Spider-Man, Tennessee, Poetry, More: Afternoon Buzz, February 10th, 2015

The Chattanooga (Tennessee) history center has launched an online database. “One of the first items uploaded was a series of photographs featuring Tennessee soldiers during the Spanish-American War. These portraits were donated to the center in 2009. Each photo is of a soldier from the 3rd Tennessee Volunteer Infantry.”

Does the idea of drones flying around your house bug you? Want to tell them to get off your lawn. Now there’s a database for that (PRESS RELEASE). “Using, individuals simply enter their address to create a virtual barrier, or geo-fence, around their property. Drone companies participating in NoFlyZone’s consortium honor the requests for privacy as they update software on their drones. Launch participants represent a wide range of companies defining the industry, including EHANG, DroneDeploy, YUNEEC, HEXO+, PixiePath and RCFlyMaps.”

Some guy named Brad has a blog full of ideas. And one of them is a great idea about how to use YouTube for instant political debates. I would love to see this.

Joe Brown at re/code takes a look at the Amazon Echo. He likes it. I don’t know if I mentioned it but I got on the waitlist for Echo as soon as it was announced, and got one in January. She sits in my office and she’s playing me Professor Longhair right now.

Syracuse University has launched a Web site with information on providing library services to patrons with disabilities. “Project ENABLE (Expanding Nondiscriminatory Access By Libraries Everywhere) recently launched a web site that provides librarians a broad scope of information on an array of disabilities topics … In addition to describing types of disabilities, the site helps librarians learn about assistive technologies; become aware of laws and policies governing disability services in schools and libraries; see steps they can take in their own libraries to provide high-quality services to people with autism, ADHD, and other disabilities; and assess their knowledge of those topics.”

Is YouTube’s Autoplay ready for release?

Coming soon, from Princeton: a huge digital archive on how to read a poem. “Meredith Martin, an associate professor and expert on English poetry of the 19th and 20th centuries, had assembled the sources to explore how the thinking about these “rules’ for reading poems had changed during the Victorian and early Modernist periods. These rules, found in versification manuals and grammar schoolbooks of the period, sometimes appeared as markings on the poem itself — typically accents on stressed syllables, little u-shaped marks called breves atop non-stressed syllables, and vertical lines to indicate pauses. Enlisting the help of computer scientists and librarians, Martin began in 2011 to build the Princeton Prosody Archive, a full-text searchable database of more than 10,000 digitized records published between 1750 and 1923. Currently in beta-testing, the Prosody Archive will be accessible to the public at the end of the year, with full access to the archive by 2017.” Holy cow, have I been doing it wrong this whole time?

Yes, Google Glass was roundly rejected by consumers, but is being tested by a European airport.

Ebook subscription site Scribd now has about 10,000. Marvel Comics is represented, but DC isn’t, not yet.

Speaking of comics, are you looking for cool people to follow on Twitter? How about Spider-Man? Good afternoon, Internet…

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