National Mammal Survey, Early Medieval Coins, Fastly Outage, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, June 10, 2021


EurekAlert: SNAPSHOT USA: First-ever nationwide mammal survey published. “How are the squirrels doing this year? The bears? The armadillos? How would you know? A new paper published June 8 sets up the framework for answering these questions across the United States by releasing the data from the first national mammal survey made up of 1,509 motion-activated camera traps from 110 sites located across all 50 states.”

New-to-me, from An Oxford Historian: The Corpus of Early Medieval Coin Finds. “Run by Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum, this site provides a database for single coin finds from the years c. 410 to 1180. Far more specifically focused than the PAS, this is the perfect resource for anyone interested in numismatics more specifically. Included in each entry is a photograph of both sides of the coin, along with a lot of background information, and a useful catalogue number for further research.”


BBC: One Fastly customer triggered internet meltdown. “A major internet blackout that hit many high-profile websites on Tuesday has been blamed on a software bug. Fastly, the cloud-computing company responsible for the issues, said the bug had been triggered when one of its customers had changed their settings.”

PopSugar: Celebrate Pride at Your 9 to 5 With This Google Sheets Hack That’ll Transform Any Spreadsheet. “Pride 2021 is here, and it’s a time to celebrate both on and offline! While parades and parties are a huge part of the month to celebrate and uplift the LGBTQ+ community, sometimes our computers call and we must answer. Luckily, Google Sheets is just as ready to partake in Pride festivities as we are, and the newest hack we learned just made sitting at our desks much more enjoyable.”

ZDNet: Microsoft adds ‘lightweight’ Visio web app for no extra fee to Microsoft 365 for business plans. “Microsoft is adding a new ‘lightweight’ Visio diagramming web app to Microsoft 365 for no additional charge for most business customers, the company announced on June 9. Up until now, Visio has been available only as a standalone app for purchase.”


Variety: Game Show History to Be Preserved With National Archives at Strong National Museum of Play. “The first quiz show launched on radio in 1923; now, nearly 100 years later, the National Archives of Game Show History has launched at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, N.Y. Veteran TV producers Bob Boden (‘Funny You Should Ask’) and Howard Blumenthal (‘Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?’) have co-founded the archives and will curate the collection.”

News & Star: Fusion Trampoline Park in Carlisle contacts Nick Clegg over Facebook issue. “Andy Ince, one of the owners of Fusion Trampoline Park in Carlisle, was devastated when the park’s Facebook and Instagram accounts were shut down over a dispute with another company. Between them, the two pages had 20,000 followers…. ‘In desperation I decided to write air mail letters marked “private and confidential” to Sir Nick Clegg – head of Global Affairs at Facebook in California – and also to Mark Zuckerberg.'”

China org: Foreign social media influencers try livestream selling in Yiwu. “Social media influencers from overseas tried their hands at livestream selling on Monday in Yiwu, Zhejiang province, as part of the ‘Daka China’ global communication event. After receiving basic training at the Yiwu Live Stream Industrial Park, the internet celebrities chose the products they wanted to promote and paired up to host their maiden livestreaming sales events.”


East Idaho News: Meet the woman behind the largest online missing persons cold case database. “Meaghan Good is the woman behind the largest missing persons cold case database on the internet.In 2004, she founded the Charley Project a week after her nineteenth birthday. There are currently 14,000 ‘cold case’ missing people on the website – most from the United States. The site relies on donations and the teacher salary of Good’s husband.”

Reuters: Nigeria demands social media firms get local licence. “Social media firms wanting to operate in Nigeria must register a local entity and be licensed, the country’s information minister said on Wednesday, the government’s latest move since it banned Twitter (TWTR.N) last week.”


University Times Ireland: Facebook is Dead. Don’t Mock Me for Being Sad About it.. “Facebook has been through many different phases since it came into existence in 2004. I wasn’t allowed to join it until I finished my junior certificate in 2014, so many people will argue that I was too late to have witnessed it in its true glory. I decided to take a deep dive into my Facebook friends’ profiles, some of which are more than a decade old, to see what I missed.”

Australian National University: A ‘treasure’ map of Indigenous history in Australia . “A new project at The Australian National University (ANU) shifts from the Australian history told from our colonial beginnings to one told by Aboriginal people, with stories that connect their recent past to the ancient history of their traditional lands. Under the direction of the ANU Research Centre for Deep History, Professor Ann McGrath and mapping consultant Kim Mahood worked with Aboriginal Elders associated with the Lake Mungo region to record their family stories.” Good morning, Internet…

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