The Royal Society opening its Treasure Chest

Dear Reader,

The beauty of the internet got a bit richer. Glynsky is publishing here on diablog under the label treasure chest the little treasures found in the estate of the late Sash Fisher. Of course, there are much bigger and maybe more important archives, waiting to be put online.

Last week the Royal Society, the oldest publisher of scientific news, opened its own treasure chest.
As announced in this press statement, the Royal Society put online all its old publications, everything older then 70 years.
The Royal Society cooperates with The not for profit organization, which came under a lot of criticism online after this stunt.

There is a search engine here, to help you find your personal treasures, whether it is something written by Charles Darwin, Benjamin Franklin or Isaac Newton.

I already know, what I will be searching for, besides early (1665-1666) experiments on to how to cool drinks “without the Help of Snow, Ice, Haile, Wind or Niter, and That at Any Time of the Year.”
As the drinks guy on diablog, I must read this.

What is your hobby or area of interest? What do you fancy?

Happy treasure hunting,
Engine Room

> 1,000,000 Downloadable Books, Music, Movies

Dear Reader,

We love archives at diablog. It is one of undisputed benefits of the internet, the opportunity to archive information and make it available to everyone!

Often I am reminded of the old joke of a man visiting his barber. He sits down for his hair cut and opens the conversation with the common phrase:

“So, what is new?”


To which the wise barber responds:

“Do you already know all, that is old?”


One reason we started diablog was to provide you with little pieces of information and some knowledge and entertainment.

Thus, besides Glynsky’s own treasure chest, we have pointed you towards European culture at the Europeana, The Royal Society, The NYC Dept. of Records and to, when they participated in the SOPA blackout.

And I promised Smiles here, that more archived stuff will come, here it is:

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Two Happy Birthdays and Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Dear Reader,

Today we can celebrate two birthdays, both movie people.

Let’s start with Jason Robards, who at least for me will always be Cheyenne from Once upon a time in the west:

But you might also know him from playing real-life people, Benjamin C. Bradlee in All the President’s Men, Dashiell Hammett in Julia, and Howard Hughes in Melvin and Howard. For all those he was Oscar nominated. In 1988 he won the Triple Crown of acting: Oscar, Tony, Emmy. He was a great and wonderful actor.

It would have been his 90th birthday today.

The 2nd birthday celebration is very special to diablog:

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NYC Dept. of Records – archive online and reachable

Dear Reader,

We love history and archives at diablog.

Besides our own little treasure chest and the obvious Wikipedia we have pointed you to a couple of great online archives in the past:

And now another one went online.

The NYC Department of Records is publishing its archive. What a gem!

To start browsing, follow this link:

Pete will love the photos and Glynsky might be reminded of his many visits to NYC. Me, I just love it! So far I have been unable to pick mouth watering photos, there are just too many to post here.
The website had been announced a few weeks ago and I have been eager to send you there. But the geniuses had underestimated demand and the archive hasn’t been reachable or was very slow. Now it works. Please pardon me, should I be absent for a while now.
Enjoy “old New York”,
Engine Room

Movie Soundtracks by Ennio Morricone

Dear Reader,

The days are getting shorter and for me that means movie time. Somehow I prefer the Winter for watching movies.

It is unlikely, that you will find any of the following movies playing in theaters now. But with a good beamer and a large white wall, one can create movie theater atmosphere at home, or get pretty close to it. For me, a movie screen has to fill my whole field of vision, a TV screen does not do it.

In an earlier post on diablog I had promised to write more about the best composer of movie soundtracks, Ennio Morricone. If any composer is proof of the importance of music in films, it is Ennio Morricone. Please, just have a look at his credits here.

Together with the equally genial Sergio Leone he created a whole film genre, the Spaghetti Western. By the way, early in his career, though uncredited, Sergio Leone worked on Ben Hur, probably with our dear Sash Fisher.

Sergio Leone with Ennio Morricone also made Clint Eastwood a star, arguably one of the biggest actors, directors and producers in Hollywood today. Here is the music from “For a few Dollars more“:

Equally mesmerizing is the earlier mentioned “Once Upon a Time In America“, Sergio’s last film: Continue reading “Movie Soundtracks by Ennio Morricone”

Movies – a European archive

Dear Reader,

Supposedly the internet was predominantly a source of information. The web 2.0 is supposed to be the social web. For me the internet has been social from the start, but that is not the issue. 

The main issue of this post is movies. Or better a new movie archive.

Glynsky and I are movie fans, thus the category. And we were quite excited, when the personal archives of Sash Fisher fell into Glynsky’s lap. We will continue to let you have a look from the treasure chest.

A few pieces we also added to the Internet Movie Database, a very rich source of information. But recently I stumbled over another source, one that actually might be a better place for Sash’s material:

Tempelhof soundtrack for EFG – European Film Gateway from Tempelhof on Vimeo.

The European Film Gateway is in part a project of Europeana, which diablog introduced to you here.

Hoping to add to your list of bookmarks and favorites through interesting links,
Engine Room

Glynsky fails to connect the dots

Dear Reader,

In his recent post on diablog Glynsky goes on and on about some Eddy or something. And he assumes correctly, that I am not a “guitar noise person”. But that is pretty much the only thing Glynsky got right.

First of all, I recommended here and still recommend “It might get loud“, one of the best music movies ever, and about – guess what – guitar music.

Glynsky’s next assumption, that the third piece in his mumbling would not be to my liking, is totally off. The piece in question is the world famous theme from Peter Gunn. This is one of the most covered and played pieces in history.

One of my favorite versions, of course, is from Blues Brothers, yet another of my all time favorite music movies:

Now, what else did Glynsky miss? Continue reading “Glynsky fails to connect the dots”