Category Archives: Tech

Listen to the Forests

A site called Sounds of the Forest is collecting sounds from forests and woodland areas around the world and presenting them on a world map.They are collecting the sounds of woodlands and forests from all around the world, building a soundmap … Continue reading

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Virtually Independent Bookstore Day

Tomorrow more than 630 bookstores across North America are planning to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day . Booksellers are promoting a variety of virtual and in person events this year. Kids’ and YA events: 1:00 p.m. ET: Lisa Brown drawing class from Goldfish Ghost 1:30 … Continue reading

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Welkom in Amsterdam 1922

Utilizing archival footage from Amsterdam’s EYE Museum and artificial intelligence,  digital artist Denis Shiryaev  created the amazing video below based on early 1920s filming in Amsterdam. The colorized images offer a rare glimpse into the city’s life before it became … Continue reading

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Why not wear a smart mask

The Japanese tech start-up Donut Robotics has upped the game for the face mask by creating a “smart” version capable of translating and transmitting messages from Japanese into eight other languages. The “c-mask” (made from plastic and worn over a … Continue reading

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I am not a Luddite

Over the years, I have bored many a TBTP reader with my mini-rants promoting print travel guidebooks. And while I still always travel with the old school guides, I also am a fan of travel apps, ebooks, and travel podcasts. … Continue reading

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Look Through Any Window

I’ve been a bit obsessive about visiting the website Window Swap this week. The brilliantly simple concept has folks around the world post short video clips out of their home windows. I dare you to try it without falling down … Continue reading

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This Time Next Year (fingers crossed)

Like most folks, we have been forced to cancel or postpone our travel plans due to the pandemic. As U.S. citizens, we don’t have many options since most countries won’t admit us anyway. But that doesn’t mean we have abandoned … Continue reading

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You have to see this place

Two years ago, former journalist David F. Gallagher launched a clever Kickstarter project that was recently completed and posted online. He solicited backers to designate a geographic location anywhere in the world by address or latitude/longitude and promised to send … Continue reading

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A Declaration of Independence

Back in 1971 the computer was barely understood by the average person and the concept of an ebook didn’t yet exist, but when Michael Stern Hart, a technologist and futurist, was given access to the Xerox Sigma V mainframe at the University … Continue reading

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“From these garish lights I vanish now for evermore…”

Yesterday marked the 150th anniversary of the death of Charles Dickens. Among the commemorations, there was this stunning sound and light installation which was projected onto Westminster Abbey’s iconic West Towers last weekend. The projection was created by light and … Continue reading

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