Poetry Book Society Bulletin, Microsoft Excel, WordPress, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 24, 2023


InPublishing: The Poetry Book Society launches digital archive. “Digital access to a fully-searchable modern archive of The Poetry Book Society Bulletin (PBS Bulletin) is now available to the society’s members, as well as poets, literature lovers and libraries worldwide. The archive, created in partnership with digital publishing services platform Exact Editions, offers nearly 25 issues’ worth of content dating back to 2017 and is accessible across web, iOS and Android devices.”


The Verge: Microsoft is bringing Python to Excel. “Microsoft is bringing popular programming language Python to Excel. A public preview of the feature is available today, allowing Excel users to manipulate and analyze data from Python.”

WordPress: More Control Over Your Domain—Introducing Forwarding . “Ever wished you could seamlessly guide visitors from one domain to another? That’s precisely what domain forwarding does. We frequently use it here at For instance, when you type in—a catchy and memorable URL, if we do say so ourselves—you’re taken straight to our page at Today, we’re happy to let you know that domain forwarding is available and easily accessible on”


MakeUseOf: How to Watch YouTube Videos Together With Friends: 7 Ways . “It’s a great joy to share a YouTube video with friends. It’s even better to watch it with them. Unfortunately, this isn’t always possible, especially if you live apart. So, we have compiled a list of ways to watch YouTube together with your friends. As well as helping you watch YouTube together, these services help you sync playback so that you and your friends are watching the same thing at the same time.”


Boing Boing: This young zoologist wants to educate you about weird organisms, prehistoric creatures, evolution, and more. “Meet zoologist Lindsay Nikole, who is based in Torrance, California and who uses both short form (Instagram and TikTok) and long form (YouTube) social media to educate the public about animals of all kinds, as well as about ecosystems, evolution, and more.”

Hollywood Reporter: Bill Simmons, Alex Cooper, Emma Chamberlain and 36 More on The Future of Podcasting . “‘Podcasting has gone from being an industry that had a ton of speculative money thrown at it, to an industry that now has to figure out how to make money,’ notes Audacy’s Jenna Weiss-Berman when asked to describe how it has transformed over the last five years. Here, many of the top hosts, executives and agents in the business, all featured on THR‘s annual list of The 40(ish) Names to Know in Podcasting Now, weigh in with their hopes, plans and pet peeves.”


Bloomberg: Powered by technology, imposter scams drive new wave of fraud. “Computer-generated children’s voices so realistic they fool their own parents. Masks created with photos from social media that can penetrate a system protected by face ID. They sound like the stuff of science fiction, but these techniques are already available to criminals preying on everyday consumers. The proliferation of scam technology has alarmed regulators, police and people at the highest levels of the financial industry.”

Techdirt: Unregulated Data Brokers Using The Data They Over-Collect To Run Ads Opposing The Regulation Of Data Brokers. “We’ve noted a few times that there are two major reasons that the U.S. still hasn’t passed even a basic privacy law for the internet era or regulated data brokers. One, the government is corrupt, and has repeatedly buckled to the lobbying of multiple industries that find the current dysfunction very profitable. Two, the government loves the current lax system because it allows them to dodge warrants.”


University of British Columbia: People dislike AI art because it threatens their humanity: study. “AI-generated writing, photography, art and music have been skyrocketing in popularity, but that surging success has also triggered an enormous backlash, with many rejecting AI art — and even asserting that its proliferation marks the beginning of the end for humanity. So why do some people react so negatively to art made by artificial intelligence? According to a new study from the UBC Sauder School of Business, it’s because for some, it challenges what it is to be human.”

Iowa State University: Digital real estate listings with more photos, descriptions earn higher sale prices. “In a recently published study, [Professor Cheng] Nie and his co-authors highlight how specific features on Zillow influence people’s decisions when making offers and buying houses. Their analysis indicates listings with more ‘experience attributes’ increase the sale price of properties. Photos and descriptions like ‘upscale bathroom fixtures,’ ‘a sunlit kitchen,’ or ‘an exceptional lake view’ fall into this category. They signal the aesthetic and less tangible benefits of a property.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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