Breathing Exercises, Open-Access Book Data, Rugby World, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 10, 2022


Google Blog: Take a wellbeing break, and dive into the Rhythm Of Nature. “In Rhythm Of Nature is a digital wellbeing experience inspired by the Carl Linnaeus Flower Clock. Linneaus was a renowned 18th century botanist and taxonomist who developed a modern system to identify, name, and classify living things. His unique garden designs captured the natural circadian rhythms of different plants that would open and close their blooms in relation to the time of the day. In Rhythm With Nature aims to establish an intimate connection between humans and nature through a series of beautifully crafted breathing exercises timed by the flowers opening and closing. Essentially you are breathing with flowers that open according to your time of the day.”

Public Books: Where Is All The Book Data?. “Culture industries increasingly use our data to sell us their products. It’s time to use their data to study them. To that end, we created the Post45 Data Collective, an open access site that peer reviews and publishes literary and cultural data.”

Rugby World: Rugby World Archive Launched. “Now, for the first time, readers can revisit past issues of the magazine online through the newly launched Rugby World Archive. Want to know who was on the cover of the first-ever issue in October 1960? Or find out what the big talking points were in the 1980s? Or see what novel photo shoots were created in the 1990s? Well, now you can.”


SlashGear: Discord Features That You’re Missing Out On. “Today, Discord has tens of millions of active users, many of whom are members of multiple servers (via Cloudwards). If you’re one of those users, you may have missed out on some of the lesser-known features, tips, and tricks that could help you streamline your Discord experience. Or, at least make it a little more fun.”


Internet Archive Blog: Internet Archive Seeks Donations of Materials to Build a Digital Library of Amateur Radio and Communications. “Internet Archive has begun gathering content for the Digital Library of Amateur Radio and Communications (DLARC), which will be a massive online library of materials and collections related to amateur radio and early digital communications. The DLARC is funded by a significant grant from the Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC), a private foundation, to create a digital library that documents, preserves, and provides open access to the history of this community.”

NBC News: TwitchCon had a foam pit exhibit. Two attendees say they got injured when they jumped in.. “At least two TwitchCon attendees said they were severely injured after they participated in an interactive exhibit that featured a shallow pit of foam cubes scattered over bare concrete. The exhibit was part of the weekend-long event for the livestreaming video platform, which this year was held at the San Diego Convention Center.”


Decrypt: New Tool Shows Just How Much Users Lost in Celsius Bankruptcy. “A new tool now lets anyone see just how much money some users have lost after the troubled crypto lender filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July. It’s easy to check whether someone has made it onto the questionable ‘leaderboard’ of biggest losers from the Celsius debacle, by simply typing their name into the convenient search bar.”


University of Houston: Going ‘Rogue’: UH Researchers Examine Viral Trend in Global Marketing. “Chris Taylor, director of the beverage management program in the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College of Global Hospitality Leadership, watched in awe as sales of White Claw skyrocketed seemingly overnight in the summer of 2019. As a new entry in the relatively unknown hard seltzer category, it was completely unexpected and had virtually nothing to do with the company’s own marketing strategy. White Claw’s rapid success was due, almost entirely, to a social media influencer.”

TechCrunch: AI music generators could be a boon for artists — but also problematic. “Harmonai is an organization with financial backing from Stability AI, the London-based startup behind Stable Diffusion. In late September, Harmonai released Dance Diffusion, an algorithm and set of tools that can generate clips of music by training on hundreds of hours of existing songs.”


UVA Today: Finally, The Real Answer Why Your Best Ideas Come While Showering. “Zac Irving, a University of Virginia assistant professor of philosophy, explains in new co-written research why a wandering mind sometimes comes up with creative solutions to a problem when a person is engaged in a ‘mindless’ task. The secret appears to be that the task at hand isn’t truly mindless. A moderate level of engagement is required.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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