Museum Hue has created a map of what it describes as Culturally-specific museums created by people of color in the United States.. A clickable map on top and more detailed listings below. When you first look at the listings underneath you might think, “That’s not so many,” but it’s only a few of the over four dozen museums listed here, from the Somali Museum of Minnesota to the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Nice annotation.
Remezcla: Hasta ‘Bajo Is the First Digital & Physical Archive of Puerto Rican Reggaetón. “Patricia Velázquez once tried to search any records of the word ‘reggaetón’ on the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueño’s official website. She came up emptyhanded, so she plotted a way to change this.” I knew what reggae was, obviously, but not reggaetón. Fact Magazine has an extensive overview. I think the next hour or so of RB will be accompanied by this soundtrack.
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
TechCrunch: What to Expect from CES 2020. “CES is about more than just product announcements, however. Granted, it’s MOSTLY about product announcements, but next week in Vegas will also set the tenor of the year’s largest tech trends. From mobile to automotive to robotics to sex tech, CES is the first and, in many cases, the best opportunity for companies to set the stage for the year to come.”
DevOps: GitLab Open Sources Monitoring Tools . “GitLab has decided to make its monitoring and observability tools available as part of its core open source platform to help reduce the total cost of DevOps. Previously, the tools were available as part of the commercial tools in GitLab’s DevOps platform.”
BetaNews: Error codes are coming to Chrome to help get to the bottom of Aw, Snap! messages. “When Chrome crashes, a message reading Aw, Snap! appears — and it’s not particularly helpful. Mindful of this, Google is going to introduce error codes to the browser to help users determine what has gone wrong.”
Another late December good thing I missed from Big Think: You can now drag and drop whole countries to compare their size. “Is Texas really bigger than Poland? Does Russia stretch further east to west than Africa does north to south? And how big a chunk of Europe would the U.S. cover? If you’re losing sleep over questions like these, you’ll find relief at… a web tool designed to provide answers about the relative sizes of countries (and U.S. states).”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
KCUR: All Of Missouri Painter George Caleb Bingham’s Work Will Soon Be Free To The World Online. “Missouri painter George Caleb Bingham shaped the way the nation saw life on the frontier. His work spanned politics, civil war discord and rowdy riverboatmen, and his genre paintings of 19th century river life are in many major national art collections. Within the next three years, all of Bingham’s nearly 600 known paintings will be accessible online and freely available to the public.”
CNN: More than 100 Uyghur graveyards demolished by Chinese authorities, satellite images show. “In a months’ long investigation, working with sources in the Uyghur community and analyzing hundreds of satellite images, CNN has found more than 100 cemeteries that have been destroyed, most in just the last two years. This reporting was backed up by dozens of official Chinese government notices announcing the ‘relocation’ of cemeteries.”
Reclaim the Net: Instagram’s meme fact checkers have themselves become a meme. “It hasn’t even been two weeks since Facebook’s Instagram expanded its ‘fact-checking’ policy by introducing a new tool of content moderation and censorship. But the tool is working so poorly, especially when trying to assess ‘factual truthfulness’ of content like memes, which rely on comedy – that some of the 45 third-party ‘fact-checkers’ hired by Instagram, like Africa Check, are already being memefied themselves.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
The Verge: US announces AI software export restrictions. “The US will impose new restrictions on the export of certain AI programs overseas, including to rival China. The ban, which comes into force on Monday, is the first to be applied under a 2018 law known as the Export Control Reform Act or ECRA.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
Ars Technica: It’s the network, stupid: study offers fresh insight into why we’re so divided . “Social perception bias is best defined as the all-too-human tendency to assume that everyone else holds the same opinions and values as we do. That bias might, for instance, lead us to over- or under-estimate the size and influence of an opposing group. It tends to be especially pronounced when it comes to contentious polarizing issues like race, gun control, abortion, or national elections.”
Genealogy’s Star: I am Being Shut Out of Facebook. “Apparently, whenever I post anything on Facebook from my blog and mention The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, some or all of my posts are being reported as abusive and being blocked by Facebook.” Good morning, Internet…
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