Georgia Presbyterian Churches, Google Sheets, Election Memes, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 25, 2022


Digital Library of Georgia: 19th and early 20th century collections from the Presbyterian Church are now available online without paywalls or passwords.. “Selected by Georgia stakeholders and funded by the DLG, these materials document the Church’s interaction with slavery, emancipation, and religion.”


How-To Geek: How to Import Data With Google Sheets Functions. “You may want to work with data in your spreadsheet that resides elsewhere. Using a set of Google Sheets functions, you can import data from a CSV file, RSS feed, web page, or another spreadsheet. With the functions we’ll describe here, you can pull data into your sheet from external sources. Then, analyze, manipulate, format, and do what you please with your new data.”


Washington Post: The Fetterman-Oz meme campaign, illustrated. “The rivals for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat are turning to uncommon tactics to paint their opponent as unqualified or unfit. Since emerging from the primaries, Democratic nominee John Fetterman has waged a relentless trolling offensive, creating moments that often went viral on social media portraying Republican rival Mehmet Oz as an out-of-state elitist. Oz began countering with his own posts questioning Fetterman’s health and willingness to debate, as well as his policy positions.”


Long Island Press: NY Museums to Disclose Artwork Looted by Nazis. “Museums in New York that exhibit artworks looted by Nazis during the Holocaust are now required by law to let the public know about those dark chapters in their provenance through placards displayed with the stolen objects. At least 600,000 pieces of art were looted from Jewish people before and during World War II, according to experts. Some of that plunder wound up in the world’s great museums.”

Motherboard: Revealed: US Military Bought Mass Monitoring Tool That Includes Internet Browsing, Email Data. “Multiple branches of the U.S. military have bought access to a powerful internet monitoring tool that claims to cover over 90 percent of the world’s internet traffic, and which in some cases provides access to people’s email data, browsing history, and other information such as their sensitive internet cookies, according to contracting data and other documents reviewed by Motherboard.”

CyberScoop: Commerce lacks intelligence resources to keep U.S. tech from fueling Chinese cyberthreat, experts warn. “The Commerce Department unit that approves sensitive U.S. technology exports does not have the intelligence resources to fully realize the national security consequences of selling advanced equipment and software to China, several experts and a former agency official told CyberScoop.”


The Verge: It sure seems like Google is struggling to invent the future. “If companies want to attract the sort of people who are going to build the future, they have to be the type of place where people can actually go out on limbs and not be worried about getting in trouble for barking up the wrong tree. It’d be a shame if Google became a company where that wasn’t the case.”

PC Magazine: We Must Save Streaming Video Before It’s Too Late. “The core problem, of course, is capitalism’s inherent antagonism toward art. Companies commission movies primarily for their ability to make money. Preserving them is also largely about profit, making more money by selling them again.”

Maryland Today: How AI Could Help Writers Spot Stereotypes. “Studious Asians, sassy yet helpless women and greedy shopkeepers: These tired stereotypes of literature and film not only often offend the people they caricature, but can drag down what might otherwise have been a compelling narrative. Researchers at the University of Maryland’s Human-Computer Interaction Lab are working to combat these clichés with the creation of DramatVis Personae (DVP), a web-based visual analytics system powered by artificial intelligence that helps writers identify stereotypes they might be unwittingly giving fictional form among their cast of characters (or dramatis personae).”


Ars Technica: The case of the murdered mummies: “Virtual autopsy” reveals foul play. “An international team of scientists used CT scanning to conduct ‘virtual autopsies’ of three South American mummies and found evidence of fatal trauma in two of them, according to a recent paper published in the journal Frontiers in Medicine.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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