Wheelchair-Accessible Concerts, Twitch, Fold3, More: Monday Evening Buzz, September 24, 2018


Opbmusic: New Nonprofit Works to Make Concerts More Accessible. “For most of her concert-going life, [Cassie] Wilson would attend shows in non-accessible spots and brace herself for crowd surfers and other hazards that concert audiences bring. After a particularly intensive back surgery, Wilson started to care more for her own safety at shows, so she sought out ADA designated spaces. But she found a discrepancy between her experiences at venues and the experiences of those who don’t need accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities act. In 2016, Wilson founded the nonprofit Half Access, which aims to start a conversation between music venues, audience members and bands about accessibility at concert venues.”


Tubefilter: China Has Blocked Twitch Following Mass App Downloads During Asian Games. “Twitch has confirmed that it is now blocked in China, with its browser site firewalled and its mobile app removed from the local App Store. This follows the platform’s skyrocketing popularity last month, when people downloaded the app to watch the Chinese team compete in esports at the 2018 Asian Games.”

Fold3: New Naval Records Added to Fold3!. “This month, Fold3 is pleased to highlight two new collections of naval records we’ve added to our archives. The first collection is Letters Received by the Secretary of Navy (‘Captains’ Letters’) dated 1805-1885. The second collection is Letters Received by the Secretary of the Navy from Commanding Officers of Squadrons between 1841-1886. These letters are in original manuscript form.”


How-To Geek: Create RSS Feeds to Follow Instagram and Twitter Users Without an Account. “Wish you could follow a couple of Twitter or Instagram users, without setting up an account? Create an RSS feed for them. RSS Hub is an open source project that creates RSS feeds from a wide variety of websites, including social media pages. You can install this on your own server, but it’s not necessary for most users.”


Ubergizmo: SpaceX’s Moon Mission Will Be Live Streamed In VR. “SpaceX recently confirmed more details about its Moon mission that’s planned for 2023. It also revealed the identity of the company’s first paying passenger for the trip around the moon who will be accompanied by eight artists on the trip as well. If you’re not one of those people, don’t worry, you will be able to experience the entire mission in virtual reality.”

The Verge: Why Twitter reset the @Twitter account. “On Friday morning, Twitter posted a single word to its Twitter account: ‘The.’ Average users began replying, telling a story one word at a time. When it was done, the first thread read: ‘The beginning of the end is near. Yay.’ Had it been posted a month or so, it’s likely the world would have written off Twitter’s ‘the’ as a pocket-tweet. But if you’ve been paying attention to @Twitter for the past few weeks, you’ve noticed an undeniable transformation. An account best known for posting almost comically remedial education to its user base — it was still instructing followers on how to retweet as recently as 2016 — suddenly felt a bit more alive.”

Quartz: Africa’s ancient practices are being digitized for the future. “The digital revolution, often described as ‘leapfrogging,’ has brought real change to Africa. In finance, communication, and entertainment, technology has allowed African innovators to skip a step, bypassing the West in significant ways as the continent tries to catch up to more industrialized parts of the world. In leaping forward, many innovators have looked to their past to build the future. Traditions that sustained communities long before the internet arrived are now being disrupted and adjusted for a smartphone-wielding generation. With new tools, these community-based solutions have the potential to travel further beyond the village.”


Techdirt: California Police Officers Used Self-Destructing Messaging App For Years. “The Long Beach PD had more than 100 officers using TigerText to preemptively destroy possible public records and/or evidence. The use of self-destructing messages, if nothing else, violates record preservation laws. Depending on what disappeared into the ether, there’s a good chance criminal cases were also affected by the rolling destruction of communications.”


King5: Young orca’s death inspires health database for surviving whales. “After an intervention to save a dying killer whale calf, one veterinarian is compiling electronic medical records for all of her family members. J50 was declared dead after a month of efforts by scientists to administer antibiotics and even try to feed her. The young whale looked severely emaciated, but no one was sure exactly why. In the aftermath, one of the team members is compiling a database for the whales that survive her.”

Sleep Review: Database Links Circadian Rhythms to Drug Metabolism in Human Tissues. “Using new bioinformatics tools to analyze thousands of human tissue samples, researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center created a new database of daily rhythms in human gene activity—including many genes that regulate how drugs work.” Good evening, Internet…

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