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The Ranger (San Antonio College), Hagop Oshagan, California Genealogy, More: Saturday Evening ResearchBuzz, September 11, 2021

NEW RESOURCES

San Antonio College: Digitized issues of The Ranger are available online. “The journalism-photography program at this college, in conjunction with this college’s library and the University of North Texas, created a digital archive of issues from The Ranger that span from 1931-2010 and are accessible online to the public.”

Asbarez: Hagop Oshagan’s Work Now Available Online. “The entire oeuvre of Hagop Oshagan, one of the giants of Western Armenian Literature, is now online and easily accessible to all, free of charge. The digitized materials can be found on the website of the Digital Library of Classical Armenian Literature (Digilib) of the American University of Armenia. The project was supported by the Armenian Communities Department of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.” The Web site is in Armenian, of course, and while Google Translate handled the site navigation okay, it appeared to mangle the Oshagan works. I could make neither heads or tails of the few translated works at which I looked.

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

California Genealogical Society: Indexing Champions Expand our California Surname Index. “Are you searching for publications that may have your ancestors’ surnames and information about the family? Well, the CGS California Surname Index may help in your search. Even if you’ve used the Index in the past, we greatly expanded this database in the past year, thanks to our generous volunteers. During the Covid closures, our current group of volunteers more than doubled the number of entries in the database – we’ve added so many new entries that printing out the list would require about 2,000 pages! That’s a lot of Californians. So give it a try and see what you find.”

Mashable: Google Search for web officially joins the dark mode revolution. “Google Search, the main thing Google was known for before it became an all-encompassing tech albatross, will let all users switch to a dark theme in the coming weeks, per a post on Google’s support website. The classic white search webpage that’s been our door to the rest of the internet for a couple of decades can now be dark grey if you want it to be. This is desktop only for the moment.”

USEFUL STUFF

How-To Geek: What Is Compositing in Photography?. “Compositing is a photographic technique where multiple individual photographs (and sometimes digital effects as well) are combined into a single final image. It’s an incredibly popular technique in advertizing, editorial, fashion, fine art, landscape, and lots of other genres of photography. Let’s look at why.” This one is included for me. A good thorough explainer.

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Library of Congress: Library of Congress National Book Festival Announces Children’s and Teens Author Lineup. “The 2021 Library of Congress National Book Festival will include an extraordinary lineup of authors for children, teens and kids of all ages – all featured in videos on demand accessible from the start of the festival, which runs Sept. 17-26. Five children’s authors and five teen authors will also participate in live, online Q&A events Sept. 25 and 26.”

South China Morning Post: Chinese social media firms and streaming platforms promise to back crackdown on celebrity culture by removing content that fuels fan fights. “Chinese social media and streaming platforms have promised to remove content that triggers fights by obsessive fans as part of a broader crackdown on celebrity culture. The China Association of Performing Arts, a semi-official industry body, said on Saturday that social media platforms such as Weibo, Douyin and Xiaohongshu, along with video-streaming platforms Bilibili and Tencent Video, had agreed to remove posts and comments that generated animosity between rival fan groups.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Conversation (Australia): Facebook or Twitter posts can now be quietly modified by the government under new surveillance laws. “A new law gives Australian police unprecedented powers for online surveillance, data interception and altering data. These powers, outlined in the Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identify and Disrupt) Bill, raise concerns over potential misuse, privacy and security.”

BBC: Australia media can be sued for social media comments, court rules. “Australian news outlets can be held liable for defamatory comments posted by readers on their social media posts, the nation’s top court has found. The landmark ruling could have wide implications for how Australian news firms and others use social media.”

The Guardian: ‘Every message was copied to the police’: the inside story of the most daring surveillance sting in history . “Billed as the most secure phone on the planet, An0m became a viral sensation in the underworld. There was just one problem for anyone using it for criminal means: it was run by the police.” Good evening, Internet…

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