Queer Armenian Library, Rampike Literary Magazine, Santa Tracker, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, December 6, 2020

Hi. Granny got out of the hospital last night and I’m camping out in her living room. I’m typing this on a Chromebook balanced on a piano bench while I sit cross-legged on a couch and slowly cut off all circulation to my feet. Love you much.


Sahan Journal: As a teen, J.P. Der Boghossian didn’t know any queer Armenians. Finally, in his 30s, he found them in books—and started his own library.. “Der Boghossian, now 39, launched the Queer Armenian Library: an online archive of literature, film, music, and art offerings by and about queer Armenians. The blog, which went live at the end of November, includes a synopsis of each work, reviews, film trailers, and instructions about where a reader can find the original material.”

University of Windsor: Literary magazine finds second life through Leddy Library online archive. “It’s been 40 years since the first issue of Rampike, a cutting-edge literary magazine, rolled out from the basement of Rivercrest Road near the Humber River, in Toronto’s west end. In 1979, its unique format — 18 inches tall and 6 inches wide — stood out against other publications. It was available on five continents, and now, all 24 volumes are accessible anywhere with an internet connection.”


CBS Denver: NORAD Launches Santa Tracker Website On Tuesday With Holiday Countdown, Games & More. “The website… features a holiday countdown, games, movies, music and a webstore. The website is available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese. Families can also track Santa using Amazon Alexa and OnStar. NORAD will post updates on St. Nick’s location on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.”


Good E-Reader: The best places to download free audiobooks in 2020. “There is no shortage of online retailers that allow you to subscribe and download audiobooks. Some of the most popular are Audible, Scribd, and Storytel. What if you are on a budget or do not want to pay for audiobooks? There is plenty of options to download them for free. You can get a digital public library card or access Librivox.”

New York Times: Listen to Indigenous People. “The Indigenous people of the land now called North America are often only brought up in the past tense in primary school classrooms. The fact is they are a growing population, an increasing demographic in the country and in Congress, yet most Americans are woefully uninformed about their histories and present-day struggles. Podcasts can help fill in the gaps, and there are plenty of shows made by Indigenous people. Don’t know where to start? Native podcast-makers recommend their favorites.”


University of Virginia: Booker T. Washington Has A New Charlottesville Connection: A Digital Edition Of His Papers. “Booker T. Washington, who emerged from slavery to become one of the leading African American intellectuals around the turn of the 20th century, had ties to Charlottesville that eventually led to a city park being named after him. A new connection between Washington and this area will be forged virtually via the University of Virginia Press’ electronic imprint, Rotunda, which has acquired ‘The Booker T. Washington Papers’ to create a digital edition.”

CBC: Building Regina, block by block: Teen joins worldwide Minecraft project to create digital version of planet. “The Build the Earth project started in March, with the goal of recreating the entire planet in the video game. Its relies on a modification that can track Google Earth data and put it into the Minecraft world, including streets and building outlines. Builders have to apply to be added to the server and then can pick a region to create. They’ll eventually be merged together to create the entire world in Minecraft.”

UNILAD: Haynes Ceases Production Of New Printed Repair Manuals. “For more 50 years, Haynes has been the go-to publisher for anyone who spends their spare time tinkering around in their garage. But almost two years on from the death of its founder, John Haynes, the company has taken the tough – but probably inevitable – step to go digital, announcing that all newly published guides will be online-only.”


EurekAlert: New cyberattack can trick scientists into making toxins or viruses — Ben-Gurion University researchers. “According to a new paper just published in Nature Biotechnology, it is currently believed that a criminal needs to have physical contact with a dangerous substance to produce and deliver it. However, malware could easily replace a short sub-string of the DNA on a bioengineer’s computer so that they unintentionally create a toxin producing sequence.”

Politico: Justices express qualms about sweeping computer crime law. “During arguments in a case involving a Georgia police officer convicted of violating the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act by accessing a license plate database, the justices pushed a Justice Department lawyer to explain how a ruling in the government’s favor wouldn’t open the door to prosecutions of innocuous behavior. Those could include browsing Instagram on a work computer or performing public-spirited security research to test a system for vulnerabilities.”

The Korea Herald: Korea to tighten grip on global internet giants amid service complaints. “A law revision set to take effect next week will tighten rules for data-hungry internet giants, such as Netflix Inc., amid growing calls for stable services. Earlier this week, the Cabinet passed an amendment to the ordinance of the Telecommunication Business Act, stipulating that online content service providers are responsible for providing stable services to users.”


The Register: Marine archaeologists catch a break on the bottom of the Baltic Sea: A 75-year-old Enigma Machine . “Divers clearing out a sprawl of abandoned fishing nets stuck in the Baltic Sea discovered more than they bargained for when they spotted an Enigma Machine, a device that encrypted secret messages used by the Germans in World War II.” Good morning, Internet…

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