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Internet Archive and Wayback Machine Non-Profit Building Damaged

Internet Archive's S.F. office damaged in fire
Kurtis Alexander
Updated 8:29 pm, Wednesday, November 6, 2013 The office of the nonprofit Internet Archive in San Francisco's Richmond District caught fire early Wednesday, destroying equipment and damaging several apartments next door.

The blaze began about 3:45 a.m. in the single-story Clement Street office, between 12th and Funston avenues, and spread to an adjacent three-story complex, firefighters said.

About eight residents of the next-door building were evacuated, but no injuries were reported. Firefighters had the blaze under control by 5 a.m.

The Internet Archive, which hosts the website https://archive.org, is an online library that provides users free access to a collection of digital books, videos, music and old websites. The site has 3 million daily users.

More: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Internet-Archive-s-S-F-office-damaged-in-fire-4960703.php


Scanning Center Fire — Please Help Rebuild
Posted on November 6, 2013 by brewster
Scanning Center Fire

Scanning Center with Fire Damage to Left of Main Building

This morning at about 3:30 a.m. a fire started at the Internet Archive’s San Francisco scanning center. The good news is that no one was hurt and no data was lost. Our main building was not affected except for damage to one electrical run. This power issue caused us to lose power to some servers for a while.

Some physical materials were in the scanning center because they were being digitized, but most were in a separate locked room or in our physical archive and were not lost. Of those materials we did unfortunately lose, about half had already been digitized. We are working with our library partners now to assess.

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What help could we use?

Funding - https://archive.org/donate/ Your donations will help us rebuild the scanning capabilities in books, microfilm, and movies.
Scanning - https://archive.org/scanning The employees affected by the fire will need continued digitization work at our alternate location while we recover.

More: http://blog.archive.org/2013/11/06/scanning-center-fire-please-help-rebuild/


Donate: https://archive.org/donate/

What;s interesting to me is the suggestion the other day that the Wayback Machine would have records of more plagiarism by Rand Paul:
http://election.democraticunderground.com/10023979083

Need help with Ad-Block in Firefox

I was trying to block an image in someone's signature and must have blocked more than that.

Now on DU I have no 'Rec' button, just an outline, and the lines that show the threading are gone. In the part of the page with just the subject lines for replies, all the replies are lined up and don't drop back to show which ones are replies to other messages.

I uninstalled Ad-Block, restarted Firefox, re-installed Ad-Block, with no improvement.

Where do I go to see what is being blocked by Ad-Block and how do I re-enable blocked items?

Or is this some bug on DU now that coincidentally started when I tried to block that image I didn't want to see?

Fixthedebt gets trolled on Twitter

'Fix the Debt' reaches out on Twitter, gets massively trolled

By Michael Hiltzik
October 17, 2013, 3:39 p.m.

To the chronicles of misbegotten corporate adventures with social media, we can add a new, sterling event.

The anti-deficit lobbying organization "Fix the Debt" staged a question-and-answer chat on Twitter Thursday. Its goal presumably was to reach America's smartphone-savvy youth with its message that Social Security and Medicare payments to their grandparents are going to land them in the poorhouse a few decades from now.

It's fair to say that "Fix the Debt" got more than it bargained for. Twitterers from all over responded to the invitation with pointed, tactless and downright impolite questions. Many of them aimed to discern how paring social insurance benefits for the elderly and infirm will make society stronger, which is the core of the organization's worldview. Those so inclined can still post their thoughts at #fixthedebtqa.

Among the choicer comments: "Can you explain why anyone chooses to be born poor? Why should the rest of us be responsible for their flawed decision-making?" (That's from Twitter user @jefftiedrich.)

More, including links to compilations of the best comments: http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-trolled-20131017,0,6377768.story


Some of the links: http://knowmore.washingtonpost.com/2013/10/17/fix-the-debt-hosted-a-twitter-chat-they-got-trolled-epically/

http://www.alan.com/2013/10/17/fix-the-debt-tries-twitter-qa-it-does-not-go-well/

Sounds like the trollers had a good time - and almost makes me want to use Twitter so I could join in!

Today at my bird feeders - sorry, no pics

In fact, in just the last few minutes:
Carolina wrens - 2
White breasted nuthatches - 3
Chickadees - unknown since they flit back and forth so much, at least three
Titmouses - see above
Cardinals - at least four, a male & female and two youngsters
Blue jay - only one at a time

Apparently the ruby throated hummers have moved on for the winter, but I'm keeping the feeders up for the winter hummer visitors.

The red shouldered hawk is having nearly as much fun watching as I am and the murder of crows is giving him hell.

The birds are happy I'm home from vacation and are doing their best to empty the feeders!

What's good from Kroger's Deli and Bakery?

We're going to a seminar in Louisville, Kentucky, next week. Our usual thing when we'll stay at one place for a few days is to go to a local grocery and get food rather than spend a fortune at restaurants. I'll be in class all day every day so going out is tiring anyway.

The seminar is at the Galt House in downtown Louisville. I've located a Kroger on the way into town and want to stop to pick up some things before we get settled into the hotel. If things work out, we won't plan on leaving the Galt House for the four days I'll be at the seminar.

