Archers, Finland, Chromecast, More: Sunday Buzz, May 31st, 2015


The only reason I know anything about the British radio drama The Archers is because it’s been ragged on by John Finnemore as well as Mitchell & Webb. But I might learn a lot more since it’s going to get a digital archive.


Learning new stuff: 5 tricks for macro photography. A couple of these might be considered “cheating”.

From How-To Geek: How to Use Your iPhone to Shoot Professional Movies. What really astounds me is how relatively inexpensive ancillary equipment like steady-cams and lenses are. It’s absolutely mind-boggling.

If you’re a casual Facebook user – that is, you use it to connect socially with people – you’re not going to find this article interesting. If you use Facebook because you want to connect with lots of interesting people and hear about resources they’re using as well as keep up with company pages, You’ll like this collection of hints from Robert Scoble. They will take some work, but they will improve your Facebook feed.


I’ll take really, really specific resources for $500, Alex: a database of privately-owned forests in Finland (PRESS RELEASE). “The data on privately-owned forests collected by the Finnish Forest Centre quite likely constitutes one of the world’s most extensive databases on forest resources. In May, the extent of data on privately-owned forest stands surpassed the 10 million-hectare mark. This represents 70 per cent of the surface area of Finland’s privately-owned forests.”

Chromecast is getting some new features. One thing: “Chromecast is first and foremost a media consumption device, so it makes sense that the team at Google is focusing on making video and music playback even better. It’s introducing a new API that willl let apps like Netflix jump from one piece of content to the next seamlessly — while one video’s playing in a queue, the next can buffer in the background.”


News site Gigaom will relaunch this summer.

Apple has a fix in the works for that iOS crashing bug. (This article has a workaround too if you want to avoid possible crashes.)


Interesting question, answered in a paper: Does Twitter Increase Perceived Police Legitimacy? “Social media use has become increasingly popular among police forces. The literature suggests that social media use can increase perceived police legitimacy by enabling transparency and participation. Employing data from a large and representative survey of Dutch citizens (N = 4,492), this article tests whether and how social media use affects perceived legitimacy for a major social media platform.” From this link the article is not free, but I know many of you have article access resources I do not. Good afternoon, Internet…

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