Catholic Telegraph, Tennessee Mental Health, Google, More: Saturday Buzz, June 16, 2018

Thank you for your notes about yesterday’s lack of RB. I’m fine, there was a just a lot going on. I’m mad at myself for messing up my blogging streak.


The Catholic Telegraph: All Issues Of The Catholic Telegraph From 1831 – 1885 Now Online. “All issues of The Catholic Telegraph from 1831-1885 can now be read online. Funded by grants from the State Library of Ohio and the Hamilton County Genealogical Society, the Catholic Research Resources Alliance has been working with the archdiocese’s archives to digitize, index, and post the issues. ”

News Channel 9: Tennessee launches new website to help people find mental health resources fast. “Tennesseans have a new way to find mental health and substance abuse resources and information fast. The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) unveiled its new Fast Facts website Thursday.” The site includes directories of various services… and the services covered do include substance abuse and addiction.


BBC News: Google diversity figures show little change. “A new report from Google has revealed that little has changed despite a commitment to increasing diversity among staff employed by the tech giant. Overall nearly 70% of Google staff were men, as has been the case since 2014. In the US almost 90% were white or Asian, 2.5% were black and 3.6% Latin American.”

The Quint: Google makes ‘App Maker’ generally available. Oh man, if I had had this two years ago… “Google has made ‘App Maker’, its low-code tool for building business apps, generally available and open to all developers, after a year and a half since the launch of its beta version.”

Salt Lake Tribune: Coming soon to Mormon genealogical database: records of gay couples and same-sex parents. “Three years ago this month, the U.S. Supreme Court made gay marriage legal in every state, but the LDS Church still hasn’t listed same-sex couples in its massive genealogy databank. Not surprising, perhaps, given the Utah-based faith’s opposition to same-sex marriage. But change is coming to the genealogy resource — and soon.”


MakeUseOf: Online Photos and Personal Privacy: 4 Things to Check Before You Upload. “We all love sharing photos, whether it’s a snap of your lovely breakfast or a great image of the setting sun. Perhaps you share those photos on Flickr, or maybe even Instagram, Twitter, and even Facebook. But how much information are you giving away when you share snaps online? What can malicious users (such as identity thieves) learn from your photographs and do with that information? Here’s everything you need to know about your photos and online privacy.”

Weekend fun from MakeTechEasier: 5 of the Best Websites to Download Free Video Games. “Whether you want to relive old favorites or discover classics for the first time, the Internet is here to help. Luckily for the retro game enthusiast, there are tons of websites dedicated to old, classic video games. Best of all, they are free to download, install and play to your heart’s content.”


PR Newswire: Envision Having the Country’s Largest Collection of Vintage Hollywood Photos and a Massive Historical Archive With More Than 4.5 Million Pieces (PRESS RELEASE). “Artifact Brokerage Firm LLC has announced the sale of the historical D. Jay Culver collection with more than 4.5 million pieces, valued at $163.2 million and offered at $15 million. Purchased in 2006 from the Culver family by its current owner, who understands the monetary value and impact of the cultural find to museums, historians, institutions and investors, but who is ready to pass his treasure trove on because of his advancing age.”

CNET: Netflix’s first comic The Magic Order conjures Facebook AR trickery. “Netflix’s first comic book The Magic Order is out today, and has a trick up its sleeve: Facebook AR that takes you inside the art.”

VPR: As News Outlets Drop Photographers, Who Will Document Vermont’s Visual Story?. “Layoffs are not uncommon in the newspaper industry these days, but the recent layoff of a local veteran newspaper photographer seems to indicate another shift in 21st-century journalism — and one that is being felt in Vermont. It was announced last week that Glenn Russell, a veteran staff photographer for the Burlington Free Press, was being laid off. Russell’s work had been appearing in the paper since 1986. As Seven Days noted in their coverage of Russell’s layoff, there were at least five photographers on staff at the Free Press in the 1980s, whereas now just one remains at the paper.”


Forbes: Department Of Homeland Security Faces Lawsuit Over ‘Harmless’ Journalist Database. “The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has filed a complaint against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), alleging it has violated federal law in failing to publish a Privacy Impact Assessment for its planned media monitoring services. EPIC argues that the E-Government Act of 2002 requires DHS to conduct and publish a Privacy Impact Assessment before undertaking the development of this type of system because it implicates citizen privacy concerns. The stated purpose of the Act is ‘to ensure sufficient protections for the privacy of personal information as agencies implement citizen-centered electronic Government.'”

Quartz: A US court rejected Google Translate as a means of providing consent to a cop. “Imagine you’re driving in a foreign country and a police officer stops you on the road. You don’t speak the cop’s language and they don’t speak yours, so a halting exchange ensues using a laptop and Google Translate. You’re not always sure what the officer is asking, and you end up agreeing to something you didn’t quite understand, and are arrested. That’s what happened to Omar Cruz-Zamora, a Mexican native in the US on a legal visa, in Kansas last September.”


Architecture & Design: Can social media coverage predict urban health?. “A new research study has tied the prosperity and wellbeing of urban neighbourhoods to the presence of a vibrant arts, music and science culture, rather than merely economic capital. Dr. Daniele Quercia, department head Nokia Bell Labs, Cambridge, UK who conducted the study along with colleagues Dr. Desislava Hristova from the University of Cambridge, and Dr. Luca M. Aiello, also from Nokia Bell Labs, based these findings on millions of social media images taken by people attending cultural events in London and New York City over 10 years.”

EurekAlert: System allows surveillance cameras to ‘talk’ to the public through individual smartphones . “Purdue University researchers have created a technology that allows public cameras to send personalized messages to people without compromising their privacy. The team developed a real-time end-to-end system called PHADE to allow this process, known as private human addressing.”

Penn Today: Reclaiming a fragmented history . “Harnessing the power of human cooperation, digital humanities scholars at Penn Libraries are orchestrating an epic effort to sort and transcribe handwriting on thousands of documents discarded hundreds of years ago. Through an innovative new website built by the Penn team in collaboration with Zooniverse, an online platform for crowdsourced research, citizen scholars can help analyze the digitized texts, which are written in five Hebrew and three Arabic scripts, some of them exceedingly rare.”


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