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The Story Behind Jamie Livingston's Polaroid-a-Day Project

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Many readers will remember my post He Took a Polaroid Every Day, Until the Day He Died from mid-May. It introduced the story of a man's photography project that continued for eighteen years, ending in 1997. The post became very popular, and was picked up around the world and in various media outlets, including Fox News, the Huffington Post, various newspapers around the world, and over 400 blogs.

Today, CBC Radio One's Spark brings us an audio story on Jamie Livingston. Hosted by Nora Young, the piece includes interviews with me, Hugh Crawford (Livingston's friend and driving force behind the online version of the project), and Betsy Reid (Livingston's former girlfriend and Crawford's collaborator). This episode of Spark gives some insight into the people in Livingston's life and details on the project itself, as well as (probably less interesting) more information about how I found the site and pieced together its mysteries.

To listen to the Spark episode, click the player here:

If you haven't seen Livingston's work yet, take a look.

Also be sure to check out the Spark site and subscribe to their podcast (iTunes users: use this iTunes podcast link). I recommend these episodes to get you started: #38: Clay Shirky on cognitive surplus, #35: Your Digital Legacy.

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Watch a Rogue Pet Dog Interrupt a Russian News Anchor on Air
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Last week, a Russian news broadcast briefly went to the dogs after its host was startled by a surprise co-anchor: a friendly black canine that wandered on set, announced its presence with a loud bark, and climbed onto her desk.

 

As TODAY reports, Mir24 TV anchor Ilona Linarte went off script for a few minutes, telling viewers "I've got a dog here. What is this dog doing in the studio?" After the initial shock wore off, she gave her furry guest a tepid welcome, patting its head as she gently pushed it off the desk. ("I actually prefer cats,'' Linarte remarked. "I'm a cat lady.")

Linarte’s query was answered when the TV station announced that the dog had accompanied another show’s guest on set, and somehow got loose. That said, rogue animals have a proud tradition of crashing live news broadcasts around the world, so we’re assuming this won’t be the last time a news anchor is upstaged by an adorable guest star (some of which have better hair than them).

[h/t TODAY]

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SpaceX Is Sending Two Private Citizens Around the Moon
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Two members of the public are set to take an historic trip around the Moon, according to an announcement from SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. As The Verge reports, the anonymous private citizens have already placed substantial deposits on the commercial space flight.

The private spacecraft company SpaceX revealed on Monday that the Falcon Heavy rocket will be launching with its Crew Dragon spacecraft in late 2018. The mission will consist of a circumnavigation of the Moon, passing over the body’s surface before traveling farther into space and returning to Earth. In total, the trip will cover 300,000 to 400,000 miles and take a week to complete.

A noteworthy part of the plan is the human cargo that will be on board. Instead of professional astronauts, the craft will carry two paying customers into space. The passengers, who’ve yet to be named, will both need to pass several fitness tests before they're permitted to make the journey. According to The Verge, Musk said the customers are “very serious” and that the cost of the trip is “comparable” to that of a crewed mission to the International Space Station. The goal for SpaceX is to eventually send one or two commercial flights into space each year, which could account for 10 to 20 percent of the company’s earnings.

[h/t The Verge]

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