Stained Glass Artworks, California General Plans, National Palace Museum of Korea, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, February 8, 2023


Western University: Western researchers unveil stunning stained-glass artwork in online gallery. “From Western’s Law Library to city hall to one of the grandest cathedral churches in London, Ont., Christopher Wallis’ art shines, the brightly coloured panes illuminated by the sun pouring through the stained glass windows. But much about Wallis (1930-2021) and his art was unknown throughout his career…. At least until Cody Barteet stumbled upon thousands of images of stained glass from the Anglican Diocese of Huron and started digging.”

UC Davis: UC Davis Team Develops Online Tool to View General Plans Across California. “California law requires that each of the 482 cities and 58 counties develop and adopt a general plan, which is a comprehensive long-term plan for the development of those communities. But generally, there has been no one place to access those plans. The new database allows users to look at those plans in one place using search terms.”

Korea Bizwire: National Palace Museum of Korea Goes Online. “The National Palace Museum of Korea (NPMK) announced on Monday that it opened an online exhibition showroom enabling users to take a full glance at about 800 royal relics held at the museum. The online museum leveraged virtual reality (VR) technology to bring the museum’s seven permanent exhibition rooms into a virtual space.” Everything’s in Korean but Google Translate handles most of it. Tip: There’s an audio narration available. If you click on that and then choose subtitles, Google Translate will translate them for you so you can read while the lady talks.

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board: THECB releases free college and career planning tool for families. “Tomorrow Ready Texas includes step-by-step action plans for families with teens in 8th through 12th grade. Families can customize these plans to match their child’s specific interests and goals, and stay on track with deadlines, milestones, and career goals. The free resource also includes specific information for families of students with disabilities.”


Motherboard: AI-Generated ‘Seinfeld’ Show Banned on Twitch After Transphobic Standup Bit . “‘Nothing, Forever,’ the infinitely-generating AI version of Seinfeld that tens of thousands of people were watching has been banned for 14 days from Twitch after Larry Feinberg—a clone of Jerry Seinfeld—made transphobic statements during a standup bit late Sunday night.”

Search Engine Land: Google launches Bard, its answer to ChatGPT – here’s what it looks like. “Google is now testing Bard, its answer to OpenAI’s ChatGPT. Google CEO Sundar Pichai today announced the soft launch of Bard to a set ‘trusted testers,’ showcasing what this early experimental release looks like with some examples.”

Daily Beast: Relatively Few People are Paying for Twitter Blue, New Numbers Suggest. “At one point, he told employees that he wanted half of the company’s revenue to come from subscriptions—a far cry from the paltry 180,000 people in the U.S. who were paying for Twitter subscription services, including Twitter Blue, in January, according to The Information. That number represents just .2% of the platform’s active monthly users, the outlet reported, a far cry from the 62% of U.S. users that represent Twitter’s total subscriber base.”


WIRED: This Tool Makes Twitter More Bearable to Read. “Sometimes, though, a friend sends me a Twitter link and I want to know what it is. The problem: If I open Twitter I’m going to notice some notifications, start scrolling, and notice I’m in a bad mood a half hour later when I still haven’t stopped scrolling. That’s why I’m a fan of Nitter, a free service that lets you quickly look at a tweet, thread, or profile without getting sucked in.”

MakeUseOf: A Complete Guide to Using Collaborative Tools in Google Docs. “You no longer need to email a Word document back and forth between coworkers to get things done. You could, but with web-based word processors like Google Docs, collaborating and communicating is a breeze. Within the software, you’ll find various tools and features that help you stay updated and out of each other’s way. In this article, you’ll find a complete guide to using these tools in Google Docs.”


The Verge: Getty Images sues AI art generator Stable Diffusion in the US for copyright infringement. “Getty Images has filed a lawsuit in the US against Stability AI, creators of open-source AI art generator Stable Diffusion, escalating its legal battle against the firm.”


CNBC: ChatGPT’s ‘jailbreak’ tries to make the A.I. break its own rules, or die. “ChatGPT creator OpenAI instituted an evolving set of safeguards, limiting ChatGPT’s ability to create violent content, encourage illegal activity, or access up-to-date information. But a new ‘jailbreak’ trick allows users to skirt those rules by creating a ChatGPT alter ego named DAN that can answer some of those queries.”

The Atlantic: My Printer Is Extorting Me. “After years of holding out, my family finally succumbed to a pandemic inkjet purchase. (Like many, we were doing a lot of online shopping in 2020, which meant a lot of return labels.) I girded my loins for the agony of paper jams, phantom spooler errors, and the dreaded utterance ‘Driver not found.’ What I did not expect, however, was for my printer to shake me down like a loan shark.” Good morning, Internet…

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