Brooklyn Maps, Shakespeare, Peachtree City, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, July 21, 2020


New York Times: Online Map Collection Provides a Peek at New York Over the Centuries. “Thanks to a collection of nearly 1,500 maps introduced online today on the Brooklyn Historical Society’s website, modern Brooklyn residents can now locate their homes and apartments on an 18th-century grid of fields and farmland. They can track the evolution of their neighborhoods and use old subway maps (which used to be laid out horizontally rather than vertically) to trace which 20th-century subway routes they could have taken from their homes to Ebbets Field, where Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers once played.”

British Library: Shakespeare’s only surviving playscript now online. “One of the most iconic literary manuscripts by one of the world’s most famous playwrights, William Shakespeare (1564–1616), can now be viewed in full online on the British Library’s Digitised Manuscripts site. The Booke of Sir Thomas Moore does not immediately spring to mind as among Shakespeare’s masterpieces. This late 16th or early 17th-century play is not always included among the Shakespearean canon, and it was not until the 1800s that it was even associated with the Bard of Avon. So what is the connection with William Shakespeare, the author of the more distinguished Hamlet, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet?”


Digital Library of Georgia: Digitization of materials documenting the beginning of Peachtree City, Georgia are now available freely online. “New online records that describe the history of Peachtree City, Georgia, one of the country’s most successful post-World War II ‘new towns,’ are now available for researchers in the Digital Library of Georgia.”

CNET: Snapchat adds a meditation feature with the Headspace mini app. “Snapchat wants to make it a little easier for you to relax with its Headspace mini app. The mini app, which is an app within the Snapchat app, launched on Monday alongside three others including group decision-making app Let’s Do It, future-telling app Prediction Master and study app Flashcards.”

The Journal: Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Historic Preservation Office now online. “Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Historic Preservation Office is now online with a LinkedIn profile and a website. History Colorado provided support for the development of the online resources. Both resources are free to use and are a way for the THPO to share information with people on and off reservation lands.”


Tubefilter: TikTok Drops New Creator-Starring PSAs To Help Users Recognize Misinformation Online. “Created in partnership with the National Association for Media Literacy Education, aka NAMLE, Be Informed is intended to ‘encourage people to think critically about what they see–whether in our app or anywhere online,’ Kudzi Chikumbu, TikTok’s director of creator community, said in a statement.”

The Verge: TikTok turned his song into a creepy meme — until fans took it back. “Unlike most content fights, this one has mostly taken place among users, avoiding top-down moderation in favor of mass action within the strange ecosystem of TikTok. But for [Jonathan] Visger and other musicians who have used the platform to reach a new audience, it’s an ugly reminder of how little control there is over how a song is used, and how hard it can be to take back your work.”


Vulture: Producer Sues the Academy Over ‘Bland, Formulaic’ Social Media Presence. “In news that might make you think twice before retweeting your week-old memes, producer Michael Shamberg sued the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Monday for disregarding his attempts to enhance its social media presence.”


Geekologie: Fleischer Studios ‘Superman’ Upscaled To 4k Using Neural Networks. “YouTuber Jose Argumedo took the 1941 Fleischer Studios Superman cartoon ‘The Bulleteers’ and upscaled it using Waifu2x, an image upscaler that uses deep convolutional neural networks. Waifu2x is trained on anime (as evidenced by the name) and it works remarkably well for any animation and even pixel art.”

ZDNet: Social media is the most popular method of engaging with brands. “Salesforce​ surveyed over 3,500 consumers worldwide to gain a pulse check on how consumers engage with brands, focusing on the channels, messages, and promotion types that are resonating during the pandemic. Social media is the most influential channel for communicating with consumers.”

Engadget: App tracks mental health by studying your phone usage. “The smartphone in your hand might be the key to gauging your mental health. Researchers at Dalhousie University have developed (via CBC and Gizmodo) a mobile app, PROSIT, that can detect conditions like anxiety or depression based on how you use your phone.”


Lifehacker: Scream Into Your Phone and Have it Played on a Speaker in Iceland. “Have you been so angry, frustrated and/or stressed lately that you just want to scream as long as you can into the void? Us, too. But as it turns out, we now have the option of having our blood-curdling wails echo throughout the land—specifically, Iceland. The small island country, and place where you’ve been meaning to visit for years but something keeps coming up, is sacrificing its soundscape for the greater good.” Good morning, Internet…

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