H-Announce: Digitized Field Recordings of Lorenzo Dow Turner. “The project digitized close to 40 hours of field recordings made by African American academic and linguist Lorenzo Dow Turner, known as the ‘Father of Gullah Studies.’ The recordings were made between 1932 and 1952, and cover a variety of geographical locations, from Nigeria and Cameroon to Brazil, as well as locations within the United States, where Turner encountered native speakers of Yoruba, Igbo, Portuguese, English, Creole and Gullah among other languages and various dialects. Turner used these recordings as evidence to trace the linguistic and cultural connections between West Africa and the Americas.”
WTRF: Ohio rolls out searchable database of most in-demand jobs . “Ohio has rolled out an updated list of jobs that are in high demand and made it searchable. Republican Lt. Gov. Jon Husted says the list, which is called Ohio’s Top Jobs, is built for Ohio students and workers trying to figure out the next step in their education or career.”
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
Tubefilter: TikTok Inks Deal With WWE For 30 New Wrestler Accounts, Entrance Music Licensing. “WWE is body-slamming onto TikTok today, with a new pact that will see the wrestling media purveyor — which counts 1 billion followers across all of its social channels globally — launch various new channels on the Bytedance-owned, short-form video app.” I miss Dean Malenko since he retired.
MakeUseOf: The Firefox Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet for Windows. “If you have chosen Firefox as your go-to app for accessing the web, prepping it for fast, smooth browsing is a good idea. One way to do that is with the help of keyboard shortcuts. They can speed up navigation, tab management, bookmark creation, on-page searches, and various other browser operations.”
Make Tech Easier: How to Find Out When a Webpage Was Published. “When you’re doing research on a topic, it’s vital to ensure your sources are up to date. If you’re writing an academic paper, dates of publication are often required in the citations. The majority of the time, getting the date is easy: simply look on the site and find the ‘published on’ date to find how recent it was. Things get a little more complicated when there is no date listed on the webpage. When this happens, how do you know when the page was published?”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
TechCrunch: India shuts down internet once again, this time in Assam and Meghalaya. “India maintained a shutdown of the internet in the states of Assam and Meghalaya on Friday, now into 36 hours, to control protests over a controversial and far-reaching new citizen rule. The shutdown of the internet in Assam and Meghalaya, home to more than 32 million people, is the latest example of a worrying worldwide trend employed by various governments: preventing people from communicating on the web and accessing information.”
Oak Leaf News: When we post the past: How social media shapes identity. “[Issac] Young, 20, an audio engineering student at Santa Rosa Junior College, is among the many individuals who are now able to use apps like Instagram and Snapchat as digital, self-curated memory books. An entire generation has grown up on social media, and each member has a viewable recorded history online.”
Bloomberg: Google Culture War Escalates as Era of Transparency Wanes. “The extent of Google’s employee rebellion is hard to measure—the company has tried to portray it as the work of a handful of malcontents from the company’s junior ranks. Nor are the company’s message boards unilaterally supportive of revolt. ‘We want to focus on our jobs when we come into the workplace rather than deal with a new cycle of outrage every few days or vote on petitions for or against Google’s latest project,’ wrote one employee on an internal message board viewed by Bloomberg News. Still, the company seems stuck in a cycle of escalation.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
The Verge: Researchers fooled Chinese facial recognition terminals with just a mask. “Facial recognition has been heralded as a secure way to confirm your identity on your phone or at payment terminals, and with features like Face ID on your iPhone, it sometimes seems like the tech really is more secure than other options. But the tech isn’t infallible, as public facial recognition terminals can still be fooled with just a mask, as some recent experiments have shown.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
The MIT Press Reader: A Complete History of Collecting and Imitating Birdsong. “Twenty-five years ago I sought for the first time to collect, sift, and standardize these wonderful, bizarre words with their anarchic spellings, absurd pronunciations, and uncertain meanings. That project culminated in ‘Aaaaw to Zzzzzd: The Words of Birds,’ the appendice to which is featured below. Here, we see the history of alternative attempts to collect bird songs and sounds, from musical composition through recording devices to duck calls, bird organs, singing bird automata, and varieties of bird clock.”
Introspective Digital Archaeology: The Digital Derangement of Archives. “So do digital archives represent a paradigm shift from traditional archives and archival practice, or are they simply a technological development of them?” Not lengthly, but dense and thought-provoking and well-written. Can you compare something to a slice of really good fruitcake without being pejorative?
NLM Musings from the Mezzanine: Everyone’s Voice Matters: Making Science Open and Accessible to the Public. “Last month, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released its Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing and Supplemental Draft Guidance (Draft NIH Policy), making it available for public comment. Comments are due by January 10, 2020. Because everyone’s voice matters, I’m calling on the Musings audience to review the draft and offer your perspectives on this policy now!” Good morning, Internet…
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