Antique Southern Furniture, Fashion History, Bill Clinton, More: Saturday Buzz, September 1, 2018


New-to-me, from The Wilson Post: Antique Southern furniture sleuth. “The Southern furniture historian said the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts is ‘the largest collection of Southern-made material culture in the world and is concentrated on the American South and includes furniture, paintings, metal works, textiles, pottery and some architecture.’…The museum was established in 1965, and its entire collection may be viewed online.”

Houston Community College: HCC’s Historical Fashion Archive goes digital to meet 21st Century student needs. “Jeweled shoes from the 1700s. Fragile dresses from the 1800s. Avant Garde designer clothing from the 1900s. These are just a few of the historic garments now viewable in never-before-seen photographs on a new searchable website created by Houston Community College with a $25,000 grant from the Texas State Libraries and Archive Commission.”


BuzzFeed News: No Big Deal, Just A US President Telling A Former Russian President He Needs To Eat More. “As the US–Russia relationship continues to twist and turn, documents declassified on Thursday show just how much the position of the two countries has — and hasn’t — changed. Ties between the two countries have been among the issues dominating Donald Trump’s first term, with everything from accusations of election meddling to tussling over Ukraine and Syria. No one knows exactly what the relationship between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin is really like — when the two met in Helsinki in July there was no one else, except for translators, in the room. Things weren’t always so informal. Previous presidents kept meticulous records, and on Thursday a host of those files, from the presidency of Bill Clinton, were released.”

MakeUseOf: Twitter Tests Telling People Who to Unfollow . “Twitter is only as good as the people you follow. Which is why so many people struggle to get the most out of Twitter, as they join the site, follow a handful of people, and then get bored. On the other hand, it’s possible to follow too many people.”

Neowin: Firefox will block some trackers by default in the future. “Mozilla is getting ready to crack down on trackers found throughout the web. Trackers are typically used by websites to collect information about the user, allowing for more accurate, targeted advertisements, which comes at the cost of both performance, privacy, and even security. For that reason, in future versions of Firefox, Mozilla is targeting some of the more harmful forms of tracking to improve users’ experience on the web.”


Make Tech Easier: Best Free Services to Legally Stream TV Shows. “With cable companies charging exorbitant prices for television packages that include slews of channels you’ll never even watch, more and more folks are looking to cut the cord. Tons of streaming services are now available, making it seem like it would be relatively easy to say goodbye to your cable provider. Unfortunately, subscriptions to streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime can add up quickly. Luckily, there are a number of services that can scratch your television itch, that are free of charge and 100% legal.”

Mashable: A professional photographer explains what you’re doing wrong on Instagram. “Most of us know a good Instagram feed when we see one. Even if we have absolutely no background in art (hello), we notice something satisfying — a cohesive color palette, good composition, a pleasant variety of subject matter. But we also notice when something’s a little off. Maybe, for example, your photos often end up crooked or a oversaturated. Maybe your concert shots are always a little fuzzy. Maybe you can’t put your finger on what’s wrong at all. Never fear! We asked Alexa Jade, a lifestyle and portrait photographer based in Portland, what’s preventing our feeds — and yours — from achieving the elusive X factor. ”


Bloomberg: Sweden Struggles With ‘Country in Chaos’ Social Media Attacks. “Facing what could be the most tumultuous election in a century, the nation’s institutions and political groups have come under increasing cyberattacks that are threatening to disrupt the outcome. There has been a proliferation of new ‘bots’ on Twitter that are primarily stumping for the nationalist, anti-immigration Sweden Democrats and attacking the ruling Social Democrats.”

Engadget: The weird, wild and expensive world of blockchain art. “Is it still shocking in 2018 to see someone drop more than $50,000 on a digital playing card? Well, that’s what happened when Gods Unchained, a blockchain-based digital card game, wrapped an auction on its rarest card to date: the Hyperion Mythic card. It sold for 146.279 ETH, which was worth about $54,000 at the time. If that doesn’t shock you, how about the fact that a digital trading card of Elon Musk is currently on auction for about the same price?”


Pace DM: Court Allows Admissions of Wayback Machine Screenshots as Evidence. “The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed a ruling by the lower court, admitting screenshots from the Internet Archive – Wayback Machine (U.S. v. Gasperini, July 2, 2018).”


Richmond News: Health agency to mine social media for study on suicide trends, risk factors. “Federal health researchers are looking to mine social media to more quickly identify suicide-related behaviours, instead of relying on woefully outdated data. What the Public Health Agency of Canada wants is an artificial intelligence program that combs social media platforms for keywords to give its researchers a better view of trends and risk factors linked to suicide-related behaviours.”

Wired: Free Speech Is Not The Same As Free Reach . “…the conversation we should be having—how can we fix the algorithms?—is instead being co-opted and twisted by politicians and pundits howling about censorship and miscasting content moderation as the demise of free speech online. It would be good to remind them that free speech does not mean free reach. There is no right to algorithmic amplification. In fact, that’s the very problem that needs fixing.” Good morning, Internet…

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