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Classical Music, Artemisia Gentileschi, 2020 Census, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 29, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Complete Music Update: BBC launches new classical music discovery service. “The BBC has launched a new archive of more than 600 recordings of classical music performances, under the name Experience Classical. A collaboration between BBC Radio 3 and BBC Archive, the project is being fronted by BBC Young Musician winner Sheku Kanneh-Mason, his sister Isata, and composer Hannah Peel. It aims to provide tools for people – particularly newcomers – to discover classical music. Users can browse music by composer, instrument, mood and the age of pieces.” While the archive seems to be free, it also seems to be geo-restricted.

Google Blog: Painter and pioneer: Artemisia at The National Gallery. “Artemisia Gentileschi didn’t fit the mold of the typical 17th-century Italian gentlewoman. At a time when women had limited opportunities to pursue artistic training, Artemisia forged a career for herself and established an international reputation. Thanks to a collaboration with The National Gallery, which is hosting the first major retrospective of Artemisia in the U.K., Google Arts & Culture is bringing Artemisia’s story to life online.” If you want to learn more about Artemisia’s life, check out the documentary Michael Palin did about five years ago. It might even be available on YouTube.

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

NBC News: Commerce Secretary Ross says 2020 census will end Oct. 5 despite court order. “U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross says the 2020 census will end Oct. 5, despite a federal judge’s ruling last week allowing the head count of every U.S. resident to continue through the end of October, according to a tweet posted on the Census Bureau’s website Monday. The tweet said the ability for people to self-respond to the census questionnaire and the door-knocking phase when census takers go to homes that haven’t yet responded is targeted to end Oct. 5.”

State Archives of North Carolina: The African American Education Digital Collection is now Complete. “This digital collection covers the day by day interactions of the Division of Negro Education with the African American community. The collection ranges from the early to mid 20th century and includes correspondence, articles, speeches, reports, newspaper clippings and more.”

USEFUL STUFF

Fast Company: The 8 best ways to speed up your sluggish Chrome browser. “If Chrome bogs down, the whole computing experience suffers. I scoured the web for some of the best tips, including some very handy browser extensions, that help Chrome run better. I also spoke with Max Christoff, engineering director for Chrome at Google, to get his insider advice for how to keep Chrome lean and limber. These tips apply to the browser running on Windows, macOS, and Chromebooks.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

iDrop News: Looking Back on Ping, Apple’s Failed Social Media Platform. “When a new Apple product or service is announced, most everyone assumes it will be a success. This month, ten years ago, Apple’s first-ever social network, Ping, was released to the public. However, Ping wasn’t the huge success Apple and many others were betting on. Instead, this attempt at competing with Facebook, Twitter, and even MySpace, got the ax just two years after its launch.” This article explains what “Web 2.0” means, and I have to go take my Geritol now…

CNN: Facebook has more users in India than anywhere else. It’s now dealing with a hate speech crisis. “Facebook is facing multiple simultaneous controversies in the United States, particularly around disinformation, hate speech and political bias. But those issues are also playing out — sometimes in more sinister ways — around the world, including a country where Facebook has more users than anywhere else.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Times of India: Police dog named Google searches & finds burglars. “Google, the Nashik police sniffer dog, has become an integral part of the force by helping crack five house break-in cases and nab hardcore criminals so far. One burglar was recently arrested with Google’s help.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

MIT Technology Review: AI planners in Minecraft could help machines design better cities. “The annual Generative Design in Minecraft (GDMC) competition asks participants to build an artificial intelligence that can generate realistic towns or villages in previously unseen locations. The contest is just for fun, for now, but the techniques explored by the various AI competitors are precursors of ones that real-world city planners could use.”

Australian Aviation: Google Drone Service Wing To Expand In Australia. “Google’s drone delivery service, Wing, is set to expand to new locations in Australia in the coming months after successful trials in Canberra and Logan, Queensland. The business’ head of policy and government affairs, Margaret Nagle, revealed orders have soared 500 per cent because of COVID-19 as customers seek to obtain goods in a contactless way.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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