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Diagon Alley, Open-Access Manuscripts, Bing, Twitter, More – Friday Morning Fizzy Fireworks Buzz, July 5, 2013

Now on Google Street View: Diagon Alley (from Harry Potter).

PC Magazine offers 9 Replacements for Google Reader. I like Newsblur. (By the way, if you haven’t gotten your Google Reader data yet, you’ve got until 15 July.) Oh, and now that Google Reader is well and truly gone, can I start ranting about the fact that I’m freaking furious that Undrip went out????!!! it was the only chance I had of keeping up with Twitter and now, once again, I am without a tool. Drat you Undrip, you were buggy as a June picnic but you were also incredibly useful!

Nice news from Nature Blog — the NIH is is seeing a surge in open-access manuscripts. “In May, authors approved more than 10,000 peer-reviewed manuscripts arising from NIH-funded research to go into the agency’s online free repository, PubMed Central. That’s a huge jump from the average 5,100 per month in 2011–12, and suggests the agency is nearing its goal of getting everyone it funds to make their papers publicly available.”

Bing has added a usage rights filter to its image search.

Lifehacker has some sweet GMail / IFTTT recipes.

Hubze has an extensive guide on how to network on Google+. Meanwhile, I am still struggling to get it. So many cool people on there. Here’s me having a hard time getting oriented. If you groove on Google+ give me a shoutout and I’ll try to wrap my head around it. Again.

Tweets from the Twitter accounts of some Egyptians are being automatically translated by Twitter. “Twitter has provided a list of all the Egyptian accounts it is translating, called egypt2013, which has 63 members.” Good morning, Internet…

Google Reader (ARRRRRGH!), Yahoo, Oral Histories, Oregon, More: Miss You Monday Buzz, July 1, 2013

(Hey guys! I’m still drowning but I woke up an hour early and I couldn’t resist the chance to take a thwack at my ridiculously-overloaded e-mail and my two RSS readers. I remain livid about the demise of Google Reader but you know, NewsBlur is pretty darn good! Anyway, I love you, be good, and I’ll try to be back later this week.)

Speaking of Google Reader, if you procrastinated and haven’t grabbed your stuff yet, you might find that Google Takeout doesn’t offer enough of a data export. There are some Python scripts available to give you a more complete takeout.

Yahoo has announced another list of projects to be torched – including AltaVista. That little pang I felt was either heartburn or nostalgia.

Meanwhile, back in the 21st century, Rutgers has received a Google Grant to develop personalized data search systems. “The system designed by Marian and Nguyen would not only comb social media threads on Facebook, FourSquare, Twitter and Instagram but could also search weather reports and calendars. So if you were searching for something you did when it was snowing, the data can be retrieved. The app could also scan credit card purchases to help you remember the name of a restaurant you visited a year ago.”

The University of Kentucky has developed a program called the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer. “The synchronizer allows interviews to be tagged with keywords that take listeners to those portions of the interview. A written synopsis or transcription of the interview also is provided beneath the audio or video footage.” And even better: “The Nunn Center is preparing the system for free open-source distribution, meaning it will be available for other archivists to put their interviews online. Boyd hopes to see that happen in a year or so.”

A new digital archive of newspapers from The Dalles (Oregon) is now available. The newspapers go back to 1864.

I love the idea of public access TV making their programs video on demand. “People can get access to this program by visiting, and clicking the Video On Demand tab. The locally produced programs are in its playlist, which can also be searched by name.” And it’s not all city council meetings either: “MATV can also track which programs are being watched on-demand. By the end of May, one of the most popular programs was a documentary about Walter “Killer” Kowalski, a famous wrestler from Malden.”

More fun visualizations: geotagged tweets as topographical maps. Good morning, Internet…

Boss Battle: Here Is My Heart, I’ll Be Back For It

Hey folks, I just wanted to let you know that ResearchBuzz is going to be on a hiatus for a while. I’ll post as I can on Twitter and Facebook but e-mail updates are going to be scanty, and if you’re waiting on a reply to an e-mail — well, let’s just say I got over 3000 messages in my in-box and I’m not really sure when I’m going to get back to them.

I’m undergoing some extremely stressful things in my life right now and I just need to focus all my energies on them. My health is fine (aside from the stress) so please don’t be concerned. This is just reality.

Can I get sappy on you for a minute?

As some of you know I live in North Carolina. I have ancestors here going back over 200 years (who were mostly piss-poor tobacco farmers, so don’t think I’m claiming any kind of merit badge.) I have lived here most of my life and I can’t imagine moving away, because of how much and how helplessly I love this state.

It would take me ages to explain to you why. A streaky dawn sky over a stand of pine trees. A warm evening, sitting on the porch, smelling the wisteria and watching the bats zoom around. Sometimes I’ll get up early and go for a walk, and I’ll hear the hawks going kyahh kyahh kyahh as they look for their breakfast, and I’ll see the crepe myrtles scattering their petals over the grass. And my heart will just clutch, because I am in the middle — this is my landscape and the context of my history — and I have given my soul to it in some vast, inexpressible way. And though it, in its totality, may love me back (who knows?), it is in a way that I do not have the capacity to truly understand and appreciate.

