WWII Maps, The First Baseball novel, Google Scholar, More: Monday Afternoon Buzz, August 6, 2018


Library of Congress: The Secret Maps of World War II Admiral Morton L. Deyo. “The Geography and Map Division has processed the map collection of an American vice admiral who served in both Europe and the Pacific during World War II. The Morton L. Deyo World War II map collection consists of maps related to Deyo’s role as a naval task force commander, and these once secret materials show tactical details and strategic concerns.”

Many thanks to John O. for the heads-up. From Harvard: The First Baseball Novel. “Noah Brooks (1830 – 1903) is most notable as a journalist, editor, and early biographer of Abraham Lincoln. In fact, he was a close friend of Lincoln and a regular visitor to the White House. Brooks was even invited to the presidential box at Ford’s Theatre the night Lincoln was assassinated, though he was unable to attend due to an illness. Seemingly trivial in comparison to his work on Lincoln, Brooks is also credited with writing the first novel about baseball in 1884.”


Google Scholar Blog: 2018 Scholar Metrics Released. “Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications. Today, we are releasing the 2018 version of Scholar Metrics. This release covers articles published in 2013–2017 and includes citations from all articles that were indexed in Google Scholar as of July 2018.”


Lifehacker: The Easiest Way to Load a Broken Webpage. “Say a webpage isn’t loading right. Maybe it’s collapsed from too much traffic after going viral on Reddit. Maybe it’s blocked in your country thanks to a law like GDPR. Maybe it was recently deleted. Usually Google has a saved copy of that page.”

Nieman Lab: With “Your Feed,” The New York Times lets iOS users follow topics and journalists (in a non-overwhelming way). “The Times publishes around 160 articles a day, and most of those will never be on the homepage of the app or in the section fronts. ‘Your Feed’ is designed to help readers follow content they might miss otherwise. They can select from 24 channels to follow — some organized around section or topic (‘From the Magazine,’ ‘Gender & Society,’ ‘The Mueller Investigation,’ ‘Books of the Week’), others based on specific columnists (Nicholas Kristoff, Farhad Manjoo’s State of the Art column).”

Make Tech Easier: 4 Useful Apps For Keeping Online Video Diaries. “Journaling and keeping diaries as well as blogging are more popular than ever as people share their lives with others. If you want to keep a video diary instead of just a written one, here are some apps and websites you may wish to explore.”


The Next Web: People are turning to subreddits in lieu of traditional counseling. “Cries for help echo. These aren’t quotes from a suicide hotline, or a group therapy session. They’re all posts on Reddit, just a few out of the hundreds a day that are made on the dozens of subreddits dedicated to helping people with mental health problems, life crises, or emotional torment.”

Washington Post: Several groups banned by Facebook had strong similarities to Twitter accounts linked to Russia six weeks ago. “At least three groups that Facebook banned this week for spreading disinformation shared similar names and traits with Twitter accounts that had been linked publicly to Russia six weeks earlier, underscoring the challenges of swiftly shutting down a foreign influence campaign even once strong hints emerge of who is behind it.”


Krebs on Security: Credit Card Issuer TCM Bank Leaked Applicant Data for 16 Months. “TCM Bank, a company that helps more than 750 small and community U.S. banks issue credit cards to their account holders, said a Web site misconfiguration exposed the names, addresses, dates of birth and Social Security numbers of thousands of people who applied for cards between early March 2017 and mid-July 2018.”


Arizona State University: In the future, you will be forever. “A Hollywood director fired for comments tweeted a decade ago. Memorialized accounts on Facebook, where your entire history exists forever and your contacts can continue posting after you’re gone. Photos from that college Halloween party that continue to surface in your Google results. This is what digital immortality looks like now. In the future, it may be more elaborate, and could even involve some type of simulacrum of you interacting with people.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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