Tuesday, January 21, 2020

"We Finally Figured Out Who Makes wikiHow’s Bizarre Art"

OneZero:

wikiHow’s anarchic aesthetic has attracted a cult following, inspiring a popular Reddit board, a lightly viral guessing game website, a currently dormant Twitter account, a frequently updated Twitter account, a surprisingly active Tumblr profile, and more than a few blogs. Still, beyond a trickle of unverifiable social chatter on Reddit, Quora, and Twitter, nobody seems to have been able to definitively answer the question “Who the heck makes this stuff?”

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It turns out, OneZero has found, that wikiHow sources its graphics from freelance artists around the globe, primarily concentrated in the Philippines. Freelancers told OneZero they had been recruited through contract work sites like Upwork and Indeed, and in one case described pay as low as $.40 per image.

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Over four years we ended up doing 1.4 million custom visuals, and those are live on over 150,000 of our articles. That’s a lot, and it’s taken a lot of manpower to make it happen, and we’re constantly trying to move the needle even further on that visual content.”

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Contracts with nondisclosure agreements could potentially be to blame for how few artists mention working for wikiHow publicly relative to the site’s humongous volume of illustration work.

Winners of the World Universities Debating Championship requested their names be redacted from tournament records

SCMP:

A topic on Hong Kong democracy in the finals of the world’s largest international university debating tournament has caused a stir, after mainland Chinese spectators were said to have walked out and the winning team asked for their names to be removed from the records.

The World Universities Debating Championships (WUDC) was held on January 3 in Bangkok. Organisers cancelled a live stream of the event midway.

About 30 mainland Chinese students and teachers who were in the audience left the venue after the motion “This House, as China, would grant universal suffrage to Hong Kong citizens” was announced, according to sources.

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The winning team [was] from the University of Oxford
From the organizer's statement:
We would like to take this moment to explicitly squash some rumours going around- There was no involvement or pressure from any national body, embassy or official to "make the finals go away". All decisions made were based on comprehensive discussions between the equity team, adj core and the relevant WUDC participants about what would be best for their welfare.

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Having been made acutely aware of how speakers in the final and some other members of the community felt, as a follow-up, we decided to proactively offer all teams and judges at the tournament the option to redact their status on the tab if they felt that it would put them in a compromising position.

"Brazil files homicide charges against Vale ex-CEO, 15 others in deadly 2019 dam collapse"

WaPo:

Prosecutors on Tuesday filed homicide charges against Fabio Schvartsman, the former CEO of the Brazilian mining conglomerate Vale, and 15 other people in the deadly dam collapse last year that killed at least 249 people.

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The prosecutor’s office said the charges followed a nearly year-long investigation that concluded the dam posed a critical safety risk since at least 2017, and the situation worsened in 2018.

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A different Vale-operated dam burst in Minas Gerais in 2015, killing 19 people and displacing hundreds.

When the Star Wars social media manager asks for feedback

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Snoopy and Charlie Brown Ultra Detail Figures available for preorder



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Monday, January 20, 2020

"How Tiffany Moved 114,000 Gems Without Getting Robbed"

NYT:

Tiffany was emptying its 10-story fortress for a long-planned renovation. The merchandise had to travel only 50 feet or so

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They watched as the jewelry was rolled along the sidewalk in distinctive carts with robin’s egg-blue tambour doors.

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But if the carts were somewhat showy, they were also meant to be secure. They had locks that were checked and rechecked, and before each cart was pushed onto the sidewalk, it was sealed in plastic shrink-wrap.

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Tiffany hired a company that tracks social media and provided a list of key words like “move,” “727 Fifth Avenue”

Class struggle at the Australian Open





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New Hot Toys John Wick comes with a pencil



The new Hot Toys John Wick figure comes with an arsenal, including a pencil.

Also, the brand new Funko toy reveals are available for preorder, including Vader in his meditation chamber.

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