Willamette, Vimeo, South Wales, More: Brief Afternoon Buzz, November 5th, 2014

Willamette University has completed the online archive of its newspaper. “Beginning in November 2013, over 100 years of Collegian issues needed to be unbound and assessed for completeness. Microfilm copies were used to fill in any gaps. The unbound Collegians were then mailed to iArchives and digitized. Once scanning was complete, each image was reviewed to ensure its readability. Over a century of Collegian data was then uploaded to the Academic Commons for publication. The Collegian is now searchable, and browsable, all the way back to its first issue in 1875.”

Blaenau Gwent, South Wales, has a new digital archive.

Google has released an open source network traffic security testing tool.

Video site Vimeo has gotten some upgrades (PRESS RELEASE). “Today Vimeo unveiled expanded support for video creators and sellers worldwide by offering new translation and subtitling tools, currency options for its Vimeo PRO and Vimeo On Demand creator toolsets, and the addition of a Japanese language version of the site.”

Elsevier has launched a new open access journal – EBioMedicine. (PRESS RELEASE)

Delicious has announced a new voting feature. Because after the last six months you really want to hear more about voting.

Facebook has released a new transparency report. “In the report, Facebook notes 24 percent increase in the number of requests since the second semester of 2014 – 34,946 total around the world . Additionally, there was a 19 percent increase in the amount of data held back due to local laws.”

From Hongkiat: 9 Tools for Digital Storytelling. Good afternoon, Internet…

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Maps, Google, LinkedIn, More: Morning Buzz, November 5th, 2014

I found out last night that my hero has a brother! Where did that come from? #NaNoWriMo

Mark Zuckerberg is hosting a Facebook AMA tomorrow. One hour only.

The British Library wants YOU to help it tag its maps!

Amazon Prime members now get unlimited photo storage. And yet you still can’t log into Amazon using two-factor authentication. The more features Amazon adds to prime without also adding two-factor login – especially considering the recent security issues that we’ve seen online – the more irresponsible Amazon looks.

The Buffer blog has a constantly-updated post on visibility factors used by the Facebook algorithim. As someone who administers Facebook pages in my Real Job and buys Facebook advertising, I’ve just accepted the idea that if I want visibility on Facebook I have to pay for it, but considering how hard Facebook throttles my page posts, money I used to spend on Facebook campaigns now goes elsewhere.

More Facebook, this time from The Atlantic: How Facebook Could Skew an Election.

Dropbox and Microsoft are teaming up. “The integration will launch with new versions of Office for iOS and Android in the next few weeks, and let users of both services save into Dropbox directly from Office, and edit Office documents directly from Dropbox.”

This is for the truly nerdy, but it’s fascinating: How Flickr is Learning to See What’s in Your Photos.

Do you use LinkedIn? Here are 19 Ninja Tricks. These are very interesting – they involve URL hacking and Boolean searches, etc.

Google has dropped some of its cloud computing prices. Good morning, Internet…

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Google, Mozilla, Flu, More: Morning Buzz, November 4th, 2014

Sunday and Monday were NOT good NaNo days! Getting back on track today.

Google has announced a new business-friendly feature of its Inbox app. “With a few lines of prescribed code, developers can mark up parts of their emails that they want users to be able to spot quickly, and these details appear as easy-to-view ‘chips’ right in the inbox.”

More Google: you can now be logged in to multiple Google accounts simultaneously. Because you need more reasons to be confused? I don’t know…

The California State Library is digitizing 3-D images… from the 19th century!

What’s behind the great podcast renaissance? Perhaps the fact that podcasts are awesome and a great way to keep up with the news. I listen to podcasts 1-2 hours a day during the week, usually the BBC and World Radio Japan. And there still isn’t a good search engine for podcasts.

The NIH (National Institutes of Health) has launched a Web site on international clinical research regulations. “Topic areas covered on the website include clinical trial lifecycle, competent authority oversight, ethics committee review, informed consent, investigational products, specimens, and sponsorship. The search countries currently include Brazil, China, India, Kenya, Malawi, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The ClinRegs team plans to further expand its country list in alignment with NIAID research priorities, including incorporating regulations from Liberia and Sierra Leone in 2014.”

Mozilla is launching a new browser for developers next week.

Ever wonder how your Web site stacks up? check out this roundup of Web site graders.

From MIT Technology Review: How Wikipedia Data is Revolutionizing Flu Forecasting. “Epidemiologist want to forecast disease like meteorologists forecast rain. And the way people browse Wikipedia could be the key, they say.”

Do you want to try the Skype Translator? An early preview sign-up is available.

Google Calendar has a new app.

HongKiat has a roundup of over 100 Google Now Voice Commands.

The OHSU (Oregon Health & Science University) Library has received a grant to digitize public health data.

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Arcade Games, Twitter, Disney, More: Sunday Buzz, November 2nd, 2014

Haven’t started writing today and in a few minutes I need to go to work. Sundays are going to be my tough days, I can see that now… #nanowrimo

Harvard Business Review has an excellent article on Twitter called How the Market Ruined Twitter. It’s an articulate discussion of how Twitter went from welcoming to hostile of third-party developers and what that might mean for the company. “In the early days, Twitter clearly owed much of its growth to its open, ecosystem-like approach. That growth would have slowed eventually in any case, but it’s hard not to think Twitter’s prospects as a network and as a societal force would be much greater if it had remained more like an ecosystem and less like a conventional corporation.”