ResearchBuzz is the context of my intellectual existance. Not just the Web site, but every thing that makes it possible. The people who care enough to create the resources and share them. The people who teach and grow and make more from what has come before. There is so much to despair of in this world, but there is so much hope in those everywhere who choose to move forward and build and share and learn.

ResearchBuzz is only a drop in that vast ocean. But the ocean has been so welcoming and accepting to a life which in some ways has not had much of that kindness. I feel for that context and that landscape the same witless gratitude and overflowing emotion that I feel toward the state where I live. And the feelings for both are tinged with regret and self-recrimination, because I know in neither case will I ever be able to repay everything that has been given to me.

I’m not sure when I’ll be able to come back and devote as much time as I would like to ResearchBuzz — to be honest, I have no idea how this will end. But it seemed very important that I say something, and most important that I tell you: I love. I love the world that makes ResearchBuzz possible, though I have to leave it for a while. And I will not stop.

See you soon.

Back Shortly!

Hey guys, work has totally kicked my tail this week. I’ll have some new stuff up this weekend. I’m going through writing-ResearchBuzz withdrawal….

Star Trek, Amazon, WWII Newspapers, Quora, More: Sunday Morning Buzz, March 24, 2013

Nerd out! Hulu has made almost 700 episodes of various Star Trek franchises free to watch until the end of March.

Good grief, just about everything gets in an infographic these days — including the NCAA tourney.

Posterous refugees, you have a new option: Posthaven has launched in public beta.

Amazon has launched a new “Send to Kindle” feature that publishers can install on their own Web sites. Looks interesting but I’m really happy with Pocket.

10th Mountain Division newspapers from WWII are now available online. “Dennis Hagen, 10th Mountain Division Archivist at the Denver Public Library added, ‘The 10th Mountain Division’s incredible accomplishments during World War II have been well documented in countless books and articles. The extensive and intensive mountain and winter warfare training that prepared the Division for battle is much less well-known. The Camp Hale Ski-Zette and The Blizzard provide a valuable window into what life was like for young military men preparing to go to war and a unique perspective on brief moment in Colorado’s history that is probably not available anywhere else.’”

Genealogy search engine Mocavo has announced a learning center for genealogists who want more guidance in researching their family history.

Oh look, you can finally do full-text search on Quora! About time!

OHAI! Google Image Search now lets you find animated GIFs.

Nice: safety data for vehicles, now available as an API.

Mashable takes a look at Mention as a replacement for Google Alerts. It’s okay for non-Web stuff, but it’s missing Web things.

Snark and data, they go together like peanut butter and jelly. When should we expect Google to shut down Google Keep? Good morning, Internet…

Google, Beaches, NASA, LOC, More: Saturday Morning Buzz, March 23, 2013

Google Reader: Om Malik pitches in two cents about Google Keep — mainly that he’s not going to use it. The comments are interesting to read, too, but the ones along the lines of “Google starting new products encourages competition!” just make me roar in frustration. No. Google is too big for that. Google does not encourage competition, at its very best it doesn’t discourage it. And it when it does things like enter a market, wipe out the competitors, and then yank or stop supporting its own products, it pees on the ecosystem. And I’m not talking about just Google Reader – there have been many posts and stories over the last few weeks about issues with Google Alerts. Has anyone seen any kind of substantive response from Google? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Google things: So Google is apparently getting rid of the print version of Frommer’s Travel Guides? Because the Internet is instantly, cheaply, and easily accessible from anywhere in the world, and electronic gadgets never run out of power. Google has also opened its Universal Analytics into public beta.

More Google Things: If you’re doing Google+ searches, you can now filter for photos only.

With this cold cold weather I need to feel a little summer-y, so I’m happy to pass on the news that the National Weather Service has launched a Beach Hazards and Safety Web site.

Wow, the NASA Technical Reports Database has gone dark. (I think I found out about this via Shirl, thanks Shirl.)

The Library of Congress looks back at six months of In other LOC news, the 2012 National Recording Registry has been announced.

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Whew: Apple’s huge AppleID security hole has apparently been fixed.Good thing Apple is now offering two-step verification. (I wish Amazon would offer two-step verification.) Good morning, Internet…

Google, LACMA, Pew Pew Pew Pew, Medical Searching, More: Tuesday Morning Laser Noises Buzz, March 19, 2013

GOOGLE READER RANTING: You know you love it. Anyway, Feedly has gained half a million new users thanks to Google’s stupid decision. It’s an ill wind… Have a favorite new RSS reader that you’re enjoying after Google’s early entrant in the “Knuckleheaded Moves of 2013″ contest? Why, vote for it at

Slate has started a graveyard of dead Google products. You can even drop flowers. Not every last Google product is mentioned here (I wanted to huck a flower at the old version of Google Catalogs It’s keeping a flower count. Man, Knol got no love…

More Google: it has added a bunch of mountain footage to Google Maps.

From the always-fabulous Jessamyn: the LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum) has has launched a new site with images of 20,000 paintings it believes are in the public domain.

Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina, is getting an open data hub.

Wow, interesting: a new search engine crafted and designed to find information on rare diseases: FindZebra.

More medical: a new database of hospital inspection reports is now available.

PC World offers some tips for safer browsing with Chrome.

Pew — um, excuse me a minute: PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW! There, much better — Pew Internet has a nice article and roundup of book recommendation engines. Good morning, Internet…


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