Metaphors, Ireland, RSS, More: Big Saturday Morning Buzz, April 26, 2014

If I never update ResearchBuzz again it’s because I’ve discovered a database at the University of Virginia called The Mind is a Metaphor. This is like brandy for my brain. “This collection of eighteenth-century metaphors of mind serves as the basis for a scholarly study of the metaphors and root-images appealed to by the novelists, poets, dramatists, essayists, philosophers, belle-lettrists, preachers, and pamphleteers of the long eighteenth century. While the database does include metaphors from classical sources, from Shakespeare and Milton, from the King James Bible, and from more recent texts, it does not pretend to any depth or density of coverage in literature other than that of the British eighteenth century.”

A new tool has been developed to track social media for information on the crisis in Venezuela. “Venezuela Decoded gathers information found on Twitter, groups it by source (either from government or opposition sources) and separates them by language (Spanish and English). It also features a timeline created with the online tool Timeline JS that shows the most important events of each day.”

The White House has announced a new online veterans employment center. “The Veterans Employment Center, an integrated, online tool connecting veterans, transitioning service members and their spouses with both public and private-sector employers, is the result of an interagency effort to improve, simplify and consolidate the current array of employment resources for veterans. Additionally, this will provide one comprehensive database of resumes for employers who are seeking to leverage the skills and talents of veterans, service members, and their spouses.”

IFTTT has finally launched an app for Android.

The National Library of Ireland has added over 10,000 items to its online collection. “”A portrait of the infamous Ellen Byrne, who was tried for her husband’s murder in 1842 after his badly decomposed body was found in their shared bed; photographs of 1916 leader Tom Clarke, his wife Kathleen and family; and posters documenting the suffragette movement are just some of the 10,500 newly digitised items released by the National Library of Ireland (NLI) today (24.04.14).””

I love this article from Marshall Kirkpatrick, and not just because I’m an old woman yelling for you to get off my lawn: Why I Think RSS Still Matters.

Now available: a new search engine for royalty-free stock photos (press release.) “The new tool indexes every image from each of the leading microstock vendors allowing for side-by-side comparison of pricing, licensing models and terms. The new site was developed by PressFoto, an emerging microstock company offering some of the most aggressive pricing and flexible licensing models in the business.”

Under construction: a database of Australian Aboriginal languages, many of which have lost all their speakers. “ASHLEY HALL: At the time of European colonisation, there were more than 200 Indigenous languages across Australia; there are far fewer now. Nonetheless, linguists are working to preserve what’s left in a digital archive.” (This is a transcript, a link on the left plays the story.)

Danny Sullivan wonders, in a long and thoughtful article: What if Google really did kill Google+?

The Getty Museum has added another 77,000 images to its open content archive. “Of those images, 72,000 come from the Foto Arte Minore collection, a rich gallery of photographs of Italian art and architecture, taken by the photographer and scholar Max Hutzel (1911-1988).”

Fun! 7 Online Design Tools for Creating Sharable Visuals.

Have you started playing with your new Twitter profile yet? Here are some tips for optimizing it.

Pinterest has added a new “Guided Search” feature. “Guided search represents the most significant of three announcements Pinterest made tonight at its headquarters. The company also is adding the ability for users to add custom categories within the app to better focus on their interests. (Up until now users have only been able to choose among the 32 original categories that Pinterest launched with.) The company also released improvements to related pins, which now show relevant items underneath 90 percent of pins on the network.” Good morning, Internet…

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