Saturday, November 21, 2020

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The winners of the second annual Close-Up Photographer of the Year competition have been announced. You can check out the winners and the finalists on the competition website. The photos above were taken by (from top to bottom) Don KomarechkaBernhard Schubert, and Gerd A. Günther

The International Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards have announced their results for this year and you can see some of the winning photographs at In Focus. Photos by (top to bottom) Shashank KhannaVikki Macleod, and Nikhil Nagane

The Royal Meteorological Society has announced the winners and runners-up in the 2020 Weather Photographer of the Year competition. I shared some of my favorites above, but somehow none of the cloud pics made the cut? Am I feeling alright? *feels forehead* Ok, just one — I can’t resist cumulonimbus mammatus:

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How Controlled Digital Lending Makes an Entire College Library Available to Everyone Everywhere - Medium: “…When readers need access to a book that is essentially “locked up” in print, help is starting to be on the way through the concept of Controlled Digital Lending. This is an approach to library curation that allows print books to be digitally loaned in an environment that restricted people’s abilities to redistribute or copy the book while providing digital access on e-readers, computers, or even phones. Controlled Digital Lending (CDL) was started so that readers could access books that are out of print or difficult to find but are still in copyright. CDL functions similarly to how a library lends out physical materials. This means that libraries have complete control over the number of copies of each book that is circulating.

CDL works when a library scans a digital copy of a book they already own or accesses a scanned copy through a repository like the Internet Archive. It is then loaned out to patrons or other libraries. When the electronic version is “checked out”, the physical copy of the book becomes unavailable and vice versa (even at the Internet Archive’s vast storage site). This ensures that only one copy, the one purchased copy, is being loaned at one time. These digital copies of books have locks placed on them that allow the reader to access the book for a certain period of time. Once the library loan period expires, the book file automatically expires and is “returned” to the library, making it no longer accessible to the person that requested it..

       At Irmela Hijiya-Kirschnereit writes on Mishima in the World: 50 Years Later
       As she notes, Mishima wrote a lot -- and:
What is remarkable about this output is not just its extraordinary quantity of well over 20,000 pages, but the author's scope in respect to genre, theme, style, and audience.
       Though also, sadly: "In relation to his aforementioned literary output, his works in translation represent a fairly small section" -- and, indeed, far too few are available in English, even though in recent years there have at least been a few new translations (e.g. Life for Sale and Star). 
       Hijiya-Kirschnereit's two examples of how Mishima has been a: "source of inspiration in the field of literature" abroad are both under review at the complete review: Christian Kracht's The Dead and Dany Laferrière's I Am a Japanese Writer

Thanks to Covid-19, We Know Her Better Than Before
"She’s a city-dwelling, / sagely bearded / mountain man, / a libidinous old dame / dressed in evening wear. / Her eyes are hooded . . . / Into this zone of mirth / our mistress of endings / sends the world spinning / out of orbit. It's planetary."... Read more

Four Pillars has been named the International Gin Producer of the Year for the second year running at the 51st International Wine and Spirits Competition.

"We were in the laboratory at 5am, at 5.08 we were told we had won," says co-founder Stuart Gregor. "I had my first glass of champagne at 5.11."

Stuart Gregor, co-founder of Four Pillars Gin, which has won the International Gin Producer of the Year award for the second year in a row.