Greek Folk Music, 1978 Alpine World Ski Championships, Photo Layout Apps, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, July 19, 2021


Pappas Post: Unique Collection of Recorded Greek Folk Music Digitized. “A unique collection of recorded Greek folk music has been digitized and made available to the public by Harvard University’s Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature. The collection, named after Trinity College Classics Professor James A. Notopoulos, is particularly notable for its wealth of songs that use centuries-old musical and poetic techniques to narrate recent occurrences such as the Italian invasion, Nazi occupation and other events from World War II.”


Ski Racing: Colorado Snowsports Museum releases Garmisch 1978 world champs footage. “For the first installment of of the Colorado Snowsports Museum’s ‘Footage Fridays,’ the museum travels to Garmisch in 1978 for the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. This film features the men’s and women’s races. Notable athletes include Cindy Nelson (Hall of Fame Class of 2002), Phil Mahre, Bernard Russi, Jean-Claude Killy, Annemarie Moser-Pröll, and Pete Patterson.”


Mashable: 5 best free photo layout apps . “Photo layout apps, which can help you quickly and easily create attractive photo collages and montages, are an absolute godsend for those of us who aren’t conveniently blessed with mad Photoshop skillz. After testing dozens of them, we can now bring you, in alphabetical order, the five best free photo layout apps out there. Choose one of these to take your design skills to the next level without having to even think about layer masks or lossy compression.”


Hopefully this is a conversion issue, which is the only non-stupid explanation I can think of. From The Verge: Apple’s weather app won’t say it’s 69 degrees. “If you’re an iPhone user, the weather is always a particularly nice 70 degrees. Or 68 degrees. Any temperature but 69 degrees, actually, because it turns out that the built-in weather app on some versions of iOS — including the current version, iOS 14.6 — will refuse to display the internet’s favorite number, even if the actual temperature in a given location is, in fact, 69 degrees, along with several other (less meme-able) numerals like 65 and 71 degrees.”

CNBC: The Karat Black Card: The credit card just for social media influencers. “When you apply for the card, Karat doesn’t just assess the financials that a traditional bank or issuer would look at, such as your cash on hand and your income, but they also look at your social media stats. Depending on what platform you’re on, they’ll look at different types of data. If you’re a YouTuber, they’ll look at subscribers and ad share revenue. If you’re an Instagram influencer, they’ll look at followers, engagement rates and sponsorship deals.”

New York Times: Facebook Wants to Court Creators. It Could Be a Tough Sell.. “Facebook is seeking to overcome its slow start with creators as it tries to stay culturally relevant. The social network once regularly originated memes like Chewbacca Mom (featuring a woman laughing hysterically while wearing a mask of the Star Wars character) and the A.L.S. Ice Bucket Challenge (where people dumped ice water over their heads to raise awareness and money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research). But those were years ago.”

Nieman Lab: “At first, Facebook was happy that I and other journalists were finding its tool useful…but the mood shifted”. “Since last year, New York Times tech columnist Kevin Roose has been using Facebook’s data analytics tool, CrowdTangle, for a purpose the company doesn’t like — to show that the posts with the most engagement on Facebook are far more likely to come from right-wing commentators than mainstream news outlets. He tweets the most-engaged posts each day.”


HackRead: Misconfigured AWS bucket exposed 421GB of Artwork Archive data. “The team of IT security researchers at WizCase team discovered a misconfigured Amazon S3 bucket belonging to online art retail service Artwork Archive. The incident affected around 7,000 customers including galleries, artists, and collectors.”

The Register: You’ll want to shut down the Windows Print Spooler service (yes, again): Another privilege escalation bug found. “Microsoft has shared guidance revealing yet another vulnerability connected to its Windows Print Spooler service, saying it is ‘developing a security update.’ The latest Print Spooler service vuln has been assigned CVE-2021-34481, and can be exploited to elevate privilege to SYSTEM level via file operations.”


Liam O’Dell: I’ve been verified on Twitter – now what?. “After a period of unsuccessful award entries for my journalism, it’s nice to know that someone at the social media platform considers my articles about a priest wanting to baptise an alligator and a Scottish hotel shaped like the poop emoji to be ‘notable’. Yet that’s kind of the point.”

ABC News: UN calls for global database of human gene editing research. “The World Health Organization issued new recommendations Monday on human genome editing, calling for a global registry to track ‘any form of genetic manipulation’ and proposing a whistle-blowing mechanism to raise concerns about unethical or unsafe research.”

Fast Company: IBM’s new AI tool figures out exactly how much carbon each tree can capture. “All trees suck up CO2 as they grow. But the type of tree and where it’s planted make a difference in how much carbon it can capture—and when companies pay for carbon offsets in forests, they’re often based on generic estimates that may not quite represent what’s actually growing in an area. A new tool in development from IBM uses AI to precisely map specific trees and better understand their climate benefit.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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