Wearing Gay History, Blue Ridge Lambda Press, Google Advertising Transparency, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, March 29, 2023

Genealogists, this one’s for you. Carl’s Name Net takes a name and optional keywords, generates a set of name variants, and builds search URLs for Google, Google Books, Google Scholar, and Internet Archive.


New-to-me, via The Guardian: Wearing Gay History. From the About page: “Whether to protest, satirize, or show pride, the LGBT community’s often ignored history can be seen vividly in the clothing we often throw out. We invite you to browse through the t-shirts and explore the short exhibits to more thoroughly understand the history of LGBT communities around the country with select t-shirts from the past forty years.”

Roanoke College: Roanoke researchers lead digital preservation project for LGBTQ+ history archive. “For the first time ever, Virginians now have digital access to the full run of the historic newsletter. The Blue Ridge Lambda Press was published for 25 years, from 1983 to 2008, comprising 26 volumes, hundreds of issues, and thousands of pages of Virginia LGBTQ+ history.”

Android Police: Google’s new Ads Transparency Center makes it easier to investigate ads. “Sometimes you want to know a little more about that ad you keep seeing over and over and over again online. Today, Google is launching a new searchable hub of every ad that shows up from verified Google advertisers in Search, YouTube, and Display over the past 30 days.”

Utah State University: Beaver Mountain’s History Celebrated in New Digital Collection at USU. “Located 27 miles up the canyon from Logan, the Beaver Mountain Ski Resort has been a central part of Cache Valley’s winter sports community since 1939. The resort is also popular with Utah State University students, who can take skiing and snowboarding classes there. Despite the resort’s important place in Utah’s ski history and culture, it has typically received less attention from historians and other researchers than larger resorts in the state.”


TechCrunch: Woolly introduces a Twitter and TweetDeck-inspired Mastodon app. “The slow but steady Twitter exodus has brought a new abundance of third-party Mastodon apps like Ivory, Mammoth and Ice Cubes that connect users to the increasingly popular open source and decentralized social network. Today, we can add one more app to that list with the launch of Woolly, another solidly built iOS Mastodon client focused on offering a more customizable home screen, threaded views for reading longer conversations and a TweetDeck-inspired layout for the iPad.”


National Library of Finland: National Library of Finland to terminate microfilming in early 2024. “Microfilming will be discontinued for several reasons. One is that as the required technology is no longer developed except to a very limited extent, we would be unable to replace our ageing equipment. Access to equipment maintenance services is also uncertain, making microfilming risky.”

Harvard Gazette: Putting Black culture on the map — of historic places. “Only 3 percent of the sites listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places currently focus on the experiences of Black American history and culture. Jocelyn Imani, Black history and culture director at the Trust for Public Land, wants to remedy that, and is part of the effort to preserve such sites.”

CNBC: Google reshuffles virtual assistant unit with focus on Bard A.I. technology. “Google is reshuffling the reporting structure of its virtual assistant unit — called Assistant — to focus more on Bard, the company’s new artificial intelligence chat technology.”


CNN: FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried tried to bribe Chinese officials, prosecutors say. “Federal prosecutors tacked on a 13th criminal charge against Sam Bankman-Fried, accusing the FTX co-founder of bribing ‘one or more’ Chinese government officials with $40 million worth of cryptocurrency.”

Gizmodo: Court Orders GitHub to Reveal Who Leaked Twitter’s Source Code. “After Twitter caught wind of its source code being leaked on GitHub, the only thing on the company’s mind was revenge. Now, Twitter has an ace up its sleeve as the US District Court for the Northern District of California signed off on a subpoena yesterday.”

Reuters: Twitter Blocks Pakistan Government’s Official Account In India. “Twitter has blocked the Pakistan government’s account from being viewed in India in response to a legal demand, according to a notice on the social media platform on Thursday.”


BuzzFeed News: Here’s What The World’s Most Heavily Guarded Photo Archive Looks Like. “If you travel about 51 miles north of Pittsburgh and go 220 feet underground, past armed guards, you’ll find the Bettmann Archive. If you’re somewhat familiar with the world of photojournalism, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of this renowned archive that’s managed by Getty Images. Preserving around 11 million images, the archive is a visual record of many of the world’s most important historical events since the invention of the camera in the early 1800s.” Good morning, Internet…

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