Collaborative Design, North Carolina State University, Museums, More: Monday Buzz, August 20, 2018


Tulane University: New digital library collection showcases Small Center’s impact. “Whether you’re a scholar interested in studying early images of Latin America or a high school student searching for float designs from Carnival’s Golden Age for a class project, the Tulane University Digital Library (TUDL), a project of Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, provides instant access to the university’s rare materials and collections anytime, anywhere. Now, TUDL is home to a new online collection showcasing the work of the Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design, the community design center of the School of Architecture.” Prototypr has an overview of collaborative design.

WRAL: Search NCSU records submitted to the FBI . “As part of an investigation into potential corruption in college basketball, U.S. attorneys with the Department of Justice subpoenaed North Carolina State University officials on Jan. 17 for a trove of documents related to the recruitment and enrollment of former player Dennis Smith Jr. The university on Aug. 16, 2018, began publicly releasing documents submitted to federal investigators in response to a public records request by WRAL News and other news organizations.”


The Verge: You can now download tickets to visit museums for free on Sept. 22nd. “Museums across the country will offer free admission on Saturday, Sept. 22nd for the Smithsonian’s annual Museum Day. The catch is that you’ll need online tickets, which are available for download now.” Over a thousand museums are participating.

MakeUseOf: Fix Common Gmail Annoyances With These 5 Free Chrome Extensions and Apps. “Gmail is the most popular email service in the world, but it’s not without its flaws. Even with the new changes in Gmail, Google hasn’t fixed several common annoyances and mistakes. A few fans of Gmail have tried to fill that void. Most of them are Chrome extensions, but one of them works with Gmail on Chrome or Android. All these tools assume that you know the basics of using Gmail, and are looking for something more.”

PDN: 13 Photo Editing Programs, From Classics To 360-Degree Image Retouching Tools. There is no intro; the site jumps right into the list of tools.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art is looking for help identifying studio portraits of African-Americans. This link goes to a Facebook post. “This exhibition presents more than one hundred and fifty studio portraits of African Americans from the mid-twentieth century. To this day, both photographers and subjects remain mostly unidentified. Does someone look familiar?”

Willamette Week: Instagram Account “Pdxscootermess” Is Portland’s Photo Archive of Dead Scooters. “If there’s one thing smartphone-clad masses love documenting as much as latte art and bathroom selfies it’s scooter carnage. That’s what prompted one Portlander to start an Instagram account titled @pdxscootermess, which looks for ‘”any and all evidence of scooter (and bikeshare) chaos in Portland Oregon.'”

Wired: A Bot Panic Hits Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. “FOR THE PAST week, psychologists all over America have been freaking out. The cause of their agita was an observation by a psychology graduate student from the University of Minnesota named Max Hui Bai. Like many researchers, Bai uses Amazon’s Mechanical Turk platform, where individuals sign up to complete simple tasks, such as taking surveys for academics or marketers, and earn a low fee. On Tuesday, August 7, he posed a simple question in a Facebook group for psychology researchers: ‘Have anyone used Mturk in the last few weeks and notice any quality drop?'”


Above the Law: Fair Use For Me, But Not For Thee. “A common misconception about fair use in copyright law is that it is relied upon solely by consumers. The reality, however, is that everyone uses fair use, including large rightholders like movie studios and publishers. Even while rightholders are often seen as advocates for strong intellectual property rights, even while they oppose fair use when bringing a lawsuit themselves, they are not shy in asserting their own right to fair use.”


New Scientist: This AI will draw whatever you want – but it’s utterly terrible. “Step aside, Picasso. This AI can draw pictures of anything you dream up – but they won’t always be recognisable. The algorithm, created by Tao Xu at Microsoft Research and his colleagues, works similarly to other AIs that generate art or pictures. It is trained on a database of photographs and descriptions, so it matches certain words to particular colours, textures, and shapes. And like other AIs, it is not always spot-on and the images don’t always make sense.” Wonderfully bizarre.

Nieman Lab: Does your Google News change based on whether you’re conservative or liberal?. “How much do algorithms encourage echo chambers? We know that the information people receive can be very different depending on the terms they Google — and that can lead to fears about people with different political leanings receiving very different news. A small study that will be published in Computers in Human Behavior, however, provides some reassuring news.”

RNZ: Consulting with Dr Google can be a good idea – study. “Far from convincing people they have contracted an exotic disease or terminal illness, a new study shows googling their symptoms allows patients to ask better questions and that they are more likely to understand what their doctor tells them.” Good morning, Internet…

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