Weekly Photo Challenge: Lines

From Dublin.

The impressive architecture of the Trinity College Library in Dublin is perfect for long perspective shots.  The columns, rows of books, and curved ceiling  of the “nave” create some fascinating intersection points.  This is called the Long Room for obvious reasons.  It houses the medieval Brian Boru Harp in addition to many, many old, rare books.

The Long Room is part of the Old Library, which also houses the famous illuminated manuscript of the Gospels, the Book of Kells.

It also may look familiar to Star Wars fans as it bears a striking similarity to the Jedi Archives as shown in Episode II: Attack of the Clones.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lines

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Favorite Place

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From Co Kerry.

Well, I’m not sure how to top last week’s photo of the Trinity College library as my favorite place I visited in Ireland.  So we’ll go with a picture of my future home!  Haha, right.

Muckross House is a manor in Killarney built in 1843 and donated to the Irish nation in 1932.  It became the basis for Ireland’s first national park.  The cycling tour we took of Killarney National Park was one of my favorite activities of the trip, and though we didn’t get to go inside the manor house, I thought it was beautiful.  I love Tudor-style houses.  I can just picture myself living here as if in a Victorian romance!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Favorite Place

Weekly Photo Challenge: I’d Rather Be…

From Dublin.

I always feel at home in a library.  Nothing so comforting as rows upon rows of books, and the library at Trinity College is particularly beautiful.  Reading is my favorite pastime.

I’d also like to be in Ireland right now, which is a beautiful country with wonderful people.  Plus it’s at least 10 degrees warmer than Ohio right now!  I hope I’ll make it back there someday.

Weekly Photo Challenge: I’d Rather Be…

Neither the Empire nor the Jedi are good at libraries

As you were watching Rogue One, did you hear a little voice in the back of your head?  Maybe it said something like: “Wait. The Empire doesn’t do cloud storage? All their info is located on Scarif?  And then they just blew it up?”

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Then you told that voice to shut up because you were too busy having fun watching an awesome movie to worry about the Empire’s inadequacies in data storage.

But in case you want to explore that line of thought further, check out this post about digital archives in Rogue One (a lesson in what not to do).

Some of the author’s points include:

  • the actual physical storage and recovery system is inefficient
  • there are no layers of security; once you’re in, you’re in
  • the Empire and Rebellion apparently use the same file formats
  • ineffective use of metadata

He goes on to point out that the Jedi were no better.  Jocasta Nu, in particular, I always thought was a terrible librarian.  On her watch, whole star systems were deleted from the archives, not to mention that she was totally condescending and unhelpful to the Jedi trying to do research.

Incompetence/stupidity can be lame as a plot device, but I think Star Wars does pretty well with it.  I admit that I did kind of like that Tarkin blew up the archives to cover up everything (and undoubtedly blame it all on Krenic).  The Empire is the kind of government where things don’t have to work well, they just have to work in your favor.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Alphabet

From Trinity College, Dublin.

Anyone who has been to the famous Trinity College Library can tell you that the letters labeling the stacks are kind of misleading.  The books are actually organized by size. The top shelves are smaller than the bottom ones (that’s not an optical illusion), and the books are stacked accordingly.

The Jedi Archives as seen in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones were based on this Long Room.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Alphabet