Artists, Codex Quetzalecatzin, Snowshoes, More: Friday Buzz, November 24, 2017


Artsy: New Website Aims to Connect Unrepresented Artists with Gallerists and Curators. “Last winter, Adam Yokell was looking to expand the scope of his fledgling Brooklyn gallery. But he was hard-pressed to find emerging, unrepresented artists outside of New York—and he was intent on developing a diverse and expansive program. Then an idea hit him.” The directory is small at the moment because it’s being limited to MFAs or students in MFA programs.

Library of Congress: Library of Congress Acquires Extremely Rare Mesoamerican Codex. “The Library of Congress has acquired the Codex Quetzalecatzin, one of the very few Mesoamerican manuscripts to survive from the 16th century. After being in private collections for more than 100 years, the codex has been digitally preserved and made available online for the first time to the general public…”

Now this is what I call a specific collection. Libraries and Archives Canada has put up a collection of snowshoe images on Flickr. That’s photos, paintings, etc. It’s less than 100 pictures but how many images of snowshoes do YOU have? From the blog post: “Traditional snowshoes are made with wooden frames and leather strips for webbing and boot bindings. Modern equivalents use metal or synthetic materials, but follow similar design characteristics to their predecessors. Early snowshoe design in North America spans the continent where regular snowfall occurs. The shapes and sizes vary dependent on the location. Snowshoes are available in round, triangular, and oval shapes, or can be very long. Each design addresses different types of snow, whether powdery, wet or icy. First Nations and Inuit communities are known for their design and use of snowshoes.”


Kevin Savetz and his FreePrintable network has a new site for helping kids learn fractions. “Users can enter any combination of numbers into the calculator, including improper fractions. will calculate the simplest fraction, which includes mixed numbers and whole numbers when possible. Along with the answer, the website provides three different processes: stages of simplification, removing common divisors, and multiplying the greatest common divisors. A pie chart is available at the bottom as a helpful visual in thinking of fractions as percentages.”

TechCrunch: Twitter is testing Bookmarks, a feature to privately flag Tweets for later. “Last month, Twitter started work on a new ‘save for later’ feature for Tweets in your timeline that you wanted to flag to refer back to in the future. Now it’s given the feature a name — it will be called Bookmarks — and is running tests with it.”

CNET: Facebook Messenger testing Snapchat-style ‘streaks’ feature. “Ask teenagers how many ‘streaks’ they have going, and they’ll know exactly what you’re referring to. That’s how many people they’ve been Snapchatting back and forth with for consecutive days. It’s actually addicting, they’ll tell you. So much so, Facebook apparently wants in on the game.”


Social Media Examiner: How to Use Facebook to Drive More Traffic to Your Blog Posts. “Do you want to drive more Facebook traffic to your blog? Wondering how to optimize your shares of your blog content for visibility and reach? In this article, you’ll discover a five-step plan for promoting blog posts on Facebook.”


Digiday: ‘Jack-of-all-trades, master of none’: Why Mashable flamed out. “Few images better capture the unfettered optimism and indignity of digital media than 2014 at South by Southwest, where a line of hoodie-wearing attendees snaked around the block at Mashable House, a pop-up lounge run by the tech news site, to get their picture taken with Grumpy Cat. Nearby, AOL ‘digital prophet’ Shingy swung on a Mashable-branded wrecking ball.” Twitter verboten? German parliament edict irks lawmakers. “Germany’s new parliamentary speaker is meeting resistance to his suggestion that lawmakers refrain from tweeting or snapping photos during sessions. Wolfgang Schaeuble, who served as Germany’s Finance Minister until being elected parliamentary speaker last month, told lawmakers in a memo that the use of devices ‘to photograph, tweet or distribute information about the session’ is ‘inappropriate and thus undesired.'”


PLOS: PLOS Supports Net Neutrality to Ensure Global Access to the Scientific Literature. “PLOS works to remove barriers to public access of scientific research. Typically, these barriers are considered in terms of copyrights and journal subscriptions, but unfettered access to network infrastructure also contributes to supporting readers’ access to scientific literature. In simple terms, unencumbered dissemination of scientific research depends on a fair Internet. The provision of a fair and open Internet lies in the hands of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and government agencies that regulate these providers. PLOS supported the July 12, 2017 Day of Action in the United States, led by Battle for the Net, aimed at publicizing the issues surrounding Open Internet Rules and their critical role in maintaining Internet freedoms as currently in place.”

Yahoo Finance: How this Google Glass app is helping give sight to my blind aunt. “Wendy Poth, my aunt, lost her sight when she was 7. She’s now completely blind, so she doesn’t see shadows, faces or even the darkness when she closes her eyes. Wendy, who’s now in her 60s, has lived an independent life as a therapist and trained social worker. These days, she’s a die-hard technology enthusiast and is rarely seen at home without her Apple Watch Series 3, Amazon Echo and iPhone, which she uses to get news updates, call friends and track her daily activity. So I wasn’t surprised to learn that Wendy signed up to be among the first to try out a new product for the blind and partially sighted called Aira.”

Penn News: What Can Twitter Reveal About People With ADHD? Penn Researchers Provide Answers. “What can Twitter reveal about people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD? Quite a bit about what life is like for someone with the condition, according to findings published by University of Pennsylvania researchers Sharath Chandra Guntuku and Lyle Ungar in the Journal of Attention Disorders. Twitter data might also provide clues to help facilitate more effective treatments.” Good morning, Internet…

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