VR Focus: Learn Star Trek’s 52-Year History At The Roddenberry Nexus. “Star Trek fans might be enjoying some gameplay sessions on Star Trek: Bridge Crew The Next Generation DLC at the moment but those interested in learning about its history can do so in a new immersive way today. Sansar and Roddenberry Entertainment have collaborated on the Roddenberry Nexus, a portal into the Star Trek universe where fans can see the best of Roddenberry’s science fiction properties.”
CNET: Twitch catches Korean wave, will stream 26 dramas this month. “If you’re a Korean TV drama addict, there’s a new way you can get your fix. Twitch has announced a partnership with Warner Bros’ DramaFever that will allow it to stream 254 episodes from 26 Korean dramas (Kdramas) four days a week throughout August.”
Irish Times: Unseen Monty Python sketches found in Palin archives. “The comedy group – containing [Michael] Palin, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Terry Jones – produced their last film 35 years ago but boxes of material have now emerged. The material was deposited at the British Library last year and it has now been revealed it contains unused script ideas, including two sketches written for Monty Python And The Holy Grail.”
Gayta Science: Dragnet Episode 1. “Rupaul’s Drag Race is my favorite show of all time and as a data analyst it’s always been my dream to use data about the show and queens to make observations about the shows contestants and predictions on their performance and castings. I knew that this had to start with the data, making it clean and accessible is the first step to enabling this super fan obsession. This project has been stewing for a long time, and has seen many private iterations and prototypes. My perfectionism though has prevented me from showing anything at all. I’ve realized the best way to start is just to start even if it isn’t perfect. So here I am, starting a database of drag queens. The focus for now is contestants of RuPaul’s Drag Race, but ultimately I would like to make it a global repository for data on all drag queens, hence the name…” I don’t know if I like this more because of the deep dive done on scraping and analyzing data, or because I finally have excuse to add RuPaul as a ResearchBuzz tag.
MakeUseOf: The 3 Best Subtitle Sites for Your Movies & TV Series . “While many hate subtitles because they get in the way—who wants to read while watching?—but I admit that I love them. And not just for foreign language films and TV shows, which absolutely need subtitles (if the audio isn’t dubbed), but I actually use subtitles all the time. Yes, even when watching stuff in my primary language!”
Middletown Press: CAA Creates Online Database for TV Writers of Color. “CAA has launched a new database, Amplify Database, a searchable directory for some 800 TV writers of color. The database was unveiled Thursday morning at the agency’s second annual Amplify summit. Made up of 808 writers, Amplify Database will be free to use for studios, showrunners and networks.” CAA Stands for Creative Artists Agency.
Bit-Tech: BBC launches Computer Literacy Project archive. “The BBC has added the output of its Computer Literacy Project, covering more than 260 full-length TV programmes and 166 BBC Micro computer programs, to its Taster testing site – though nostalgic programmers have only three months to try it out. Launched in 1982 with The Computer Programme, which was followed by Making the Most of the Micro a year later and Micro Live between 1984 and 1987, the BBC’s Computer Literacy Project followed the UK government’s push to get microcomputers – at the time rare novelties – into schools throughout the country.”