Tech,Space,Gaming, and Science Fiction News to wet your whistle
Picture This: The Looks of Listening
The Looks of Listening By Melissa Lindberg
The following is a guest post by Hanna Soltys, Reference Librarian, Prints & Photographs Division.
It's been quite the musical month at the Library: just this past week, the newest additions to the National Recording Registry were announced. This made me think of music's role in my day-to-day life. Sing-alongs with 2013's Gershwin Prize honoree Carole King jumpstart my mornings and the Staples Sisters provide the perfect score for afternoon chores. My multi-tasking listening style sparked an idea to see how pictures have captured the ways others have used sound.
As I combed through the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog for evidence of listening habits, I saw recorded sound used as an educational tool. Here we have children in Sikkim using "teaching machines," and students at a New York school for those with visual impairments listening to a lesson.
GCRP in Sikkim, between 1965 and 1979. Photo by Alice S. Kandell. https://ift.tt/2WiekFs
New York, New York. Blind students listening to their lesson by the "Talking Book" at the Lighthouse, an institution for the blind, at 111 East Fifty-ninth Street , 1944. Photo by Richard Boyer. https://ift.tt/2TQhAeC
My thoughts of a typical summer filled with crafts and outdoor activities were quickly turned around with this image of young campers huddled around turntables.
Interlochen, Michigan. National music camp where 300 or more young musicians study symphonic music for eight weeks each summer. Equipment for making musical records , 1942. Photo by Arthur S. Siegel. https://ift.tt/2Waul0m
Solo listening parties in the collection are plentiful. Often, one is "plugged" in and seated, such as this woman. Her shut-in outfit is dressed to impress – complete with the shoes! – perhaps as a nod of respect to her listening content.
The shut-in's Sunday service, 1923. https://ift.tt/2TPHqzi
I think we all can relate to this perched woman with a record album catalog, as she searches for the perfect sound to fill the silence.
_______ listening to records . Photo by Bain News Service. https://ift.tt/2WgoiXZ
We may listen for different reasons and in various ways, though one thing's for certain: sound continues to move us.
NextVR has been partnering with the NBA to livesream games for the last two years , and now it's going to cover the upcoming Finals. After each game, the service will upload free-to-watch highlights in a new high-resolution format to its dedicated NextVR app, which works with most virtual reality headsets. Those with higher-end VR gear like the HTC Vive Pro will be able to fully appreciate the higher-resolution format, according to a press release. The company's partnership with the NBA continues to be the only regular VR sports programming across all mainstream American sports (along with the occasional golf tournament ). via Engadget RSS Feed https://ift.tt/2JmjptE If New feed item from http://www.engadget.com/rss-full.xml , t
By Liam McCabe This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter . When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here . After six summers of researching, testing, and recommending window air conditioners, we've learned that quiet and affordable ACs make most people the happiest—and we think the LG LW8016ER will fit the bill in most rooms. This 8,000 Btu unit cools as efficiently and effectively as any model with an equal Btu rating, and runs at a lower volume and deeper pitch than others at this price. Little extra features like a fresh-air vent, two-axis fan blades, and a removable drain plug help set it apart, too. The LG LW8016ER is a top choice for an office or den, and some people will find it quiet enough for a bedroom, too. If our main pic