Personal Archiving Talk And A Visit To Ace Monster Toys.

I was recently in San Francisco for Personal Archiving 2011, which was held at the Internet Archive. I had the pleasure of seeing the scanning facility there, meeting with the amazing staff — including the designer of the Scribe scanning system, Tom — and setting up something of a collaboration with the Archive, which I’ll talk more about soon. This was the talk I gave there:

I also had the pleasure of visiting Ace Monster Toys. There I met Al and Myles and Robbie (and a host of other awesome people) who have built up a really great hackerspace in almost no time.

If you ever get a chance to visit this space, do. They’re doing great work. Myles had some innovative solutions for the New Standard, as well as a host of questions about camera control, glass, etc that most everyone encounters when building. It was a pleasure to be able to answer questions like that in person, instead of across the forum interface. He’s talking about virtualizing the software book scanning environment, which would be really cool to see. It was such a pleasure to actually see one of these DIY Book Scanner builds in real life.

Update: Here’s a sweet pic that Judith took while I was speaking, featuring DIYBookScanner member Tristin.

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5 Responses to Personal Archiving Talk And A Visit To Ace Monster Toys.

  1. As always, a good speech! This one, though, seemed rushed. Did they only allot you 15 minutes?

    Anyway, looking forward to whatever you’ve got going on with the Internet Archive!

  2. danreetz says:

    Yeah, unfortunately I was only given 15 – and took 16.

    I think being in California is making me talk faster and faster. :)

    Overall, I think this is a pretty rotten video of the talk and I am looking forward to the “official” one soon. If I was looking at the camera instead of away from it, it might look a little different.

    BTW, big thanks to Sean for capturing the video, and to Robbie for taking the pic of Myles and me.

  3. Kelli says:

    hey! i was with you the night you got hit by the car and broke your arm. i seem to remember telling you to go to the hospital… ;)

  4. danreetz says:

    I remember that very clearly. I couldn’t afford the ER so I just went to the walk-in when it opened at 6AM. :)

  5. Kelli says:

    heh. touche. thanks for posting all your work, btw. it’s nice to see what you’re up to.

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