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New-to-me, from XXL: Website Shows the Most Repeated Words in Any Rapper’s Lyrics . “There’s a new website called Repeeted that has counted every word a rapper has uttered in their lyrics and gives you the results within seconds. So far, the word cloud generator has analyzed nearly 300 million words from 985,119 songs by 22,119 artists across different genres including rock, pop and country. Rappers from the hip-hop world are featured in their database as well.” Lots of variations of the n-word on this page, just a warning. I tried looking up several Australian musicians I like. Ball Park Music, Alex the Astronaut, and Client Liaison were in the database, while Bluejuice, Miiesha, and Baker Boy were not.
Stanford Libraries Blog: East Asia Library launches Tibet Oral History Project online exhibit. “The East Asia Library has launched an online exhibit for the Tibet Oral History Project, a collection of over three hundred video interviews with Tibetan refugees. The Tibet Oral History Project was created by Dr. Marcella Adamski in 2003 with the goal of documenting the accounts of elder Tibetans living in exile who had experienced life in Tibet before, during, and after the imposition of Communist rule by the People’s Republic of China in 1951.”
State of Arizona: Get to know the history and families of Northern Arizona on the Arizona Memory Project. “A treasure trove for genealogists, the Taylor, Arizona Family Historical Photos and Early Life in Taylor, Arizona collections are two of many upcoming collections from the Taylor/Shumway Heritage Foundation. Nearly 1,000 photographs and scrapbook pages make up these collections, highlighting members of the small Northern Arizona communities of Taylor, Shumway, and Snowflake. Images of local buildings, notable leaders, and families provide a look into the history and development of these small towns from 1878 through 1978.”
American Institute of Physics: MEDIA ADVISORY: Physics Digital Images Available for Free from AIP Niels Bohr Library & Archives. “Trying to find the right image for a scientific story can be daunting. The American Institute of Physics’ Niels Bohr Library & Archives is making it easier to locate that visual impact for a news piece. More than 28,000 digital images from the Emilio Segrè Visual Archives are available for free to anyone who is searching for historic images of labs and researchers, headshots, and candid photos of physical scientists with their co-workers, families, and friends. The new, searchable location of the photos also houses manuscripts, publications, audiovisual materials, and more from the Niels Bohr Library & Archives.”
CNET: Facebook whistleblower to testify before Congress: How to watch. “The Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security is holding a hearing, titled ‘Protecting Kids Online: Testimony from a Facebook Whistleblower.’ Tuesday’s hearing comes less than a week after Facebook’s head of safety, Antigone Davis, appeared before Congress.”
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
BBC: Windows 11 launches with redesigned start menu. “Windows 11, the latest version of Microsoft’s computer operating system, launches worldwide on Tuesday as a free upgrade for Windows 10 users. Windows chief product officer Panos Panay, told the BBC the latest version was built to be ‘clean and fresh and simpler’ for the user.”
NBC News: Snapchat introduces tool to help young people run for office. “Trinity Sanders has big plans once she graduates from high school. First, Sanders, who is from upstate New York, wants to go to college and then law school to become a civil rights lawyer. From there, she wants to run for office to become a U.S. senator. To help her achieve her political goals, she said, she might look to an unlikely resource: Snapchat.”
A HUGE thanks to Diane R. for bringing this to my attention. Fast Company: This wild Chrome extension lets you bend websites to your will. “As a business, PixieBrix caters mainly to businesses that want to customize the software their employees are using. But it’s also a powerful tool for personal use that’s free for individuals. If you’re unhappy with the way a website works—and don’t mind mucking around with a little bit of code—you can create your own tweaks to make it better.” I need to schedule some time to play with this. It reminds me a little of a very old tool called SpyOnIt.
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
New York Times: The Strange Allure of Pool-Cleaning Videos. “Craig Richard, a professor in biopharmaceutical sciences at Shenandoah University, in Virginia, believes the appeal of cleaning videos lies in human evolution. For our ancestors, watching a person work with her hands would most likely teach them a skill, Dr. Richard said. That lesson has filtered down through the generations so that, even today, watching videos of people at work subconsciously flicks on that part of our brain, he said, and keeps us glued.”
CNN: Instagram promoted pages glorifying eating disorders to teen accounts. “Proof that Instagram is not only failing to crack down on accounts promoting extreme dieting and eating disorders, but actively promotes those accounts, comes as Instagram and its parent company Facebook (FB) are facing intense scrutiny over the impact they have on young people’s mental health.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
Motherboard: Company That Routes Billions of Text Messages Quietly Says It Was Hacked. “A company that is a critical part of the global telecommunications infrastructure used by AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and several others around the world such as Vodafone and China Mobile, quietly disclosed that hackers were inside its systems for years, impacting more than 200 of its clients and potentially millions of cellphone users worldwide.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
Australasian Leisure: New Zealand Created Bot Aims To Eradicate Social Media Abuse Of Athletes. “Aiming to reverse New Zealanders Jacqueline Comer and Rebecca Lee have created the FairPlayBot -a piece of technology that can be attached to social media accounts to automatically respond to negative messages with positive ones. Licensed and operated by Canada-based Areto Labs, the technology uses machine learning to analyse tweets directed at athletes, commentators and officials in real-time, and automatically and immediately changes the conversation by cheering on positive interactions from fans or calling out those who are abusive.” Good morning, Internet…
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