Baltimore Sun: John Waters bequeaths his art collection to Baltimore Museum of Art, whose bathrooms will be named in his honor

Baltimore Sun: John Waters bequeaths his art collection to Baltimore Museum of Art, whose bathrooms will be named in his honor. “John Waters, Baltimore’s self-proclaimed ‘Pope of Trash,’ announced Wednesday that he’s bequeathing some of the most precious things he owns — approximately 375 prints, paintings and photographs — to the Baltimore Museum of Art. In a show of appreciation, museum officials will rename two bathrooms in the East Lobby ‘The John Waters Restrooms’ in honor of the cult filmmaker and visual artist.”

Ariana Grande Slams Social Media Stars for Partying amid Pandemic: ‘Couldn’t We Have Just Stayed Home?’ (People)

People: Ariana Grande Slams Social Media Stars for Partying amid Pandemic: ‘Couldn’t We Have Just Stayed Home?’. “Ariana Grande has a message for partying social media stars — stay at home. During an interview with The Zach Sang Show on Friday, the ‘Positions’ singer, 27, spoke out about people seeming to abandon social distancing protocols amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, all for the sake of social media. Grande questioned whether going out to party is worth potentially spreading COVID-19 and exacerbating the public health crisis.”

NFSA Launches ❤ Kylie: A Celebration (National Film and Sound Archive of Australia)

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia: NFSA Launches ❤ Kylie: A Celebration. “The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is turning into a Disco to celebrate Kylie Minogue’s countless achievements with a new online-only exhibition, ❤ Kylie: A Celebration. Now available at nfsa.gov.au/kylie, this online experience features rare content sourced from the NFSA’s vast audiovisual collection, spanning four decades of Kylie performances, interviews and more. ❤ Kylie: A Celebration is published three weeks ahead of Kylie’s 15th studio album, titled Disco.”

Politico: HHS ad blitz sputters as celebrities back away

Politico: HHS ad blitz sputters as celebrities back away. “The health department’s $300 million-plus, taxpayer-funded vehicle to boost confidence in President Donald Trump’s response to the pandemic is sputtering. Celebrities are refusing to participate, and staff are arraying against it. Some complain of the unstated aim of helping Trump’s re-election. Others point to an ill-prepared video team and a 22-year-old political appointee who has repeatedly asserted control despite having no public health expertise, according to six people with close knowledge of the campaign and documents related to its operations.”

PR Newswire: AcademicInfluence. com Ranks the World’s Most Influential Think Tanks (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: AcademicInfluence. com Ranks the World’s Most Influential Think Tanks (PRESS RELEASE). “… AcademicInfluence.com examines billions of open-source, crowd-edited data points, mapping lines of influence through continuously updated data repositories, including Wikipedia and Crossref. These databases result in analysis that resists being gamed or undermined by single-source editorial bias. AcadmicInfluence.com now opens access to these user-customizable search capabilities so that students, researchers, and inquirers can discover the most influential people and institutions, providing the answers users seek with the objectivity they need.” The people search, to see how famous people rank in influence, is addictive.

Tubefilter: Text Message-Based Social Platform ‘Community’ Onboards President Obama

Tubefilter: Text Message-Based Social Platform ‘Community’ Onboards President Obama. “Community says its point of difference from other platforms is that it enables creators to engage with audiences directly, without the interference of a social algorithm. Creators can filter their messages to respond to followers in a specific location, write to fans on a one-to-one basis, or blast out mass missives. The platform also isn’t ad-based, meaning that creators pay a monthly fee — ranging from $100 to several thousand dollars — to operate a Community account.”

KrAsia: [Tuning In] Peter Bol on creating the China Biological Database and the power of digital humanities

New-to-me, from KrAsia: [Tuning In] Peter Bol on creating the China Biological Database and the power of digital humanities . “Professor Bol directs the China Biographical Database project, which is maintained by Harvard University, Academia Sinica, and Peking University. This online relational database currently contains some 350,000 historical figures and is being expanded to include all biographical data in China’s historical records from the last 2,000 years.”

Android Police: Spotify’s new tool compares your music taste to celebs like John Legend or Conan O’Brien

Android Police: Spotify’s new tool compares your music taste to celebs like John Legend or Conan O’Brien. “Spotify already has over a hundred million users globally, and it’s a big task to keep them all engaged. The streaming service added Group Sessions to help out with that not too long ago, and many more interactive features are still in the pipeline. In its latest move, Spotify is introducing a tool called Listen Alike that tells you how close your music taste is to that of some celebrities.” Because I am old, I didn’t know many of the people featured, but I’m pleased to report that Alicia Keys and I are 14% matched in our listening tastes. Probably not all the disco in my playlists…

Stereogum: Noel Gallagher Refuses To Wear A Mask

Stereogum: Noel Gallagher Refuses To Wear A Mask. This quote has some Language in it. You know what I mean. I have censored it a little so my email newsletter has a chance of not getting filtered out. “Noel Gallagher said that he refuses to wear a face mask in a new interview on The Matt Morgan Podcast. ‘I don’t wear a mask, no. The whole f!cking thing is bollocks,’ he said. ‘You’re supposed to wear them in Selfridges but you can fucking go down to the pub and be surrounded by every fucking c!unt. Oh well, actually, we don’t have the virus in the pubs, but we have it in Selfridges, oh alright.’ (Just yesterday, England announced new regulations limiting the amount of people gathering to no more than six after COVID-19 cases escalated, though pubs and restaurants are still open.)”

People Magazine: Jillian Michaels Says She Contracted COVID-19 After Letting Her ‘Guard Down for an Hour’

People Magazine: Jillian Michaels Says She Contracted COVID-19 After Letting Her ‘Guard Down for an Hour’. “Jillian Michaels is opening up about her experience with coronavirus. On Tuesday, the fitness trainer, 49, revealed she had contracted COVID-19 ‘several weeks ago’ as she discussed why people should consider not going to the gym amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.”

Columbia Journalism Review: Cable news profits from its obsession with Trump. Viewers are the only victims.

Columbia Journalism Review: Cable news profits from its obsession with Trump. Viewers are the only victims.. “…many outlets have seen sharp increases in readership and subscribers by capitalizing on (and reinforcing) the obsession with Trump. A new tool from Stanford University’s Computer Graphics Lab reveals that cable news has undergone a similar transformation. The Stanford Cable TV News Analyzer enables users to track cable news screen time for anyone they’d like, from 2010 to present.”

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson: Actor and family had Covid-19 (BBC)

BBC: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson: Actor and family had Covid-19. “Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson says he and his family had all contracted Covid-19. The former wrestler, who is now the world’s highest-paid actor, said he, his wife and two daughters caught the virus despite being ‘disciplined’ about health protection. He said the positive tests were ‘a kick in the gut’.”

Elite Daily: Chadwick Boseman Has The Most-Liked Tweet Ever Following His Death

Elite Daily: Chadwick Boseman Has The Most-Liked Tweet Ever Following His Death. “Chadwick Boseman’s death due to colon cancer sent shockwaves through social media, and the sheer amount of engagement the announcement on Twitter has received is a testament to that. Following his death, Chadwick Boseman has the most-liked Tweet ever. The social media company announced the news on Saturday, Aug. 29, just one day after the announcement was posted to Boseman’s account.” The tweet had seven million “likes” as of Sunday, August 30.