New Orleans, New York Times, New Patches, More: Morning Buzz, December 10, 2014

There is now an online oral history archive of New Orleans hip hop.

GMail now has a phone calls tab.

More Google: My Maps Pro is going free.

More More Google: Over 30 vulnerabilities have been found in the Google App engine. (Warning! PC World!)

From Amit, who is always terrific, I do not know how he does it: 20 examples of spidering a Web site with wget.

TechCrunch takes a look at Facebook post search. I still don’t have it.

This could be very interesting. The Royal Mail has launched a 3D printing service.

Tumblr has a new explore button. “Explore dishes up text, photos, GIFs, quotes, audio, video and other content based on other Tumblr blog posts that a user has liked. It also mixes in content that is ‘trending’ on the service in real-time, and it adds ‘staff picks’ which have been highlighted by the folks at Tumblr HQ.”

Adobe has released another handful of updates. Patch patch patch!

Bing has launched a new “Fact Answers” search feature. “These new facts at the top of the search page aim to provide simple answers to searches for things like phone numbers for restaurants, the hours of your local mall, or directions to your friend’s house.”

Greenbot really likes Google Keep.

The New York Times has open-sourced its crowdsourcing tool, Hive. “A couple of months ago, the New York Times rolled out an interesting project called Madison, in which the newspaper asked readers to help the paper identify old print ads by going to a website and answering questions — and even in some cases transcribing the actual text in the ads. Now, the company is open-sourcing the platform it built for that project, known as Hive, so that others can use it for their own experiments in crowdsourcing.” Good morning, Internet.

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YouTube, Yahoo, Apple, More: Afternoon Buzz, December 9, 2014

Providence College has digitized back issues of its newspaper, The Cowl from its first issue in 1935 through 1979. It’s available here. Many apologies to Providence College, you told me about this last week and I took a while to get it in here. Mea Culpa!

Yahoo is going to hold its first developer conference next year.

Hey Apple nostalgia fans: II Computing has been digitized and is now available online. (9 issues from 1985-1987!)

Richard Byrne looks at Hstry, a tool for making timelines.

From Yahoo: its top news searches for 2014.

Apparently Gangnam Style has been such a popular video that it broke YouTube’s counter.

Possibly useful? how to record a webcam video on your Chromebook. Good afternoon, Internet…

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Twitter, Troubadour Crusade Poetry, More: Morning Buzz, December 9, 2014

According to an article in PC World (Warning! PC World!) Google Translate is going to get more muscle.

Ready for some navel-gazing? Here’s How to analyze all your 2014 tweets.

More Twitter: 10 Twitter Analytics and Visualization Tools.

Created and still developing: an online archive of troubadour crusade poetry. How cool is that? “Researchers from the University of Warwick are editing and collating the first comprehensive archive of troubadour and trouvere poetry and songs covering the Crusades as part of a new Anglo-Italian research project which will open up the lyric poetry of the medieval troubadours and trouveres to its widest-ever audience. The poetry, some of it long forgotten to modern audiences, will be published on the University of Warwick and University of Naples websites complete with translations, information on manuscripts and earlier editions, and details of the historical circumstances of their original composition and performance.”

Theses of Delhi University scholars will be going online. “Delhi University will develop a digital repository of research conducted by its students. The digital repository will be part of the University Grants Commission’s digital database, called Shodhganga repository, and will include doctoral theses and dissertations.”

GMail has some more categories if you poke around a little.

YouTube can now tell you how copyrighted music will affect your video before you upload it. “Say you want to use Boom Clap from TechCrunch friend Charli XCX. You can now check and see that your video will still be viewable worldwide and that ads can appear on your video — but chances are you won’t be able to monetize your video through ads yourself.”

The publication Literary Review has launched an online archive. Looks like a pay service, though print subscribers will get free access.

Facebook has reportedly added the ability to search for individual posts, but I haven’t seen it yet. Repeated attempts to try it have failed, but it’s still rolling out.

FamilySearch has another big update. Looks like most of it’s FindAGrave. “Notable collection updates include the 124,060,301 indexed records from the Find A Grave Index collection; the 830,416 indexed records and images from the US, Michigan Obituaries, 1820–2006 collection; and the 497,490 images from the US, Washington, County Records, 1803–2010 collection.”

