Political Graphic Design, Middle East Photography, 1940 New York, More: Thursday Buzz, November 8, 2018


Dezeen: US midterm elections logos compiled into searchable database. “Just in time for the midterms, 6 November 2018, a team of designers has set up The Center For American Politics And Design to bring together all the graphics used to promote those seeking election to the House and the Senate – the two chambers that make up Congress.”

Agh, this article is from last December, but the archive looks great.. I love photography collections. From Muftah: A Free Online Photo Archive Explores the Middle East’s Pluralistic History. “In September 2017, the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) in Amman, Jordan published an online archive of historical images from across the Middle East. The project is being supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Whilst working as an archivist, I helped start this ambitious project to digitize and publish 30,000 photos over four years.”

Brownstoner: See What Your Home Once Looked Like With Newly Digitized 1940s Tax Photos. “In a major boon for researchers, New York City history aficionados and old building lovers, the New York City Department of Records & Information Services has released a treasure trove of visual material online. The digitization of 720,000 images from the circa 1940 tax photo collection means a photograph of every building in the city at the time is now available to peruse online.”


CNET: Facebook links Russia-based agency to 115 accounts it blocked prior to midterms. “Facebook revealed late Tuesday that the 115 accounts it blocked for ‘inauthentic behavior’ over the weekend could’ve been linked to Russia’s Internet Research Agency (IRA).”

Ubergizmo: Vimeo Launches Channel Dedicated To Holographic Content. “However it seems that Vimeo might be trying to push the next trend which comes in the form of holographic videos, to the point where the company actually launched a channel dedicated to holographic video content as part of a collaboration between Vimeo Creator Labs and Looking Glass Factory.”

The Verge: Facebook’s unsend feature will give you 10 minutes to delete a message. “Facebook Messenger will soon allow you to delete sent messages up to 10 minutes after you’ve originally sent them. The feature is listed as ‘coming soon’ in the release notes for version 191.0 of Messenger’s iOS client. Compared to the hour Facebook gives you to delete an erroneous WhatsApp message, 10 minutes doesn’t give you too much time to correct yourself. But it’s a lot better than having your mistakes preserved eternally.”


Zach Whalen: How I Set Up A Frictionless Writing Workflow. “I used Evernote for a couple of years, and I liked how quick and easy it was to just start writing. Eventually, though, I became frustrated with the lack of portability for my documents, and I also wanted a writing environment with native support for Markdown since I find that goes a lot faster than menu-based WYSIWYG formatting. It lets me mark up the parts that need to look different and then worry about how they actually look later. So I came up with a process that works well for me…. The upshot is that I’m doing a lot more writing than I used to. I’ve used this process to create drafts of this blog post, a couple of journal articles and a conference paper, and my day-to-day notes are now accessible, portable, and searchable.”


Auto Classics: One million historic Petersen museum images to be digitised. “The Petersen Automotive Museum is to digitize one million images from the Petersen Publishing Archive, with a financial injection from the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA). The grant will see the Petersen Publishing photo archive digitization project culminate in a public database, preserving Petersen Publishing’s contributions to automotive history and culture.”

Terrapin Tales: Help Preserve Maryland Basketball History!. “Today, as we celebrate the beginning of the 100th season of men’s basketball at UMD, the University Archives embarks on one of its most ambitious initiatives EVER—a project that will digitize and make publicly accessible over 5,000 hours of UMD Basketball footage. This project will cost $500,000, and we will need the support of many fans to preserve this important history.”

CBC: ‘A treasure waiting to be seen’: Yukon First Nations crack open massive archive. “Grand Chief Peter Johnston has barely scratched the surface, but what he’s seen so far of the Council of Yukon First Nations’ (CYFN) archival records is ‘incredible,’ he says. ‘Almost 100,000 pieces of audio, print media, pictures … it’s just a treasure waiting to be seen,’ he said. ‘It’s one of the best things I’ve been involved with, in my life.'”


TechCrunch: Three ways to avoid bias in machine learning. “Because AI can help expose truth inside messy data sets, it’s possible for algorithms to help us better understand bias we haven’t already isolated, and spot ethically questionable ripples in human data so we can check ourselves. Exposing human data to algorithms exposes bias, and if we are considering the outputs rationally, we can use machine learning’s aptitude for spotting anomalies.”

Tubefilter: Most Parents Who Let Their Kids Watch YouTube Have Encountered Disturbing Videos (Study). “A new study from Pew Research Center confirms widespread concerns about young children encountering objectionable content on YouTube. The survey found that a sweeping majority of parents — four out of five, to be exact — let their young children (aged 11 and younger) watch YouTube videos. And while this may be encouraging news for the video giant, the study also found that a majority of this group of parents — 61% — say that their kids have seen disturbing content on the platform, The Wall Street Journal reports.” Good morning, Internet…

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