NYUAD Art Gallery, Tobacco Pipes, Miniature Wargames Magazine, More: Tuesday Evening ResearchBuzz, June 9, 2020


The National: NYUAD Art Gallery traces history in newly launched digital archive. “In its five years of existence, the New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Art Gallery has put on a number of notable shows. It has featured towering sound sculptures by Zimoun, Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti’s contemplative The Concrete Tent and most recently, Amar Kanwar’s poignant installation The Sovereign Forest. The public will soon be able to revisit these exhibitions online as the gallery prepares to open its first digital archive on Monday, May 18. It will be launched alongside a series of virtual events, primarily discussions, as part of the gallery’s digital programme Trace: Archives and Reunions.”

New-to-me, from Cigar Journal: Prestigious European Award For Don Duco . “Indeed, Don Duco has dedicated his life to securing a neglected theme: the global heritage of the tobacco pipe and the culture of smoking. Nobody asked him, nobody paid him for it. As a collector, later as curator of the museum he founded, he brought together tobacco pipes and other smoking utensils from all over the world and from all periods. He has now housed the world’s most varied collection in that field in the Amsterdam Pipe Museum. Duco has distributed the results of his studies in more than two hundred scientific publications and ten books. The online database of the museum contains accurate determinations of more than 30,000 objects with more than 150,000 photos. All this freely accessible to visitors from all parts of the world.”

InPublishing: Miniature Wargames Magazine goes digital with new archive. “Dating back to 2010, the online resource comprises over 130 issues and is available for individual and institutional subscriptions. Published by Warners, Miniature Wargames covers all forms of the hobby; primarily historical, but also including fantasy, sci-fi, pulp, steampunk and roleplaying. The monthly magazine features ‘how-to’ guides for painting and scratch-building both figures and scenery, item reviews, opinion pieces and historical information from leading aficionados.”


Tom’s Guide: Google Home is about to get this huge upgrade. “After Alexa, Google Home is the largest smart home platform, enabling you to control any number of lights, locks, and plugs just by saying ‘Hey Google.’ However, navigating the Google Home app isn’t the most intuitive. That could change with the newest version of the Google Home app, which promises a streamlined interface that will make it easier to connect to and control smart speakers and other smart home devices.”

9to5 Google: Blogger gets Material Theme revamp, responsive design on the web. “Blogger’s ‘improved web experience’ was quietly announced in May and very much in line with other Google Material Theme revamps. The new look increases spacing, while the navigation drawer can now be hidden by tapping the hamburger icon in the top-left corner. Meanwhile, articles are displayed in cards with faint outlines, which is again par for the course.”


Council of Europe: No Hate Speech Training Course goes online. “The course gathers some 40 multipliers active with young people on combating hate speech, experts working on standards on fighting discrimination and hate speech, and activists using human rights education and counter-narratives for awareness-raising against hate speech. The participants represent various stakeholders in society, notably youth movements, educational organisations, local authorities, equality bodies/ ombuds-offices, and Human Rights NGO’s.”


Wired UK: Inside Radiohead’s mission to archive everything . “In January 2020, the many strange iterations of Radiohead’s multiple websites were brought back to life when the band launched the Radiohead Public Library. If you visit today, you’re greeted with neatly organised digital ‘shelves’, stacked with music, high-quality videos, merch and ephemera from every era of the band. Most of those preserved websites are deliberately opaque. One, from the era of The Bends (the critically acclaimed album released in 1995), collects negative reviews of the website itself on a neon background. (‘Do NOT visit this site. It is confusing, garbled rubbish,’ reads one.) But, if the Radiohead of the early 2000s found innovation in obfuscation, in 2020 the band has recognised that a truly radical online act is to actually provide clarity.”

University of Northern Colorado: Professor Receives $6,500 Grant to Create Digital Archive for Artifacts. “In May of 2019, Andy Creekmore, Ph.D., an associate professor of Anthropology at the University of Northern Colorado, received a $6,500 grant from the Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA) Micro-Grant Program. The grant is being used to make UNC’s collection of more than 3,000 southwestern and plains prehistoric and historic artifacts publicly accessible through an online database that’ll be searchable and Google indexed through Digital UNC.”


NPR: In Settlement, Facebook To Pay $52 Million To Content Moderators With PTSD. “Facebook will pay $52 million to thousands of current and former contract workers who viewed and removed graphic and disturbing posts on the social media platform for a living, and consequently suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a settlement agreement announced on Tuesday between the tech giant and lawyers for the moderators.”

Security Boulevard: High-Profile Data Thefts Shine Spotlight on Dark Web. “Recent ransomware threats leveled at President Trump, Lady Gaga and Madonna have raised awareness of the need to not only better secure data but also devoting more resources to determine what data has been exposed on the Dark Web. The cybercriminals who make up the REvil (Sodinokibi) ransomware gang this week launched an auction site where they plan to sell stolen data they were unable to ransom. Previously, REvil claimed to have stolen data from Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks, a law firm that primarily serves celebrities, and Agromart, an agricultural company based in Canada. Other apparent victims include Wartman Law Firm, Fraser Wheeler and Courtney LLP and Vierra Magen Marcus LLP.” Good evening, Internet…

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