China Mythology, Australian Theatre History, Museum of Black Joy, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, August 25, 2021


China Daily: Online art exhibition presents Chinese mythologies. “An online art exhibition titled The New Classic of Mountains and Seas shows 124 contemporary works based on original Chinese myths and legends.” I took a quick look. In English and Chinese with quite a nice design. There’s a bit of load time but I thought it was worth it.

Noise 11: The Production Company Documents Its Australian Theatre History Online. “Now The Production Company website documents it all from the very first show ‘Mame’ in 1999 through to the final season in 2019 with included David Bowie’s final project with the Australian premiere of ‘Lazarus’ (and to date the only Australian production of ‘Lazarus’). It was an incredible output.”

Black Enterprise: A Museum Celebrating Black Joy Brings A Healing And Powerful Perspective Of The Black Experience. “The digital Museum of Black Joy is open in Philadelphia. It is an affirming exhibit by curator and creator Andrea Walls. The 57-year-old is a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet. She began studying photography in 2018 and launched what’s called the ‘borderless exhibition’ on the first day of January 2020. She noticed stories involving Blackness were often about struggles and violence rather than jubilation.”


Library of Congress: Library of Congress National Book Festival Announces Schedule of Events. “The 2021 Library of Congress National Book Festival will feature more than 100 authors, poets and writers in a range of formats — all celebrating the festival theme, ‘Open a Book, Open the World.’ The 2021 virtual festival programs will roll out over 10 days in an extended schedule Sept. 17-26.”


Lifehacker: 8 Ways to Make Everything on Your iPhone Easier to See. “If you frequently find yourself wishing for larger text or icons on your phone, you’re not alone. Some people prefer microscopic font sizes but others want large, bold text everywhere. Luckily, there are things you can do to make text more readable—and everything else easier to see—while using your iPhone.” A slideshow, but good tips.


Boing Boing: Youtube removes video of woman playing harp with a distortion pedal because it “endangers children”. “Last week, Emily Hopkins ruled Youtube for a day after attaching a roaring distortion pedal to her harp and performing enchanting and extremely hardcore melodies thereof. YouTube removed it citing its ‘child endangerment’ policy.”

Rest of World: Forget emoji, the real Unicode drama is over an endangered Indian script. “The effort to digitize the Tulu script is a small slice of a much larger worldwide problem. Like many languages around the world, Tulu might soon disappear: UNESCO identifies it as one of 192 languages from India that are ‘in danger.’ Globally, 40% of the over 7,000 languages spoken by humanity are at risk. In the last century, hundreds have gone extinct, taking with them stories, cultural traditions, ethnic identities, and a bounty of other information from the past. One way to preserve a language is to ensure it’s digitized, so that its speakers can continue expressing themselves as technology evolves.”


ReviewGeek: EA Makes Its Best Accessibility Gaming Tech Available to All Developers. “EA is opening the patents for five of its accessibility technologies, which are useful for both gaming and general software design. Any person or business can use these technologies for free, and EA has even open-sourced some code to make adoption and adaptation easier. Most of EA’s accessibility tech revolves around colorblindness and low vision.”

The Canadian Press: Conservatives delete ‘Willy Wonka’ ad from Twitter after copyright complaint. “The Conservative party has deleted an ad mocking Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau from Twitter after a copyright infringement claim was made against it. The ad, which was released on Friday, depicted Trudeau’s face pasted on top of an image of a bratty character from classic children’s film ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.'”


Wired: Are These the Hidden Deepfakes in the Anthony Bourdain Movie?. “WHEN Roadrunner, a documentary about late TV chef and traveler Anthony Bourdain, opened in theaters last month, its director, Morgan Neville, spiced up promotional interviews with an unconventional disclosure for a documentarian. Some words viewers hear Bourdain speak in the film were faked by artificial intelligence software used to mimic the star’s voice.”

CNET: Trump’s tweets blocked for election misinformation still spread to other sites. “NYU researchers analyzed tweets from Trump that Twitter flagged for misinformation between Nov. 1, 2020, and Jan. 8, 2021. They also identified public posts on Facebook, Instagram and Reddit that contained the same message as the Trump tweets. While limiting engagement with Trump’s tweets did curb its spread on Twitter, the same messages were posted more often on Facebook, Instagram and Reddit than tweets that just included a warning label or weren’t restricted, researchers found.”


Penn State News: New tool could help authors bust writer’s block in novel-length works. “Authors experiencing writer’s block could soon have a new way to help develop the next section of their story. Researchers at the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology recently introduced a new technology that forecasts the future development of an ongoing written story.” Good morning, Internet…

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