Diocese of St. Augustine, Virtual Great Pyramid Tour, South Carolina Food Access, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 29, 2022


Diocese of St. Augustine: Lost Voices from America’s Oldest Parish Archive. “One of the most valuable treasures in the archives of the Diocese of St. Augustine is now available for anyone to see and, more importantly, to use. Sacramental records from 1594 to 1821, including the Golden Book of the Minorcans, have been transcribed, translated and registered in a biographic database by a team led by Dr. J. Michael Francis, Hough Family Chair of Florida Studies at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg.”

Boing Boing: 3D tour: explore the Great Pyramid. “Inside the Great Pyramid is a 3D tour of Khufu’s enormous tomb, painstakingly scanned by Luke Hollis. It works just like the ones on real estate websites, but this one’s not for sale at any price (besides, it looks like tweakers already stripped it for copper and anything else shiny).” VERY cool. Click the “Free Explore” link on the top right if you don’t want the tour and you just want to run around in the Pyramid by yourself.

Greenville Journal: New interactive online map shows needy people where they can get reliable food and resources. “The Food Access Map can direct people to food pantries, community organizations and social-service offices, giving them access to safe, reliable and healthy food. Users can search the map by zip code, address and city. Organizations show up as various colored dots on the map, and clicking on the dot will yield info, such what’s available, what services are offered and hours of operation.”


Engadget: GM suspends advertising on Twitter to evaluate its direction under Elon Musk. “General Motors has temporarily stopped paying for advertisements on Twitter after Elon Musk closed the $44 billion deal to take over the website, according to the CNBC.”

Bureau of Transportation Statistics: BTS Updates Datasets to National Transportation Atlas Database. “The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics today released its fall 2022 update to the National Transportation Atlas Database (NTAD), a set of nationwide geographic databases of transportation facilities, networks, and associated infrastructure.”


ProPublica: How Google’s Ad Business Funds Disinformation Around the World. “The company has publicly committed to fighting disinformation around the world, but a ProPublica analysis, the first ever conducted at this scale, documented how Google’s sprawling automated digital ad operation placed ads from major brands on global websites that spread false claims on such topics as vaccines, COVID-19, climate change and elections.”

CNET: Election Misinformation Is Thriving — When It’s In Spanish. “Media Matters, a progressive nonprofit watchdog group, released a report earlier this month pointing out that dozens of videos filled with election misinformation, with more than a million views total, are still on YouTube since being posted in 2020. This is the third report released by Media Matters in three months focusing on Spanish-language videos and channels making debunked claims but facing minimal repercussions from YouTube.”


MENAFN: Amateur Archaeologists Use Google Earth To Identify A Roman-Era Villa In The U.K.—Complete With Central Heating. “Members of the community-based Kent Archaeological Society were using the publicly available software, which is based on satellite imagery, to conduct a remote survey of their history-rich county, as part of the ongoing Trosley Heritage Project. As they were looking through the aerial views, linear crop markings on farmland near Trosley quickly caught the group’s attention.”

Hackaday: How The Art-generating AI Of Stable Diffusion Works. “[Jay Alammar] has put up an illustrated guide to how Stable Diffusion works, and the principles in it are perfectly applicable to understanding how similar systems like OpenAI’s Dall-E or Google’s Imagen work under the hood as well. These systems are probably best known for their amazing ability to turn text prompts (e.g. ‘paradise cosmic beach’) into a matching image. Sometimes. Well, usually, anyway.”


Purdue University: Developing game-based tech to detect and intervene against stress and anxiety. “A high-tech startup that uses game-based interventions to help users identify stress- and anxiety-related events in real time and receive a personalized intervention has been awarded a federal grant to partially develop its technology through research at Purdue University’s College of Engineering.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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