Vietnam War Photography, Q-Notes, Welsh Music, More: Wednesday Afternoon Buzz, September 27, 2017


New York Times: In Her Own Words, Photographing the Vietnam War. “Ms. [Catherine] Leroy wrote over 100 letters home during her three years in Vietnam, one almost every 10 days, and they show how she was processing her experiences and navigating professional challenges. They are candid and revealing, attesting to her resiliency, exposing insecurities, and showing her in moments of triumph, despair, optimism or courage….Now a selection of those letters are featured on a new website, accompanied by some of her archive and details from her life.”

Digital NC: New Batch of Q-notes Traces LGBT Issues from 1997-2004. “More issues of the newspaper Q-notes, provided by our partner the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, are now up on DigitalNC. These new issues cover the years 1997-2004 and join previously digitized issues from 1986-1996.”

National Library of Wales: Launching the Welsh Music Archive. “The Library takes pride in the fact that the Merêd and Phyllis archive, which includes their detailed research into traditional music, has come to the Library and is grateful to the family for their generosity in transferring the collection to the Library’s care. The Library intends to provide access to this new resource to everyone who wants to find out more about folk music, and to create online access in digital format. The Merêd and Phyllis archive reflects their extensive knowledge of traditional singing and leads to further study of the Library’s collections such as the collections of J Lloyd Williams (one of the founders of the Welsh Folk Song Society) and Maria Jane Williams, a prominent collector of Welsh Folk Songs.” This blog post links to some resources which are already online.


The Verge: Instagram now lets you limit who can comment on your pics. “Instagram is launching a handful of new tools today to combat harassment and help its community members. The first of those is much requested: the ability to limit who can comment on your photos. Instagram now gives everyone with a public account the ability to limit comments to only people they follow, only their followers, or both their followers and people they follow.”


The Telegraph: This Twitter hack allows anyone to tweet with 280 characters. “Twitter is trialling doubling the length of tweets to 280 characters, potentially changing one of the defining features of the social network. But for now the feature is just a test, meaning only a limited number of users have been allowed the chance to tweet with more than the standard 140 characters. However, that hasn’t stopped coders finding a way around to enable the longer tweets and offering an easy way for users to follow suit.”


Gizmodo: US Homeland Security Will Start Collecting Social Media Info on All Immigrants October 18th. “The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is expanding the kinds of information that it collects on immigrants to include social media information and search results. The new policy, which covers immigrants who have obtained a green card and even naturalized citizens, will take effect on October 18th.”

Romania Insider: Romania will have a national database of its mineral resources. “Romania will have a national database of its mineral resources after the Government approves the Geological Research Program, Anca Magdalena Chiser, state secretary in the Economy Ministry, said yesterday.”

Woodward News (Oklahoma): Museum building database for McDonald collection. “The Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum is working to have a new database up and running with at least 1,000 images from a photo collection by the new year….The McDonald collection is a series of about 45,000 images from the McDonald Studio that operated in Woodward from 1917 to the 1990s. The collection contains many family portraits that can be traced back to World War II.”


Krebs on Security: Breach at Sonic Drive-In May Have Impacted Millions of Credit, Debit Cards. “Sonic Drive-In, a fast-food chain with nearly 3,600 locations across 45 U.S. states, has acknowledged a breach affecting an unknown number of store payment systems. The ongoing breach may have led to a fire sale on millions of stolen credit and debit card accounts that are now being peddled in shadowy underground cybercrime stores, KrebsOnSecurity has learned.”


University of Illinois: Studying Rhetorical Responses to Terrorism on Twitter. “As a part of my internship at the Scholarly Commons, I’m going to do a series of posts describing the tools and methodologies that I’ve used in order to work on my dissertation project. This write-up serves as an introduction to my project, it’s larger goals, and tools that I use to start working with my data.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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