There’s an effort underway to crowdsource a list of old NBA games that are available via YouTube. “Corbin Smith of biscutblog has created a Google document for fans to jump in an add any links to old NBA games they know of, and it’s growing rapidly. The list is arranged in chronological order, and is currently at 50+ full basketball games, ranging from an “aggressively truncated” version of Game 1 of the 1954 (!) NBA Finals to a mid-February 2008 Lakers vs. Magic contest. And in between? Playoffs games, Finals games, All-Star games, Rookie-Sophomore games, Jordan games… you name it.”

More Charles Darwin archives are now available online.

Kenya News Agency’s (KNA) multimedia archives are getting digitzed. “The KNA digitization drive aims to scan all multimedia assets and catalog at least 30 per cent of the collection by December 2015. The scanning process will generate a high resolution digital copy of the asset…. Digitization is expected to begin early 2015. The estimated volume of KNA assets is as follows: 500,000 photos, 6,000 hours videos, 20,000 hours audio, 500,000 articles and 40,000 bounded books.”

Yahoo has released its top searches for 2014.. Ebola was the top search, to no one’s surprise ever.

Hmm! Looks like Google has a mortgage calculator. Good morning, Internet..

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Office Documents, Vine, Google, More: Short Morning Buzz, December 4, 2014

Medium has launched a free charting tool.

Yahoo CIO Mike Kail is being sued by Netflix, his former employer. “In a lawsuit, filed in California Superior Court in Santa Clara County, Netflix accused Mr. Kail of fraud, breach of fiduciary duties and other improper actions. Netflix alleged that Mr. Kail accepted commissions of 12% to 15% on a total of $3.7 million paid to two IT service companies from 2012 until his August departure from the company, where he had served as vice president of IT. In the complaint, Netflix said that Mr. Kail ‘may have received other benefits from companies that contracted with Netflix including but not limited to, stock, gift certificates, and cash.'”

Possibly useful: you can now edit Microsoft Office documents from within Dropbox.

Oh and hey: you can now Edit Office files from GMail. “Google also added support for 15 new Microsoft Office file types, including .pps and .ppsx presentation files, along with templates and macro-enabled files. The company says it has also improved its ability to convert charts, tables and graphics within documents”

Vine has added a Favorites option. Batdad!

Google is launching a new kind of CAPTCHA. “This new API also lets us experiment with new types of challenges that are easier for us humans to use, particularly on mobile devices. In the example below, you can see a CAPTCHA based on a classic Computer Vision problem of image labeling. In this version of the CAPTCHA challenge, you’re asked to select all of the images that correspond with the clue. It’s much easier to tap photos of cats or turkeys than to tediously type a line of distorted text on your phone.”

From the Library of Congress: a research guide to tracing federal regulations.

Microsoft has opened up its audience polling tool, Bing Pulse, to everybody. “Bing Pulse is still in beta testing and will be available for free until January 31, 2015. Gottheimer said the plan is to move to a freemium model, where a basic version is available for free, but customers have to pay for additional usage or features.” Good morning, Internet…

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Twitter, Javanese, WWII, More: Morning Buzz, December 3, 2014

Twitter now has adjustable photo filters. “Each filter can be double-tapped to reveal an intensity slider so you can lay that sepia effect on heavy or light to get the perfect hipster sheen.” I’m pretty sure “hipster sheen” is Charlie Sheen’s younger brother.

More Twitter: it has released a new suite of anti-harassment tools. “Twitter had made it fairly simple to report spam, but the new tools allow users to report a variety of troubles, including impersonations, harassment, and even self-harm or suicide. In addition, users can report the harassment on behalf of other users, even if they’re not the target themselves, which is a big change.”

A professor at Earlham College is developing a database of translated Javanese gamelan music. “[Marc] Benamou is developing the world’s first searchable database and website containing Javanese gamelan song texts that will be translated into Indonesian and English.”

