West Virginia, NYPL, NYU, More: Thursday Buzz, December 25th, 2014

The Interview is now available on Google Play and YouTube movies. Wasn’t planning to see it before the controversy, still not interested. Sorry Sony.

More silliness: comparing all the different Santa Trackers.

The NYU Game Center is offering a free online archive of all its recorded Game Center lectures. “Speakers span the gamut (from Tim Schafer to Heather Kelley and Jonathan Blow) and all of the archived talks are of potential interest to game developers.”

Lifehacker rounds up its most popular Chrome posts of 2014.

The Calvert Journal is reporting that Russia plans to launch a digital library in 2015. I can’t find the quote used in the story anywhere else, but it might be because it’s not anywhere else in English. The Calvert Journal looks legit and is indexed by Google News; I just want to make it clear that I can’t corroborate this one.

Do you want to make your own “Year in Review” on Facebook? Here’s how. Mine was lame.

The state of West Virginia has launched a new education database. “The website collects education data and provides a thorough look at where the state and each county and school stands in terms of enrollment, assessment results and graduation and attendance rates. Each subject also can be analyzed by different subgroups such as race, socioeconomic status and free or reduced price meal participation.”

I love the Internet: an online archive of corridors from science fiction movies; now turned into a game.

A startup is focusing on using Google Glass to help kids with autism. “[Ned] Sahin believes Google Glass is ideal for helping kids with autism because it has an accelerometer chip that enables head gestures, which Brain Power uses to track when kids look or don’t look at their parents, as well as stereotypy, or the repetitive movements that many people with autism make.”

Facebook is going to get playlists like YouTube?

From Gothamist: questions patrons asked the NYPL before there was Google. “Can you tell me the thickness of a US Postage stamp with the glue on it? Answer: We cannot get this answer quickly. Perhaps try the Postal Service. Response: This is the Postal Service.”

If you don’t want Facebook to auto-enhance your photos, you can turn that off. Good morning, Internet..

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  1. RE: USPS asks how thick is a stamp with glue? The traditional way to solve this sort of problem is to find a post office with a stack of 50 or 100 sheets, and measure how high (thick) that stack is. Then divide. Post Offices are very good at inventory. This is not precise, but good enough for government work. Love the story. Thanks for your great posts.

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