Chicago Bars, Pediatric Cancer, Iowa History, More: Tuesday Afternoon Buzz, August 8, 2017


Chicagoist: Dive In: Living Photo Archive Tackles Chicago’s Monumental Bar Culture. “You don’t have to exactly gather a search party to find folks willing to assemble documentation of their visits to various bars and plaster it on social media. We guess that’s one way to describe photographer Katherine Hodges’ Bars of Chicago project, although probably the most reductive way possible. Truth is, Hodges’ personal, living archive of Chicago’s vast bar culture—she’s been to an astonishing 500 different Chicagoland bars within the last four-and-a-half years—betrays a sense of you-are-there discovery, commitment and curiosity about our city’s boozy third spaces that we don’t often see… and which seriously makes us want to sidle up, too.”

EurekAlert: New tumor database deployed to battle childhood Cancer at UC Santa Cruz. “UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute’s Treehouse Childhood Cancer Initiative and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation are making a 11,000+ tumor database available for use by all researchers in the pediatric cancer community and beyond in our continued battle against childhood cancer.”

Iowa: New Online Resource Brings Iowa History to Teachers/Students. “A video of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev’s 1959 visit to Coon Rapids at the height of the Cold War. The neatly typed script President Herbert Hoover used during his 1929 inaugural address, slightly wrinkled by the rain that doused the ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. Sheet music and an audio recording of a 1915 song called ‘Don’t Bite the Hand That’s Feeding You,’ which urged immigrants to stay loyal to the United States during World War I. These eye-opening documents – and dozens more – from the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Library of Congress are now available to teachers, students and lifelong learners thanks to a new free online resource that was unveiled today…”

Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center: Cemetery Information Resource Center Launched . “The Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center team would like to share a new resource, simply titled Cemetery Information. This resource aims to support the research of descendants, scholars, and others interested in the history of the Carlisle Indian School cemetery by providing easy access to a wide range of primary source documents about the cemetery and the Carlisle Indian School students interred there.”


YouTube Blog: Introducing a new way to share YouTube videos. “Starting today, you can share videos with your friends and family directly on YouTube. Not only can you share and receive videos in the app, you can also chat about them right on YouTube, reply with another video, invite others to the conversation, and more. We think it’ll make sharing easier, faster and more fun on your phone. And if you want to continue sharing videos through other apps, you can still do that too.”

CNET: Apple joins Instagram to show off iPhone photos (of course). “Instagram has 700 million monthly active users, hundreds of millions of which undoubtedly post from their iPhones. Now Apple has joined them, and you’ll never guess what phone took its first photos.”


PC Magazine: These Advocates Want to Make Sure Our Data Doesn’t Disappear. “In late May of this year, exactly five months from the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, a group of people concerned with the new administration’s stance toward science and climate change marked its own special anniversary. Not far from the campus of the University of North Texas, on the plains north of Dallas, several dozen individuals met up at Data Rescue Denton to identify and download copies of federal climate and environmental datasets. These hackathon-style gatherings received a great deal of attention in the days immediately preceding the inauguration; Denton was the 50th such event since January.”


NDTV: Indian-Origin Scientist Creates Twitter Account To Track Moped Gangs. “An Indian-origin data scientist, who was a victim of a growing number of moped-riding thieves in London, has taken to social media to track the gangs operating on the streets of the British capital…. [Hira] Virdee’s fight-back comes as it emerged that moped- enabled crime has multiplied in London, with more than 16,000 moped-related crimes being logged in the past 12 months – a threefold increase on the previous year.”

The Guardian: UK organisations could face huge fines for cyber security failures. “British organisations could face fines of up to £17m, or 4% of global turnover, if they fail to take measures to prevent cyber-attacks that could result in major disruption to services such as transport, health or electricity networks.”


Wired: Google’s New Algorithm Perfects Photos Before You Even Take Them. “TAKING INSTAGRAM-WORTHY PHOTOS is one thing—editing them is another. Most of us just upload a pic, tap a filter, tweak the saturation, and post. If you want to make a photo look good without the instant gratification of the Reyes filter, enlist a professional. Or a really smart algorithm.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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