Greek Archaeology, Women’s Suffrage, Congressional Internet, More: Wednesday Buzz, June 14, 2017


University of Arizona: Project Maps Greek Ceramic Production Over Five Millennia. “In ancient Greece, people relied on their friendly neighborhood ceramics workshop for everything from dishes to perfume bottles to roofing materials. A new project, led by University of Arizona associate professor Eleni Hasaki, aims to map these critical centers of ceramics production across nearly 5,000 years of Greek history in a first-of-its-kind online database, designed to support archaeologists working in Greece today.”

NYU Journalism: New database/resource launches: “NYU Journalism is leading a team of editors and editorial board members of American Journalism: a journal of media history​ in the development of, a new browse-friendly database and resource site, launched June 12, 2017, in tribute to the US women’s suffrage centennial celebration period, through 2020.”

Motherboard: How to Track What Congress Is Doing on the Internet. “There’s now a way to track what government employees, including elected officials, are doing online during working hours. A new plugin created by a software engineer in North Carolina lets website administrators monitor when someone accesses their site from an IP address associated with the federal government.”


British Library: Michael Palin donates personal archive of his literary and creative career to the British Library. “The archive, which has been generously donated to the British Library by Palin, covers his literary and creative life during the years 1965-1987. It includes over 50 ‘Python Notebooks’ containing drafts, working material and personal reflections relating to Palin’s Monty Python writing. It also includes his personal diaries kept during this period, and project files comprising material relating to his film, television and literary work, including correspondence, drafts and annotated scripts relating to subsequent Python projects.”

CNET: On Anne Frank’s birthday, a push to save war diaries online. “…the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is launching a Kickstarter campaign to help preserve hundreds of other Holocaust diaries and first-person accounts. The campaign, titled ‘Save Their Stories: The Undiscovered Diaries of the Holocaust,’ seeks to raise $250,000 (about £197,475 or AU$332,520) to ‘catalog, preserve, and make available online over 200 Holocaust diaries in the Museum’s collection — for the first time ever.'” At this writing the campaign has raised just under $41K.

Recode: A new Twitter test puts a bunch of current events across the top of user timelines. “Twitter is testing a new way to show people what others on the service are talking about: It’s putting a list of popular events right at the top of some users’ timelines.” Thank goodness I use TweetDeck.


Hey! Pete Warden is trying to train his robot and needs some help – specifically he needs a data set of spoken words. Can you help? “I’ve put together a website … that asks you to speak about 100 words into the microphone, records the results, and then lets you submit the clips. I’m then hoping to release an open source data set out of these contributions, along with a TensorFlow example of a simple spoken word recognizer. The website itself is a little Flask app running on GCE, and the source code is up on github. I know it doesn’t work on iOS unfortunately, but it should work on Android devices, and any desktop machine with a microphone.” Egypt blocks more internet sites. “Egypt, under fire for muzzling freedom of expression, has blocked access to around 60 news websites and service providers since the end of May, rights groups and media figures said Monday.”

Indy Star: Incoming Notre Dame safety taught himself how to play football on YouTube. “Jordan Genmark-Heath didn’t grow up playing Pee Wee or Pop Warner football. He didn’t have coaching gurus or skills academies. Stockholm, Sweden isn’t built to cultivate football talent.”

Consumerist: McDonald’s Now Accepting Job Applications Via Snapchat. “McDonald’s tested ‘Snaplications’ — the twee name the chain is using for the program — earlier this year in Australia, and is now opening up the process to U.S. job seekers starting Tuesday.”


Washington Post: The COVFEFE Act would preserve Trump’s tweets as presidential records. “The true definition of ‘covfefe,’ — born from a deleted, after-midnight tweet from President Trump — remains unsettled, even to the commander in chief, who appeared to mistype it into existence on Twitter last month. But a congressman from Illinois wants to bring new meaning to the word. The COVFEFE Act, introduced by Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) on Monday, aims to preserve tweets from the president’s personal Twitter account, ensuring that Trump’s social-media posts are archived as presidential records.”

Techdirt: Another Day, Another Bogus YouTube Takedown Because Of A Major Label. “We’re constantly hearing about bogus takedowns thanks to bogus copyright claims, some more amusing than others. Last week we had Ariana Grande’s benefit concert in Manchester getting blocked by ContentID, despite being on her own channel. And now (via Sarah Jeong) we’ve got the band the Dandy Warhols rightfully complaining on Twitter that the video for the single ‘You Are Killing Me’ off of their 2016 album has been blocked on YouTube via a copyright claim from Universal Music Group.” Dandy Warhols aren’t on the Universal label. There should be financial consequences for this kind of stuff.

Reuters: Indonesia has reached tax deal with Google for 2016 – finance minister . “Indonesia has reached a settlement with Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google for 2016 in their dispute over taxes, the country’s finance minister said on Tuesday.” Good morning, Internet…

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