Researching file formats 6: EndNote Citation Library Format

This blog post is part of a series on file formats research. See this introduction post for more information. Update: The official format definition is now online here: EndNote Library Format. Comments welcome directly to the Library of Congress. Meta-note: This blog series aims to run once a week, but there won’t be posts for the next THREE weeks, as I’ll be on vacation and offline. Series to resume Oct. 13th. Big thanks to Tyler...
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Researching file formats 5: Radiance RGBE Image Format

This blog post is part of a series on file formats research. See this introduction post for more information. This format was one that I started researching, but was only accidentally part of the set I was given, so this one will never have an FDD! But I learned a bit about the format before that was determined, so it merits having a blog post anyway. Radiance RGBE Image Format: This looks to be the...
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Researching file formats 4: Exif (Exchangable Image File Format)

This blog post is part of a series on file formats research. See this introduction post for more information. Update: The official format definition is now online here: Exchangeable Image File Format (Exif) Family. Comments welcome directly to the Library of Congress. Hot on the tails of the JFIF format family, time to crack into the Exif family. (That’s short for “Exchangable image file format”) Like JFIF, LC already has an entry for EXIF so...
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Researching file formats 3: JPEG File Interchange Format Family

This blog post is part of a series on file formats research. See this introduction post for more information. Update: The official format definition is now online here: JPEG File Interchange Format Family. Comments welcome directly to the Library of Congress. As a meta-update: The formal works are starting to appear online! Go here to see Set 9’s official format descriptions. I’ve updated the previous two blog posts with direct links. Going forward, I thiiink...
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Researching file formats 2: MySQL Table Definition Format

This blog post is part of a series on file formats research. See this introduction post for more information. Update: The format definitions are online here: MySQL Table Definition and MySQL View Definition. Comments welcome directly to the Library of Congress. This format took me on an interesting journey deep into the debts of MySQL. Not just any MySQL, but legacy, nearly-deprecated, “during or before shit hit the fan” MySQL. I laughed out loud when...
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Researching file formats 1: FASTA database format

This blog post is part of a series on file formats research. See this introduction post for more information. Update: The official format definition is now online here: FASTA Database Format. Comments welcome directly to the Library of Congress. First format: FASTA! This is a format used to store nucleotide acid or amino acid data. You can see examples of what this looks like here. To me, this format looks a bit like screaming into...
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Researching file formats 0: Introduction (to the series)

In June, I started working on a project that will run for the next year – it’s helping the Library of Congress update their Sustainability of Digital Formats page with around 40 new file formats! You can see the list of 2023-2024 formats here – those are the formats I’ll be researching. There’s an announcement in this general updates post from the Library of Congress and another announcement blog from Myriad. Doing this research is...
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Hello, Illustrated Guide to Audio and Film Formats books out now!

Hello! Today is the day! The Illustrated Guide to Audio Formats and The Illustrated Guide to Film Formats are now available (or can become available) everywhere books are sold! Buy ‘em now! You can also visit my Author page on Bookshop.org or my Author page on Amazon. These books are arriving one year after the first of the series, The Illustrated Guide to Video Formats, was published. It’s been a huge amount of work researching...
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Color picking for the web

Recently, I was in the market for a new color scheme, which means I had to think about things like branding, how colors work together, and, most importantly, how the colors work well together on the web, on a website. I’m starting to think I’m not very good with colors. I feel like I understand the theory, and maybe I understand colors in the context of, say, painting, or a specific mark (see: the handful...
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Mediainfo Definitions

This is a delayed blog post from a project I threw together back in March. That project was: Mediainfo Parameter Definitions! See, I had done a lot of work three years ago, working in the open right here on this blog, in fact, around providing definitions to the potential parameter options in MediaInfo. After three years, that work was finally merged in the library! But also, it wasn’t added to the library at the same...
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Billboard Astrology

I made yet another “techno-divination” website! webpage? web “app”? SPA? What are we calling cute lil simple spots on the web these days? Anyway, hello to BILLBOARD ASTROLOGY, the 5th techno-divination. You can see the others here. They include the i-ching, the aura reader, the aura reader with partner, barthes tarot, and a planet-mapper. I started on this project by looking at this library, but I didn’t want to use Python for a basic website....
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Twenty twenty two annual report and twenty twenty three goals

Hi. Back for another one of these (the ninth on this weblog, in fact!). 2022 I can’t say this year was great. But let’s see what we’ve got. The good Good overall Great partner, happy home, lovely friends, beautiful cats, exciting city, steady salary, ability to eat well, no major health concerns, and some light safe travel. I can reflect on all of this and think, yes, an overall good year. However, this annual report...
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The Illustrated Guide to Video Formats now available!

Hey, I made a book! The Illustrated Guide to Video Formats is widely available through most booksellers. And I made a website too! Archives of Tomorrow has everything the book has and a bit more. I have a lot of process-y things to say but haven’t found the time to put them to paper, and this announcement post is already 3 weeks late! Here are a few of the things I hope to write about...
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Structuring my workday for personal productivity and incentives

Without trying to sound too much like a #girlboss-in-recovery, I’ve been trying out a new way to structure my workday. Here’s the goals tl:dr; knowing what feels like “a full day’s worth of effort” in a remote, async, many-timezones environment feeling productive when working on slower-moving goals where there isn’t instant feedback not working too much or feeling guilt because “I feel like I didn’t get anything done today” Here’s the structure tl:dr; morning/evening checkins...
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Using open source software to create and assemble a book

This is a quick blog post about how I’ve been making my book, how I was able to use open source software throughout the process, and a few lessons that I learned. I’ve been exclusively using Linux as an operating system for the past 4 years. Linux distros, however, are not especially known for their attention to visual design. (If you are looking for that, though, I recommend ElementaryOS! I ended up having some hardware...
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