Moscow Times: Putin Tightens Fines for Protesters, ‘Biased’ Social Media Giants. “Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a handful of new laws Wednesday that impose heavy fines on protesters and ‘foreign agents,’ as well as on social media giants accused of ‘discriminating’ against Russian media. Observers have described legislators’ recent activity as part of the Kremlin’s efforts to tighten restrictions on dissent ahead of this fall’s parliamentary elections, which will take place amid simmering public anger over falling incomes.”
Mashable: How to learn calligraphy online . “Calligraphy may make you think of parchment scrolls and feather quills, but it’s also a popular modern art and crafts activity that millions of people around the world study and practice. This visual art can be a very rewarding hobby, offering a relaxing, almost meditative creative exercise. A few hours practice a week should give you some decent basic calligraphy skills within a matter of months. (Some talented calligraphers even turn their hobby into a profitable sideline by designing invitations, posters, flyers, and the like.)”
Boston Globe launches ‘Fresh Start’ initiative: People can apply to have archive stories about them reviewed (Boston Globe)
Boston Globe: Boston Globe launches ‘Fresh Start’ initiative: People can apply to have archive stories about them reviewed. “The Boston Globe announced a new program that will allow people to ask the newspaper to update or anonymize past coverage of them online. The ‘Fresh Start’ initiative is part of a broader effort to rethink the Globe’s criminal justice coverage and how it affects communities of color, amid a national reckoning over racial inequity. Similar to ‘right to forget’ programs that have cropped up in a number of newsrooms across the country, the undertaking is meant to address the lasting impact that stories about past embarrassments, mistakes, or minor crimes, forever online and searchable, can have on a person’s life.”
CNBC: How to automatically delete your old tweets so it’s harder to find embarrassing stuff you’ve said online
CNBC: How to automatically delete your old tweets so it’s harder to find embarrassing stuff you’ve said online. “There are ways to automatically delete your old tweets on a recurring schedule so that it’s harder for people to find some of the silly things you may have said in the past. It might be helpful if you’re applying to new jobs, planning to run for office or just want to keep on top of the things you’ve said online.”
Announcing the ACOR Digital Archive: Developing a Multimedia Teaching and Learning Resource (American Center of Oriental Research)
American Center of Oriental Research: Announcing the ACOR Digital Archive: Developing a Multimedia Teaching and Learning Resource. “We are delighted to announce that, based on the success of the ACOR Photo Archive Project to digitize and make available online 30,000 images covering a range of thirteen countries across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, the U.S. Department of Education has awarded ACOR an American Overseas Research Center (AORC) Title VI grant for a new project entitled ‘ACOR Digital Archive: Developing a Multimedia Teaching and Learning Resource.’”
Blooloop: National Gallery charging for virtual tour of Artemisia exhibition. “The National Gallery has developed a new revenue stream amid COVID-19 by charging for an online tour of Artemisia, an exhibition dedicated to Artemisia Gentileschi. The virtual offering takes visitors on an 30-minute, online tour of the five-star exhibition ‘Artemisia’ at the National Gallery with curator Letizia Treves. It costs £8.”
BBC: Covid-19: World’s top latex glove maker shuts factories. “The world’s largest maker of latex gloves will shut more than half of its factories after almost 2,500 employees tested positive for coronavirus. Malaysia’s Top Glove will close down 28 plants in phases as it seeks to control the outbreak, authorities said.”
New York Times: These Towns Trusted a Doctor to Set Up Covid Testing. Sample Patient Fee: $1,944.. “Rebecca Sussman got a coronavirus test because town officials in Bedford, N.Y., encouraged her to…. Ms. Sussman, 51, took her whole family to get tested, and the results came back negative. Then the paperwork came: $6,816 had been charged to insurance for four coronavirus tests. Ms. Sussman’s fees alone were $1,944.
Exclusive survey: how small US galleries are surviving the coronavirus crisis as Trump tables relief plans (The Art Newspaper)
The Art Newspaper: Exclusive survey: how small US galleries are surviving the coronavirus crisis as Trump tables relief plans. “One day in March, the shoebox-sized Lower East Side gallery signs & symbols opened a new show in New York—and then promptly closed it for almost four months, thanks to Covid-19. In that lockdown lull, however, the gallery’s owner, Mitra Khorasheh, says that her workload has only grown more challenging. ‘We’re working twice as hard as we used to,’ she says.”
CoinWeek: Revived ANA Money Museum Exhibit Now Online. “The ANA Money Museum’s exhibit, ‘Coins, Crown & Conflict: An Exploration of Cromwell’s England’ – originally displayed in 2007-08 – can now be appreciated virtually. The popular exhibit was based on the history of the English Civil Wars and featured some of the great rarities of English coins (including the Petition Crown), as well as a number of early American coins.” The article outlines several other online exhibits available from the American Numismatic Association’s money museum.
Antiques Trade Gazette: ILAB president announces launch of missing books database following re-election
Antiques Trade Gazette: ILAB president announces launch of missing books database following re-election. “Australian book dealer Sally Burdon said she will use her second term as [International League of Antiquarian Booksellers] president to consolidate changes and launch a new missing books register following the international book trade association’s recent election.”
Classic FM: Genius Google tool turns your tuneless humming into a lovely violin solo. “Using your phone or desktop, you can transform any unpolished melody into a violin, saxophone, flute or trumpet solo. And when we say unpolished melody, we literally mean any noise. Honestly, anything.”
Politico: Working for Trump: Tweet-firings, subpoenas and now coronavirus. “The White House’s Covid-19 dragnet, which has caught at least 14 White House staffers, top campaign and party officials, Trump advisers and Republican senators, has highlighted the extent to which Trump has put his orbit in harm’s way with his desire to project pre-pandemic normalcy with frequent traveling and events that eschew mask-wearing and crowd-size restrictions.”
Armenian Weekly: Hairenik Launches Online Digital Archive. “The Armenian language Hairenik newspaper began publication in 1899. Over the years, it has been published as a daily and a weekly, and currently as the Hairenik Weekly. It is the oldest continuously published Armenian newspaper in the world, last year celebrating its 120th anniversary. In 1934, the Hairenik Association began publishing an English language weekly newspaper that continues to this day as the Armenian Weekly. In total, tens of thousands of issues have been published of these storied newspapers, serving as both witness and participant to the history of the Armenian people through the lens of our region.” Two things: 1) this archive is pay-to-access, and 2) the digitizing continues.