Pop Music in Movies / TV, Donald Marshall Jr., MS-DOS Games, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 14, 2019


Another find via Reddit: a database covering popular music in movies and television from the 1920s to 1981. It’s called Lights, Camera Backbeat. From the About page: “LCB starts at the beginning of synchronised sound and film with early Vitaphone and Phonofilm musical shorts in the 1920’s and continues up to the birth of MTV in 1981. The 1980’s launched a new era in music on film with a massive increase in music videos produced for TV use as well as home video product on VCR and Betamax. Prior to 1981 there were often only limited chances to see major pop music performers on TV and in the cinema, particularly if you lived outside the USA.” I did a couple of quick searches; the database did not contain Paul Anka’s performances in GIRLS TOWN and did not contain Mamie Van Doren’s songs from UNTAMED YOUTH. So lots of results, but nowhere near complete.

Ku’Ku’Kwes News: All documents of the Royal Commission on the Donald Marshall, Jr. Prosecution now available online. “The complete archive of a 1990 royal commission report that examined how systemic racism in played a role in the wrongful murder conviction of a Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw man in 1971 is now available online. All documents pertaining to the Royal Commission on the Donald Marshall, Jr. Prosecution have been digitized and uploaded to the Nova Scotia Public Archives’ website. The collection includes all seven volumes of the royal commission report, notes, transcripts, submissions and evidence pertaining to Marshall’s trial and appeal court hearings.”


Internet Archive: 2,500 More MS-DOS Games Playable at the Archive. “Another few thousand DOS Games are playable at the Internet Archive! Since our initial announcement in 2015, we’ve added occasional new games here and there to the collection, but this will be our biggest update yet, ranging from tiny recent independent productions to long-forgotten big-name releases from decades ago.”


Popular Science: Make your own Instagram filter. “For years, Instagram filters were only made by the platform itself or by a handful of studios and creators with access to Spark AR Studio, a tool Facebook designed specifically to create filters for their platforms. But that changed in early August, when Spark AR’s closed beta version ended and the software became available to anyone dreaming of making their own filters. So, as the Instagram addict I am, I volunteered as tribute and set about learning how to make my own filters—and then write about it so you can do it, too.”

BetaNews: How to watch the Made By Google stream and Pixel 4 launch. “Tomorrow in New York, the company is holding its Made By Google ’19 event, and at it we can expect to see not only the launch of the Pixel 4 and Pixel XL, but also — in all likelihood — the Pixelbook Go. There may be a few other surprises, and you can tune into the live stream to get the news as soon as it happens — and find out how many of the rumors are true.”


Smithsonian Magazine: Website Provides Blueprint for Repatriating Aboriginal Remains. “While efforts to bring Aboriginal remains home have increased in recent years, as the numbers show, there remains much work to be done when it comes to repatriation and community healing. A new website funded by the Australian Research Council and project partner organizations aims to support those intertwined efforts. Called Return, Reconcile, Renew (RRR), it illuminates the historic and ongoing implications of stealing ancestral remains from Aboriginal communities, provides a virtual space for support and healing, and also offers a roadmap to help Aboriginal communities successfully secure the return of stolen ancestral remains.”

CNET: Warren runs a false Facebook ad to protest false Facebook ads. “Elizabeth Warren has taken an attention-getting approach to attacking Facebook’s recent announcement that it won’t fact-check politicians’ posts. She’s running an ad on the social network that deliberately contains a falsehood.”


TechCrunch: Facebook should ban campaign ads. End the lies.. “Permitting falsehood in political advertising would work if we had a model democracy, but we don’t. Not only are candidates dishonest, but voters aren’t educated, and the media isn’t objective. And now, hyperlinks turn lies into donations and donations into louder lies. The checks don’t balance. What we face is a self-reinforcing disinformation dystopia. That’s why if Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube don’t want to be the arbiters of truth in campaign ads, they should stop selling them. If they can’t be distributed safely, they shouldn’t be distributed at all.”

Phys .org: Research reveals millennials hindered from disconnecting by fear of missing out. “Millennials desperate to digitally disconnect are being hindered by the fear of missing out (FoMo), social influences and the increasing digitalisation of tourism services, new research reveals.”

ScienceBlog: Researchers Find Way To Harness AI Creativity. “A team led by Alexander Wong, a Canada Research Chair in the area of AI and a professor of systems design engineering at the University of Waterloo, developed a new type of compact family of neural networks that could run on smartphones, tablets, and other embedded and mobile devices. The networks, called AttoNets, are being used for image classification and object segmentation, but can also act as the building blocks for video action recognition, video pose estimation, image generation, and other visual perception tasks.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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