You can now access Facebook via Tor. For some reason.

Disney has apparently patented a piracy-free search engine. Good luck with that. “It’s unclear whether Disney has any plans to implement the patent in the wild. The company currently has a search engine but this only includes links to its own properties.”

FamilySearch has treated us to some more genealogy data. “Notable collection updates include the 2,623,218 indexed records from the US, New York, State Census, 1865 collection; the 178,692 images from the US, Illinois Probate Records, 1819-1988 collection; and the 163,023 images from theUS, Ohio, Trumbull County Records, 1795-2010 collection.”

Citizens of Missouri how have a new tool to track their representatives. “AccessMissouri.org, an online database that tracks voting records of members of the Missouri General Assembly and contributions to lawmakers, went live this week. The website acts as database, aggregating voting information from the House and Senate journals and financial information from the Missouri Ethics Commission.”

So how did the American Folklife Center’s effort to collect Halloween pictures go? Find out here.

Internet Explorer, the world’s most popular browser?. Wow.

Google Flu Trends has a new engine. Not surprising, since last year it did not do a terrific job of modeling trends; in fact it overguessed.

You didn’t have anything to do today anyway: The Internet Archive has launched 900 classic arcade games you can play on your browser. Good morning, Internet…

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Facebook, GIFs, Quora, More: Saturday Buzz, November 1st, 2014

Thank you to everyone who sent me notes of NaNoWriMo encouragement. I wrote over 1000 words this morning after waking up with an idea in my head, and I’ll keep you updated on my progress. Wish me luck.

Ever wonder How many people are on Facebook? “…the site announced that its monthly active users cleared 1.35 billion — roughly equal the population of China, and 9 percent larger than that of India. By these numbers, nearly 20 percent of the world’s population logs into Facebook once a month.”

More Facebook: it has updated its Graph API.

You can now filter by animated GIF in Bing’s image search. And no, I do not think this will hurt Giphy at all…

… but I am worried about Bing itself after reading about restructuring at Microsoft. Really hope some large company readdresses the idea of search in a skunkworks-type environment instead of holding it to Googlish standards right out of the gate. There are so many search problems that have not been solved.

Nice! The British Newspaper Archive has reached 9 million pages.

Possibly useful: How to view the source code of a Chrome extension.

Apparently Quora blocks The Internet Archive’s crawler. Of course Quora is a private company and can do what it likes, but I admit I’m a bit disappointed.

YouTube now supports 60 frames per second.

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NaNoWriMo: Can You Help Me Out?

Hey y’all, big favor to ask.

As you probably know, tomorrow NaNoWriMo starts. That’s National Novel Writing Month. You can learn more about it here: http://nanowrimo.org/ .

Every goldang year I want to do it, and every goldang year I’m too busy. I’m too busy this year. But I’m very tired of being too busy and I want to do it!

As you may know I’ve written a small pile of nonfiction books. When I was much younger, I wrote fiction. It probably wasn’t good fiction but I had fun writing it.

I don’t know if it’s all the nonfiction books I’ve written, but I feel like I have lost the ability to write fiction. Like my brain is in “nonfiction” gear and I can’t switch back.

2014 is not going to be the year that NaNoWriMo passes me by. I want to go for it.

But I could use a little encouragement and I would like to post updates on ResearchBuzz. I would like to think that someone out there gives a darn, or a hoot, or a buzz.

So if you wouldn’t mind reading NaNoWriMo updates at the top of ResearchBuzz for one month, could you let me know in the comments? Or send me a note via the feedback form?

I don’t know how it’s going to end up – I literally have no idea how to get started. But a little push from y’all would mean everything in the world to me.

Thank you!



Reddit, CERN, Food, More: Morning Buzz, October 31st, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Nordstrom has started its own Reddit community. If Reddit manages to do things like this and maintain its sense of identity, it will be pulling off a balancing act worthy of Cirque du Soleil.

IBM and Twitter are teaming up. “Watson, the artificially intelligent IBM supercomputer, can already beat you at Jeopardy. And soon, it will know more than you do about what’s happening on Twitter, too. It’s part of a deal the two companies announced on Wednesday that’s designed to let IBM’s business clients mine the 500 million daily Twitter messages for competitive intel.”

A new app monitors Twitter feeds for suicide warnings. “The Samaritans charity has launched a new app which will notify Twitter users if people they follow on the site appear to be suicidal. Samaritans Radar uses an algorithm to identify key words and phrases which indicate distress.”

The research center CERN has released a large archive of photographs, but needs your help identifying the people, and in some cases the equipment, in them.

A new database of community food policies is now available. “The Growing Food Connections Policy Database is a searchable collection of local public policies that explicitly support community food systems. This database provides policymakers, government staff, and others interested in food policy with concrete examples of local public policies that have been adopted to address a range of food systems issues…”

Ever wonder How much money Facebook loses during an outage?

The UK has opened access to millions of orphaned works. “These works are covered by copyright, but rights holders cannot be found by those who need to seek permission to reproduce them. Under the new scheme, a licence can be granted by the Intellectual Property Office so that these works can be reproduced on websites, in books and on TV without breaking the law, while protecting the rights of owners so they can be remunerated if they come forward.”

Hey! Sketchfab now allows downloading of 3D objects.

Lifehacker breaks down the secret powers of Chrome’s address bar. I use the math trick several times a day. Good morning, Internet…

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