When I sat down to work this morning I felt so heavy in my chest. I had to concentrate on breathing steadily. As I worked, sometimes my breath would hitch and I would feel tears on my face.
That’s all right. I was going to spend today at home but my Granny’s furnace went out yesterday, and I need to go over there to be with her when the people come to fix it. I think I’m subconsciously trying to get everything out before I spend time with her. If she sees me upset she’ll get upset.
I know there are so many people out there who are anxious and stressed today. I wish I could do something for you. I wish I could bring you some of your favorite food or tell you a really good joke or share the perfect music video to make you feel better.
But I can’t. All I can do is tell you I love you, which I do, and that I’ll be here tomorrow and the next day and the next day, no matter what happens. If you’re feeling lonesome tonight, feel free to tag me on Twitter or Facebook, or even shoot me an email. You’re not alone. We’re here together. And we’ll be here tomorrow.
Now let me go wipe my face and get on with it.
Discovered via Reddit: Vegan and Plant Based Cheese Resource. From the front page: “Welcome to vegancheese.co, a resource for vegan and plant based cheeses, whether you’re taking the first step in to the world of vegan and plant-based cheeses or you’re looking for a new favorite, we’re sure our discovery tool, guide, directory and news articles can help you in the right direction to vegan cheese heaven.” The site’s vegan cheese guide contains information on over one thousand cheeses. Did you know if you type the word “cheese” often enough it starts to look really weird? Cheese cheese cheese. Hmm.
University of Reading: New Free Resources Launched To Help Children Eat More Vegetables. “The See & Eat project, funded by European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Food, has launched a new website, featuring a range of evidence-based activities and 24 eBooks in multiple languages for parents across Europe.” I didn’t download the app used to read the books, but I explored the site and book previews with no restrictions.
The Spinoff: The website helping Māori access crucial data about their own communities. “A new website has consolidated data about and involving Māori, making it easier for iwi groups, trusts and Māori communities to access the statistics that impact their lives. A collaboration years in the making, the new Figure NZ and Callaghan Innovation website Pātaka Raraunga aims to make Māori data access easier for everyone. Consolidating thousands of data sets from hundreds of sources into one hub with tools, reports and graphs all about Māori, it’s been made to help Māori find out more about themselves.”
Albany Times-Union: New website documents Albany during the swing era. “Mike Pantone was a banjo and guitar player born in 1900 who in his early 20s joined the King Jazz Orchestra, one of the most prominent bands of the era in Albany. Starting a few years later, Pantone formed several jazz ensembles of his own and ran a music school on lower Madison Avenue in the city, where he made enough of an impression on one of his students, the future author William Kennedy, whose baseball games Pantone umpired, that he ended up, in real or fictionalized form, in several of Kennedy’s books. Pantone, who also taught music in Voorheesville, in 1942 dropped dead in his home, at 342 Madison Ave. in Albany. That’s where Michael Catoggio found him, in a manner of speaking.”
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
The Next Web: Google’s new AI automatically turns webpages into videos. “Google’s URL2Video tool helps you convert your website into a short video if you specify the constraints of the output video, such as the duration and aspect ratio. The tool tries to maintain the design language of the source page and uses its elements such as the text, images, and clips to create a new video.”
MIT Technology Review: How to talk to kids and teens about misinformation. “Being young has never been easy, but it’s especially tough when social media, television programs, and maybe even the adults in your life often twist truth into misinformation. Here are some tips for grownups and young people alike for how to talk with someone about misinformation and make sure the information you’re getting and sharing is true.”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
ProPublica: Misinformation Image on WeChat Attempts to Frighten Chinese Americans Out of Voting. “At least two dozen groups on the Chinese-owned social media app WeChat have been circulating misinformation that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is ‘preparing to mobilize’ the National Guard and ‘dispatch’ the military to quell impending riots, apparently in an attempt to frighten Chinese Americans into staying home on Election Day.”
University of Calgary: U of Calgary offers a new state-of-the-art home for a massive collection of Western Canadian history. “Over the past two years, the [University of Calgary’s High Density Library] has welcomed a huge number of new materials as part of a massive, complex relocation of Calgary’s Glenbow Library and Archives – documents and other items reflecting the history of Alberta and Western Canada – to U of Calgary. The transfer of materials, which began in March 2019 and is set to be completed in November 2020, has doubled the university’s archival collection as well as the materials in its rare books and special collections holdings, says Annie Murray, associate university librarian for archives and special collections.”
PCMag UK: Done With Google Maps? 10 Reasons to Give Apple Maps a Try. “Apple Maps got off to a rocky start when it debuted in 2012. Initial versions were loaded with bugs and other problems, forcing Apple to scramble for a fix. But the app has since grown up and now offers an array of useful features that can help you navigate to your destination whether you’re driving, walking, biking, or taking public transportation. With iOS 14, the app has added a few new options to ease your travels. Here are 10 reasons to start using Apple Maps.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
Neowin: Google discloses ‘high’ severity security flaw in GitHub. “The vulnerability has been classified as a ‘high’ severity issue by Google Project Zero. We’ll spare you the nitty-gritty technical details – and you’re free to view them in detail here if you want – but the meat of the matter is that workflow commands in GitHub Actions are extremely vulnerable to injection attacks.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
MarketWatch: YouTube kid influencers are marketing junk food from McDonald’s, Coke and others to children. “Kid influencers are marketing junk food and sugary drinks to billions of viewers through product placement, a new study published in the journal Pediatrics found. Researchers analyzed 418 YouTube videos from the five most-watched kid influencers on the platform in 2019 and found that of the 179 videos that featured food or drinks, about 90% promoted unhealthy branded items like fast food.”
Stevens Institute of Technology: A.I. Tool Provides More Accurate Flu Forecasts. “Predicting influenza outbreaks just got a little easier, thanks to a new A.I.-powered forecasting tool developed by researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology. By incorporating location data, the A.I. system is able to outperform other state-of-the-art forecasting methods, delivering up to an 11% increase in accuracy and predicting influenza outbreaks up to 15 weeks in advance.” Good morning, Internet…
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