Hi. Please think good thoughts for my mother, her husband, and my Granny as they go through Covid. My husband tested negative Monday. I have been isolated from him since New Year’s Eve in case I was sick, and we’re going to extend that isolation until next Tuesday to do the full 14 days and keep everyone as safe as possible. It’s been interesting going from intense care of my Granny to being in two rooms without human contact for two weeks.
Unsurprisingly I have over 1000 emails to review. Newsletters will be released as I fill them as I have a lot to go through. Please take care and keep yourself safe. Much love.
SaltWire Network: ‘Queering Cancer’ website creates community for LGBTQ+ cancer patients. “With help from colleagues at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., and the University of Alberta, [Evan] Taylor created the ‘Queering Cancer’ website . The online support system includes a peer support forum, patient stories and a searchable database of cancer resources specific to LGBTQ2+ people.”
The Guardian: Italy begins year of Dante anniversary events with virtual Uffizi exhibition. “Eighty-eight rarely seen drawings of Dante’s The Divine Comedy have been put on virtual display as Italy begins a year-long calendar of events to mark the 700th anniversary of the poet’s death. The drawings, by the 16th-century Renaissance artist Federico Zuccari, are being exhibited online, for free, by the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.”
Ultimate Classic Rock: Def Leppard Announce ‘Vault’ Online Museum Opening Date. “Def Leppard announced the “unlocking” of their Def Leppard Vault on Jan. 13. Initial sign-up is available now for the online service, which will offer unseen and unheard memorabilia, music and stories from the band’s 44-year history.”
US Fish & Wildlife Service: Innovative Interactive Map for Shooting Sports Supports Wildlife and Natural Resource Conservation. “The new map identifies a total of 623 ranges across the United States, including 183 archery ranges, 285 firearms ranges and 155 archery and firearms combined shooting ranges, highlighting opportunities and access from California to Massachusetts. Ranges are operated by state wildlife and natural resource agencies, which provided the map data to the Service.”
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
Engadget: Google is shutting down Cloud Print this week
. “In a few short days, Google will officially shutdown Cloud Print. We knew this day was coming since 2019, but now that it’s finally here, consider this a friendly reminder. For most people, chances are the shutdown won’t be anything more than a minor inconvenience when they discover Cloud Print is still their default printing option. ” Mostly because I could never get it to work consistently.
Berkeley Library Update: 530K Primary Resources Now Available Online through The Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement: A Digital Archive. “The Bancroft Library has recently completed the digitization of nearly 150,000 items related to the confinement of Japanese Americans during World War II as part of a two-year effort to select, prepare, and digitize these primary source records as part of a grant supported by the National Park Service’s Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program.”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
New York Times: Hundreds of Google Employees Unionize, Culminating Years of Activism. “More than 225 Google engineers and other workers have formed a union, the group revealed on Monday, capping years of growing activism at one of the world’s largest companies and presenting a rare beachhead for labor organizers in staunchly anti-union Silicon Valley.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
Everybody’s Libraries: Public Domain Day 2021: Honoring a lost generation. “The generation that now sees these works joining the public domain also has many of the makings of a new ‘lost generation’. The number of deaths from COVID-19 in the United States, which badly botched its response compared to many similar countries, far exceeds the number of American deaths in World War I, and is a sizable and rapidly growing fraction of all the American deaths from the 1918-1920 flu pandemic. Many more people who have dealt with illness and quarantine have also experienced what feels like a lost year, one that hasn’t ended yet despite today’s change in the calendar.”
Reuters: Google to add App Store privacy labels to its iOS apps as soon as this week. “Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Tuesday it will add App Store privacy labels to applications using the iOS operating system from Apple Inc as soon as this week or by next week.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
BGR: Google Glass-like device could help treat people with memory problems: Report. “The Google Glass project met a sad demise a few years ago, but its application is reaping rewards for the University of Otago in New Zealand where researchers have developed a Google Glass-like device that can help to treat Alzheimer’s disease.”
The Guardian: Facts won’t fix this: experts on how to fight America’s disinformation crisis. “The consequences of Donald Trump’s repeated, baseless claims of voter fraud will come in several waves, researchers who study disinformation say, even if Trump ultimately hands over power and leaves the White House. And there is no quick or easy way to fix this crisis, they warn. Because when it comes to dealing with disinformation, simply repeating the facts doesn’t do much to change anyone’s mind.” Good morning, Internet…
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