Posts Tagged ‘Paul Allen’

A content treatment that caught my eye recently was the website What happened in my birth year – a mash-up from Phillipp Lenssen using Wikipedia and other sources and assembled under Creative Commons licences.

Dipping into news events and populist culture ranging across music, film and TV – albeit with an American skew – it tickers through some of the key events in an individual’s lifetime.

The ticker roll-rate is annoyingly slow, but you get the idea.

The BBC has the history of Britain on its shelves – probably one of the world’s greatest audio and video collections – which needs Government money or a Bill Gates/ Paul Allen act of philanthropy to unlock.

Tens of thousands of hours of tape need to be digitised, classified, metatagged and mapped, a task so huge it’s beyond the capabilities of the BBC alone.

For historians and educators it’s a priceless resource and it properly belongs in the public domain.  If the rights issues can be resolved – and that’s far from trivial – the value to us all is inestimable.

Some pieces have been cleared and you can see them here


How is it possible that the Experience Music Project is even in King5’s nomination list for western Washington’s biggest public eyesore, never mind running second to the Alaskan Way Viaduct?

We know a thing or two about monstrous carbuncles here in London, just ask Prince Charles. In fact, it’s said that architects and planners inflicted more damage on the capital than was ever managed by the Luftwaffe.

Far from being an eyesore, Frank Gehry’s EMP is one of Seattle’s finest buildings – inside and out.

And Seattleites should put up a statue to Paul Allen for founding such a fabulous home for Jimi Hendrix’s memorabilia, right down to the purple haze on the building.

If you decide really don’t want it, I’m sure our Mayor Boris Johnson would be happy to take it off your hands.

For what it’s worth my nomination would be for the downtown stretch of I-5. Now if you were to dig it up, flood it and import some gondolas from Venice think how much better your morning commute might be.