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Monday’s Link Roundup.

Using QR Codes to Expand the Reading Experience is just one of the fascinating articles you’ll find in this week’s Monday’s Link Roundup. Be sure  also to check out Every quilt tells a story.  It’s an example of the many different ways we can record life stories.

  • The Atlantic Launches Twitter-Based Book Club. “The Atlantic has announced the first selection for 1book140, an online reading and discussion club that will span the publication’s presences on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr, as well its website.”
  • Every quilt tells a story. “Many people write memoirs as a way of reflecting on the chapters of their lives, but quilting is another way to do this. The pieces of a special quilt are like pages of a journal. The stories lie together, patterned and soft, waiting to be pulled up over a set of shoulders and read.”
  • What is branding? “What do all successful companies and solopreneurs have in common? They have branded themselves well. Branding is what helps you make people aware of your existence, as well as the existence of your products and/or services. And yet, many entrepreneurs,  especially independent artists, still do not understand the concept.”
  • Using QR Codes to Expand the Reading Experience. “I’m really pleased to have an article for you today from Camille Picott, an author and self-publisher…Recently Camille started researching QR codes, which are showing up everywhere. Here’s her report:”
  • Ask Questions about Family Photos. “The first step in any investigation is to ask questions; your research will try to determine the answers. Do you have any relatives who might be able to supply additional material or stories related to the photo? Try to record their recollections in case you need to refer to them again later, by transcribing their memories or by using a tape or video recorder… Here are some sample questions you can ask:”

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Monday’s Link Roundup.

On this Monday’s Link Roundup we have some terrific historical photography. Don’t miss Russia in color, a century ago. It’s riveting stuff. And on another photographic theme, I highly recommend Old family photos bring Polish history exhibit to life.

  • Old family photos bring Polish history exhibit to life. “…Eszter Andor and Dora Sardi, started Centropa, a Jewish historical institute that spent eight years training young historians in 15 European countries to create a different sort of oral history project.  Rather than interview Central Europe’s last living Holocaust survivors on video, Centropa has digitized more than 20,000 of their family photos (while also interviewing them).”
  • Russia in color, a century ago. “…photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) undertook a photographic survey of the Russian Empire with the support of Tsar Nicholas II. He used a specialized camera to capture three black and white images in fairly quick succession, using red, green and blue filters, allowing them to later be recombined and projected with filtered lanterns to show near true color images. The high quality of the images, combined with the bright colors, make it difficult for viewers to believe that they are looking 100 years back in time – when these photographs were taken, neither the Russian Revolution nor World War I had yet begun.”
  • 7 Ways Mobile Apps are Enriching Historical Tourism. “Some of the most famous historical sites would be just another old house or pile of rubble if you didn’t have any background information about their significance…Now, many programmers are also offering tourists the option to learn about these sites via their smartphones.”
  • Printing Heirloom Photo Negatives. “My grandfather gave me boxes of family research materials with hundreds of early (pre-35mm) black and white photo negatives. Many were taken at family reunions. I’d like to have prints made of some or all of the negatives, but I’ve been unable to find a company that can process them. Do you know where I might have my negatives made into prints?”
  • How To Give A Great Speech. “Forget fancy PowerPoint presentations and loads of data. Instead, keep your speech simple, with a clear beginning, middle and end. Focus on one theme, and eliminate everything else.”
  • VoiceTales. “… created with the idea that there is nothing more personal than your voice.  And knowing that we all have tales to tell, those two words together sparked an idea that we hope will support and encourage kids of all ages to enjoy VoiceTales recordings for generations to come.”