Motorsport Photography, Jewish Art, Immigration Court, More: Monday Afternoon Buzz, August 14, 2017


Autosport: Motorsport Network acquires Rainer Schlegelmilch photo archive. “Legendary German photographer Rainer W. Schlegelmilch’s remarkable photo archive of more than 600,000 historic motorsport images has been acquired by Motorsport Network – the world’s biggest motorsport media organisation. Schlegelmilch’s collection, which dates back to 1962, will be added to the extensive LAT Images archive which became part of Motorsport Network last year.”

Medievalists: 260,000 digitized images of Jewish art and artifacts now online . “The Bezalel Narkiss Index of Jewish Art is a collection of digitized images and information about Jewish artifacts from all over the world. The online collection includes over 260,000 images of objects and artifacts from 700 museums, synagogues and private collections in 41 different countries, as well as architectural drawings of 1,500 synagogues and Jewish ritual buildings from antiquity to the modern day.”

TRAC Immigration: TRAC’s New Web Tool Maps Cases Pending in Immigration Court. “The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University has just released a brand new web mapping application that allows the public to examine for the very first time the number of individuals residing in each state, county, and local community within a county, who have pending cases before the Immigration Court. Using this new interactive web tool, the location of individuals involved in Immigration Court cases can be displayed based upon each individual’s recorded home address. Where the individual is detained, the address shown may be that of the detention facility where the individual is being held.”


Lifehacker: Map Anything From the Chrome Address Bar. “Looking up directions on Google Maps is a little clunky on the desktop. You have to select your starting location, your destination, and your method of transport. But if you’re on Chrome, you can build three shortcuts to get directions right from the address bar, without a single click.”

Poynter: Not sure when the next eclipse is? The New York Times built a calendar for that. “On Friday, the newspaper soft-launched a new digital calendar that includes future space events such as eclipses, comets and meteor showers. The feature syncs with readers’ personal calendars and includes requisite information like dates and times, as well as links to livestreams and background stories — all with the goal of serving as a personal digital guide for astronomy.”


StarNews: Students help preserve copies of the Wilmington Record, burned by whites in 1898. “A joint project by two Wilmington schools resulted in the digital archiving of surviving copies of black-owned paper Wilmington Daily Record. Two Wilmington writers, working with students from two area middle schools, spent a semester preserving a lost part of the Port City’s past.”

Mic: Understanding plandids — the under-the-radar pose that’s taking over Instagram. “Instagram used to be defined by its feed of stylized, perfectly posed images, but this summer a new trend has swept the platform: the ‘plandid.’ Plandids, or planned candids, have become so ubiquitous that it’s hard to avoid coming across one when scrolling through your feed. Everyone — from mommy bloggers, to celebs, to fashionistas to sorority girls — has jumped on the plandid bandwagon.” Isn’t planned candid an oxymoron? Aren’t they just posed pictures that you’re supposed to think aren’t posed pictures?


Dashlane: Dashlane’s 2017 Password Power Rankings . “As a password manager, we frequently emphasize the importance of creating strong passwords to protect your data on online accounts, but are websites holding up their end of the bargain? In our latest study, Dashlane researchers examined the password policies of 40 popular consumer and enterprise websites against five criteria. Today, we’re sharing the results in our 2017 Password Power Rankings.”

Bleeping Computer: Botched Firmware Update Bricks Hundreds of Smart Door Locks. “On Tuesday, August 8, smart locks manufacturer LockState botched an over-the-air firmware update for its WiFi enabled smart locks, causing the devices to lose connectivity to the vendor’s servers and the ability to open doors for its users.”

Wired: Biohackers Encoded Malware In A Strand Of DNA. “WHEN BIOLOGISTS SYNTHESIZE DNA, they take pains not to create or spread a dangerous stretch of genetic code that could be used to create a toxin or, worse, an infectious disease. But one group of biohackers has demonstrated how DNA can carry a less expected threat—one designed to infect not humans nor animals but computers.” Little Bobby Ribosomes… Good morning, Internet…

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