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An interactive قلب session showing the Fibonacci algorithm

قلب is a programming language exploring the role of human culture in coding. Code is written entirely in Arabic, highlighting cultural biases of computer science and challenging the assumptions we make about programming. It is implemented as a tree-walking language interpreter in JavsScript.

All modern programming tools are based on the ASCII character set, which encodes Latin Characters and was originally based on the English Language. As a result, programming has become tied to a single written culture. It carries with it a cultural bias that favors those who grew up reading and writing in that cultural. قلب explores and challenges that by presenting a language that deviates almost entirely from ASCII.

The Fibonacci Algorithm

Project Created: 
January 2013

Part one of the Archive documentary: features Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive and his colleagues Robert Miller, director of books, and Alexis Rossi, director of web collections. On a mission to create universal access to all knowledge, the Internet Archive’s staff have built the world’s largest online library, offering 10 petabytes of archived websites, books, movies, music, and television broadcasts.

The video includes a tour of the Internet Archive’s headquarters in San Francisco, the book scanning center, and the book storage facilities in Richmond, California.


Recovering Eyebeam’s Archive in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy


10,000,000,000,000,000 bytes archived! :

Video of the 10 Petabyte Blackout at the Internet Archive


10,000,000,000,000,000 bytes archived! :

Video of the 10 Petabyte Blackout at the Internet Archive


A peak inside the Internet Archive


IBM’s first magnetic disk memory storage, RAMAC. Total storage capacity: 5,000,000 characters (5 megabytes) 


What if maps had a 4th dimension, of history ? New York Public Library Labs  is building time machines for placing archival documents in space and time; a transformative tool for research in the digital humanities. 



“My Petabyte Roommate”: Jason Scott spends a night at Internet Archive and cozies up to the Wayback machine


Way back when compact disks were the future

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