Alvin Weinberg, Rodney King Courtroom Sketches, Hogan Jazz Archive, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, March 3, 2021


Oak Ridger: Alvin Weinberg Papers Collection goes live online. “It has been a privilege and an honor to work on the Alvin Weinberg Archive Project the past three years. Over the last six months I have had the opportunity to look into his collection of recently digitized papers and I would describe it as vast and impactful. This has not only strengthened my resolve to preserve Alvin’s legacy for the community, but it has become much more personal.”

Library of Congress: Library Acquires Courtroom Sketches of Trials on Police Brutality Against Rodney King. “The Library of Congress has acquired more than 200 sketches of the Rodney King police brutality trials against four Los Angeles police officers in the 1990s, drawn by courtroom sketch artist Mary Chaney (1927-2005).”


Tulane News: Tulane University jazz archive gets new name and expanded mission. “Tulane University Special Collections (TUSC) is pleased to announce an expanded mission and new name for its famed music archive. Previously known as the Hogan Jazz Archive, the reconceived Hogan Archive of New Orleans Music and New Orleans Jazz will expand the scope of its collections, including acquisitions that document late 20th century and 21st-century contemporary jazz, rhythm and blues, funk, hip hop and rock musicians in New Orleans and the surrounding region, as well as the industry and culture that fosters and supports those artists.”

CNET: Minneapolis abandons plan to pay social media influencers during Floyd trial. “Minneapolis has scrapped plans to pay social media influencers to post city-approved messages to combat misinformation ahead of the trial of a former police officer in the killing of George Floyd.”

The Red & Black: Historical UGA Pandora yearbooks now available online
. “Pivotal stories from the grounds of the University of Georgia have been illustrated since 1886 on the pages of UGA’s Pandora yearbooks. As of January 2021, the publications between the years 1965-1974 have been made available for free online access.”

DigitalNC: Films from Forest History Society are now on DigitalNC. “Fourteen films about various aspects of the forestry industry and forest conservation are now online from the Forest History Society. The films date from the 1920s up to one about the Yellowstone National Park fires in 1988. Thanks to our colleagues in the Southern Folklife Collection, these audiovisual materials were digitized utilizing funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.”


Vulture: Nothing Is Flattening Music Like TikTok. “Choreography challenges reward breezy dance-pop or brash hip-hop tracks. A single bracing lyric can put a comedy video over the top. The absolute drama of a slow, sad song is a veritable buffet for prospective actors. As TikTok solidifies itself as a kingmaking promotional tool and a rung on the ladder to music superstardom, the songs that best lend themselves to memeing are becoming the songs that rise the highest on the charts.”

Politico: Biden won’t release White House virtual visitor logs. “The White House has committed to releasing visitor logs. But it doesn’t plan to divulge the names of attendees of virtual meetings, which are the primary mode of interaction until the coronavirus pandemic eases.”

Reuters: How a 10-second video clip sold for $6.6 million. “The video by digital artist Beeple, whose real name is Mike Winkelmann, was authenticated by blockchain, which serves as a digital signature to certify who owns it and that it is the original work. It’s a new type of digital asset – known as a non-fungible token (NFT) – that has exploded in popularity during the pandemic as enthusiasts and investors scramble to spend enormous sums of money on items that only exist online.”


Krebs on Security: Is Your Browser Extension a Botnet Backdoor?. “A company that rents out access to more than 10 million Web browsers so that clients can hide their true Internet addresses has built its network by paying browser extension makers to quietly include its code in their creations. This story examines the lopsided economics of extension development, and why installing an extension can be such a risky proposition.”

Ars Technica: Rookie coding mistake prior to Gab hack came from site’s CTO. “Over the weekend, word emerged that a hacker breached far-right social media website Gab and downloaded 70 gigabytes of data by exploiting a garden-variety security flaw known as an SQL injection. A quick review of Gab’s open source code shows that the critical vulnerability—or at least one very much like it—was introduced by the company’s chief technology officer.”


EurekAlert: Excessive social media use linked to binge eating in US preteens. “The study, published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders on March 1, found that each additional hour spent on social media was associated with a 62% higher risk of binge-eating disorder one year later. It also found that each additional hour spent watching or streaming television or movies led to a 39% higher risk of binge-eating disorder one year later.” Good morning, Internet…

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