Stewkley Video Memories, Texas Film Commission, California Genealogy, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, February 7, 2022


Leighton Buzzard Observer: Relive some wonderful Stewkley memories as fascinating film archive goes online . “The YouTube portal is divided into sections. One of them, May Day 1959-96, includes sound films of 18 years of the annual event held at the village school, the first film being that of 1967. Other sections include: Ten Years Ago, Saving Stewkley (Airport Campaign), Fun & Games, Special Events, Village Hall, Church & Chapel, TV Programmes and Presentations and the Best of the Rest. A Featured Footage section changes regularly.” Stewkley is in Buckinghamshire, in southeast England.

State of Texas: Texas Film Commission Announces New Online Exhibit. “The Texas Film Commission (TFC) and the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) today announced the launch of a new online exhibit examining the history of industrial filmmaking in Dallas. Titled ‘Mavericks and (M)ad Men: The Industrial Film Legacy of Dallas’ and hosted on Google Arts & Culture, the exhibit features 13 videos submitted to the Texas Film Round-Up by Dallas media producers and Texas organizations to tell the story of the independent filmmakers who helped turn the Texas metroplex into an epicenter for commercial film production.”


California Genealogical Society: California Research Series lectures are online!. “Have you missed one or more of our ‘California Research’ presentations? The first four lectures are now available for viewing online at our YouTube channel. Check out these talks, which give an overview of various California archives, invaluable for researchers! The associated handouts are also provided. A great preparation for NGS 2022, or for any California research trip.”


MakeUseOf: Safari: A Beginner’s Guide for iPhone or iPad Users . “On Apple devices, the default web browser is called Safari. It shares a lot of similar features to other common browsers, like Chrome, Firefox, and Edge. But if you’re new to using Safari, you may feel a little lost because the interface is slightly different to the others. So, here’s a beginner’s guide on how to use the Safari app to browse the web on your iPhone or iPad.”

Washington Post: Worried Wordle may go behind a paywall? Here are 8 alternatives.. I recognize the irony of a Washington Post article about paywalls. However this article is overtly non-paywalled, probably because the Washington Post had the same recognition. “I’ve scoured the Internet and crowdsourced friends for free Wordle-inspired adaptations. They range from NSFW options like Lewdle (like, seriously NSFW), to music-inspired alternatives like this Phish-themed version, to just plain silly, like Letterle.”


Press-Enterprise: Project aims to preserve Black history in Inland Empire . “Civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer once said, ‘Never to forget where we came from and always praise the bridges that carried us over.’ In 2007, Wilmer Amina Carter and her late husband, William Henry ‘Ratibu’ Jacocks, brought this quote to life through the Bridges that Carried Us Over project. At the core, is a commitment to honoring the history of African American people in the Inland Empire and their personal stories of struggle and triumph through video recorded interviews.” Inland Empire is an area of southern California that includes Riverside and San Bernardino. You can learn more about it at .

NARA: Archivist Explores History of 1950 Census Indian Reservation Schedule. “Cody White, archivist and subject matter expert for Native American–related records at the National Archives and Records Administration, set out to explore the history and context of the Form P8, Indian Reservation Schedule, in the 1950 Census to better understand why the Census Bureau created an entirely separate form to be used in some communities.”


The Guardian: NSO offered US mobile security firm ‘bags of cash’, whistleblower claims. “A whistleblower has alleged that an executive at NSO Group offered a US-based mobile security company ‘bags of cash’ in exchange for access to a global signalling network used to track individuals through their mobile phone, according to a complaint that was made to the US Department of Justice.”

Engadget: RIAA goes after NFT music website HitPiece. “HitPiece may have already shut down its website after several artists spoke up about their work being used without their permission, but the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) isn’t letting it off the hook. The organization has sent the attorney representing HitPiece a letter demanding the website and its founders to stop infringing on music IPs, to provide a complete list of site activities and to account for all NFTs that had been auctioned off.”

CTech: No one was immune: Israel Police Pegasus surveillance list revealed. “Calcalist can reveal for the first time a list of dozens of citizens who were targeted by Israel Police, having their phones hacked by NSO spyware and their personal information swiped and filed away. The surveillance was conducted to phish for intelligence even before any investigation had been opened against the targets, and without judicial warrants. Israel Police said in response that its people are ‘cooperating with the Attorney General of Israel’s examination team.'”


Michigan Daily: ‘Minecraft’ gave us the soundtrack to a generation. “I had never cared much for the soundtrack of ‘Minecraft,’ but when I first heard the mellow piano arpeggio of C418 [Daniel Rosenfeld]’s ‘Wet Hands’ fade in on my most recent playthrough, I was immediately transported from soulless, resource-gathering gameplay to another realm, one far beyond the menial tasks (both in the game and in real life) that kept me tethered down to this temporal dimension. I was instantly lost in ancient memories of the game, memories I didn’t even know I had. Within my mind, I casually meandered between entire years of my life: I had become unstuck in time.”

The Sunday Times: Students use AI rewrite tool to beat plagiarism checks. “The 18th-century magnum opus by the economist Adam Smith is commonly known as The Wealth of Nations. It was when a student referred in an essay to The Abundance of Countries that his professor smelled a rat. Academics have warned that students are cheating in their essays by using artificially intelligent programs that paraphrase the work of others in a way that cannot be picked up by web tools that check for plagiarism.” Good morning, Internet…

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