Meal Prep, Connecticut History, Women’s History, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, March 8, 2019


National Resources Defense Council: New Meal Prep Tool Helps Users Save Food, Money, Environment . “Users can choose to build their own customized plan or use one of Meal Prep Mate’s existing plans, with vegan and vegetarian options available for both options. Users who choose to follow an existing Meal Prep Mate plan will share the number of people eating and the number of days they are planning to eat. From there, they will receive a tailored shopping list and pre-designed recipes—developed by registered dietitian Rebecca Ditkoff, culinary producer Clare Langan and Save The Food experts—for nutritious, accurately portioned breakfast, lunch and dinner meals, all of which rely on one set of ingredients.” I felt weird about including this. It seems a bit off from what I usually put in here. But I can so easily imagine librarians putting this on a resource list for families who want to generate less waste or who are on a tight budget. So in it goes.

DPLA: DPLA Welcomes Connecticut Digital Archive. “We are excited to announce that over 75,000 new items from Connecticut Digital Archive are now discoverable in DPLA. Connecticut Digital Archive, a program of the University of Connecticut Library, includes a diverse array of materials from over forty cultural heritage institutions across the state, from the P.T. Barnum collection of artifacts and ephemera from Bridgeport Public Library and the Barnum Museum to Connecticut State Library’s nineteenth century newspapers and Hartford Public Library’s Butch Lewis Video Collection documenting Hartford’s Black Panther Party chapter in the late 1960s.”

CBS Chicago: New Website For Women’s History To Launch Friday. “The New-York Historical Society and IBM have teamed up for a website dedicated to educating students about the achievements of American women. ‘Women & the American Story’ will launch Friday, which is International Women’s Day.”

United States Bowling Congress: New BowlTV. com Video Platform Launches. “The new website will feature a wide variety of video content, including live coverage of Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) events, Team USA competition, USBC Collegiate and Junior Gold events, and much more. In addition to live video, will host an extensive library of video-on-demand (VOD) content including instructional videos, historical archives and unique behind-the-scenes experiences.”


EdSurge: Turnitin to Be Acquired by Advance Publications for $1.75B. “Turnitin, an Oakland, Calif.-based developer of software that uses artificial intelligence to scan students’ writing and code assignments to check for plagiarism, will be acquired by Advance Publications, a media conglomerate that also owns Condé Nast. The deal, which The Wall Street Journal estimated is worth nearly $1.75 billion, is expected to close in the second quarter of 2019.”

CNET: Facebook blames bug for brief page redesign. “Don’t get too excited about that new Facebook page design that popped up Tuesday. It was a mistake, and it’s already gone.”


Queen Mary University of London: Cinema Memory and the Digital Archive. “An academic from Queen Mary University of London is collaborating on a major new research project on cinema from the 1930s onwards.”

The Epoch Times: Keeping Bubbe’s Cooking Alive With the Jewish Food Society. “A Shabbat curry by way of Mumbai. Syrian Passover soup that came to Brooklyn. A 100-year-old rugelach recipe. A cholent pie. Naama Shefi is the Jewish culinary librarian who carefully records these Jewish diaspora foods in her recipe card box that is The Jewish Food Society. It’s a recently conceived organization, incorporated as a nonprofit in 2017, that aims to ‘preserve, celebrate, and revitalize Jewish food from around the world,’ its Instagram page reads, through a digital archive and real life pop-ups and events.”

The Guardian: ‘A real source of hope’: social media opens Thailand’s junta to criticism. “In the five years since it took power in a coup, the junta has retained an iron grip on traditional media in Thailand, ensuring newspapers and television unfailingly promote its agenda. Those who dared to criticise were often prosecuted under the draconian computer crimes law. The narrative propagated in media was one of stability and prosperity; a world away from the reality of a stagnant economy and oppression that has defined military rule.”

The Atlantic: The AI-Art Gold Rush Is Here. “If they hadn’t found each other in the New York art scene, the players involved could have met on a Spike Jonze film set: a computer scientist commanding five-figure print sales from software that generates inkjet-printed images; a former hotel-chain financial analyst turned Chelsea techno-gallerist with apparent ties to fine-arts nobility; a venture capitalist with two doctoral degrees in biomedical informatics; and an art consultant who put the whole thing together, A-Team–style, after a chance encounter at a blockchain conference. Together, they hope to reinvent visual art, or at least to cash in on machine-learning hype along the way.”


BetaNews: Google recommends upgrading to Windows 10 to avoid unpatched Windows 7 zero-day that’s being actively exploited. “Google is warning users of Windows 7 that they are at risk from a privilege escalation zero-day bug — and the advice is to upgrade to Windows 10 as there is no patch currently available for the actively exploited vulnerability. The problem stems from two vulnerabilities being exploited in combination — one in Chrome, and one in Windows.”

Wired: An Email Marketing Company Left 809 Million Records Exposed Online. “Last week, security researchers Bob Diachenko and Vinny Troia discovered an unprotected, publicly accessible MongoDB database containing 150 gigabytes of detailed, plaintext marketing data—including 763 million unique email addresses. The pair are going public with their findings today. The trove is not only massive but also unusual; it contains data about individual consumers as well as what appears to be ‘business intelligence data,’ like employee and revenue figures from various companies.”


TechCrunch: Podcasts, smart speakers soar as social media stalls, based on new survey. “The 2019 edition of a popular annual survey shows usage of social media by Americans is stalling while ownership of smart speakers and tablets has soared over the last year, as has consumer engagement with podcasts. The results are promising for Amazon and Spotify in particular.” Good morning, Internet…

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