Celestial Weasel (celestialweasel) wrote,
Celestial Weasel

Just like the old days

There is a book I want (ironically about the dissemination of knowledge) published in 1990 but not available on Amazon or Abebooks. It is a book of selected translations of the writings of Paul Otlet, a famous Belgian or more accurately a Belgian who should be famous. See this YouTube clip for his description of the interwebs as described in 1934 (or 2 depending on whether you believe the soundtrack or the subtitles) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwRN5m64I7Y Sadly the clip stops before he predicts lolcats.

I have a PDF of a 1975 book about (rather than by) him, which I have yet to read. There is also an open source documentary here http://www.archive.org/details/paulotlet/

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