The original Doctor Who theme music was composed without musicians, instruments, synthesizers or even a two-track recorder. It was put together on one-inch pieces of 1/4inch tape and painstakingly stuck together by British digital music pioneer Delia Derbyshire and her assistant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doc…
The world's first photographic process, the daguerreotype, was capable of recording fine detail better than today's digital cameras. A panoramic photo captured in 1848 was taken at a resolution equivalent to 140,000 megapixels. blog.redbubble.com/2010/0…
Weezer's video for Buddy Holly, done as an episode of Happy Days, used no digital effects; only "clever camera effects and editing". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud…
The camera company, Fujifilm, also makes skincare products because the CEO predicted that sales for their film would decrease with the rise of digital cameras. Chemicals they discovered earlier to prevent color fading in photographs are used to prevent sagging and fading skin now. jpninfo.com/104930
Today I learned about Everyday Chemistry, a remix album of unknown authorship that was made available as a free digital download on 9 September 2009. It mashes up various songs from the Beatles' individual solo careers, intending to present an album that the members would have recorded had they not broken up. wikipedia.org/wiki/Everyd…
Gary Larson, creator of The Far Side comics, is teaching himself digital art and has started to make new comics again. thefarside.com/new-stuff
The 1973 Czech film "Three Wishes for Cinderella" is so popular in Norway that the Norwegian government financed a HD digital restoration of it in 2015. regjeringen.no/en/aktuelt…
The production budget of the first season of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" was so low, the cast shot the opening credits sequence using a digital camera themselves while driving around Philadelphia one night. Charlie Day called it the "cheapest credits ever." indigoprod.com/nyc-video-…
What's a "retronym" being something retroactively renamed so it now makes more sense. Like how "analog clock" used to just be a "clock" before digital clocks and how "The Great War" was later renamed "World War I" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ret…
In 2004, George Lucs released a "director's cut" of his 1971 feature film directorial debut, 'THX 1138', set in a dystopian future. Changes included added digital visual effects and revisions, including animated monkey-like people that live outside the enclosed city. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/THX…
In 2010, a Japanese beach resort hosted men who took their digital girlfriends - one of three high school girls from a dating sim game - to a romantic "augmented reality" (AR) getaway. One 21-year-old participant said "I hope that this will serve as practice for when I have a real girlfriend" cnet.com/news/men-treat-v…
Tupac got his start with the Digital Underground rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Mamoru Samuragochi is a deaf Japanese composer, who known as the β€œdigital-age Beethoven” and creator of Onimusha’s OST. But, it later turned out that all of his works in 18 years were actually written by a ghost writer. And his deafness is all fake newyorker.com/culture/cul…
Bill gates purchased the Leonardo da Vinci's Codex for $30,802,500. Three years later he had its pages scanned into digital image files, some of which were later distributed as screen saver and wallpaper files on a CD-ROM as part of a Microsoft Plus! for Windows so everyone could enjoy them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cod…
The prototype digital camera used an analogue tape as a storage device. megapixel.co.il/english/a…
The world's largest digital photograph consists of 846 gigapixels. It was the result of combining over 31,000 individual images in a panorama. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Tupac Shakur was close friends with Trouble T Roy, who the classic song They Reminisce Over You by Pete Rock & CL Smooth is about. They were both backup dancers on the same hip hop tour - Tupac was with Digital Underground and T Roy was with Heavy D and the Boyz. youtu.be/UsFIaUs3cRQ
The Hit Masters karaoke company's version of "All Summer Long" managed to chart higher on Billboard charts that the Kid Rock original, as unlike Kid Rock's version, it was avaliable through digital downloads. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
The digital effects pioneered in the 1992 film "Death Becomes Her" would be incorporated into Industrial Light and Magic's next project, "Jurassic Park," released only a year later. Both films shared cinematographer Dean Cundey and production designer Rick Carter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
After the Aurora theater shooting, Cinemark spent more than $1 million redesigning and renovating the complex, including combining two theaters where victims were shot into a large, X-D digital viewing room. It provided free tickets to shooting victims, first responders and medical personnel usatoday.com/story/news/n…
A possible cure for the hiccups is digital rectal massage jamanetwork.com/journals/…
Today I learned of John Mauchly. Physicist who, along with J. Presper Eckert, designed ENIAC, the first general purpose electronic digital computer. He invented the subroutine (a sequence of computer instructions which can be used repeatedly). Today, the subroutine is essential programming for all. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sub…
The MOS Transistor, which is responsible for launching technology into the digital age, is the most manufactured product in history clocking in at 13 sextillion (13,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) produced since its invention in 1960 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
