Digital pranks may sometimes have a negative image but we hear from people who say they’re a necessary force for good and for progress.
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If you’ve ever felt overawed, or even irritated, by someone’s endless knowledge of wine then this night of mythbusting will help get your own back.
There’s no mistaking someone who loves to show off their wine knowledge. The vintage, the terroir, the way the winemaker parts their hair.
These ‘wine wankers’ will snuffle and snort and pontificate their way through social occasions and explain at cellar doors how the wine could have been made differently.
Miss Pearls knows only too well. She used to sell wine at cellar doors and come face to face with these ‘experts’.
Bar manager Miss Pearls and sommelier Dan Sims turn those pretensions on their head with a hugely successful dissertation and imbibing session called ‘How Not to Drink Wine Like a Wanker’ which has enjoyed a sold-out season on top of a building during the 20th Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.
Participants, most of them women, learn how to taste and appreciate wine without boring others and get the chance to sample a range of reds, whites and champagne.
It all ends with Miss Pearls taking to a bottle of champers with a bayonet, in a glorious moment of French excess called sabrage!
On the way Dan and Miss Pearls debunk some old expectations of the vino, and explain there’s no stupid question when asking about what you’d like to drink.
Archivists were once the people who managed and preserved our records. They were the ones you turned to first if you needed information.
But in an environment where documents are now just a mouse click away how do archivists ensure they remain relevant in the 21st century? We talk about data systems, preservation and relevancy in the modern world of the archivist – the record keeper.
The Australian Society of Archivists assisted Future Tense in attending the Recordkeeping Roundtable workshop. They had no role in editorial or content decisions relating to this program.
There is nothing new under the sun, says Ecclesiastes, and when it comes to social media Tom Standage has set out to prove the saying right. His day job is as a journalist and the digital editor at The Economist. But he’s also the author of a book called The Victorian Internet. And he’s got another in the pipeline called Cicero’s Web. I began by asking him about a technology which totally transformed Australian life in the Victorian era - the telegraph wire.
As our fast paced digital world continues what does that mean for the way we think about preserving things like old webpages and obsolete media formats. Are there possible lessons from our digital past for our digital future? We explore the fragility of our electronic data and also the temporary nature of the technology we use to access it. We also join the excavation of a 1970s computer chip - called the 6502!
Finn Brunton, Assistant Professor of Digital Environments at the University of Michigan’s School of Information.
Jim Boulton, Curator of the ‘Digital Archaeology’ exhibition and Deputy Managing Director of Story Worldwide.
Greg James, Digital archaeologist, part of the visual 6502 team and software engineer.
Brewster Kahle, Digital Librarian and Founder of the Internet Archive.
Paul Koerbin, Manager of web archiving at the National Library of Australia.
Finn Brunton’s profile (http://finnb.net/)
Finn Brunton interview on ‘dead media’ (http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/article/390536/_dead_media_never_really_die/)
The Internet Archive (http://www.archive.org/)
Pandora Archive (http://pandora.nla.gov.au/)
Digital Archaeology Exhibition (http://www.storyworldwide.com/digital-archaeology/)
Visual 6502 Project (http://visual6502.org/)
Archaeology Magazine feature on digital archaeology (http://www.archaeology.org/1107/features/mos_technology_6502_computer_chip_cpu.html)
Hypothetical development, design fiction and The Noun Project. Three ideas that are about construction and design, but not in a bricks and mortar, or ink and paper kind of way.
Three stories from ABC’s Tony Barrell:
Ambiguity Okinawa: A portrait of the Japanese islands of Okinawa and their confused relationship with the USA and mainland Japan.
The Valentich Mystery: This program reconstructs the last minutes of a young pilot whose disappearance over Bass Strait in 1978 led to speculations that Australia might have its very own UFO culture (and a Bermuda Triangle).
That was Then and So is This: This program was broadcast in the last hours of 1999 as a satirical commentary on the media’s obsession with the arrival of the year 2000.