Spicy Green Book, George Floyd Tributes, Learning Japanese, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 6, 2020


ABC7: New website Spicy Green Book shines spotlight on Black-owned restaurants across SoCal. “The Oscar-winning movie ‘The Green Book’ brought attention to a travel guide that helped African American travelers in the mid-20th century. Now, there’s a website called Spicy Green Book that’s shining the spotlight on Black-owned restaurants throughout Southern California with the intention of fostering community.”

Houstonia: Houstonians Open Virtual Museum in Tribute to George Floyd . “Following the viral video that depicted Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody after an officer kneeled on his neck for 8 minutes 46 seconds, [Karim] Farishta teamed up with Houston architectural visualization company INVI and asked artists to submit work showing the world they imagined, rather than the one they’re living in now. Soon, Farishta and INVI co-founders Afreen Ali and Giangtien Nguyen watched in awe as art from around the world began to flood their inboxes. #ArtforJustice, the project’s creators say, was based around a simple question: How do people of color show up in solidarity? That solidarity took the form of more than 160 submissions from 19 states and six countries in artistic mediums that ranged from paintings to protest photography to sculptures to abstract word art. And more keep coming.”

Nippon: New Site for Learning Practical Japanese. “On June 1, the Agency for Cultural Affairs launched a new website for learning practical Japanese through video content. It is aimed primarily at people who have just moved to Japan and are learning the language for the first time or those who live in the country but have had no opportunity to study. Explanations and dialogue translations are available in English, simplified Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, and Vietnamese.”


Hongkiat: 100 Free Fonts for Commercial and Personal Use. “Each time a designer starts work on a new design, there is always a big problem: a lack of high-quality materials, such as fonts, icons, images etc. Of course, you can create a font that will properly fit the design you created, but it’s not a good idea since font creation takes a lot of time, which is never enough when you have to work within a deadline. The solution is simple: you can use ready-made free fonts. There are tons of them all over the web, and we have but collected a small group of 100 free fronts you can download here.”


Los Angeles Times: TikTok made stars out of these villagers in India. Then it was banned. “About a year ago, Sangita Gaikwad’s teenage daughter Mona introduced her to TikTok. Like many first-time users of the quirky video-sharing app, Gaikwad, a homemaker in a farming village in western India, was baffled. What would she want with an infinite stream of 15-second clips showing strangers dancing, lip-syncing and reenacting memes on their phones? But when Mona insisted, Gaikwad, a wise-cracking 35-year-old who once dreamed of becoming a TV actress, started uploading her own short videos. One day she posted a lighthearted clip of herself as she was heading to the market to buy mutton. The video was viewed 100,000 times.”

Carlsbad Current Argus: NMSU gets state funding to digitize and create maps of water rights. “Under New Mexico water law, all ground and surface waters belong to the public but they are subject to appropriation under the Water Resources Allocation Program. Under this program, the Office of the State Engineer is tasked with keeping track of these water rights. Thanks to a grant from the state engineer, New Mexico State University will be digitizing the state’s water rights database in map form by the new completion date, the end of the year, due to delays with COVID-19.”


BNN Bloomberg: Europe’s Failure to Tame Google’s Dominance Is a Lesson for U.S.. “As U.S. authorities ready the biggest antitrust case of the new century, there are lessons to be learned from Europe’s attempt to inject more competition into search, one of the most lucrative digital markets. Two years after a record fine and an order to give Europeans more choice, Alphabet Inc.’s Google retains a vice-like grip on this business. In May 2018, just before the European Commission acted, Google had 97% of the mobile search market in the region, according to StatCounter. Its share for May this year was even higher.”

Search Engine Journal: India Proposes Access to Google and Amazon Algorithms . “India’s government has rules in draft form that will require tech companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook to provide source code and algorithms. The goal of the proposed rules is to build a wall against unfair monopolistic practices and create a more competitive business environment for local businesses.”


The Guardian: Facebook is out of control. If it were a country it would be North Korea. “There is no power on this earth that is capable of holding Facebook to account. No legislature, no law enforcement agency, no regulator. Congress has failed. The EU has failed. When the Federal Trade Commission fined it a record $5bn for its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, its stock price actually went up. Which is what makes this moment so interesting and, possibly, epochal. If the boycott of Facebook by some of the world’s biggest brands – Unilever, Coca-Cola, Starbucks – succeeds, it will be because it has targeted the only thing that Facebook understands: its bottom line. And if it fails, that will be another sort of landmark.”

State Archives of North Carolina: Defining Oral History – Part II. “In addition to the intimate relationship between narrator and interviewer, one of the most important aspects of oral history that sets it apart from other story-gathering and story-sharing tools is that it is intended to live on and it is the responsibility of an Archives (or other repository) to have a plan for that.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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