Movie Images, Appalachia Sexual Health, YouTube, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, February 16, 2020


Cinema 5D: ShotDeck – Collaborative Searchable Online Library of Movie Images by Lawrence Sher, ASC. “ShotDeck is a new collaborative online library of movie images created by cinematographer Lawrence Sher, ASC. The library is fully searchable as each image is tagged with over 50 keywords. There are categories based on the genre of the movie, lighting, frame size, type of scene, etc. Created decks of images can be shared with other members. ShotDeck is now accepting free registrations for beta testing.”

Public News Service: New Online Map Shows Sexual-Health Resources in Appalachia. “The traveling sex-education workshop that teaches about consent and anatomy in rural Appalachia has created a unique new online map that shows the locations of reproductive-justice-related organizations and health-care providers in the region.”


The Verge: YouTube could compete with Apple and Amazon by offering third-party video subscription services. “YouTube is reportedly mulling over offering third-party subscriptions to users that will take attention away from Amazon and Apple — and keep people in Google’s ecosystem.”

WordPress: WordPress 5.4 Beta 1 . “WordPress 5.4 is slated for release on March 31, 2020, and we need your help to get there! While the primary goal for 2020 is full-site editing with blocks, contributors to WordPress are working across every area of the project to ensure the software continues moving forward.”

CNN: Facebook removes accounts run from Iran targeting Americans. “Facebook (FB) announced Wednesday morning that it had removed a small network of fake social media accounts it said were run from Iran and were posting about US politics. Twitter also said it removed accounts from Iran, but said its investigations were ongoing and provided few details.”


Variety: Universal Music Denies Accusation That It Is Downplaying Damage in 2008 Archive Fire. “The day after Universal Music Group revealed that it is planning an IPO within three years, an attorney for four artists who have claimed to have lost recordings in a 2008 fire that destroyed thousands of assets in the company’s archives has accused UMG of ‘gamesmanship’ and downplaying and refusing to reveal the extent of the damage. UMG has denied the accusations.”

Houston Chronicle: Race against time: Saving Texas’ film memories. “As the years play on, the decay of aging motion picture film accelerates, as does the quality of magnetic tape on which video is recorded. Video projectors and old-format tape machines break, are not repaired and discarded. The race to get these recordings into a digital format – also unlikely to survive forever – becomes more crucial with each passing year.”


New York Times: Activate This ‘Bracelet of Silence,’ and Alexa Can’t Eavesdrop. “The bracelet is like an anti-smartwatch, both in its cyberpunk aesthetic and in its purpose of defeating technology. A large, somewhat ungainly white cuff with spiky transducers, the bracelet has 24 speakers that emit ultrasonic signals when the wearer turns it on.”

TechCrunch: California Senator proposes tighter regulations on direct-to-consumer genetics testing companies. “A state senator in California is introducing legislation designed to provide more oversight over direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies. The new regulations, introduced by Santa Ana’s Democratic Senator Thomas Umberg, builds on attempts in the California Consumer Privacy Act to regulate the ways data collected from genetic testing can be used by companies.”


NiemanLab: Americans of all political stripes expect 2020’s fake news to be biased against their side. “Fake news, misinformation, and disinformation will be major concerns in the 2020 presidential election. According to previous research by the Pew Research Center, half of American adults describe misinformation as a ‘very big problem’ — more than who say the same about climate change, racism, and terrorism (though fewer than who say healthcare affordability, the wealth gap, and drug addiction).”

Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!!!): Online Tool Will Help ‘Spot’ Legal Issues That People Face. “People looking for information on legal questions often start their searches online, without a good handle on the terminology. Today’s machine learning tools can help put nonlegal phrasing into context, using artificial intelligence to match people’s situations with specific legal issues, supplying accurate information and connections to potential services.”

Ars Technica: Open access journals get a boost from librarians—much to Elsevier’s dismay. “When Florida State University cancelled its ‘big deal’ contract for all Elsevier’s 2,500 journals last March to save money, the publisher warned it would backfire and cost the library $1 million extra in pay-per-view fees. But even to the surprise of Gale Etschmaier, dean of FSU’s library, the charges after eight months were actually less than $20,000.” Good morning, Internet…

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