Anglo-Saxon Literature, White Castle Hamburgers, South Carolina Landmarks, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, July 8, 2021

Good morning. Elsa will be rolling through and smacking us around later today. I’m trying to get as much done in advance as possible but we may have a publishing delay here and there. Stay cool. Love you.


University of Exeter: Oldest book of English literature in the world available to browse online for the first time. “One of the oldest books of English literature in the world – created more than 1,000 years ago – is now available for anyone to browse online for the first time. The Exeter Book is one of the four most significant verse manuscripts to survive from the Anglo-Saxon period and contains the vast majority of all surviving Old English poetry. Its origins are a mystery.”

New-to-me, from Richland Source: an online archive devoted to White Castle Hamburgers. “Over 600 museum objects are cataloged and stored at the museum collection facility, including the first spatula used by co-founder Walt Anderson to cook White Castle hamburgers…. We have digitized a selection of the White Castle Archives that is available online in the Ohio Memory digital library.”

New-to-me, and apparently revamped to all our benefit, from The Post and Courier: South Carolina nonprofit creates archive of Palmetto State landmarks. “Today, its website features entries on over 2,000 landmarks. Most are still standing, but the project also catalogues locations that have fallen to ruin or disappeared. In addition to photographs, entries include write-ups adding historical context to the sites, along with addresses, links to similar landmarks and information about any other notable places nearby.”


Bleeping Computer: Microsoft’s incomplete PrintNightmare patch fails to fix vulnerability. “After the update was released, security researchers Matthew Hickey, co-founder of Hacker House, and Will Dormann, a vulnerability analyst for CERT/CC, determined that Microsoft only fixed the remote code execution component of the vulnerability.”

CNET: TikTok has a new resume feature for job seekers. “The pilot program lets job seekers post video resumes to TikTok for positions with partner companies like Chipotle, Target and Shopify. Users are encouraged to ‘creatively and authentically showcase their skillsets and experiences, and use #TikTokResumes in their caption when publishing their video resume to TikTok,’ the company said in a release.”

Mashable: You can now be a cat in Google Meet calls . “Google has integrated a bunch of new filters and masks into Meet, making it a bit more like Google Duo (which Meet is replacing anyways) and very much like the Snap Camera app on Zoom. These include new, animated backgrounds such as an undersea environment with bubbles and jellyfish swimming around (additions to the three launched in April), as well as changing your head into the head of a cat, elephant, dinosaur, and more.”


Kotaku: Watch A Living Google Map Destroy Geoguessr. “Part of what makes Havrd and others who play Geoguessr at that level of difficulty so good is that they’re able to absorb a staggering amount of contextual clues that non-players wouldn’t think to look for. There are the obvious clues like road signs and landmarks but to get world-record-holding levels of good good, runners have to think creatively. Everything from the local flora to the silhouette of the Google Maps car can tell a player where exactly they are. According to Havrd, he knows when he’s in Kenya because their Google Maps cars have ‘snorkels’ on them. He knows he’s in Nigeria from the orientation of the red and blue lights on the police cars that escort a map car.”


Associated Press: Trump files suit against Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. “Former U.S. President Donald Trump has filed suit against three of the country’s biggest tech companies, claiming he and other conservatives have been wrongfully censored. But legal experts say the suits are likely doomed to fail, given existing precedent and legal protections.”

Engadget: 36 states launch antitrust suit against Google over the Play Store. “Politico reports 36 states and Washington DC have banded together to sue the company over its handling of the Play Store. They say Google’s control over the marketplace violates US antitrust law. The bipartisan group of attorneys general behind the suit filed the case in the same California federal court where Judge James Donato is scheduled to hire Epic’s suit against Google over Fortnite’s removal from the Play Store last year.”

Ars Technica: No, open source Audacity audio editor is not “spyware”. “Over the fourth of July weekend, several open source news outlets began warning readers that the popular open source audio editing app Audacity is now “spyware.” This would be very alarming if true—there aren’t any obvious successors or alternatives which meet the same use cases. Audacity is free and open source, relatively easy to use, cross platform, and ideally suited for simple “prosumer” tasks like editing raw audio into finished podcasts. However, the negativity seems to be both massively overblown and quite late.” Unlike many outlets, the Ars Technica comment section is usually worth a read. It’s definitely the case with this article.


PsyPost: New study sheds light on what Instagram reveals about a couple’s relationship. “People’s relationship tends to be more visible on Instagram when they and their partner have higher relationship satisfaction, investment, and commitment, according to new research published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. When people perceive themselves as having access to higher quality alternative partners, however, their relationships tended to be less visible on the social media platform.”

The Conversation: It’s not just bad behavior – why social media design makes it hard to have constructive disagreements online. “My colleagues and I investigated how the design of social media affects online disagreements and how to design for constructive arguments. We surveyed and interviewed 257 people about their experiences with online arguments and how design could help. We asked which features of 10 different social media platforms made it easy or difficult to engage in online arguments, and why. (Full disclosure: I receive research funding from Facebook.) We found that people often avoid discussing challenging topics online for fear of harming their relationships, and when it comes to disagreements, not all social media are the same.” Good morning, Internet…

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