Google Music Experiments, University of Oklahoma Newspapers, FaceTime, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 21, 2021


Google Blog: Exhibits and experiments that are music to your ears. “Today is World Music Day, also known as “Fête de la musique.” It’s an annual celebration of music that encourages amateur and professional musicians to play and perform outside in parks or in the streets. At Google Arts & Culture we took the name ‘Fête de la musique,’ which translates to ‘music party,’ literally, and made sure the internet also will celebrate, with music created by you. Our artists in residence at the Google Arts & Culture lab created two new experiments, ‘Paint with Music’ and ‘Assisted Melody,’ to offer you an easy and fun way to get creative with sound.”

NonDoc: Newly digitized OU Daily archives offer a window into university’s identity . “The University of Oklahoma’s student newspaper, long called The Oklahoma Daily and now simply The OU Daily, put out its first issue in 1897, making it one of the oldest publications in the state. Since its founding, the publication has chronicled the university’s greatest triumphs, its lighter moments and its most turbulent chapters. Now, that history is being fully archived and made available online through the Carl Albert Center’s Gateway to Oklahoma History portal.”


CNET: FaceTime is getting a bunch of upgrades, and I can’t wait to try them with my friends. “Not wanting Zoom to take all the success, Apple announced some key updates to FaceTime during its WWDC event. Some of the features do indeed go some way to make FaceTime more like Zoom, while other features — like SharePlay — are all new and could offer great new ways of virtually hanging out with friends.”


The Conversation: How to consume news while maintaining your sanity. “The amount and variety of news produced today often tests people’s ability to determine its value and veracity. Such a torrent of information threatens to drown news consumers in a river of confusion…. But techniques exist for ferreting out what we can trust and what we should question, and there are steps we can take to help determine where the news comes from.”


Reuters: The race to save African-American cemeteries from being ‘erased’. “There are no national estimates on the number of Black cemeteries that are under threat from developers or have been abandoned. In Florida, where the governor this month signed a bill creating a task force to study the issue, lawmakers estimate there could be as many as 3,000. [Barbara] Heath and others have been supporting bills in Congress that would create a database of African-American cemeteries across the country and fund education and preservation programs.

Atlas Obscura: The Quest to Collect the Stories of Bengalis in Harlem . “ALAUDIN ULLAH HAS SPENT MORE than 20 years collecting untold or overlooked stories of the earliest South Asian immigrants to America, their Black and Hispanic wives, and their descendants, particularly in New York. It’s a research project, but also a personal one: The project has been a way for him to understand his own story, too—and his father’s.”

Washington Post: Accidents can happen: On the Internet, embarrassment is just one errant tap away. “Before the Internet, if you really wanted to embarrass yourself accidentally, you had to attend a swanky soiree with toilet paper stuck to the bottom of your shoe or bad-mouth your boss’s wife without knowing she was standing right behind you. But today, the possibilities are virtually endless — and endlessly virtual. We are all one errant keystroke away from cringe-inducing self-mortification.”


New Castle News: Bill would force Pa. to post online how lawmakers spend tax dollars. “Millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded expenses incurred by state lawmakers each year would be required to be posted online under a bill being prepared for introduction in the Pennsylvania Senate, making the information easily accessible to the public for the first time.”


Tech Xplore: Using large-scale dataset experiments and machine learning to discover new theories of decision-making. “A team of researchers from Princeton University along with one from Worcester Polytechnic Institute has developed a way to use large-scale dataset experiments and machine learning to discover new theories of decision-making.”

EurekAlert: Stanford researchers develop new software for designing sustainable cities. “New technology could help cities around the world improve people’s lives while saving billions of dollars. The free, open-source software developed by the Stanford Natural Capital Project creates maps to visualize the links between nature and human wellbeing. City planners and developers can use the software to visualize where investments in nature, such as parks and marshlands, can maximize benefits to people, like protection from flooding and improved health.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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