Made in Canada, Ancient Coins, Morse Code, More: Monday Evening Buzz, July 16, 2018


Daily Hive: Three Canadians are putting together the ultimate ‘Made In Canada’ list. “The tariffs against the US took effect on Canada Day and have the potential to raise the price of American-made products being sold on Canadian soil. If you’ve been making a conscious effort to look for what’s MIC (made in Canada), or perhaps you just don’t know where to start, look no further than this website that’s quickly been gaining traction.”

Numismaster: Heritage adds ancients database. “Collectors of ancient coins will be delighted with the latest addition to Heritage’s… website. Details are now provided at the click of a mouse for nearly every ancient coin graded by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) and which has appeared in a Heritage sale. This information is displayed along with comparable auction results and a population guide.”


Lifehacker: How to Learn and Type in Morse Code on Your iPhone. “Thanks to a new Gboard keyboard feature, you can now communicate via Morse code on iOS—just like Android users who have been dotting and dashing away since May. Don’t know morse code? Google says it can train you in the language in just an hour, if you check out the company’s new typing trainer.”


How-To Geek: The Best Online Photo Editors. “Whether you are making a Christmas card to send out for your holidays or making a fun collage to text your friends, you’ll need an image editing software. A few years ago, you’d had to download and install a dedicated software to edit images. But thanks to the advancement in web technology, it’s now possible to edit images right in the browser. Let’s take a look at few of the best online photo editors available.”

NeverEnding Search: A little help from our academic friends: Five fine portals for instructional fodder. “Need a little inspiration for the coming school year? How about a few fresh strategies for energizing your information literacy instruction and preparing your secondary learners for their academic experience? A number of portals offer training and instruction for our students as well as a little retooling for us as professionals, all aligned with the ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, which, of course, resonate with our own AASL National School Library Standards.”


The Verge: The key to creating gorgeous, glitchy YouTube images: anticipation and deletion. “When I was younger, I had a soccer coach who stressed the importance of anticipation. ‘An-tiiii-ciiiiiii-PAY-shun,’ he’d yell at us, while we were diving around for the ball. If we did it right, he promised, we’d be able to do in soccer what Neo does in The Matrix — not, like, stop bullets, but be in the right place at the right time to stop an attack on our goal. I wasn’t too great at it, at least not at first. But the lesson stuck. I can hear coach’s voice even now, when I navigate the crush of travelers during New York City’s all-too-frequent rush hours. This is all to say that prediction is key; it’s the difference between getting the ball in the back of the net and whiffing entirely, the gap between getting a seat on a crowded train or having to wait, chastened, for the next one. And, as I recently learned, prediction is the difference between a YouTube video and glitch art.”

Library of Congress: Inside, Inside Baseball: A Look at the Construction of the Dataset Featuring the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Library of Congress Digital Collections. “After weeks of preparations and four days of fast-pitched ideation and creation, this Friday LC Labs will unveil the efforts of ‘Inside Baseball’ – a collaboration between the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and JSTOR Labs. Joining the Baseball Americana batting lineup, this week of flash-building and design-thinking will debut new visualizations and prototypes to bring baseball-related digital collections to center field!”


Los Angeles Times: Judge orders L.A. Times to alter story about Glendale cop, sparking protest from newspaper. “A federal judge on Saturday ordered the Los Angeles Times to remove information from an article that described a plea agreement between prosecutors and a Glendale police detective accused of working with the Mexican Mafia, a move the newspaper decried as highly unusual and unconstitutional. The agreement was supposed to have been filed under seal, but it was mistakenly made available on PACER, a public online database for federal court documents.”


The Next Web: The $24 billion chatbot industry sucks because it needs better AI. “In 2014, WIRED would profile a ‘boring’ company called Slack beginning a media and venture-based obsession with bringing chat to every corner of our work lives. Somewhere along the way, the growth of chat-based enterprise communication was conflated with a preference for doing everything in a chat window, and thus we were given chatbots. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella would go on to call them ‘the new interface,’ and by 2017 over $24 billion in funding had gone into chatbot companies. A year later, and the landscape of chatbot funding is desolate. And it’s because they were never truly built to solve the many, many problems they were supposedly created to fix.”

Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): Activism in the Social Media Age. “This month marks the fifth anniversary of the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag, which was first coined following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. In the course of those five years, #BlackLivesMatter has become an archetypal example of modern protests and political engagement on social media: A new Pew Research Center analysis of public tweets finds the hashtag has been used nearly 30 million times on Twitter – an average of 17,002 times per day – as of May 1, 2018.” Good evening, Internet…

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