Costa Rica Art, Space Shuttle Discovery, Leonardo Da Vinci, More: Friday Afternoon Buzz, August 31, 2018


The Costa Rica News: Meet The New “Virtual Art Museum” Of Costa Rica. “If you are a lover of painting and you want to see the beautiful pieces that the Ticos museums keep, it is no longer necessary for you to leave your house, as Costa Rica launched its new ‘art museum on the internet’.”

Google Blog: Step aboard Discovery with virtual reality. “Today, on the 34th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Discovery’s maiden voyage, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and Google Arts & Culture have teamed up to bring visitors into the orbiter like never before. Two of the astronauts who helped deliver Hubble to orbit as part of STS-31—Maj Gen Charlie Bolden and Dr. Kathy Sullivan—take us on a 360 journey inside Discovery at the Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.”

The Art Newspaper: Victoria and Albert Museum brings Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks to life online. “Scholars and digital experts at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London have posted online the contents of two notebooks by Leonardo da Vinci, enabling devotees of the Renaissance polymath to zoom in and examine his revolutionary ideas and concepts.”


Chemistry World: Chemical reaction database in danger of closing down. “The Chemical Safety Library (CSL), a public database of hazardous chemical reactions launched in March 2017, is struggling to stay afloat and seeking partners to help it keep going.”


Wired: How To Use Twitter: Critical Tips For New Users. “Twitter is where news is broken, links are shared, and memes are born. It’s also a place for chatting with friends. Yet unlike Facebook, Twitter is public by default. And that’s not a bad thing. It means your jokes can go viral (if they’re funny) and in addition to your friends, you can interact with your favorite journalists, athletes, artists, or political figures, all in the same space.” This is a “basics” article, but it’s pretty thorough.


China Daily: China builds national database for water networks. “Having an ID number is not the exclusive domain of human beings — now it’s also a ‘right’ owned by the waters in China. A national database for water networks containing the physical data of over 3.33 million natural and artificial rivers, lakes, reservoirs and canals has been formally completed.”

New York Times: New York City Is Briefly Labeled ‘Jewtropolis’ on Snapchat and Other Apps. “Users of a variety of popular apps and services, including Snapchat, awoke Thursday morning to find that New York City had been relabeled ‘Jewtropolis’ on maps displayed in the apps.”


Motherboard: This Music Theory Professor Just Showed How Stupid and Broken Copyright Filters Are. “German music professor Ulrich Kaiser this week wrote about a troubling experiment he ran on YouTube. As a music theory teacher, Kaiser routinely works to catalog a collection of public domain recordings he maintains online in order to teach his students about Beethoven and other classical music composers. The first video Kaiser posted online simply explained his efforts to provide digitized copies of public domain recordings to students, with some of the music in question playing in the background. But within three minutes of being posted online, YouTube’s Content ID system had flagged the music for a copyright violation—despite no copyright actually being violated.”


ArtsHub: Google goes soggy and we learn why. “At first search engines like Alta Vista offered human driven searches in which real people went on the hunt for information. As the system grew, that became ridiculous. Then we had the miracle of Google, the search engine which sent its spiders out all over the system, constantly indexing until we could find the most extraordinary things in the blink of an eye. The education of your GP? Train timetables in Sweden? Academic papers in Botswana? Done before you finish the thought.”

A Marquette University Thesis: The Highest Form of Like: Snapchat, College Students and Hyperpersonal Communication. “The purpose of this study explores how college students engaged with others on Snapchat and how that differed from other Social Networking Sites (SNS). Social Information Process (SIP) Theory was applied as a framework for understanding the effects of time-limited (disappearing) messages and extended conversations that can lead to “hyperpersonal” communication, a form of Computer Mediated Communication (CMC) that surpasses the level of affection and emotion of Face to Face (FtF) interaction. In a series of focus groups, college students explained how they used Snapchat and other SNS and the effects it had on interpersonal communication. The participants described emotional interactions with others on Snapchat which they characterized as more authentic and in-the-moment than other SNS and that reflected hyperpersonal communication.” The entire thesis is available for download.


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