Save Page, Now!

To support some thinking about the role of web archives in social practices that I’ve been doing with Jess Ogden and Shawn Walker I thought it could be interesting to look at the rate of ingest in the Internet Archive’s Save-Page-Now (SPN) functionality. SPN allows anyone with a web browser to go to the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine and add a webpage to the archive. According to Brewster Kahle (Internet Archive’s Director) SPN is currently seeing up to 100 URLs being added every second:


As one of several summer projects I’m slowly reading Capital Volume 1 while listening to David Harvey’s lectures on my commute. So if you are wondering why there are random notes about Marx littered on the blog, that’s why.


I’ve been enjoying reading J.R. Carpenter’s An Ocean of Static, which uses a particular syntax borrowed from the list notation found in popular programming languages, to provide inline, alternate readings to choose from. In some ways it recalls the Choose Your Own Adventure series and the venerable hyperlink itself that allow multiple readings to emerge from a text. This is no accident since Carpenter is an accomplished hypermedia artist. But this list notation works a bit differently, in a way that is less action oriented, and operates at a more structural level. To give you a sense of how it looks here is an excerpt from a longer sample that Carpenter has made available on her website:

Infrastructural Fantasies

I happened to listen to an interview with anthropologist Brian Larkin on the Cultures of Energy Podcast who has been studying infrastructure for some time now. The podcast focuses on Larkin’s interest in studying media and energy infrastructures, particularly as it relates to his field work in Nigeria–but it is also pretty free ranging. Larkin’s The Politics and Poetics of Infrastructure is mentioned a few times by the hosts as a significant piece of work, so I thought I would follow up on it, since, despite its huge impact factor in Google Scholar, I had failed to register Larkin’s work before. Below are some rough notes on reading through it.


I’ve spent some time over the past few months reading about memory and archives. Some of my jumbled, rambling notes follow here, and in subsequent posts.

Hume, sort of

I imagine that you (dear reader), much like me, listen to podcasts. We often talk about the demise of RSS, but shit, podcasts are huge, and they use RSS. People that say blogging is dead don’t think about the podcast. But anyway…


TL;DR - étudier is a command line utility for saving an article’s network of citing literature from Google Scholar as a GEXF file for viewing in Gephi, and as a (currently very bare bones) D3 network visualization for viewing in a web browser.


I wish I had a dime for every time I’ve been told the web wasn’t an archive. I wouldn’t be rich, but I could buy us a couple slices of pizza.