Now available: a database of FDA warning letters to dietary supplement firms. “Warning letters in the database include those related to good manufacturing practices (GMP) violations; impermissible product claims, such as disease claims; and products containing illegal ingredients. Using the CRN database, companies can search warning letters by date, product name, ingredient, type of violation, and other criteria. So far, the database includes nearly 300 warning letters sent by FDA between January 2008 and August 2014.”

From BizSugar: 15 Tools to Edit Videos for Business.

The First Division Museum at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Illinois has completed the first phase of a large digitization project (PRESS RELEASE). “The project involved digitizing part of the research center’s extensive microfilm reel collection of the 1st Infantry Division’s WWII battle documents. Researchers, students and the general public now have remote access to WWII-era records of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division concerning D-Day and other historic battles.” Access is free.

Google has launched a new service that allows you to contribute to keep Google Ads off your favorite Web sites. This feels icky for some reason.

From the always-lovely Larry Ferlazzo: A short list of the best resources for learning how to use Google Docs / Google Drive.

From the also-always-lovely Amit Agarwal, Scraping Web pages with YQL and Apps Script.

Do you remember that old stat that 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube each minute? Well, now apparently it’s 300 hours. Yow!

And: Happy Birthday Search Engine Roundtable! And good morning, Internet!

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NCSU, Bing, Santa, More: Morning Buzz, December 2, 2014

The first 70 years of the North Carolina State University student newspaper, The Technician, are now available online.

There is now an online database of STEM resources focused on the state of Montana.

The Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI) has apparently been completed. It’s a collection of digtized museum catalogs.

Yup, it’s that time again: Google’s Santa Tracker is here.

More Google: it has Created software that can describe what it sees in images.

From Hongkiat: 10 free tools for creating your own maps.

From the Library of Congress: a beginner’s guide to US Treaties.

DuckDuckGo is adding New Jersey Transit information to its searches.

The Bing homepage has gone HD. Pretty.

The Gates Foundation is pushing for more free access to academic papers. “Under the new policy, the researchers that the organization funds will only be able to publish papers that are immediately freely accessible to the public. That means that these scientists wouldn’t necessarily be able to publish in top journals like Science that charge for access to its articles — unless these journals change their policies or open up those particular papers. And, since the Gates Foundation funds so much research, there will be pressure on these journals to do so (or else they’ll lose out on potentially important papers).”

The Catholic Church and the National Library of Ireland are teaming up to make parish records free online. “A National Library of Ireland statement called the records the single most important source of information on Irish family history prior to the 1901 census. Dating from the 1740s to the 1880s, they cover nearly 1,100 parishes throughout the island of Ireland and consist primarily of baptismal and marriage records.” The project just launched and the records are expected to be available online starting next summer.

From Bing: the top trends of 2014. Good morning, Internet…

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NaNoWriMo: I Totally Blew It

Well, I did better than I usually do during NaNoWriMo – and there’s absolutely no doubt in my mind it’s due to your good wishes and encouragement – but I blew it again.

Didn’t get 50,000 words. Didn’t even come close. Completely whizzed it.

Actually I’m starting to get kind of fascinated as how difficult this is for me. I remember when I was a teenager that writing fiction was effortless. (I’m not saying that I didn’t write miles of shit, but it was effortlessly-produced shit.) Now it’s this squinchy-eyed, brain-squeezing, painful exercise. It feels like I’m trying to do algebra in a second language I’m not good at. I plink, I plod, I set down a line of dialogue and feel like I’ve run a marathon.

I’ve written non-fiction books. I have regular conversations with my brain that get written down (mostly on my Facebook page – I need to update ME TRIES TO WORK.) I have very, very strange dreams that prove at least bits of me are creative. Remind me to tell you about That’s Our Sylvia.

And yet writing fiction – just writing a story – is elusive, painful, frustrating, headache-inducing.

I’m going to maintain a sense of humor about the whole thing and keep chipping away at it. If it’s this hard to do, I’m sure there’s something to gain in learning (or possibly re-learning) to do it.

Meanwhile last week at work was crazy so I have lots of ResearchBuzz to share with you. Prepare for the deluge.

Have I told you lately that I love you? I love you. Thank you for your support and your encouraging words and the boost you gave me, even if I flunked it. I’ll keep trying.

Tara

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