16th Century Libraries, Patents, Google+, McDonald’s, More: Sunday Afternoon Buzz, January 27, 2013

Whoopsie. A bunch of Internet-connected printers have been indexed by Google.

Oooo. Northwestern University has completed the digitizing of a 16th century library. “The works in this new digital library include first printings of works by Erasmus and Dürer, among them Dürer’s famous treatise on human proportions, Vier Bücher von menschlicher Proportion of 1528, the earliest work to apply the study of human anatomy to aesthetics. It was not published until six months after Dürer’s death, and it bears a verse epitaph composed by Dürer’s close friend, Nuremberg humanist Willibald Pirckheimer, which can be read here in the original. Another famous book in the new digitized collection is Lucretius’s De rerum natura (“On the Nature of Things”) of 1512, one of the most influential poetic and philosophical works of the Renaissance. The rediscovery, publication, and impact of this work of the 1st century BC is the subject of Shakespearean scholar Stephen Greenblatt’s recent bestselling book, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern (2011).” (Note: none of these books are in English.)

Apparently McDonald’s nutrition information will be available via QR code. I don’t see myself using this much — what I generally get at McD’s is nonsweet tea — but I would be happy if this pushed QR codes into mainstream use.

From Search Engine Journal, the Top 10 Failed Social Media Sites. I think a couple of these are premature. I don’t think Google+, MySpace, or Delicious have failed.

The USPTO has released a new patent term calculator. “The calculator provides a best estimate of a patent’s expiration date, based on a comprehensive list of factors than can be found in USPTO records. Before relying on an expiration date, individuals should always carefully inspect all relevant documents available through the USPTO, court records and elsewhere, and consult with an attorney.”

The USCIS ( U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ) has revamped its genealogy Web site.

Google+ has rolled out a new page manager dashboard. I really need to pay more attention to Google+.

??? Why would Facebook and Instagram require government-issued photo IDs?

WOW, this should be interesting. A Webinar on Facial recognition and ancestor photos.

Wolfram|Alpha now offers more complex analysis of sports statistics. Attempts to answer the question “Why can’t the Cubs win the World Series?” were unsuccessful. Good afternoon, Internet…

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