University of Sydney: How a first edition of Principia with Isaac Newton’s notes got to Sydney

New-to-me, from the University of Sydney: How a first edition of Principia with Isaac Newton’s notes got to Sydney. “While the original print run is estimated at between 250 and 400 copies, there are only 189 surviving first editions in the world and only four with annotations by the English mathematician himself. Of these four copies, the Sydney copy of Principia is the only one in the Southern Hemisphere and is held in the Rare Books & Special Collections at the University of Sydney library…. The University of Sydney copy of Principia has been digitised and is available online alongside other digital resources via the University’s digital collection.”

Boston Globe: 7 Massachusetts projects awarded National Endowment for the Humanities grants

Boston Globe: 7 Massachusetts projects awarded National Endowment for the Humanities grants. “New grant funding for seven Massachusetts-based projects will help protect historic works of art, create new editions of centuries-old books, and build a database that can reveal the history of South Asian paintings through paint pigments.”

The Next Web: Google’s new AI language model can comprehend entire books

The Next Web: Google’s new AI language model can comprehend entire books . “One of the prime challenges of a language-based AI model is to understand the context of the surrounding content. To solve this problem, Google has introduced a new model called Reformer, which understands the context of 1 million lines using just 16GB space. The company built this to solve problems of its old model Transformer — a neural network that compares words in a paragraph to each other to understand the relationship between them.”

Ohio University: “Book Beat” airs again in Don Swaim Digital Collection

Thanks to Esther S. for this one – I completely missed it. Ohio University: “Book Beat” airs again in Don Swaim Digital Collection. “The Ohio University Libraries’ Don Swaim Collection, featuring over 700 audio interviews of well-known authors from ‘Book Beat,’ the nationally produced CBS Radio News program, is now digitally available online—including digital transcripts of the syndicated news program. From 1982 through 1993 ‘Book Beat,’ hosted by OHIO alumnus Don Swaim (1959), ran daily snippets of the candid taped interviews of famous authors such as Margaret Atwood, Toni Morrison, John Irving, Ray Bradbury and many others.”

Simplemost: There’s A Website That Warns You If A Movie Or Book Has A Sad Dog Plot

You may scoff, but I have needed this in my life at times, from Simplemost: There’s A Website That Warns You If A Movie Or Book Has A Sad Dog Plot . “If you’re still not over the ending of ‘Marley & Me’ and can’t even think about ‘Old Yeller’ without welling up, there’s a website that could help you prepare yourself for similar movies. The site — ‘Does the Dog Die’ — doesn’t need much explanation. It’s a crowdsourced collection of dog movies that definitely require Kleenex.”

Phys .org: Anthropologist digitizes a changing culture from half a world away

Phys .org: Anthropologist digitizes a changing culture from half a world away. “In 2006, University of Virginia anthropologist Lise Dobrin received a document attached to an email from a man she knew in Papua New Guinea, where she had conducted fieldwork for her dissertation several years earlier. The document told the story of the history of the man’s village. He wrote that he was afraid if he didn’t write it, no one else would.”