Monday’s Link Roundup.

What better way to start your week than to take a look at some of my choice “pickings” in this Monday’s Link Roundup. If you’re pressed for time go to How Not to Hurry. It’s the perfect place to start!

  • Repair Warped Vinyl Records with Two Sheets of Glass. “There might be audio treasures stashed in a relative’s record collection, but only if you can restore the discs to less topographic conditions. Wired’s How-To Wiki offers a guide to restoring that warped vinyl with careful heat application.”
  • A Guide to Oral History and the Law by John A. Neuenschwander. “Since oral historians on all levels regularly undertake interviews with business leaders, professionals, and workers; it is important that these interviews be carefully audited for potentially defamatory statements. In other words, just because an interviewee is not accusing someone of criminal activity or immoral conduct, statements that undermine a person’s reputation in the workplace can be just as harmful.” [Thanks to Jennifer Campbell of Heritage Memoirs for alerting me to this article.]
  • Getting Started with Oral History. “…an online introductory oral history workshop. The Baylor University Institute for Oral History will present the workshop in two three-hour sessions on consecutive Wednesdays, April 14 & 21, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. CDT. The registration fee is $75.00, which covers six hours of instruction, access to forms and materials for downloading, evaluation of your oral history project proposal, and ongoing consultation.”
  • Scanning Basics 101. “The material was written about scanning, but most of it is a basic primer on digital images in general, applicable to images from digital cameras too. This material is intended for home and hobby users, and is not concerned with commercial prepress.”
  • Build a $14 Video Camera Stabilizer. “Professional video stabilizers are prohibitively expensive. You won’t get $10,000 worth of stabilization out of a $14 DIY model, but you will get radically smoother video for a tiny fraction of the price.”
  • Fair Use & Copyright. “Fair use is the right, in some circumstances, to quote copyrighted material without asking permission or paying for it. Fair use enables the creation of new culture, and keeps current copyright holders from being private censors. With the Washington College of Law, the Center for Social Media creates tools for creators, teachers, and researchers to better use their fair use rights.”
  • How Not to Hurry. “Is it possible to never hurry, but to get everything done?…we’ve been conditioned to believe that busier is better, but actually the speed of doing is not as important as what we focus on doing. Maybe we’re going at the wrong speed. Maybe if we are constantly rushing, we will miss out on life itself. Let’s let go of the obsession with speed, and instead slow down, stop rushing, and enjoy life.”

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