Houston Folk Music, Election Predicting, Robert Lansing, More: Wednesday Afternoon Buzz, August 29, 2018


Rice University: Houston Folk Music Archive brings history to life. “A new story map of Houston’s vanished folk music venues and a big-name homecoming concert underscore the importance of documenting the city’s musical foundations before they are forgotten.”

UVA Today: You’ll Want To Check Out This New Prediction Tool Before The Midterm Elections. “As November’s 2018 midterm elections near, the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics has rolled out a new forecasting tool to help Americans track and predict congressional and gubernatorial races in all 50 states and address polling concerns raised by the 2016 presidential election. The center, founded and directed by University Professor of Politics Larry J. Sabato, partnered with the nonpartisan public opinion research firm Ipsos to launch the 2018 Political Atlas on Tuesday.”

Library of Congress: New Online: The Man Who Would Not Let History Forget Him. “Robert Lansing spent the height of his career in the shadow of giants but left a paper trail that ensured the world would know his side of the story. Now the Library of Congress has made an important segment of former Secretary of State Robert Lansing’s papers available online.”


CNET: Facebook restores deleted status updates cross-posted from Twitter. “Facebook has restored status updates deleted from users’ timelines originating as cross-posts from Twitter, saying a Twitter request was responsible for the vanishing act. Facebook users have long been able link their Facebook and Twitter accounts, allowing their tweets to automatically be posted to their Facebook timelines. But in the past week, Facebook users who relied on this connection have discovered their tweets have disappeared from Facebook.”

Engadget: Yandex begins public tests of its self-driving cars in Russia. “Russia’s Yandex has taken its self-driving efforts one step further, launching an autonomous ride-hailing service in the university city of Innopolis, Russia. The company claims it’s the first such service to launch in Europe. For now, there will be two self-driving vehicles in operation and they’ll provide rides to specific locations, such as the university, the stadium and residential blocks, for free. A safety engineer will ride in the passenger seat and around 100 people have agreed to test the service.”

TechCrunch: Google updates its speech services for developers. “Google Cloud’s Text-to-Speech and Speech-to-Text APIs are getting a bunch of updates today that introduce support for more languages, make it easier to hear auto-generated voices on different speakers and that promise better transcripts thanks to improved tools for speaker recognition, among other things.”


Packaging Europe: FFI Launches International Cardboard Database. “The German Folding Carton Association “Fachverband Faltschachtel-Industrie e.V.” (FFI) launches the implementation of an online cardboard database that will be available in German and English. This database is intended as a repository of all folding carton boards used in the industry together with their corresponding specifications and certificates.”

Katherine Times: New archiving platform to preserve Indigenous culture and language. “First Nations Media is one step closer to creating an archiving platform to preserve Indigenous culture and language. The two-year project will ensure communities have the tools to share their recorded history, teaching the next generation and keeping language and culture strong. ”


SMU Data Science Review: Opencrimemapping. org: An Online Tool for Visualizing Crime. “In this paper we present a method for creating geographic visualizations of criminal incidents using open data and open-source software. The motivation for this method is to provide law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and interested citizens an affordable and relatively easy way to start analyzing geospatial data. The National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) is a national standard for LEA incident reporting going into effect for all 18,000 U.S. LEAs in 2021. This project uses the Dallas Police Department’s publicly available, NIBRS-style, incident data to develop a geovisual analysis tool called” The entire paper is available for download.


Pace University: Research: Advertising And Online Dating. “If you were looking for love 25 years ago, you might place an ad in your local newspaper. Or perhaps you’d attend a nearby speed dating mixer, or lurk in the tomato sauce aisle of the grocery store until ‘the one’ strolled by. Today, these antiquated means of finding love have been replaced by a billion dollar industry of online services, apps, and digital algorithms—if you yourself do not currently subscribe to the OKCupid, Tinder, and Bumbles of the world, it’s almost certain that you are well aware of their pull over the social lives of your family and friends. According to eHarmony, a whopping 40 million Americans are now dating online.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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