Argos Catalogs, Addiction Treatment, University of Hawaii Press, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 31, 2019


WalesOnline: Classic Argos catalogues of the 70s, 80s and 90s are now available to browse online. “A staple of any child’s life in the run-up to the festive season – no matter which decade you grew up in – circling the toys you wanted in felt-pen or looking for what presents to buy the relatives was essential struff. And now Argos has digitised and uploaded 45 years of its catalogues on a new website called Book Of Dreams, featuring everything from vintage teasmades and early toploading video recorders of the ’70s and ’80s, to ’90s crazes such as Tamagotchis and Teletubbies.”

AP: White House launches website aimed at addiction treatment. “[The site] modernizes an obscure directory of 13,000 licensed treatment providers maintained by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, adding user-friendly search criteria and tools. For instance, it will now allow users to search based on the type of treatment sought — such as inpatient, detox or telemedicine — by payment option and whether the treatment is medication-assisted.”

University of Hawaii: UH Press releases 90 classic books as online open-access titles. “University of Hawaiʻi Press announced Hawaiʻi Open Books, a collection of 90 newly digitized and freely available academic titles from UH Press’s backlist, many of which have been out of print or unavailable for years. Titles include seminal works of scholarship in Hawaiian, Pacific and Asian studies, as well as grammars, dictionaries and other resources for languages from throughout the Asia-Pacific region.” Tons of language resources here in addition to other materials.


New York Times: Ready. Set. Write a Book.. “This year marks the 20th anniversary of the National Novel Writing Month project, which challenges people to write a 50,000-word novel in November. NaNoWriMo, as it is known, is a nonprofit that supports creative writing and education. Those who sign up for the group’s free annual event get community support, progress tracking and motivational advice to complete a book draft. If you think you have a novel in you, here is a quick guide to digital tools to help you along your way.” Every year I try NaNoWriMo, and every year I fail past all conception of failing.


The New York Times: Dissent Erupts at Facebook Over Hands-Off Stance on Political Ads. “The letter was aimed at Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, and his top lieutenants. It decried the social network’s recent decision to let politicians post any claims they wanted — even false ones — in ads on the site. It asked Facebook’s leaders to rethink the stance. The message was written by Facebook’s own employees.”

BuzzFeed News: A Google Staffer Helped Sell Trump’s Family Separation Policy, Despite The Company Denials. “Google executives misled their own employees last week when they said a former top Department of Homeland Security official who had recently joined the company was ‘not involved in the family separation policy,’ government emails obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveal.”


CNN: States ask internet search rival for evidence in antitrust probe of Google. “Texas’s attorney general has sent the privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo a demand for documents and records as part of a multi-state antitrust probe into anti-competitive behavior by Google (GOOG).”

BBC: Georgia hit by massive cyber-attack. “A huge cyber-attack has knocked out more than 2,000 websites – as well as the national TV station – in the country of Georgia. Court websites containing case materials and personal data have also been attacked.”


Cornell Chronicle: AI tool detects global fashion trends. “GeoStyle analyzes public Instagram and Flickr photos to map trends using computer vision and neural networks, a kind of artificial intelligence often used to sort images. Its models help researchers understand existing trends in specific cities and around the world over time, and its trend forecasts are up to 20% more accurate than previous methods.”

Two University of Hawaii bits in one newsletter? Yes, thank you, I think I will.
University of Hawaii: $1M to UH and collaborators to develop web-based research tool. “The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Hawaiʻi’s Hawaiʻi Data Science Institute (HI-DSI) $1 million for the development of a web-based programming interface called Tapis, in partnership with the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) and the University of Texas at Austin. The development of Tapis will provide scientists with important tools to gather data and conduct computationally intensive research. The framework, which will serve a diverse group of users, can help automate and streamline large workflows or pipelines of software applications and allow scientists easier, user-friendly access to computational resources.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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