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Horror Movies, Free Journal Network, NLM, More: Thursday Buzz, June 21, 2018

Late again. Y’all must think I’m over here eating bonbons.

NEW RESOURCES

PR Newswire: AllHorror.com – New Horror Movie Database by Horror Fans, for Horror Fans (PRESS RELEASE). “A horror movie might have 8 stars, but what does that mean? How many people who rated the movie share your exact same taste? AllHorror solves this problem by organizing nearly 7,000 horror movies into 20 separate horror genres (none of which are the common but unhelpful “Horror” or “Thriller”). Some of these horror genres include Supernatural, Slasher, Gore, Classics and Creature Features. In addition to genres, AllHorror further organizes all movies into over 100 horror sub genres including 5 varieties of Haunted House movies, Urban Legends, Mutants, Mind Benders, Wilderness, Road Trips, Medical, Sci-Fi, Religion, Dangerous Exploration and even Internet Horror.”

LSE Impact Blog: Introducing the Free Journal Network – community-controlled open access publishing. “Discontent with the scholarly publishing industry continues to grow, as the prevailing subscription model appears increasingly unsustainable and open access big deals, one mooted alternative, unlikely to lead to optimal outcomes either. The Free Journal Network was established earlier this year in order to nurture and promote journals that are free to both authors and readers, and run according to the Fair Open Access Principles. Mark C. Wilson describes the progress the network has made so far, why community ownership is a crucial and underappreciated issue, and what research libraries can do to help.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

National Library of Medicine: Visualize NLM’s Household Products Database!. “The National Library of Medicine Household Products Database (HPD) provides access to manufacturer developed Safety Data Sheets/SDS (formerly called Material Safety Data Sheets/MSDS) which describe the chemical properties of each product, physical data, health effects, first aid, reactivity, storage, handling, disposal, personal protection, and spill/leak procedures. As required by OSHA, information within each SDS is targeted to help those exposed to chemicals at work. Consumers may also find information that can help them safely use a product. Now you can visually explore the number and types of products in HPD. ”

Allen Institute for Brain Science: Allen Institute for Brain Science Database Release Nearly Doubles Mouse Brain Cell Data. “The Allen Institute for Brain Science today announced the release of new data, tools to analyze those data and a new web-based 3D viewer to explore anatomy and connections in the mouse brain, the Allen Brain Explorer. Today’s data release almost doubles the number of mouse cells in the Allen Cell Types Database – raising the number included from just over 1,000 to slightly more than 1,900 cells – as well as adding new neuronal connectivity information to the Allen Mouse Brain Connectivity Atlas and adding more single-cell transcriptomics data from mouse, human and macaque brain cells.”

USEFUL STUFF

Motherboard: How to Tell If That Online Fundraiser Will Actually Help Immigrant Children at the Border. “As we’ve all become increasingly aware of the thousands of migrant children separated from their families and detained at the US border, many people have understandably had the urge to try to help. But how can you be sure that online campaign you’re clicking ‘donate’ on is legitimate?”

Lifehacker: How to Share YouTube Videos Like a Pro. “I doubt you’ve given much thought to how you share the latest and greatest YouTube videos you find, because you probably have a routine: click or tap on the video’s URL in your browser’s address bar, copy it, and paste it into a text message or group chat. Easy, right? Absolutely. That’s the simplest way to share YouTube videos with your friends—and it works 100 percent of the time—but there’s so much more you can do with YouTube than that.”

Make Tech Easier: 8 Tools to Enhance Your Experience with Twitter. “Twitter has been a great place for many people, as it lets them convey their message in a very concise way. While the service has all the features to let your message out, there are still many improvements that can be made to it. In this week’s roundup we’ll cover eight tools from our Software Discovery section that will let you enhance your Twitter experience. Some of these tools will add more features to Twitter, while others will let you remove the stuff you don’t want.” Not as annotated as I prefer but I found some tools I wanted to explore.

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Xinhuanet: Kenya hails collaboration with China to preserve cultural, natural heritage. “Kenya on Tuesday hailed a robust collaboration with China to promote the preservation of the East African nation’s cultural and natural heritage. Hassan Noor Hassan, Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) at the Ministry of Sports and Heritage, said Nairobi is already benefiting from the partnership with China to help conserve the country’s rich culture and biodiversity.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Daily Collegian: Lawsuit: Chicago police falsely ID thousands as gang members. ” Civil rights groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that the Chicago Police Department relies on an error-plagued database that names up to 195,000 people as gang members, including many who have never been in a gang…. Those listed as gang members have a harder time landing jobs, are more likely to be denied bond after arrests and are often targets of harassment by police or immigration officers, it contends.”

BBC: BT fined for five million spam emails. “BT has been fined £77,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office, after it sent nearly five million nuisance emails to customers. The investigation found that the telecoms company did not have customers’ consent for such direct marketing.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Geekologie: Oh Wow: Deep Learning AI Program Can Turn Standard 30FPS Footage Into Seamless High Quality Slow-Motion. “This is a video demonstration of a deep learning artificial intelligence program developed by graphics processor giant Nvidia that can turn standard 30FPS footage into beautiful, seamless 240FPS slow motion footage, 60FPS to 480FPS, and already slow motion footage four times slower.”

A thesis from the University of Rhode Island Digital Commons: Making the #Personal #Political: Twitter as a Rhetorical Tool for Activist Campaigning. “This thesis analyzes a compilation of tweets from a specific digital social movement, #YesAllWomen. This campaign was an instance of hashtag activism and digital feminism that appeared on Twitter following the misogyny-fueled Isla Vista shootings as a means of illuminating the persistent issues of harassment and violence against women. The campaign focused largely on personal experience, and a cluster analysis of a published collection of tweets reveals how the use of the #YesAllWomen hashtag and the communication of personal narrative transformed participants into political rhetors. Thus, I ultimately argue the significance of Twitter as a rhetorical tool for activist communication.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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