For a brief period of time, Target mistakenly priced digital versions of Yoshi's Crafted World at $1. Because it was digital download, they could not recall or cancel orders. Purchasers wound up with more in reward point value than they actually spent vice.com/en_us/article/93…
The amount of data in the "digital universe" can't be quantified, but at the start of 2020 was estimated to be at around 44 zetabytes (4.4 Γ— 10^13TB) seedscientific.com/how-mu…
One of the first functional digital home computers was the Digi-Comp I from 1963. It was entirely mechanical and used no electricity. It could output 3 binary digits and programmers used thin wires to set up primitive logic. With no power, the user had to pull a lever to perform each CPU cycle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dig…
Shock G and Humpty Hump from Digital Underground are the same person. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dig…
The 1990s AOL modem sound was a sequence that allowed digital devices to piggyback on an analog telephone network to use sound waves to carry data across phone lines theatlantic.com/technolog…
35mm film has a digital equivalent of 6K resolution, while 70mm film has the digital equivalent of 12K resolution t3.com/us/news/high-resol…
Today I learned about how you may not actually own the digital content you purchase. Which is bringing to light the issue of digital content being willed to heirs of its deceased owners. aarp.org/home-family/pers…
Jet Li turned down a role in The Matrix Reloaded because Hollywood producers wanted to record and copy all of his martial arts moves into a digital library, with all rights going to them. slashfilm.com/jet-li-the-…
The first fully digital film was The Rescuers Down Under en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Kodak invented the digital camera in 1975 but hid the invention because they feared it would jeopardize photographic film sales businessinsider.com/this-…
The iconic funky bass lines often heard in the TV show Seinfeld weren't performed on a real bass guitar. It was a digital synthesizer imitating a bass guitar. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
A dispute between Serbia and Kosovo back in 2018 over electricity caused numerous digital clocks across Europe to lose a minute of time. reuters.com/article/us-se…
Tupac Shakur made his movie debut in 1991’s β€œNothing But Trouble” with Digital Underground, singing his original tune, β€œSame Song.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
During the filming of Avatar, the lead visual effects company, Weta Digital, hired 900 people to work on the movie at one time. To render Avatar, Weta made use of 4,000 Hewlett-Packard servers with 35,000 processor cores with 104 terabytes of RAM and three petabytes of network area storage! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ava…
The actor Masayori Oka who played Hiro Nakamuro on The TV show Heroes is the founder of Mobius Digital games, the developer of Outer Wilds enK.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ma…
Mark Zuckerberg, billionaire and CEO of Facebook, puts tape over his webcam. FBI director James Comey also tapes over his webcam and the American digital rights group EFF sells webcam stickers. theguardian.com/technolog…
VISA obtained a patent in November 2019 to convert US money into a digital currency controlled by central bank coindesk.com/visa-digital…
Today I learned that the math, and human biology, behind listening to either analog or digital music, favors analog. blogs.scientificamerican.…
Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore started an Organization called Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children with the goal of designing software to help save children from human sex trafficking. Since then, it has already helped law enforcement identify thousands of victims of human sex trafficking. msn.com/en-us/news/missin…
, in 2001, Kodak attempted to shift quickly from film to digital cameras. They jumped to #2 in digital camera sales by taking a loss of $60 on every camera sold en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kod…
A 25-year-old from the Czech Republic spearheaded the restoration and digital release of the Star Wars trilogy -- in its original theatrical form -- by using material from Blu-rays, DVDs and HDTV broadcasts as well as donated photographs, 35mm prints and 16mm prints. theatlantic.com/technolog…
The Morrison Digital Trumpet exists! It’s a MIDI controller for brass instrumentalists, with fingerings identical to that of a regular trumpet. youtu.be/BxLlym502bI
Disney and Stampy (the Minecraft YouTuber) once had a partnership through Wonder Quest. Disney, alongside Stampy and others, actually made Wonder Quest. The studio was Disney’s Maker Studios, now called the Disney Digital Network. wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonder…
Today I learned about the 2038 problem that relates to representing time in many digital systems as the number of seconds passed since 1 January 1970 and storing it as a signed 32-bit binary integer. Such implementations cannot encode times after 03:14:07 UTC on 19 January 2038. There is no solution currently. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yea…
A fire at the back lot of Universal Studios in Los Angeles destroyed up to 50,000 original digital and film masters, some nearly 100 years old. A later investigation found that up to 175,000 audio masters were destroyed too, but not reported by the studio. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
Before Windows became the standard operating system for PCs, there was CP/M. In 1980 IBM approached Digital Research at Bill Gates' suggestion. After the talks failed. IBM instead contracted with Microsoft to provide an operating system. Microsoft purchased 86-DOS for $50000 & renamed to MS-DOS. wikipedia.org/wiki/86-DOS
Def Leppard re-recorded many of their hits from the 80s, to get around a recording contract that gave them a very low royalty on digital sales. hollywoodreporter.com/new…

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