Georgia Movie Posters, Text-To-Speech, Kudzanai Chiurai, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, September 13, 2021


Georgia Today: Electronic Version of Posters to be Published on Website of National Archives of Ministry of Justice. The country, not the state in America. “Electronic versions of posters and programs of Georgian feature, animated and documentary films, theatrical performances or other events have been published on the website of the National Archives of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia, reported the National Archives of Georgia.”


Mashable: How to create an audio version of any too-long-to-read article. “If you find reading long articles and features challenging, why not convert them to audio so you can listen to the content at a time and pace that suits you? Whether you’re researching something for work or study, or you just want to read for pleasure, converting the text to audio and then to an MP3 file that you can listen to on your computer or a mobile device is a great option to have. We’ve tried and tested a very simple-to-use, free online tool that can help you create an audio version of any too-long-to-read (we’ll let you be the judge of that!) article in a matter of minutes.”


The Conversation: How Zimbabwean artist Kudzanai Chiurai has reinvented the idea of a library. “Zimbabwe born artist Kudzanai Chiurai is a phenomenon. He is one of the most challenging and inventive figures in contemporary African art. From large scale photos of fictional African dictators to experimental films and protest posters, rich oil paintings and minimal sculptures, his work is housed in the world’s top galleries and collections. Chiurai, though, frequently shrugs off gallery spaces to show in warehouses, on the street or in urban locations.” This reminds me a bit of Hany Rashed’s work on a much larger (beyond family) scale.

National Geographic: Dog collar or slave collar? A Dutch museum interrogates a brutal past.. “When a finely engraved 17th-century golden collar was donated to the Rijksmuseum, the Netherlands’ national museum in 1881, it was labeled as a dog collar. But a few years ago, when the museum reexamined its collections for its recent exhibition on the Dutch slave trade, curators realized the beautiful object had an ugly past.”

BusinessWire: The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® Opens Applications for the 2022 Research and Preservation Grants Program (PRESS RELEASE). “The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® announced that applications are officially open for its 2022 Research and Preservation Grants program. The program provides four grants each year to music institutions, musicologists, researchers, nonprofit organizations and individuals around the world who are enhancing and preserving Latin music heritage.”


Motherboard: Apple Patches Zero-Click iMessage Hack Used by NSO. “The hack relied on an unknown vulnerability—also known as a zero-day—in iMessage, which allowed the hackers to take over a target’s phone by sending them a message that was effectively invisible. These kinds of attacks are called zero-click exploits, as they don’t require the victim to click on anything. Citizen Lab wrote in a blog post that it believes this zero-day was being used since at least February of this year.”

Techdirt: Florida Presents Its Laughable Appeal For Its Unconstitutional Social Media Content Moderation Law . “Now that Texas has signed its unconstitutional social media content moderation bill into law, the action shifts back to Florida’s similar law that was already declared unconstitutional in an easy decision by the district court. Florida has filed its opening brief in its appeal before the 11th Circuit and… it’s bad. I mean, really, really bad.”

CNET: FEC to dismiss GOP complaint against Twitter over NY Post article, report says. “The Federal Election Commission has dismissed a complaint by the Republican National Committee that Twitter violated election laws last year by limiting the spread of a New York Post article about Hunter Biden, according to a report Monday from The New York Times.”


USDA: Agricultural Research Data Network Increases Access to Historical Crop Data. “ARDN is dedicated to making high value datasets from past research and experiments compatible with crop models and other analytical tools. With support from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), NAL and the University of Florida are piloting a ‘hackathon’ approach to make this old data useful. Experts gather several times a year to create standardized vocabulary and extract relevant information to use in the AgMIP Crop Experiment data schema (ACE) – a widely used data format for agricultural models.”

Route Fifty: Artificial Intelligence, Automation Aren’t Killing Labor Market, Reports Says. “The report examines decades’ worth of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics across 10 industries—construction, leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, wholesale trade, financial activities, information, education and health services and manufacturing. The report found rates of job loss in each industry were lower in the third quarter of 2020 than in 1995. The third quarter of 2020 represented a stabilization of the American job market following a significant spike in job losses due to the pandemic that reached as high as 45% in the leisure and hospital industries.” Good evening, Internet…

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