New to me, from KCET: Bright Colors, Big City: One Man’s Massive Collection of Postwar California Print Media. “Inside a cheerful Koreatown home, the promise of post-war Los Angeles is spread across the kitchen table. It is but a fraction of the collection of J.J. Englender, curator of the vivid online archive ADSAUSAGE. There are local magazines, ad inserts, teen ‘zines, and trade brochures, all brightly colored and striking, advertising the growth and vibrancy of 1950s-‘80s California. They are the tangible embodiment of the dreams of Englender, a friendly, optimistic man, whose childhood love of 20th-century kitsch and Hollywood has grown into an archive of thousands of pieces.”
Gizmodo: Scientific Journals Publish Bogus Paper About Midichlorians from Star Wars. “The science community has long known that certain ‘predatory journals’ will publish almost any paper for a fee without proper peer review. Some watchdogs have submitted fake papers by fake researchers to these journals to highlight how bogus journals harm the integrity of the Open Access publishing movement, by taking advantage of a loophole. This newest sting from the anonymous science blogger Neuroskeptic is truly astounding for just how silly the fake paper is.”
BusinessWire: Twitch Partners With Crunchyroll for First Ever Anime Marathon (PRESS RELEASE). “Social video platform Twitch today announced a partnership with Crunchyroll, the leading destination for anime and manga, to host a 5-day marathon spanning more than 15 different anime series. The Crunchyroll anime marathon will feature episodes from series such as Yuri on Ice, Mob Psycho 100, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, and Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers. The marathon begins on July 27 at 3:30 pm PT and will run until August 1st. The full programming schedule will be revealed on July 21.”
New-to-me: a digital archive of Micro Machines toy cars. “Micro Machines collector Tim Smith has turned his obsession with the 80s miniature toy cars into an online showroom for the enjoyment of other fans and collectors. The labour of love, called Micro But Many, is based on Smith’s own collection of some 1,000-plus Micro Machines toys, with each one lovingly photographed to show off their intricate detailing.”
Willamette Week: In the ’90s, Two Portland Teenagers Aired Old WWF Matches. Now, They Have a Treasure Trove of Wrestling Archives. “The Squared Circle’s Greatest Matches aired on public access television in the Portland area on Saturday nights at 10 pm. True to its name, the show featured classic bouts hand-picked by the ideal curators—two teenagers with little regard for copyright law…. A prodigious jabberjaw, [Bryan] Bennett talked Mount Hood Community College into giving him access to its TV studio at age 13. While he’d managed, through his friendship with local legend ‘Playboy’ Buddy Rose, to secure an agreement with Vince McMahon to air old WWF matches, the show simply flew under other organizations’ radar.”
Google Blog: Game of Thrones: The old Views and the new. “Ned Stark always warned, ‘winter is coming.’ The white raven confirmed that it’s finally here, and so is the season seven premiere of “Game of Thrones.” Fans have been waiting a year for the new season, but our watch hasn’t ended—the Street View team has been assembling a collection of ‘Game of Thrones’ filming locations longer than Arya Stark’s kill list. As you prepare for the episodes to come, you can go back to the iconic places and scenes with the most famous families in the Seven Kingdoms: the Starks, Lannisters and Targaryens.” The blog post warns that there are spoilers – unfortunately I can’t point to where they are because I don’t watch the show.
A wee bit outside my remit but I know there are GoT fans out there. From the gvSIG blog: “Learning GIS with Game of Thrones” free book. “Have you decided to learn to work with a Geographic Information System and you don’t know how to start? Now that the premiere of the new season of Game of Thrones series will be in a few days, we recommend you do it using the book that we have just published: ‘Learning GIS with Game of Thrones’. This book compiles a series of post with practical exercises that have been published in the gvSIG project blog previously. The objective is that anyone, without previous knowledge and through a series of practical exercises, learn to handle a GIS in an entertaining and funny way.”