Video Playlist For ‘120 Minutes’, Oral History How-Tos, Yorescape, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 14, 2022


Laughing Squid: An Amazing Playlist of the Entire MTV ‘120 Minutes’ Catalog Featuring Over 2,500 Music Videos. “Chris Reynolds put together an amazing video playlist featuring every alternative music video that was played on the classic MTV series 120 Minutes. The series first ran from 1986 to 2003 and was resurrected for a short time in 2011. This remarkable archive includes 2,512 music videos and was made with Tune My Music, a service that transfers playlists from other resources to YouTube.”

The Canadian Encyclopedia: How to Make an Oral History Podcast. “This toolkit has been created to help you through the steps of creating an oral history podcast: how to conduct research, how to interview subjects, and how to incorporate an interview into a script that tells a story. It introduces activities, in-person or virtual, that guide students in planning their own podcast episodes.” A 12-page resource presented as a digital booklet. Looks like it would be useful for teachers, but also for genealogists; it provides lots of ideas about interviewing people for their oral histories.

New-to-me, from MakeUseOf: How to Explore Ancient Landmarks With Yorescape. “Flyover Zone is a ‘virtual tourism company’ that digitally reconstructs world history sites in 360-degree virtual environments. They’ve been at this for a while now, but a platform and app system called Yorescape collects all of their content and publishes it all in one place.”


CNN: How Google found itself under pressure from all sides after Roe’s demise. “In mid-June, one week before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, more than 20 Congressional Democrats wrote a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai. In it, they urged the company to prevent searches for abortion clinics from returning results and ads that direct users to facilities that actually oppose the procedure, noting it could put women’s health at risk. The next month, 17 Republican attorneys general wrote a letter to Pichai pushing for the opposite.”

TechCrunch: Dropbase can help turn your messy spreadsheet into queryable SQL database. “It’s not unusual for a tech company to be born by accident. Famously, Slack was created as a byproduct of a now defunct gaming company. Similarly, when Dropbase founders Jimmy Chan and Ayazhan Zhakhan were in the Y Combinator Winter 20 batch, they were testing the product they had built at the time and accidentally stumbled upon the thing that would become Dropbase.”


ABC News (Australia): Google fined $60 million for misleading some Australian mobile users about collection of location data. “Google has been slapped with a $60 million fine for some misleading consumers about the collection and use of their personal location data on Android phones between January 2017 and December 2018.”

CNN: Account bearing Ohio FBI standoff suspect’s name encouraged violence against the agency in posts on Trump social media platform. “An account bearing the name of Ricky Shiffer, the man authorities say they killed after he tried Thursday to breach an FBI field office in Cincinnati, made posts on the social media platform founded by Donald Trump referencing the attempt to storm the office and encouraging others online to prepare for a revolutionary-type war.”

NBC News: A pro-Johnny Depp YouTuber was sent a cease-and-desist after she targeted an employee of Amber Heard’s PR team. “A pro-Johnny Depp YouTuber was spreading lies and conspiracy theories about an employee of the public relations firm that works with Amber Heard, a law firm said in a cease-and-desist letter.”


Newswise: AI algorithm that detects brain abnormalities could help cure epilepsy. “An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm that can detect subtle brain abnormalities which cause epileptic seizures has been developed by a UCL-led team of international researchers.”

The Next Web: Ask the suspect to turn sideways. “Researchers have discovered a surprisingly simple way to detect deepfake video calls: ask the suspect to turn sideways. The trick was shared this week by, a London-based startup behind the viral Tom Cruise deepfakes.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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