ANZACs of WWI, Google Material Symbols, Tumblr Blaze, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, April 24, 2022


Mirage News: For nation: 330,000 online memorials unlock individual stories of our First World War ANZACs. “The individual wartime journeys of over 330,000 Australian men and women who volunteered to serve overseas in the First World War are revealed for the first time in an ambitious family history project launched today…. Australian War Stories by Memories enables descendants to search for a loved one… and receive a free online memorial of their wartime journey: from enlistment, to training, embarkation and beyond.” From the front page it looks like you have to provide information like your name, email, and postcode before you can submit a search.

9to5 Google: ‘Material Symbols’ are the newest Google Font icons with over 2,500 glyphs. “In addition to introducing a new logo last year, Google Fonts added support for open source icons. Google’s Material Symbols are now available leveraging variable font technology. Many of these 2,500 glyphs should be familiar to Google app users, and follow last year’s release of the ‘Material Icons’ collection (2,000 distinct icons in five styles), which remains available in Google Fonts.”


Mashable: You can sh*tpost to thousands of people with Tumblr Blaze . “On April 20, the blogging platform launched Tumblr Blaze for all users over 18 in the U.S. The feature is a way for users to increase the reach of their posts, which show up as a sponsored post to a random broader audience, depending on how much money people spend. For $10, you can get 2,500 impressions; $25 gets you 7,000 impressions; $65 gets you 20,000 impressions; and $150 gets you 50,000 impressions. Impressions are the number of times a post is shown to other users, and those users can be anyone in the U.S. who ‘might or might not follow you.'”

Flickr Blog: Update: Free account limit changes and enforcement start May 1, 2022.. “Last month we announced new limits for free accounts on Flickr to support our mission to create the safest, most inclusive global community for photography enthusiasts. Today we’re rolling up our sleeves and getting started with the hard work of making it happen. We’ll walk through what you can expect in the coming weeks, and offer all the resources we can along the way.”


MakeUseOf: 12 Google Maps Features for Better Navigation and Exploration. “Since its launch, Google Maps has arguably been the best navigation app. It’s packed with exciting features, provides detailed information, and is widely available. Despite everything it already offers, the company is still working to improve its service, thanks to stiff competition and our ever-increasing reliance on navigation apps. Google Maps has some great features that improve navigation and exploration on the platform. Here, we’ll take a look at 12 of these features.”

I don’t usually bother with meme explainers, but this meme can be ambiguous and used several different ways, so here you go. How-To Geek: What Does “Touch Grass” Mean?. “Have you ever been told to ‘touch grass’ after a heated internet fight? Don’t worry, you don’t need to go to your local park for this. Here’s what the phrase means and how you can use it properly.”


The New Stack: Contra Chrome: A Biting Satire of Google’s 2008 Chrome Comic. “For those of us old enough to remember Web 2.0 in its heyday, one of the classic ‘texts’ of that era was the Chrome comic book, which was released in September 2008 at the same time the first version of the Chrome browser was launched. As a tech blogger at the time, I was lucky enough to receive a paper copy of the comic, which I still have on my bookshelf to this day. Well, this week I got a surprise when I discovered a new online ‘remix’ of that comic.”

BloodHorse: Equine Library Donated to Cal Poly Pomona. “The California Thoroughbred Foundation is donating the contents of the Carleton F. Burke Library in Arcadia—one of the most extensive collections of equine literature found anywhere—to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona…. The university intends to digitize research books for worldwide access, exposing the Burke Library to a far wider audience than the Foundation could offer.”


Gizmodo: Feds Say YouTuber-Pilot Intentionally Crashed Plane for Views. “The pilot, YouTuber, and former Olympic snowboarder, Trevor Jacob, who posted a 13-minute video of himself escaping a crashing plane in December 2021, no longer has a license to fly. This comes after the Federal Aviation Administration wrapped up a 3-month long investigation that uncovered some pretty insane findings. In an April 11 letter to Jacob, first revealed in a New York Times report on Wednesday, the FAA said evidence shows he operated the flight to purposely cause it to crash, adding evidence like, ‘during this flight, you opened the left side pilot door before you claimed the engine had failed.'”

Coconuts Manila: Washington Post journalist details social media attacks after report exposing Marcos ‘online revisionism project’ goes live. “Washington Post reporter Regine Cabato shared that she had been targeted by social media accounts defending Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. immediately after her story detailing efforts to rehabilitate the Marcos family’s image and bolster his campaign through online propaganda went live. The report chronicled findings from her months of investigative work tailing pro-Marcos accounts on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and YouTube, as well as interviews with insiders who explained what the going rates were for troll farm and social media moderators tasked with spewing pro-Marcos messages.”


MIT Technology Review: A new vision of artificial intelligence for the people. “In the back room of an old and graying building in the northernmost region of New Zealand, one of the most advanced computers for artificial intelligence is helping to redefine the technology’s future. Te Hiku Media, a nonprofit Māori radio station run by life partners Peter-Lucas Jones and Keoni Mahelona, bought the machine at a 50% discount to train its own algorithms for natural-language processing. It’s now a central part of the pair’s dream to revitalize the Māori language while keeping control of their community’s data.”

WebMD: AI May Help Spot Alcoholism Relapse Risk . “Artificial intelligence (AI) may be able to identify alcoholics at risk of relapsing after treatment, researchers say. Patients often return to heavy drinking during and after treatment, and may require multiple tries before they can achieve long-term abstinence from unhealthy alcohol use. AI may allow care providers and patients to predict drinking relapses and adjust treatment before they occur, Yale University researchers found.” Good morning, Internet…

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