Black Ballet Dancers, Royal Photographic Society Journal, Vintage Consumer Electronics, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, February 5, 2021


Broadway World: New Digital Exhibit THE CONSTELLATION PROJECT: MAPPING THE STARS OF BALLET Live Now. “Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet’s (MoBBallet) newest digital exhibit ‘The Constellation Project: Mapping the Dark Stars of Ballet’ brings into view the lives, relationships and artistic collaborations of key Black ballet dancers to show their influence in the development of major Black dance organizations and American ballet as a whole. The exhibit uses art and graphic design to create a digital galaxy that is both visually compelling and educational.”

Not sure how new, but new-to-me, from PetaPixel: You Can Read 165 Years of the Royal Photographic Society’s Journal for Free. “The Royal Photographic Society Journal is the oldest continually published photographic periodical in the world, and its entire archive of issues from 1853 to 2018 is available to read online… for free. As described by the organization, the Royal Photographic Society Journal has covered artistic and technical developments within photography over the last century and a half.”

On the other hand, I’m not sure this archive is as new as it’s being presented. But it’s still interesting! ePHOTOzine: The History Of Consumer Electronics Has Been Put Together In A Collection Of Online Photos. “2021 heralds the fiftieth anniversary of home video recording and the introduction of the consumer video cassette recorder – and this is just one of the industry breakthroughs documented by this unique site. No subscriptions or fees are required to use the site, which is a completely free, non-profit treasure trove of pictures and articles covering the history of home gadgetry before the days of Apple, Google, YouTube, Spotify and Netflix. Tekkiepix also includes a comprehensive timeline of consumer technology landmarks starting from 1877.”

US Department of Defense: DOD Announces Release of the DOD Regional Sea Level Database. “Public access to the database allows for the integration of future sea level change information by contracted third parties such as engineering firms in their efforts to provide installation and facilities planning and design services for coastal locations. The database and its accompanying report, Regional Sea Level Scenarios for Coastal Risk Management, were developed by the DOD-led Coastal Assessment Regional Scenario Working Group to provide a consistent, authoritative approach to account for changing sea levels at DOD sites worldwide.”


Internet Archive Blog: Internet Archive’s Modern Book Collection Now Tops 2 Million Volumes. “The Internet Archive has reached a new milestone: 2 million. That’s how many modern books are now in its lending collection—available free to the public to borrow at any time, even from home.”

Twitter Blog: Making Twitter a better home for writers. “With a robust community of writers and readers, Twitter is uniquely positioned to help organizations and writers grow their readership faster and at a much larger scale than anywhere else. Many established writers and publishers have built their brand on Twitter, amassing an audience that’s hungry for the next article or perspective they Tweet. Our goal is to make it easy for them to connect with their subscribers, while also helping readers better discover writers and their content. ”


Lifehacker: Figure Out Your Next Car’s Emissions and Monthly Costs with ‘Carboncounter’. “If you want to prioritize environmental friendliness with the next car you buy, a handy website called Carboncounter has done the hard work for you. With its interactive charts and graphs, you can see how more than 600 cars stack up in two key areas: greenhouse gas emissions and expected monthly charges.”


Bloomberg: A Battle for Control of WallStreetBets May Have Broken Out. “A fight appears to be brewing on Reddit’s WallStreetBets forum, and it’s not over which stock is the next GameStop Corp. Just weeks after the site was used to galvanize an epic short squeeze in shares of the video-game retailer, forcing the real Wall Street to reckon with the power of a united front of traders, signs of dissent are cropping up around the 8.5 million-member stock message board.”

Reuters: After Facebook ban, thousands in Myanmar take to Twitter to plead #RespectOurVotes. “Since Myanmar’s new military rulers imposed a temporary blockade on Facebook on Thursday, thousands in the Southeast Asian country have joined Twitter, according to app downloads and a Reuters estimate.”


The Verge: Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter team up to crack down on hackers who steal rare usernames. “Instagram has disabled hundreds of accounts that were stolen as part of online hacking operations designed to gain access to and sell rare and coveted usernames, the company tells The Verge. Both TikTok and Twitter also took action on some of the accounts belonging to the same hackers, reports journalist and cybersecurity expert Brian Krebs.”

ABC 6: New Ohio online database allows you to check if a gun is stolen. “A new online database operated by the Ohio Attorney General’s office allows people to check if a firearm in their possession has been reported stolen.”


UC Riverside News: How to burst your bubble: broadening your social media horizons. “A computer scientist explains how our online behavior drives us into echo chambers. Evangelos Papalexakis is an assistant professor of computer science and engineering at UC Riverside’s Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering. His research spans data science, signal processing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. One of his ongoing projects aims to develop an automated fake news detection mechanism for social media.” Good morning, Internet…

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