Aurel Manea Landscape Photography, Nigeria Newspapers, Ammirati Puris Advertising, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 14, 2023


PetaPixel: Photographer Makes All of His Stunning Photos Available for Free. “A photographer who has traveled the world taking beautiful photographs for the last 20 years has taken the unusual step of making all of his photos freely available to download. Aurel Manea has released copyright on 4,700 high-resolution photos of mostly landscapes. The highlights include dazzling photos of the Northern Lights, the Tuscan hills of Italy, and Monument Valley in Arizona.”

Benjamindada: is digitising Nigerian history, with one old newspaper at a time. “In a world where information is at our fingertips, the story of Nigeria’s history has been locked away, hidden within the yellowed pages of newspapers, slowly fading into obscurity. However, a non-profit is on a mission to change that narrative. They are the driving force behind, a groundbreaking project aiming to digitise every edition of every Nigerian newspaper from January 1, 1960, to December 31, 2010 – a monumental task that promises to reshape the way Nigerians, and the world, access their history.”

St. John’s University: St. John’s University to Celebrate the Work of Advertising Icons Ralph Ammirati and Martin Puris . “St. John’s University announced today the launch of the Ammirati Puris exhibit, an online digital collection of the advertising agency’s most groundbreaking campaigns, including those for BMW, Club Med, United Parcel Service (UPS), and more. The online exhibit will be available permanently to all.”


Reuters: Five things to know about the Google antitrust trial as it hits halfway mark. “In the trial that started on Sept. 12 and is scheduled to go to about mid-November, the Justice Department accused Google of manipulating online auctions – a multibillion dollar industry dominated by Google – with these formulas to favor its own bottom line. Here are five important points raised so far during the trial.”

The Verge: Google’s AI-powered search experience can now generate images. “Google’s Search Generative Experience (SGE) will let you create images right from a text prompt starting Thursday, the company announced. Microsoft has offered the ability to make images from Bing Chat using OpenAI’s DALL-E model since March, so it’s not too surprising to see Google follow suit.”


USC Annenberg Media: ‘There are crazy people out there’: Mommy vloggers balance privacy and publicity. “Twin baby girls sit in matching Gap hoodies and suck on pacifiers as their mother tackles their wispy golden hair, tying up a tiny bun on each of their heads. At one and a half, their locks just barely brush their shoulders. The pair, Scout and Violet, stare directly into my eyes, or more accurately, right at the camera lens. I’m seeing this 60-second glimpse into their life through a video posted to TikTok by their mother, Maia Knight.”

Virginia Tech: Reco(r)ding CripTech project elevates disabled artists and informs arts education. “Reco(r)ding CripTech documents the processes of five disabled artists in residence with the Leonardo CripTech Incubator, art-and-technology residencies supported by the not-for-profit think tank that focus on disability innovation and aesthetic access. The open access archive will include artifacts of the artists’ processes such as digitized notes, journals, and sketches as well as recorded reflections, social media posts, correspondence, meeting minutes, and grant applications.”


New York Times: False Claims Around Israel Attacks Include Recycled Videos and a Game Clip. “In the days since Hamas attacked Israel, killing more than 1,200 people in sweeping assaults on kibbutzim, a music festival, towns and other places, violent images and graphic videos have flooded social media. So too have false and misleading information, old and unrelated videos and photos with inaccurate claims, and fabricated assertions about the involvement of countries like the United States and Ukraine — adding confusion and deception to an already chaotic moment.”


WCAI: New guidelines help protect historic buildings from rising waters. “Town officials, homeowners, renovators, and others now have a new tool to help them prepare historic buildings for sea level rise and storm surge. The Cape Cod Commission has published new design guidelines for flood risk areas. The work was supported by funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.”


Leader-Telegram: Historians study dugout canoe at Phillips hardware store . “Sissel Schroeder, a professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Tamara Thomsen, a maritime archaeologist for the Wisconsin Historical Society, came to see the canoe as part of their long-term study of dugout canoes around the state…. Schroeder said the study began with canoes at museums, historical societies and libraries around Wisconsin. The two historians are now focusing on more than 80 dugout canoes known to be in private hands around the state.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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