (And I'm so glad I'm not the only one with this obsession for seeing art of my characters. <3 It is the best.)

Also, blond vegetarians FTW.
[User Picture]From: [info]aearonlinn
2011-04-15 01:49 pm (UTC)

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I know--we're the best! (Well, okay, I dyed my hair red. But technically, I am in the group.)

Eeeee cute drawings! I had a feeling you'd understand <3
From: [info]darwin_monkey
2011-04-15 02:48 pm (UTC)

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I cannot repel geeky adorableness of that magnitude! Seriously, it's always awesome to see head-people realized in art, even though it's never quite what one would expect. Possibly because of that. I dunno!

If there's one core truth that guides the evolution of political history, then it's that there is an inevitable fringe of vociferous, insufferable arch-partisans doing their best to make the rest of us look like lunatics to our posterity. But I guess yelling, or even composing half-rational polemics, is much easier than actually thinking about stuff.
[User Picture]From: [info]aearonlinn
2011-04-15 03:33 pm (UTC)

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They would both appreciate your Admiral Akbar reference. But yes, I like that they're always slightly different than I'd imagined--I think that's why it becomes addictive. But since it fits my theme for this whole romance venture, I figure comic-looking images are a must.

And yes, on the politics. It shouldn't be so surprising. I'm not sure why we expect people 200 years ago were any different than us--I can only blame the way books back then weren't allowed to be totally honest, and if they were even close, they were burned. :D