LGBTQ+ Maine, Google, Public Domain Game Jam, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 2, 2019


Bangor Daily News: Calais man launches online resource for LGBTQ+ community. “For David Burke, growing up gay in Calais, Maine, meant never being able to be himself. To be gay decades ago in rural Maine was to endure hateful slurs. For Burke, a disabled U.S. Army veteran, that meant being isolated and uncomfortable.”


Search Engine Roundtable: Google Tests More Movie & TV Streaming Options In Search. “Google in November 2017 began showing movies and TV shows to watch on YouTube and other providers directly in search. Now, it seems Google is pushing that a bit more with the ability to add more streaming providers and testing new interfaces for it.”

Techdirt: Announcing The Public Domain Game Jam: Gaming Like It’s 1923. “…this year, we’ve been seeing tons of celebratory articles, highlighting how works from 1923 are finally entering the public domain (WAY later than they should have, but not much we can do about that now). So, it’s time to celebrate. And what good is a public domain if you don’t do anything with it? So, today, now that these works are in the public domain, we’re announcing the Gaming Like It’s 1923 Newly Public Domain Game Jam. We’ve teamed up, once again, with Randy Lubin from Diegetic Games, who was our partner on the (public domain) CIA: Collect It All card game, to run this game jam.”


Slashgear: Conquer 2019 with this new breed of productivity tools. “It’s that time of year again when people try to make their new year’s resolutions, wrangle their todo lists from last year, and generally try to keep their life in order at the start of the new year. While there is a resurgence in the interest and use of paper notebooks, partially thanks to things like the Bullet Journal, some still swear by digital tools to get things done. If you’re one of the latter, you might want to take a peek at this new generation of productivity and collaboration tools that go beyond simple todo lists and calendars.”

Analytics India: 10 Free eBooks Beginners Should Read Before Diving Into Data Science. “There is no dearth of books for Data Science which can help get one started and build a career in the field. But before you begin, getting a preliminary overview of these subjects is a wise and crucial thing to do. A healthy dose of eBooks on big data, data science and R programming is a great supplement for aspiring data scientists.”

Lifehacker: Conquer Your Story Backlog With ‘Reading Queue’ on iOS. “I usually have about 90 articles in my Instapaper, and I’m OK with that. I get around to articles a month after everyone stopped talking about them. I look through my queue like it’s a ten-page diner menu, ignoring certain articles for weeks until I finally decide to read or delete. It could be worse; once I had 500 unread articles. But if your reading list bums you out—if you wish you could declare bankruptcy on Pocket or Instapaper—then you should try the new competitor, Reading Queue.”


CBC: ‘It can get a little crazy sometimes’: N.S. history buffs summing up 400 years, in tweets. “One of the things [Leo] Deveau likes about the Twitter feed is the reach it has and its ability to connect with people from all over the world. Deveau isn’t alone on Twitter for using the platform to educate people about Nova Scotia’s history. Other accounts include the Beaton Institute, which is the archives at Cape Breton University. Its Twitter account offers information about Cape Breton’s ‘economic, political, and culture history.'”

i News: Bottle kilns to bomb sites: The archive where the nation’s architecture is frozen in time. “For much of her career Dusty Deste made her living by taking pictures of luxury goods, including a stint as Cartier’s in-house photographer. But when she was not immortalising high-end jewellery and taking portraits, the bank manager’s daughter was able to indulge her greater passion – capturing on film life in Britain’s disappearing industrial heartlands. From the 1950s until her retirement in the early 1980s, Ms Deste would drive her trusty Land Rover, which doubled as a mobile dark room, to chronicle vanishing cornerstones of working life such as the coal-fired bottle kilns of the Potteries and textile mills of Northern England.”


BBC: Australian police Google Maps blunder ‘missed location of body’. “A missing Australian’s body could have been found 18 months earlier if searchers had not relied on incorrect Google Maps data, a coroner has said. Darrell Simon, 46, was last seen in November 2014 at his partner’s house about 80km (50 miles) west of Brisbane.”

Ars Technica: Mickey Mouse will be public domain soon—here’s what that means. “In 1998, works published in 1922 or earlier were in the public domain, with 1923 works scheduled to expire at the beginning of 1999. But then Congress passed the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. It added 20 years to the terms of older works, keeping 1923 works locked up until 2019. Many people—including me—expected another fight over copyright extension in 2018. But it never happened. Congress left the existing law in place, and so those 1923 copyrights expired on schedule this morning. And assuming Congress doesn’t interfere, more works will fall into the public domain each January from now on.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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