NPR Podcasts, Conservation, Brazil Museum Fire, More: Monday Evening Buzz, September 10, 2018


The Kitchen Sisters: The Keepers – A New NPR & Podcast Series. “This week, we launch a new series — The Keepers — stories of activist archivists, rogue librarians, curators, collectors and historians. Keepers of the culture and the cultures and collections they keep. Guardians of history, large and small. Protectors of the free flow of information and ideas.”

Fortune: Ever Wondered How Much Water Your Shower Uses? This New Google Tool Will Help You Find Out. “Ever wondered how much water your shower uses? Or the impact of throwing away your food Google launched a new tool on Friday with the California Academy of Sciences, called Your Plan, Your Planet, which hopes to help you answer precisely those questions.”

Observer: Wikipedia Has Received Thousands of Images for Their Archive of Brazil’s Museum Fire Losses. “Following the fire, Dornicke [a Wikipedia editor] corralled some editors in the Portuguese-language edition of Wikipedia to act. They drafted a call for anyone with media from the museum to upload those to the Commons, alongside instructions on how to do so. Since posting the announcement on September 4, photos have been flooding in. New users are joining in droves to offer what they have, which has resulted in between 2,400 and 3,000 new images as of September 6.”


Lifehacker: Block a Thousand Twitter Advertisers at Once. “Furious at whatever asinine thing Twitter is doing now? Or just want to make Twitter ads less distracting? Because the main Twitter ad unit is an actual tweet, you can block a lot of Twitter ads by blocking actual accounts. On the site Block Together, which creates shareable block lists, user Shannon Coulter has shared a blocklist of 1197 corporate accounts, many of which advertise on Twitter, focusing on Fortune 500 companies.”

Social Media Explorer: Free Video Creation Tools for Social Media Marketers on a Budget. “In this post, you’ll find professional-level video editing software for Mac and Windows, mobile apps for quick compilations, screen and video recording tools, and instant GIF and thumbnail builders. But before we jump into reviewing them, let’s take a moment and recall few video publishing trends you should keep in mind before hitting the ‘Share’ button.”


The Hamilton Spectator: Canadian libraries and museums prepare for natural disasters, digital threats. “As Brazil mourns the loss of irreplaceable artifacts after a fire ravaged the collection at its national museum, Canadian archivists say some of this country’s heritage treasures could also be at risk. Cara Krmpotich, director of the University of Toronto’s museum studies program, said dangers like earthquakes, flooding, and forest fires have made emergency preparedness a priority for Canada’s archival spaces, but funding for infrastructure can be hard to come by.”

Global Voices: After Facebook ban, Myanmar military accounts are moving to Russian social media site VKontakte. “After being banned from Facebook, Myanmar’s military chief was quick to create a new account on Russian social media site VKontakte. Facebook announced its decision to ban a total of 18 accounts and 52 pages related to Myanmar’s military, including the account of Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the Tatmadaw (Myanmar Army) on August 27, 2018. The pages had a significant presence on Facebook, with almost 12 million followers combined.”

University of Michigan: A MacArthur “Genius” Works to Preserve Uganda’s History. “When Derek Peterson got word last October that he’d received a MacArthur ‘genius’ grant, he was thrilled. The award affirmed his scholarship and the work of LSA’s African Studies Center, where Peterson is a faculty member. But Peterson was especially happy because the $625,000 stipend that came with the MacArthur grant meant he could further his work saving endangered government archives in Uganda.”


ZDNet: US government releases post-mortem report on Equifax hack. “The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has published a report to detail how the Equifax hack went down and how the credit reporting company answered during and after the incident.”


New York Times: Top Cancer Researcher Fails to Disclose Corporate Financial Ties in Major Research Journals. “One of the world’s top breast cancer doctors failed to disclose millions of dollars in payments from drug and health care companies in recent years, omitting his financial ties from dozens of research articles in prestigious publications like The New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet.” Good evening, Internet…

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