NYC Landmarks, Mississippi Prisoners, WWI Draft Cards, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, December 14, 2018


6sqft: New Historic Districts Council website lists every landmark in NYC. “Preservationists, advocates, history buffs and anyone interested in finding out about the history of New York City’s neighborhoods and landmarks has an exciting new resource at their fingertips. The Historic Districts Council (HDC) has launched a new website that offers a complete list of every historic district, individual landmark, interior landmark and scenic landmark in New York City.”

University of Mississippi: New Jail Database Shows Lengthy Pretrial Incarceration Continues in Mississippi’s Local Jails. “The vast majority of the 5,534 men and women detained in local Mississippi jails are not serving sentences for criminal convictions but instead are awaiting their day in court to face charges, and nearly half of the detainees have been in jail for more than 90 days. Those are some of the findings made available to the public today by the MacArthur Justice Center at the University of Mississippi School of Law.”


Fold3: WWII Draft Registration Card Collection update . “Fold3 has added four new states to our collection of U.S. WWII Draft Registration Cards! The collection now contains cards from Montana, Kansas, Pennsylvania, and Oregon. The cards in this collection are registration cards for the draft and do not necessarily indicate that the individual served in the military.”

The Verge: Instagram is testing Creator Accounts for high-profile influencers. “Instagram is testing new Creator Accounts that will give high-profile influencers and celebrities the ability to filter direct messages and offer more in-depth analytics over their follower counts.”

CNET: Google wants to help you pronounce words like ‘onomatopoeia’ correctly, report says. “Google is reportedly working on a feature that could spare you from embarrassing mispronunciations. The search giant may roll out a feature that shows you how to pronounce a word you’ve searched for, according to Android Police. For example, if you search for ‘onomatopoeia,’ a box will reportedly appear that directs you to a new search for ‘how to pronounce’ the word.” I did not learn to read like most people and I don’t read like most people now, and consequently I can’t pronounce anything. Looking forward to this.

Library of Congress: Library of Congress National Film Registry Turns 30. “Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today the annual selection of 25 of America’s most influential motion pictures to be inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress because of their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s film heritage. These films range from Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ and Paul Newman’s unforgettable ‘Hud’ to the opulent musical ‘My Fair Lady’ and the rocking sounds of ‘Monterey Pop.’ Selection to the registry will help ensure that these films will be preserved for all time.”


The Moscow Times: Russian Official Threatens to Block Google Over Violations. “Russia’s state communications regulator Roskomnadzor has threatened to block Google if it does not filter its search results based on Russian law, a day after announcing that it had fined the search engine for non-compliance.”

Reuters: Google studies steps to open representative office in Vietnam, government says. “Alphabet Inc’s Google is studying steps toward opening a representative office in Vietnam, the government of the Southeast Asian nation said on its website, citing Google’s Senior Vice President Kent Walker.”

KTVA: Anchorage Museum archiving memes, social media posts from earthquake. “The 1964 earthquake was documented in newspaper headlines, letters and photographs shot on film. After the Nov. 30 quake, historians are using words and images from social media to document the disaster. Aaron Leggett, a curator with the Anchorage Museum, said staff started collecting online items for their archive an hour after the quake hit.”


Neowin: Windows 10 logs your activities to the cloud even when you tell it not to . “Although Microsoft appeared to answer critics, and even lawmakers at the beginning of the year by incorporating even more privacy controls into Windows 10 (which really just adds to the flood of settings you now have to be mindful of) it would appear that the toggles do little to nothing in reality.”


Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): Social media outpaces print newspapers in the U.S. as a news source . “Social media sites have surpassed print newspapers as a news source for Americans: One-in-five U.S. adults say they often get news via social media, slightly higher than the share who often do so from print newspapers (16%) for the first time since Pew Research Center began asking these questions. In 2017, the portion who got news via social media was about equal to the portion who got news from print newspapers.”

Ubergizmo: Study Finds Screen Time Physically Changes The Brain Structure In Kids. “In an ongoing study funded by the National Institutes of Health (via Bloomberg), it has been found that too much screen time can actually physically alter the brain structure in kids. The study found that in the first batch of brain scans of 4,500 9-10 year olds, those who spent more than 7 hours a day in front of a screen showed premature thinning of the brain cortex, which is the outermost layer that helps to process information from the physical world.” Good morning, Internet…

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