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Digital Library of Georgia: 16th-century liturgical codex now freely available in the Digital Library of Georgia. “The book, or codex, is a leather and metal-bound liturgical volume of hand-lettered manuscript pages written in Latin and estimated to have been created around 1580. It contains text from the Catholic Tridentine Mass, adopted at the Council of Trent a decade earlier, and includes excerpts from the book of Matthew and musical notation for hymns.”
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
Ubergizmo: Snapchat Could Get Its Own Events Feature. “Facebook’s events feature is the gold standard for establishing an online presence for your events and now it looks like Snapchat wants in on some of that action. An unannounced feature has been discovered which suggests that Snapchat may get support for events as well. This would put the feature in direct competition with the functionality that has long been offered by Facebook.”
Lifehacker: How to Add Song Lyrics to Your Instagram Story. “Last week Instagram added a new feature that allows you to add lyrics to your Instagram stories. The feature allows you to not only add a song to your Story (you’ve been able to do that for a while), but also sing along with those lyrics, similar to what you might do with the app TikTok.”
Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): An update on our research into trust, facts and democracy “A little over a year ago, Pew Research Center decided to intensify its research focus on the theme of trust, facts and democracy. The decision reflected a changing world: In the U.S. and abroad, anxiety over misinformation has increased alongside political polarization and growing fragmentation of the media. Faith in expertise and institutions has declined, cynicism has risen, and citizens are becoming their own information curators. All of these trends are fundamentally changing the way people arrive at the kind of informed opinions that can drive effective governance and political compromise.”
How-To Geek: How to Take Full Page Screenshots in Google Chrome Without Using an Extension. “Google Chrome has a hidden feature tucked away inside Developer Tools that lets you take full-sized screenshots of any web page. This feature captures the entirety of a page, similar to a scrolling screenshot, without the use of a third-party extension.” I wish I’d known about this a while ago! There are plenty of extensions that let you take full-page screenshots, but the permissions are always scary.
The Next Web: 25 Google Calendar Hacks to Maximize Productivity. “Released to the general public in July 2009, Google Calendar is one of the favored time management and scheduling apps available. And, for a good reason. I know a lot at Google Calendar. Here are 25 Google calendar hacks to maximize productivity that every person needs to know how to use.” usually when there are over 20 tips in a list like this, the annotation sucks. Not this time! Plenty of information here. Writer is the founder of Calendar, which looks its own calendar company, and I don’t even care. Good article.
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
Middlebury College: Students Examine Folk Music History Through a Digital Lens. “Focusing on the folk revival of the 1950s and 1960s, the class investigated how digital methodologies can be used to enhance historical inquiry. Key questions, said Michael J. Kramer, Digital Liberal Arts acting director and assistant professor of the practice, included ‘What does it mean to be American? What is authenticity? What is democracy? What are politics and power and identity?'” The article includes roundups of projects done by four students. A good read.
Forbes: Live Long And Prosper: How Anne Wojcicki’s 23andMe Will Mine Its Giant DNA Database For Health And Wealth. “…while it might make interesting cocktail conversation to reveal that you are 5% Scandinavian and have a genetic disposition to sneeze in the sun, 23andMe’s ambitions are much grander. [Anne] Wojcicki wants to leverage the exponentially plunging costs of genetic sequencing (down 99% in a decade) and 23andMe’s massive DNA library (the world’s largest genetic research database) to fuel a ‘biotech machine’ that will not just indicate genetic predispositions to certain diseases but also help create the drugs that will treat those diseases.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
TechCrunch: For less than $10, anyone can make an AI write a fake UN speech. “Using less than $8 and 13 hours of training time, researchers from the United Nations were able to develop a program that could craft realistic-seeming speeches for the United Nations’ General Assembly.”
Ubergizmo: Training AI Models Might Be Less Environmentally-Friendly Than We Think. “Now, AI is without doubt part of our future where we have seen how it can be used in a variety of industries, such as health, where it could be used to detect things a human doctor might miss. However, as beneficial as AI could be, it seems that training AI models might be quite bad for our environment.” Good afternoon, Internet…
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