Manolo Blahnik, American Friends Service Committee, Cerro Gordo Ghost Town, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, November 22, 2021


WWD: Manolo Blahnik Unveils a Digital Archive With Color, and British Humor. “The Manolo Blahnik Archives: ‘New Way of Walking’ is part museum, part VIP gallery tour, part pop culture lecture that brings the designer’s work, inspirations and memories to life in a 3D experience that stretches across five separate ‘rooms.'”

Financial Planning: A Quaker immigration divestment list and the growing scope of ESG data. ESG stands for “Environmental, Social, and Governance,” I believe. “As more clients seek politically infused portfolios and products of all bents, a Quaker organization launched a new database tracking the immigration impact of publicly-traded firms. The American Friends Service Committee revealed the findings earlier this month of its research on which companies the organization accuses of ‘profiting from border militarization and the surveillance and criminalization of immigrants.'”

One of the YouTube channels I subscribe to is called Corridor Crew. The channel’s description is “We run a production studio based upon ingenuity, hard work, and friendship. Watch our ups and downs as professional creators!” Its most recent video was about using LiDAR to scan an entire ghost town. WITH A PHONE. Cerro Gordo is now available to view (and in some cases walk through!) at . I watched most of the backstory video with my jaw on the floor. The progress made by LiDAR scanning apps is unbelievable. If you didn’t realize how far phone-based 3D scanning has come, do yourself a favor and watch the video or visit the ghost town online. Y’all, they scanned an entire town in SOMETHING LIKE TWO DAYS.

Baltimore Fishbowl: “Worthy of monumentalization”: Black Arts District preserves cultural memory of Pennsylvania Avenue. “Immortalized in bronze, Billie Holiday sings in the Upton neighborhood, her hair adorned with gardenias. Across the striking statue once stood the Royal Theatre, the famed West Baltimore venue where Holiday and fellow Black jazz and blues stars once performed. The eight-and-a-half-foot statue is the sole monument of how Pennsylvania Avenue was an epicenter for Black art and entertainment businesses during the early to mid-20th century.”


VentureBeat: OpenAI makes GPT-3 generally available through its API. “OpenAI today removed the waitlist for GPT-3, its large language model that can automatically write emails and articles, compose poetry, create code across a dozen programming languages, and more. Starting today, any developer in a supported country can sign up to begin integrating the model with their app or service.”


Lifehacker: How to Lock Your Secrets in the Notes App (and Why You Should). “Searching for data or photo lockers will lead you to many apps. Some of them are genuinely secure—others, less so—but given that you’re dealing with secure data (documents, photos, security codes, or bank details), you maybe don’t want to trust a third-party iPhone app that happens to have a thousand 5-star reviews. Because it’s actually better to use Apple’s Notes app instead.”

Polygon: How to make your Twitch stream more accessible with subtitles. “Over the years, streaming platforms and tools have made it easier than ever to create streams accessible to everyone. In this explainer, I’ll go through captioning tools, subtitles to complement captioning, and screen reader accessibility instructions.”


City of Tallahassee, Florida: City’s John G. Riley Museum Awarded $246,250 Grant For Archival Digitization Project Partnership. “The City of Tallahassee’s John G. Riley Center and Museum of African American History and Culture was recently awarded a three-year Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Museum Grant for African American History and Culture. The $246,250 grant will support cross-organizational efforts to digitize its vast archival collection in partnership with the Florida State University Libraries and the Riley Museum Archives at Tallahassee Community College.”

Trains: Cheseapeake & Ohio Historical society receives slides from J. David Ingles collection. “Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society announced in a press release that it received a collection of slides from the estate of J. David Ingles, the late senior editor of Classic Trains magazine and former editor of Trains magazine. The collection includes many slides from the 1960s and 1970s of the C&O in Ohio and Michigan, Ingles’ birthplace and one-time residence. The historical society is working to scan the approximately 3,000 slides to add to its digital archive.”


Associated Press: NYC aims to be first to rein in AI hiring tools. “Job candidates rarely know when hidden artificial intelligence tools are rejecting their resumes or analyzing their video interviews. But New York City residents could soon get more say over the computers making behind-the-scenes decisions about their careers.”

CNET: Google knows where you are 24/7. Turning off these settings can stop it. “If you use any Google app, your location and data history might be stored. We’ll walk you through how to turn off location services and delete your location history.”

WZFG: North Dakota to create new database for missing people; project first proposed in 2019 . “During the special session, the state legislature approved spending $300,000 in ARPA funding to pay for the new database. The system is expected to be online in 6 to 8 months. The database will enable all law enforcement, including tribal officers, to upload information into a shared system. Citizens will also be allowed to access the system so they can assist in searches.” Good morning, Internet…

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