Google Blog: Jacquard and Google Arts and Culture weave tech into art . “Words that appear out of white tapestries. Music that streams out of black fabric. A mysterious blue cloth-draped spiral that guides you with light and sound. It may sound like a fantasy novel, but these are real works of art made possible with Jacquard by Google. Combining advanced hardware and software technology with textile and manufacturing know-how, Jacquard helps designers make digital experiences out of everyday objects.”
Carnegie Mellon University: Archives Digitize Decades of Mellon Institute Records. “Carnegie Mellon’s University Libraries have organized and preserved 347 boxes of records from the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research, one of the nation’s premier independent research centers, making the records more widely discoverable and available to researchers…. Since its inception in 1913, the Mellon Institute engaged the brightest scientific minds of its time to develop, test, and refine new chemical, biological, and materials science innovations on behalf of its corporate partners. In the process, the institute defined the profession of sponsored research, spun off successful companies such as the Dow Corning and Union Carbide corporations, and developed industry-changing technologies.”
Footwear News: How Digitizing Material Swatches Can Save Both Money and the Environment. “Some brands like Adidas and Rothy’s are making shoes out of recycled plastic. Others are turning to wine corks and organic cotton. As sustainability initiatives are accelerating throughout the footwear industry, experts suggest that there is still a lot of waste and inefficiency in the sourcing and production process. As a result, many companies are embracing digital solutions that allow them to explore materials without searching through pages of swatch books. With digitization, fewer samples need to be made and distributed from the outset; only the final selection of fabrics needs to be looked at in person.”
The Eagle: Texas A&M, forestry experts create interactive map of regional timber resources. “The interactive map of 13 Southern states… estimates the amount of timberland, standing timber, trucking time of sites and the growth and removals within different distances.”
New-to-me and I LOATHE this headline. He’s collecting bricks and not hurting anybody. (This may just be an American thing; “eccentric” here can be very pejorative.) The Scotsman: Retired police sergeant shows off eccentric brick collection. “When looking for a doorstop for his garden shed almost ten years ago, retired police sergeant Mark Cranston found a white painted brick from a former colliery in Ayrshire, which inspired him to explore its historical significance. Since then, Mark has amassed a huge amount of bricks from around Scotland, England, Wales and abroad, which he stores in his garden shed in Jedburgh, in the Scottish Borders.” They didn’t link to his Web site! https://www.scottishbrickhistory.co.uk/ .
Woodworking Network: Appalachian Partnership launches new Ohio Wood Products website. “Transforming standing timber into these products and services requires a diverse group of talent, transportation, and technology. The Supply Chain Database on the site has more than 1,600 companies and 300 sawmills represented, and steadily growing. The directory’s GIS-enabled map pinpoints and connects hardwood suppliers, master loggers, craftsmen, and products.”
Gizmodo: Google Is Reportedly Farewelling China Thanks To Trump’s Trade War. “Google is reportedly packing up most of its production in China and moving it to Vietnam to escape rising productions costs due to Trump’s escalating trade war, according to a recent report from Nikkei Asian Review.”