Fader: A new Twitter project finds the origin of your favorite GIFs. “Director and Twitter favorite Matthew A. Cherry took on a bold task Friday afternoon. The self-proclaimed GIF Connoisseur announced he’d begin sourcing classic GIFs to their original video, and has so far made it through at least 20 well-used memes, sometimes with help from others.” What a terrific idea!
Wired: How Snapchat Is Sending #metoo Down The Memory Hole . “Just a decade ago, email’s technical and social protocols seemed permanent and universal; now, like countless technological institutions before them, their once-assured dominance has been replaced by an unstable messaging universe with none of the permanence and searchability of the email archives of old. Most of it is mobile-only, which prevents its contents from living on PC hard drives for years. What’s more, a growing subset of Snapchat-inspired messaging apps is deliberately ephemeral, with communications self-destructing after 24 hours or even immediately upon receipt.”
The Next Web: IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, or Metacritic? A data scientist’s guide to movie ratings. “There are a few good reasons you would want to avoid reading reviews, or watching a trailer, although they bring much more information than a rating…. So a numeric movie rating seems to be a good solution in quite a few situations, for quite a few people. This article aims to recommend a single website to quickly get an accurate movie rating, and offers a robust, data-driven argumentation for it.” This is a deep dive.
Mashable: Facebook deletes angry DC fanboy group trying to bring down ‘Black Panther’. “Dear bitter internet trolls who are pissed that Black Panther is already blowing every superhero movie out of the water: boy, bye. That’s basically what Rotten Tomatoes and Facebook told a short-lived campaign to bring down the upcoming film’s audience score before anyone even saw the damn thing. After critics who attended early screenings of Black Panther raved about it on social media, a Facebook group titled ‘Down with Disney’s Treatment of Franchises and its Fanboys”‘ cropped up.”
New-to-me, and it’s the weekend, so what the heck: a database of Garbage Pail Kids names. Do you remember the Garbage Pail Kids? Trading stickers with garish illustrations and often punny names? “Because there are thousands of different Garbage Pail Kids stickers in existence, it would take quite a long time to flip through the stickers looking for the ones that contain your name…. The ‘Find Your Name’ section contains 3099 total names, and 1141 different first names.”
New-to-me: a database of the religions of comic book characters. Note that characters are not always heroes/villains, etc. There are over 36,000 characters in the database. You can browse by hero team, religion, character name, character type, and so on. I was amused to see there are a couple of Unitarian heroes (though one of them was apparently created by the UUA itself.) I did see at least one character who was listed but religion was noted as undetermined.
Vintage Vinyl News: The Estate of John Denver Starts Patreon Page to Give Fans Rare Content. From the Patreon announcement included in the article: “Patreon is a Membership platform that makes it easy for creators to offer exclusive content to their fans in exchange for a small monthly pledge. We’ve decided to build a ‘virtual museum’ of John’s work on Patreon so that his most dedicated fans can get access to his personal photographs, previously unreleased recordings, and other special content. The collection will be carefully curated and new content will be released each month. Patreon also serves as a community space, where fans can comment and share their experiences around John’s music and art. “