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India Office Map Catalogue of 1878, Digital Arts Festival, Gamified Productivity, more: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, December 26, 2021

NEW RESOURCES

British Library: Released online: The 1878 India Office map collection catalogue. “The India Office map catalogue of 1878, now released online for the first time on the British Library Shared Research Repository, is a valuable finding aid to one of the world’s most complex and mercurial map collections.”

EVENTS

NoCamels: Digital Arts Festival At Tower Of David Museum To Showcase Impact Of AI On Art. “The art festival, which will hold a hybrid of physical and virtual events from December 27 through the 31st, will give viewers the chance to take in 30 works of art, six original site-specific pieces, nine lectures, 10 live performances, 12 international artists, and 28 Israeli artists. Many of these events will be livestreamed on the Tower of David website.” I went to the livestreaming site. I only saw a Hebrew version but it was easy to both translate and navigate.

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: 6 Gamified Apps to Boost Your Productivity. “Gamified applications are tools that add game elements to your daily tasks to boost engagement and productivity. Adding game elements like reward systems, competition, challenges, or storylines to non-game tasks make them more fun, enjoyable and achievable, empowering you to do more in less time.”

Hongkiat: 10 Websites to Edit Music and Audio Files Online . “If you have infrequent audio editing needs and you’re looking for a quick audio editing tool that works on the fly, then your best choice would be to go for free online audio editors. Here is a collection of the best free online audio editors that allow you to do basic as well as advanced audio editing and recording right in the browser.”

Lifehacker: How to Get Live Subtitles on Your FaceTime Calls. “Have you ever wanted live subtitles during your FaceTime calls? Navi, a companion app for FaceTime, lets you add it on your iPhone, iPad, and your Mac, too. The app makes clever use of Apple’s SharePlay feature to show you live subtitles during your video calls with your friends, yet another good reason to use FaceTime.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Mashable: Blurry photos are cool now. “Seeing blurry photos on social media is nothing new. Non-tech savvy people who struggle to take good photos have been posting them for years, and they were ubiquitous in the early days of Instagram when phone cameras were far less advanced. But nowadays, people are purposely posting blurry photos to infuse their personal feeds with a certain essence. Rather than serving ‘poor quality photo’ vibes, intentionally posted blurry photos serve ‘I’m having too much fun and living life so fast that a camera can’t even capture me’ vibes.”

Stuff New Zealand: Iwi wants to protect and own their memories with archive partnership. Iwi is a way to describe a particular kind of Māori group. I think in America a similar word would be tribe. “Ngāi Tahu has leased state-of-the-art office and archive space to store its historical papers and research the history of the tribe in a bid to ‘own their own memory’. The iwi has taken out a three-year lease on space in an Archives New Zealand building in Christchurch. The building houses hundreds of boxes of iwi files dating back to the 1940s, with 4000 boxes of files being sorted for possible future storage at the facility.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

New York Times: Last Known Slave Ship Is Remarkably Well Preserved, Researchers Say. “As much as two-thirds of the original structure remains, including the hold below the main deck where 110 people were imprisoned during the ship’s final, brutal journey from Benin to Mobile in 1860. The researchers said it was possible that DNA could be extracted from the sealed, oxygen-free hull, which is filled with silt. Barrels, casks and bags used to stow provisions for the captives could also be found inside, they said.”

Newswise: Are you talking to a chatbot? Would you like to?. “As artificial intelligence and natural language processing advance, we often don’t know if we are talking to a person or an AI-powered chatbot, says Tom Kelleher, Ph.D., an advertising professor in the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. What matters more than who (or what) is on the other side of the chat, Kelleher has found, is the perceived humanness of the interaction.”

OTHER THINGS I THINK ARE COOL

Tom’s Hardware: How to Build a Tweeting Weather Bot with Raspberry Pi. “When I first started getting into programming, one of my mentors built a project where he took an image every day, overlaid the current weather, and tweeted it. I remember at the time thinking there was no way I could ever build something that complicated. Fast forward to now, it’s a relatively simple thing to put together – and in my opinion, a great starter project for someone getting involved with programming. So with all those in mind, let’s build a twitter bot that takes a photo every day and tweets it out, using a Raspberry Pi.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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