Monday, August 30, 2010
So today is going to be a non-photography based post. I've always been fascinated by the Oxford English Dictionary (O.E.D.), I was particularly taken by the eccentric two volume edition that included a small drawer in the slip case that included a magnifying glass. Well no more, since the 3rd edition will probably never be printed.
The next full edition is still estimated to be more than a decade away from completion; only 28 per cent has been finished to date.
OUP said it would continue to print the more familiar Oxford Dictionary of English, the single-volume version sold in bookshops and which contains more contemporary entries such as vuvuzela, the plastic trumpet encountered in the 2010 football World Cup.
Mr Portwood said printed dictionaries had a shelf life of about another 30 years, with the pace of change increased by the popularity of e-books and devices such as the Apple iPad and Amazon’s Kindle.
Simon Winchester, author of ‘The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary’, said the switch towards online formats was “prescient”.
He said: “Until six months ago I was clinging to the idea that printed books would likely last for ever. Since the arrival of the iPad I am now wholly convinced otherwise.
“The printed book is about to vanish at extraordinary speed. I have two complete OEDs, but never consult them – I use the online OED five or six times daily. The same with many of my reference books – and soon with most.
“Books are about to vanish; reading is about to expand as a pastime; these are inescapable realities.”
Posted by Matthew Sandager at 5:52 PM
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
This is a time lapse video I shot from a window in the original pagoda roofed malt kiln at the Glenfiddich distillery spanning 24 hours. It overlooks the commons area where the tours go through from the warehouse to the tasting room. I have this video and another of a day at the cooperage showing in the second gallery show here with the other artists in residence.
Posted by Matthew Sandager at 9:09 PM
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The Ring of Brodgar is a neolithic henge and circle on the Mainland of Orkney. It is thought to have been erected between 2500BC and 2000BC. Presumably the heather has always been there, but these however are freshly blooming.
Posted by Matthew Sandager at 4:50 PM