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Cherokee, Shakespeare, Arts Council England, More: Friday Evening Buzz, April 1, 2016

FOR THE EVENING BUZZ AS WELL: This is a zone as free as I can make it from April Fool mess. If you’re into it, great, but I’m not going to work hard on bringing you great news and resources 364 days a year (365, this year) and then try to mess with you on the other one day. Nope. Have a good weekend.

NEW RESOURCES

Now available: a new database for the Cherokee language. “Cherokee Language dictionaries have been around for years, but a new website will help those who wish to put those words into use or need help with tricky verb conjugations. The site … which has been developed by staff at New Kituwah Academy, contains over 7,000 words and includes phonetic spellings as well as sentence examples and vocal recordings for correct pronunciation.”

Available very soon: an improved online collection of Shakespeare-related postcards. “The website, ‘Shakespeare and the Players,’ features Emory English professor Harry Rusche’s collection of more than 1,000 postcards related to Shakespearean theater from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.” There is an extant site but it’s getting a pretty hefty upgrade.

TWEAKS & UPDATES

This article seems to indicate that Arts Council England has really messed up its Web site. “Public access to much of Arts Council England’s (ACE) extensive online archive of reports, briefings, research, case studies and evaluations has come to an end following the launch of its new pared-down website. The research community, consultants and students have been cast adrift as many documents have been removed, while others have been migrated but with changed web addresses.” How not to redesign a Web site….

Comedy Central is adding more content to Snapchat. “The Viacom-owned network will add nine new series and renew four of its existing Snapchat shows: Quickie with Nikki, Swag-A-Saurus with James Davis, Like It with Liza and Hot Takes withBrandon Wardell.”

USEFUL STUFF

First Draft News has an excellent article on using Twitter shortcuts for social newsgathering. “FirstDraftNews frequently mentions the importance of setting up proper searches for the purpose of newsgathering, and more precisely how TweetDeck can be a very powerful tool to monitor news on Twitter. In this piece, I will focus on a crucial aspect of successful search on Twitter: search operators. This term refers to characters, or strings of characters, that tell the engine to search in a specific way.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Looks like The New York Times is putting together a team to create podcasts. How about y’all put together a team to create a decent podcast search engine? I know, not quite your remit…

I love this article from The New York Times: Vanishing Languages, Reincarnated as Music. “Time to call in the composers? A growing number of them are turning their attention to languages that are extinct, endangered or particular to tiny groups of speakers in far-flung places with the aim of weaving these enigmatic utterances into musical works that celebrate, memorialize or mourn the languages and the cultures that gave birth to them.” Sad, and language as music removes the context of thought, but at least they’re trying.

Everybody complained about the lack of options for Facebook posts except for a single like. Everybody lobbied for other options. Facebook provided the options. And people are still mostly just “liking” posts. “The data shows that 93 percent of all interactions are still likes. Love is used 4.6%. While we assumed this was perhaps due to the order that Reactions are displayed, we were proven wrong when seeing that Wow is used more frequently than Haha.”

RESEARCH AND OPINION

Would you leave your stock market picks to the wisdom of Twitter? “We exploit a new dataset of tweets referencing the Federal Reserve and show that the content of tweets can be used to predict future returns, even after controlling for common asset pricing factors. To gauge the economic magnitude of these predictions, the authors construct a simple hypothetical trading strategy based on this data. They find that a tweet based asset-allocation strategy outperforms several benchmarks, including a strategy that buys and holds a market index as well as a comparable dynamic asset allocation strategy that does not use Twitter information.”

Everybody complained about the lack of options for Facebook posts except for a single like. Everybody lobbied for other options. Facebook provided the options. And people are still mostly just “liking” posts. “The data shows that 93 percent of all interactions are still likes. Love is used 4.6%. While we assumed this was perhaps due to the order that Reactions are displayed, we were proven wrong when seeing that Wow is used more frequently than Haha.” Good evening, Internet…

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