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UK Theatre Search, WWII, Hip-Hop Photography, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, August 5, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Broadway World UK: Spun Glass Theatre Releases Theatre Search Early In Response To COVID-19. “A comprehensive free resource for producers, freelancers and theatre companies to aid the recovery of the performing arts, Theatre Search will be published on Monday 3rd August 2020. Spun Glass Theatre have worked to make their Theatre Search database available over a month earlier than initially planned. Theatre Search documents the opening status, dates and programming windows of nearly 900 theatres, venues and festivals across the UK.”

KHON: Library launches digital collection for 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II. “The Hawaii State Public Library system is launching a new online collection on World War II. The curated collection called Peace, Prosperity and Progress features video, photos and interviews to commemorate and educate folks about the people, time period, culture and events leading up to the end of the war.”

Cornell Chronicle: Paniccioli’s vast hip-hop photo archive launches online. “Missy Elliott and Li’l Kim dressed up as anime characters, resting between takes on the set of the ‘Sock It 2 Me’ music video. Biz Markie bouncing off his chair in a dressing room of the Apollo Theater. Doug E. Fresh blowing out candles on his birthday cake that’s decorated to look like a vinyl record, as Sean ‘Puff Daddy’ Combs peers over his shoulder. These and nearly 20,000 similar images can now be viewed online as Cornell University Library launches the Ernie Paniccioli Photo Archive, a digital collection chronicling hip-hop music and culture from the 1980s to the early 2000s.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Gearogs: Gearogs Closing . “We will be shutting down Gearogs on August 31, 2020. This was not an easy decision, but we have not been able to give this project the attention and focus that it needs to prosper. At the same time, there are still many opportunities and things to improve on Discogs, so we will be putting all of our focus on Discogs. Thank you for your contributions to and support for this project over the past six years. During that time we’ve had over 21,000 pieces of gear submitted and 21,000 registered users. We will be preserving the data. Our monthly data exports are still available, so please download the latest if you would like to have your own copy of the data. We will also be storing the last export on archive.org, with images.”

Xinhua: Upgraded Tibetan-language search engine, input method software launched. “An upgraded search engine app and input method software designed for Tibetan-speaking users have been officially launched, according to local authorities in northwest China’s Qinghai Province. The search engine yongzin.com was launched in August 2016, which receives an average of 10 million daily visits, said the government of Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai.”

CNET: Android is finally getting its version of Apple’s AirDrop. “Android is getting a feature that’s been beloved among iPhone users for years. Google, which makes the Android mobile operating system, on Tuesday said it’s launching a tool called Nearby Share that lets people quickly send files to the devices of people around them. The feature is similar to Apple’s AirDrop, which debuted for Mac computers in 2011, then came to iPhones two years later.”

USEFUL STUFF

Popular Science: How to block out digital distractions and get work done. “Working from home is a blessing and a curse—you get the freedom to work how you want, but the temptation to slack off is strong. It’s easy to stick to your job when your boss is breathing down your neck, but at home, even the best noise-canceling headphones won’t keep you from doomscrolling through news 15 times an hour. If you need to buckle down, you need a digital workspace that’s conducive to focus.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

TimeOut: Is this selfie museum in Iowa the peak of social media?. “Selfie sticks, studio-like selfie lights and selfie remote shutters now dominate our holiday gift lists and for good reason: the selfie has become the currency by which we present ourselves to the world, so why not try our best to snap a really great one? A new interactive ‘selfie museum’ in Des Moines, Iowa, seeks to capitalize on that dedication to the self-portrait. Open since June, Selfie Station is home to 27 different ‘Instagram’ rooms adorned in social media-friendly decor, each one equipped with lighting fixtures that will hold your phone while properly taking a picture.”

PBS: Writer Milan Kundera donating archive to Czech library. “Milan Kundera, the 91-year-old author of ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being’ and other acclaimed novels, has decided to donate his private library and archive to a public library in the Czech city where he was born and spent his childhood. The Moravian Library in the city of Brno said Thursday that the entire collection would be transported from Kundera’s apartment in Paris in the fall.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

US Department of Justice: Malware Author Pleads Guilty for Role in Transnational Cybercrime Organization Responsible for more than $568 Million in Losses. “Valerian Chiochiu, aka ‘Onassis,’ ‘Flagler,’ ‘Socrate,’ and ‘Eclessiastes,’ 30, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge James C. Mahan in the District of Nevada. Chiochiu is a national of the Republic of Moldova, but resided in the United States during the period of the conspiracy. His plea came just over a month after the co-founder and administrator of Infraud, Sergey Medvedev of Russia, separately pleaded guilty on June 26. Sentencing for Chiochiu has been scheduled for Dec. 11.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

New York Times: I Tried to Live Without the Tech Giants. It Was Impossible.. “Critics of the big tech companies are often told, ‘If you don’t like the company, don’t use its products.’ My takeaway from the experiment was that it’s not possible to do that. It’s not just the products and services branded with the big tech giant’s name. It’s that these companies control a thicket of more obscure products and services that are hard to untangle from tools we rely on for everything we do, from work to getting from point A to point B.”

EurekAlert: Chemical Insights’ 3D printing toolkit now available to schools through Green Strides. “Chemical Insights, an Institute of Underwriters Laboratories, has made its 3D printing toolkit available to schools nationwide by including it in the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Green Strides online resource portal. The Green Strides portal is a one-stop resource providing K-12 schools with tools to pursue knowledge and practices to help make them more environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible.” Good morning, Internet…

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