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“TV News Search & Borrow.”

The good folks at the Internet Archive have put together a brilliant, hugely valuable service—a searchable video archive of 350,000 news programs from the past three years from national broadcasts, using closed captioning transcripts as the search data. These sort of indices exist (it’s how The Daily Show does such great research), but access to them is via expensive commercial services. Making the same data available for free is going to let people do some really interesting work atop it. My cousin (well, ninth cousin twice removed…seriously) Tracy Jaquith did a lot of the work to make this happen, and I can see that it’s come a long way since I saw it under development almost a year ago. 

Links for June 27th

“A Touch of Wonder,” indeed.

Remember The Cosby Show episode with Stevie Wonder, “A Touch of Wonder”? Here’s the best scene from that episode, where the Cosbys are in the studio with him, and he’s sampling their voices to incorporate into a song. What a mind-blowing moment that was, though sort of a slow burn, my first exposure to the then-nascent remix culture. I read an interview with Kid Koala a few years ago, in which he cited this bit as the inspiration for his entire career. I wonder how many other people recall this scene with particular fondness?

Fun fact: Lisa Bonet performed “I Just Called to Say I Love You” on this episode, and performed it again in High Fidelity. Why that’s not available on the movie soundtrack, I cannot imagine.