Silhouette Portraits, Glaze, Twitter, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, March 21, 2023


Smithsonian: Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery Reveals Identities of Hundreds of People in Early 19th-Century Portrait Album. “The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has announced the launch of William Bache’s Silhouettes Album, a microsite featuring new research and digitized images for 1,800 cut-paper silhouettes by Anglo-American artist William Bache. In addition to presenting portraits of famous figures like Thomas Jefferson and Martha Washington, the digital project restores the identity of previously unknown individuals rarely encountered in Federal-era portraiture—from traveling entertainers to tavern keepers and dance instructors.”

TechCrunch: Glaze protects art from prying AIs. “A research paper published by the team explains the (beta) app works by adding almost imperceptible ‘perturbations’ to each artwork it’s applied to — changes that are designed to interfere with AI models’ ability to read data on artistic style — and make it harder for generative AI technology to mimic the style of the artwork and its artist. Instead systems are tricked into outputting other public styles far removed from the original artwork.”


PC Magazine: Good Luck Tagging Your Specific Location on Twitter Anymore. “Twitter’s sense of place is getting fuzzier: At the end of last week, the service appears to have dropped a location-tagging feature it added in 2015, leaving users unable to mark a tweet at a spot more precise than a neighborhood.” Happy to report that Pam’s Pin still works.

How-To Geek: Bing Chat AI Is Getting Faster, and Has New Buttons. “Microsoft introduced the Bing Chat AI chatbot in February, which has quickly risen in popularity. A few new features are now rolling out, including faster performance, new sharing options, and reduced limits.”

Bleeping Computer: File-sharing site Zippyshare shutting down after 17 years. “File-sharing site Zippyshare has announced they are shutting down the site by the end of March 2023 after announcing they can no longer afford to keep the service running.”


Search Engine Journal: How Does Mastodon Work And How Do You Get Started?. “Mastodon is a decentralized and self-hosted social platform and a popular alternative to Twitter. Learn how it works and how to get started.”

Smashing Magazine: Free Fonts For Interface Designers.”In this post, we compiled some free fonts that we came across and that you probably haven’t spotted before. Some of them shine with their flexibility, some put a special focus on readability, and others are a great choice if you want to make a bold statement. As different as the fonts are, they all have one thing in common: You can use them for free in both personal and commercial projects.”

Hongkiat: 10 YouTube Chrome Extensions for Better Watching Experience. “In this article, I will introduce the great 10 Chrome extensions for YouTube that increase your productivity. All the extensions introduced in this article are free to use!”


The Pantagraph: Illinois law, 200 years ago: Inside the quest to digitize state’s legal history. “A committee charged with preserving historic Illinois Supreme Court documents has received a $135,000 grant from the National Archives to digitize court records dating from the state’s infancy through the end of the Civil War.”

Deadline: Twitter Responds To All Email Inquiries From The Press With A Poop Emoji, 51-Year-Old Owner Elon Musk Reports. “All inquiries from members of the press directed to Twitter’s official press email now receive the same automatic reply: a poop emoji. Elon Musk, who bought the social media company for $44 billion last year, relayed the update on his own Twitter feed over the weekend.” This is such a stupid waste of pixels I’m ashamed to be typing it. But I want evidence somewhere so that 40 years down the road nobody dismisses this story as apocryphal.


WIRED: Online Sleuths Untangle the Mystery of the Nord Stream Sabotage. ” Open source intelligence (OSINT) researchers are using public sources of data in their efforts to verify or debunk the snippets of information published about the Nord Stream explosions. They’re providing a glimpse of clarity to an incident that’s shrouded by secrecy and international politics.”


Washington Post: Antisemitic tweets soared on Twitter after Musk took over, study finds. “The study, which used machine-learning tools to identify likely antisemitic tweets, found that the average weekly number of such posts ‘more than doubled after Musk’s acquisition’ — a trend that has held in the months after Musk took over.” Good morning, Internet…

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