I know what I would get if we were staying somewhere near a Publix, but I've never shopped at a Kroger. What do they tend to have that's good?

Update on car for tall person - we bought a used Prius!

2006 Toyota Prius for a great price in really good condition.

The seat goes back just far enough for my husband to be comfortable - but I found seat extenders on the internet if he decides he wants even more leg room.

We're really happy to have a fuel efficient vehicle after years of two SUVs. I need my Suburban for hauling the horse trailer, but we really didn't need a second gas guzzler. The last two we had were bought because at the time they were the only vehicles we could find in our price range that fit my husband.

For those who are tall, the newer Prius are even better - he tried out a 2010 but it was way out of our price range so we hunted for an older model in good shape.

The Prius is definitely different from any other vehicle we've ever owned and learning it's quirks is more complicated than we expected. So far we're very happy with it.

Car shopping for a tall guy

Last Thursday my husband was t-boned in Atlanta. We're assuming his SUV is totaled - 2002 model with ~140,000 miles in average condition with all panels on both sides crunched (it rolled over on the driver's side after being hit on the passenger side), broken windows, etc. No one was hurt so that part is good.

I'm looking for suggestions for vehicles with enough leg room for a 6'1"+ guy with long legs. A good friend sells used cars and brought out a Honda CRV for us to look at. Great little SUV, but nowhere near enough leg room for my husband. Because we tend to carry a lot of stuff around I'd like a small SUV, hatchback or station wagon, but we'd settle for a sedan. He also gives rides to events to friends so we need four doors and a roomy back seat.

Anybody have any suggestions for vehicles for us to look for?

Hands down best name I've ever found in genealogy research!

Unfortunately it's not one of my ancestors, but he's probably a distant cousin of some sort.
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Preserved Fish. Born in Dartmouth, MA in 1731.

Not only is that his name, he has a son, grandson, nephews, great nephews, etc. with the same name.

What would you call these two recipes? As a bonus - Rhubarb Custard Pie!

I was given a cookbook that my great grandmother owned - the Cloverland Cook Book by The Young Women’s Auxillary of the First Presbyterian Church, Escanaba, Michigan. There were a few recipes printed in the book attributed to her but there were two handwritten recipes on a piece of paper stuck in the book with no recipe names on them.

What would you call these recipes?
4 pkg cream cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsps lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1 cup crushed pineapples
3 cups pitted cherries (dark sweet)
2 cups whipped cream or large can evaporated milk, sugar to sweeten

Blend cheese and mayonnaise, add lemon juice, salt and fruit. Fold in whipped cram, place in tray. Freeze.

Serves 20 people.

1 cup lemon juice
2-2/3 cups orange juice
8 eggs, beaten
2 cups sugar
1 small can evaporated milk, whipped

Heat fruit juices in top of double boiler. Combine eggs and sugar, beat well. Add to fruit juice; cook until thick. Cool. When ready to serve add whipped cream.

There are also several recipes cut from magazines, newspapers and product labels - including some gelatine recipes and one for "Bohemian tea". And since there was a discussion about rhubarb pie, here is my great grandmother's recipe:
Rhubarb Custard Pie
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup milk
yolks of two eggs
1 cup sliced rhubarb
Pour into crust and bake. Cover with meringue of whites of eggs.


Found a reference for this cookbook - I think you can download the whole thing in PDF format: http://mmm.lib.msu.edu/record.php?id=45187

Ordered certificates from the British General Records Office

And I'm kind of disappointed.

The first certificate I received was from Lincolnshire for death of the brother of my gr-gr-gr-grandmother. While I knew their father's name, I don't have their mother's name, not even her first name. I was hoping that the death certificate would have some information. Nothing, not even the relationship of the person providing the little information on the death certificate. All I got was the exact date of death rather than the quarter of the year in which he died.

Then I got the birth certificate for my great grandfather from Wales. The birth date I had in my records was actually the date his birth was registered and not his birthday! While it verified his parents' names it didn't add a lot but I didn't expect much more.

I also got his parents' wedding certificate and the wedding certificate for his father when he remarried after my great grandmother died. The new information I got was the actual wedding date, which we didn't previously have, the church where they married (the only church in the tiny village where they lived), and both fathers' names. No mothers' names, which is disappointing. Their wedding certificate does not even have their birth dates or ages, which would have been nice - they are just listed as "of age"!

The wedding certificate for my great grandfather's second wedding does list his age and since his father's name is the same and he's listed as a widower, it verifies that it is the same man. I was not sure - nothing in our family history had him remarrying, so it's nice to be sure.

Now to see if I can leverage these little tidbits into going back another generation. Looking for Mary Morgan in Wales is harder than sorting out John Smiths in this country - knowing that her father was named David might possibly help.

The big problem is that that next generation puts me back before Great Britain kept official records. I guess I need to find out how to get the parish records from that church in that little village....

At roughly 10 Euros per certificate, I wish I had gotten more for my money but at least not all the certificates were a total waste of money.
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