Frida Kahlo, Virginia Military Causalities, Machine Learning, More: Monday Evening Buzz, May 28, 2018


Hyperallergic: New Online Exhibition Chronicles the Many Facets of Frida Kahlo’s Life and Work. “Faces of Frida, a partnership between Google Arts & Culture and 33 partner museums, brings together some 800 artifacts from ultra-high resolution images of her work to personal objects and rarely-seen photos.”

The Virginian-Pilot: Memorial Day tribute. “On Monday, Memorial Day, The Virginian-Pilot will launch an online database of every Virginian who lost his or her life serving abroad in the military since the Sept. 11 terror attacks.”


TechCrunch: Google and Coursera launch a new machine learning specialization. “Over the last few years, Google and Coursera have regularly teamed up to launch a number of online courses for developers and IT pros. Among those was the Machine Learning Crash course, which provides developers with an introduction to machine learning. Now, building on that, the two companies are launching a machine learning specialization on Coursera. This new specialization, which consists of five courses, has an even more practical focus.”

The Drive: Formula 1 Absorbs Classic Footage Archive For Streaming Service. “Formula 1 announced Friday that it has attained the Brunswick archive, the biggest collection of pre-1981 footage of the sport in existence, which it will digitize for viewing on its F1 TV streaming service. Prior to the announcement, the archive footage collection spanned 1981 through 2001 and consisted solely of the recorded broadcasts from regional stations. Starting in 2002, the global broadcast was standardized, and content rights lay clearly with the sport itself. With the acquisition of the footage, digitization of pre-1981 can begin so F1 TV subscribers may watch it online.”


Lifehacker: Organize Your Excessive Browser Tabs with ‘Toby’. “I recently stumbled across the extension Toby (Chrome, Firefox), and I’m surprised at how much I love it. So much so that it has replaced the pretty Chrome Delight and Earth View from Google Earth extensions I’ve been using whenever I open a new tab. I’m one-hundred percent Toby now, because it’s one of the best ways I’ve seen to get a little more control over all those open tabs in my browser.”


New York Post: Studios are now looking for actors who are Insta-famous. “Today, when studios ask an actor for their credits, chances are they aren’t looking for their roles — they want to know how many social media followers they have. And it’s stressing some actors out.”


Krebs on Security: Why Is Your Location Data No Longer Private?. “The past month has seen one blockbuster revelation after another about how our mobile phone and broadband providers have been leaking highly sensitive customer information, including real-time location data and customer account details. In the wake of these consumer privacy debacles, many are left wondering who’s responsible for policing these industries? How exactly did we get to this point? What prospects are there for changes to address this national privacy crisis at the legislative and regulatory levels? These are some of the questions we’ll explore in this article.” A thorough deep dive, as you would expect from Mr. Krebs.


Duke University: Doctor Dolls, Coming Soon In 3-D . “If the board game ‘Operation’ had a 3-D action figure, this might be it. It was an ivory model of a pregnant woman, small enough to fit someone’s outstretched hands, complete with movable arms and a hollow torso holding tiny hand-carved organs. On a recent spring morning, Duke Libraries’ Rachel Ingold and Erin Hammeke prepared the 300-plus-year-old sculpture for an X-ray scan.”

Genealogy’s Star: The Ethics of Photo Restoration. “When we modify an old photograph to ‘repair’ the damage of age or to “mend” the scratches we are changing history. A photograph is a historical artifact and should be conserved but not changed. Since I took the photo and I am not trying to represent that it is accurate in any way, am I justified in altering the original for my own purposes? I am not representing that the edited photo is in any way ‘reality.’ I am can change the photo any way I want to. I would suggest that in today’s world, virtually 100% of all the published photos you see have been manipulated in Photoshop or a similar program. Does this view of “artistic license” extend to historical photos? I think not. ”

TechXplore: An algorithm for detecting when online conversations are likely to get ugly. “A team of researchers at Cornel University working with the Wikimedia Foundation has come up with a digital framework for detecting when an online discussion is likely to get ugly. In a paper uploaded to the arXiv preprint server, the team describes their approach and how well their algorithm worked during testing.” Good evening, Internet…

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