Medieval Romania, Little Tokyo (LA), Filipino Books, More: Sunday Buzz, May 7, 2017


Romania Insider: Romanian medieval documents compiled in digital database. “Over 55,000 medieval documents from Romania have been digitized and compiled in the first such database in the country, reported. The database… is the result of a project implemented by the University of Bucharest, in a partnership with the Romanian National Archives, the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca and the National Archives of Norway.”

Rafu Shimpo: Haynes Foundation Grant Preserves Photographs Documenting JA Life In LA. “Specifically, the grant will be used to create the Ninomiya Photography Studio Collection Access Project at CSUDH and preserve, catalog, and archive approximately 10,000 packets of photographic negatives taken by the former studio, which was owned and operated by Japanese American photographer Ichiro Ninomiya in Little Tokyo. Dating between 1949 and 1970, the negatives document the daily life of Japanese Americans in Los Angeles during the mid-20th century — individual and family portraits, passport photos, pictures of Los Angeles architecture and Little Tokyo, women in traditional Japanese clothing, entertainers, and much more.”

Asian Journal: UST, UnionBank launch massive multivolume catalogue of rare books. “In an effort to share to a wider world the priceless collections that have ‘nourished the minds of countless generations of Filipino students,’ the University of Santo Tomas (UST) and UnionBank of the Philippines will launch massive multivolume catalogues of rare books and periodicals on May 5 at the Garden Ballroom of the Edsa Shangri-La in Ortigas.” I went to the Web site and appears the items are available to anyone. There is a tiny bit of a speed issue; be patient.


Purdue University has updated its FoodLink site. “After a successful first year in 2016, Purdue Extension’s FoodLink is serving up a full menu of new online resources to help consumers prepare convenient, healthy meals. FoodLink is a free online information hub providing nutrition facts, recipes and purchasing tips for nearly 60 fruits, vegetables and herbs. This year, the website features 19 new foods and dozens of new recipes, said Roy Ballard, Purdue Extension-Hancock County educator and one of the program administrators.”

Slashgear: Roku gets Twitter live streaming video channel. “Roku has announced the launch of the Twitter live streaming video channel, enabling users to watch videos hosted on the service. The Twitter channel, as with its video app for other platforms, presents both the video and a relevant tweet stream, giving viewers the best of both worlds.”


MakeUseOf: Mastodon: What You Need to Know About the New Social Network. “Mastodon [is] a new open-source social network that is focused on the user. What you want to see, what you want to ignore, what you want to share — these things are all governed by granular controls, meaning you retain complete control over what is seen.”

FamilySearch Blog: Five Apps That Make Including Photos in Your Family Story a Cinch. “Photos and videos are an important part of family histories. More than just preserving names and dates like documents do, they offer more complete views of our ancestors’ lives and personalities. But making photos and videos a meaningful part of our family stories takes effort. If left in dusty boxes in the basement, photos are sure to be forgotten, thrown out, or destroyed. In order to really be part of our family’s stories, photos must be preserved, organized, and labeled.”


Engadget: Twitch’s workshops will teach streamers how to be better hosts. “Streaming on Twitch might look easy, but it really isn’t. Between the various technical hoops you have to jump through (oh hi, OBS) and the pressure of people watching your every move — or, on the flip-side, streaming to an audience of zero people — you also need to be entertaining. In that spirit, the next way Twitch is investing in its community is with workshops that aim to help folks get better at hosting and interviewing.”

South China Morning Post: Russia blocks China’s social media app WeChat. “Russian telecoms watchdog Roskomnadzor has listed China’s WeChat, the popular social media app developed by Tencent Technology, on the register of prohibited websites, according to information posted on the regulator’s website on Friday.”


CNET: Google details how it clamped down on massive phishing scam. “In a statement on Friday, Google’s Mark Risher said the company shut down the campaign within an hour. It removed the rogue app’s fake pages and applications, updated user protection in Gmail and the Google Cloud Platform and ‘re-secured affected accounts.'”

TorrentFreak: Microsoft Patents Technology to Block Pirated Content, Track Repeat Offenders. “Technology giant Microsoft has obtained a patent to block objectionable content from being shared and to identify repeat offenders. The company mentions copyright infringement as one of the areas where it can be applied, particularly in cases where files are publicly shared. What to do with these repeat offenders remains open for debate.”

GQ: Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli Has Been Permanently Banned from Twitter. “It’s been a while since any of us could turn on the news and see something that makes us smile… Which is why I’m so delighted to bring you this news. According to the douche himself, Twitter has banned Martin Shkreli from the service permanently.” Good morning, Internet…

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