Olympics, Queens, Ann Hamilton, More: Saturday Buzz, February 8, 2014
Olympics: the New York Times has a live “photo firehose” of pictures being taken at the Winter Olympics from a variety of agencies including Reuters, The Associated Press, and Getty Images.
More Olympics: Twitter has a list of accounts to follow and helpful hints if you want to cover the games in 140 characters or less.
More More Olympics (sort of): Translate your tweets during the Olympics — for free! “To use it, simply tweet your message to @OHT with the language you’d like it translated into. (The service currently offers 75 different languages.) After 15 to 20 minutes, and if all goes according to plan, you should receive your answer back in tweet form.”
7 Ways Google Glass will Change Search. I’m not convinced that Google Glass in its current form will catch on, but this is an interesting read.
Queens Library is creating a digital archive about Queens, New York.
Experiment is crowdfunding for science. “The site includes categories for education, biology, chemistry, engineering, psychology, physics, computer science, medicine, ecology, economics, and palentology. Project examples include research into how a predator species of crab is affecting clams in the Pacific Northwest, how natural gas tracking contributes to air pollution, and cancer research.”
Barron’s, for crying out loud, has a very interesting article on digitizing art collections. “While most agree it’s still too early to definitively argue digital reproductions on the Web can actually drive museum foot-traffic, the images are certainly getting eye-play. According to the Getty, web visits rose 15% to over 9 million last year, from 7.8 million in 2012. Physical visits to the Getty Center and Villa similarly rose to 1.7 million last year, up 8% from the 1.6 million who clocked in during 2012.”
Speaking of that, the digital archive for artist Ann Hamilton has gone live. “The collection – the Ann Hamilton Project Archive – currently contains more than 1,000 downloadable, high-resolution images from 35 art installations by Hamilton, ranging from her time as a graduate student at the Yale School of Art to her current large-scale multi-media installations exhibited worldwide. The digitization of the collection is ongoing and publicly available through vrl.osu.edu.”
You remember that LinkedIn app, “Intro”, which worked by routing your e-mail through LinkedIn’s servers and thus seemed to some people (like me) a really horrible idea? It’s been shut down. Good morning, Internet…
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