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LGBTQ In the Southern US, Mississippi Encyclopedia, Datally, More: Monday Evening Buzz, June 25, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

University of Kentucky: OutSouth Oral History Project Hopes to Tell the Stories of Region’s LGBTQ* Community. “An understanding of the power of oral history to tell personal journeys brought together University of Kentucky’s Office of LGBTQ* Resources and Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History to create OutSouth, a unique repository for preserving the stories of LGBTQ* Southerners and/or individuals who have made significant contributions to LGBTQ* life in the U.S. South.” I think the * at the end is supposed to be a wildcard, to include I, etc.

Ole Miss News: Mississippi Encyclopedia Debuts Online. “The online version of the 1,451-page Mississippi Encyclopedia, a project that began at the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture in 2003 and concluded with publication in 2017, is now available… The Mississippi Encyclopedia offers a breadth of topics unavailable anywhere else, with entries on every county, every governor, and numerous musicians, writers, artists and activists in the state. It is the first encyclopedic treatment of the state since 1907.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Lifehacker: Find a Free WiFi Network Near You With This Google App. “WiFi networks, especially free ones, are always the hardest to find when you actually need them. Now Google has made tracking one down a little easier thanks to a new feature in its data-saving app Datally.”

Tahawul Tech: UAE National Archives updates smart platform. “The UAE National Archives has launched three new publications that are available on its smart platform, WAM reported. The digital archive now includes publications such as the biography of the Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and another on crucial moments in the UAE’s history.” I think WAM in this case is the Emirates News Agency.

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Wagnerian: Bayreuth To Digitize Richard Wagner Archive And Make Available To All. “…thanks to a program of digitizing the entire archive, including letters between Wagner and Cosima, his notebooks, clean copies of his scores, and photos, this should soon become an easier process. The entire archive will be placed online and made available to anyone that wishes to search it.” Please note I could not find anything on the Wagner Museum site. I poked around and couldn’t find any more information about any Wagner initiative at this writing. I’ll keep an eye out.

The Next Web: I built a bot and now I know why bots are so dumb. “I used Azure Bot Service, LUIS, and Azure Functions to build a chatbot that allows me to control an internet connected LIFX lightbulb in my office. I connected it to my work Slack channel so my co-workers could change the color of my desk lamp or turn it on or off. Then I sat back and waited to marvel in the praise of my peers as they were blown away by the sentient life I had birthed. …and I’m still waiting because none of that happened. While the technology worked just fine, I learned that building chatbot interfaces is not something one just does. There are a lot of pitfalls. So you can share in my humiliation, here are some of the lessons I learned building the Lamp Bot.”

Berkeley Library: Project IRENE: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Library unite to save Native American voices. “In the twinkle-lit cafes and sage-incensed dorms around town, vinyl is all the rage among the youths. But in the unassuming Moffitt Library — still shy about its hipster cred — it’s all about wax cylinders. Tucked away on Moffitt’s second floor, in the Digital Imaging Lab, a team of researchers are restoring a trove of wax cylinders: the original vinyl. The objects hiss and pop just like a record, but they also happen to contain the sacred songs and voices of Native Americans, recorded by field anthropologists over four decades, from 1900 to 1940.” Fascinating information about how wax cylinders are being restored or repaired.

RESEARCH & OPINION

Newswise: A Mix of In-Person and Online Learning May Boost Student Performance, Reduce Anxiety. “Before online learning existed, the traditional lecture format was the only option for college courses. Students who skipped class risked missing out on valuable information presented in-person. Researchers from the University of Iowa found that online content presentation accompanied by weekly interactive class meetings—a ‘blended’ course format—may improve academic achievement in students at risk for failing. In addition, fewer students withdrew from the class when the content was presented in a blended format. ”

Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): The news that bots share on Twitter tends not to focus on politics. “Since the 2016 U.S. presidential election, much attention has been focused on the role of bots in promoting political news on Twitter. But bots can play a role in spreading many other types of news and information as well. Indeed, a new Pew Research Center analysis finds that suspected bots are far more active in sharing links to news sites focusing on nonpolitical content than to sites with a political focus. And when they do share political news on Twitter, suspected bots are more likely to link to sites with ideologically centrist audiences than to ones with staunchly liberal or conservative followings.”

University of Massachusetts Amherst: UMass Amherst Researchers Say Their Memristor Neural Network Can be Applied to Machine Learning. “A team of researchers headed by electrical and computer engineering Professors Qiangfei Xia and J. Joshua Yang at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, say they have found a way to use sophisticated memristor neural networks to achieve machine learning where the network continuously adapts and updates its knowledge as it receives more data.” Good evening, Internet…

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