Brilliant: Text Clock displays current time using text from public domain books
This is one of the most creative ways of using content from ebooks that entered public domain.
Ross Goodwin, a technologist, ghost writer, and programmer, has created Text Clock. It’s a beautifully simple webpage filled with passages from free ebooks available on Project Gutenberg.
When you visit Text Clock, you’ll see, highlighted in red, the current time in your time zone. Each part of the sentence stating the time comes from a different book.
That’s not just that. Reload the page in a browser by hitting Control+R and you’ll read a different set of paragraphs.
It’s not a first project where Ross Goodwin sourced the text from Project Gutenberg. You should also check out Sonnetizer, a program that generates 14-line rhyming sonnets from any text inset.
A book of 10,000 sonnets, generated by Sonnetizer from the sonnets of William Shakespeare is available as a free pdf download.
The projects from Ross Goodwin are extremely inspiring, and give energy to explore the exciting land of free public domain content, not only free ebooks, but also photos and illustrations, naming only Flickr Commons catalog.
What drives Ross Goodwin should be a motto for many digital artists:
What does it mean to be “literate” in today’s world? Has the current definition of “literacy” extended itself to include hypertext & other dynamic forms in which streams of information are now commonly presented/absorbed? If so, what are the implications of this shift?
Via Ross Goodwin blog.
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A Woman of No Importance:
The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II
by Sonia Purnell
France was falling. Burned-out cars, once strapped high with treasured possessions, were nosed crazily into ditches. Their beloved cargoes of dolls, clocks, and mirrors lay smashed around them and along mile upon mile of unfriendly road. Their owners, young and old, sprawled across the hot dust, were groaning or already silent. Yet the hordes just kept streaming past them, a never-ending line of hunger and exhaustion too fearful to stop for days on end.
Ten million women, children, and old men were on the move, all fleeing Hitler’s tanks pouring across the border from the east and the north. Entire cities had uprooted themselves in a futile bid to escape the Nazi blitzkrieg that threatened to engulf them. The fevered talk was of German soldiers stripped to the waist in jubilation at the ease of their conquest. The air was thick with smoke and the stench of the dead. The babies had no milk, and the aged fell where they stood. The horses drawing overladen old farm carts sagged and snarled in their sweat-drenched agony. The French heat wave of May 1940 was witness to this, the largest refugee exodus of all time.
Day after day a solitary moving vehicle weaved its way through the crowd with a striking young woman at the wheel. Private Virginia Hall often ran low on fuel and medicines but still pressed on in her French army ambulance toward the advancing enemy. She persevered even when the German Stukas came screaming down to drop 110-pound bombs onto the convoys all around her, torching the cars and cratering the roads. Even when fighter planes swept over the treetops to machine-gun the ditches where women and children were trying to take cover from the carnage. Even though French soldiers were deserting their units, abandoning their weapons, and running away, some in their tanks. Even when her left hip was shot with pain from continually pressing down on the clutch with her prosthetic foot.
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