The Tank Museum, Massachusetts Catholic Cemeteries, Global Politics Twitter, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 27, 2021


Tank Museum: A Salute to Model Making. “Between 26 February – 15 March, the Museum will be releasing a series of videos and content on social media relating to the hobby, which will include a beginner’s guide, appearances from well-known modellers and an exploration of the models found in the Museum’s collection.”

American Ancestors: Massachusetts Catholic Cemetery Records Now Available Online. “Researchers can now search hundreds of thousands of records containing detailed information about people buried in eastern Massachusetts Catholic cemeteries through a new online database, thanks to a partnership between American Ancestors/New England Historic Genealogical Society, the Archive Department of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston (RCAB), and The Catholic Cemetery Association of the Archdiocese of Boston, Inc. (CCA).” You will have to have a membership to American Ancestors.


UC Riverside: Pew Research Center Research Associate to Discuss How Global Legislators Use Twitter. “On Thursday, March 4, the University of California, Riverside (UCR) School of Public Policy will host a talk by Kat Devlin, a Research Associate of the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project, about the Center’s recent work using computational social science and social media to evaluate what lawmakers around the world think about current international affairs.”


TechCrunch: Facebook launches BARS, a TikTok-like app for creating and sharing raps. “Facebook’s internal R&D group, NPE Team, is today launching its next experimental app, called BARS. The app makes it possible for rappers to create and share their raps using professionally created beats, and is the NPE Team’s second launch in the music space following its recent public debut of music video app Collab.”

Gizmodo: ‘Deep Nostalgia’ Can Turn Old Photos of Your Relatives Into Moving Videos. “It’s hard to feel connected to someone who’s gone through a static photo. So a company called MyHeritage who provides automatic AI-powered photo enhancements is now offering a new service that can animate people in old photos creating a short video that looks like it was recorded while they posed and prepped for the portrait.”


The Next Web: How to automatically delete your embarrassing tweets for free. “Unfortunately, Twitter doesn’t provide a way to bulk-delete tweets (assholes). Instead, the site suggests you manually remove the offending tweets, one-by-one. But that can be a grueling task, littered with humiliating reminders of the past. A more expedient option is using a third-party app to automatically delete old tweets on a recurring schedule. Read on to find out how.”


BuzzFeed News: New York Times Columnist David Brooks Wrote A Blog Post For Facebook’s Corporate Website. “On Tuesday, New York Times columnist David Brooks published a 900-word ode to Facebook Groups and how they foster online communities around the world. The column didn’t appear in Brooks’ usual spot in the Times, where he’s had a popular opinion column since 2003. Instead, it was published on Facebook’s corporate website to promote a new study of groups that was funded by the social media giant.”

CBC: Digital Collection of African Nova Scotian History. “In collaboration with members of the community, CBC will compile a digital collection of African Nova Scotian content from decades of CBC programming, and make the material available on the CBC Nova Scotia website and on CBC’s Being Black in Canada website.”


Gothamist: Gothamist Sues Bronx DA For Failure To Release Database On NYPD Officers With Credibility Issues. “After nearly two years of waiting for a response to a public records request, Gothamist/WNYC is suing the Bronx District Attorney’s Office for its failure to release an internal database the agency created to track NYPD officers flagged for credibility concerns. The database includes a variety of records, which have not been made public before, including NYPD misconduct findings, determinations by judges that officers may have lied on the stand, and prosecutors’ assessments about court rulings that could cast doubt on police testimony.”

Engadget: Right-wing site Gab responds to ‘alleged’ data breach. “The CEO of Gab — the right-wing haven that lost mainstream tech backing after violent attacks in 2018 — published a curious blog post denying that the company has suffered a data breach. While it mysteriously went offline for a short time a week ago, at the time it claimed the only problem was some kind of bitcoin wallet spam affecting only a few accounts.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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