Scotland, Canada, William Blake, More: Saturday Morning Buzz, March 7th, 2015


The FDA has launched a mobile app to provide information about drug shortages. “The app identifies current drug shortages, resolved shortages and discontinuations of drug products….App users can search or browse by a drug’s generic name or active ingredient, and browse by therapeutic category. The app can also be used to report a suspected drug shortage or supply issue to the FDA.”

WordPress is now offering a security white paper. “The white paper is an analysis and explanation of the WordPress core software development and its related security processes, as well as an examination of the inherent security built directly into the software. Decision makers evaluating WordPress as a content management system or web application framework should use the white paper in their analysis and decision-making, and for developers to refer to it to familiarize themselves with the security components and best practices of the software.”

Princeton University has digitized its Godefroy Engelmann proofs and samples albums. “The publisher and printer Godefroy Engelmann I (1788-1839) had offices in a number of locations, including Rue Cassette No.18, Paris (1817); Rue Louis-le-grand No 27 à Paris (1827); Rue du Faub No.6, Montmatre, Paris (after 1829); Paris & Mulhausen (1826); 66 St Martin’s Lane, Strand, London (1826-7); 92 Dean Street, Soho, London (1827-9); and 14 Newman Street, London (1829-30).” Stunning examples of early chromolithography.

A new Web site lets people search for pets available at animal shelters, rescue groups, and breeders (PRESS RELEASE). “’s database of available pets – the most comprehensive anywhere – allows pet lovers to find a pet their way. For example, when searching for a pet, they can choose to search just for breeders, shelters or rescues, or a combination thereof for maximum results. Petcha’s unique functionality also allows pet lovers to filter results by gender, breed, size, coat color, eye color, tail type, coat length, age, sex, or energy level. Additionally, they can search by pet or organization.”

Library and Archives Canada have put up a small-but-lovely album of travel photography from the 19th and early 20th century.

Now available: a memorial for projects abandoned by Google. It’s in French but the gist, it is easy to get.

Historic Scotland has launched an online database of 400 artefacts.

The Blake Archive has added a new section for back issues of the Blake Quarterly journal. Currently issues from 2000-2009 are available. As far as I can tell the issues are free.


This weekend, access to FindMyPast records is free!

From Edudemic: 5 Ways Google Tools Can Make Education More Exciting. Nice ideas here.


If you’re an old-school user of TweetDeck, like me, be told: it is switching to Twitter logins on 31 March.


Small Business Trends takes an in-depth look at Big Picture, a data visualization tool for Excel 2007 and up (unfortunately it’s Windows-only.) It looks delicious. I would love to find something like that for Gnumeric.

OpenDNS is prepping a new tool to find malicious domains before they’re put to extensive use.

From the Washington Post: Google’s quest to make art available to everyone was foiled by copyright concerns. Good morning, Internet…

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