Photos, Fonts, Fear and Loathing, More: Wednesday Buzz, July 8th, 2015


Oooh, another fun find from Peta Pixel. This time it’s an archive of Leica photography magazines. There are 70 issues available and they date back to 1949. The site includes a 52-page PDF index of all uploaded issues which gives a detailed table of contents. Someone put a heck of a lot of work into this.

Universities are teaming up to create a digital archive of the Baltimore protests. “To date more than 1,200 items have been donated to the archive including photographs, videos, and eyewitness oral histories. A website has been set up by Denise Meringolo, an associate professor of history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to display the historical archive.”

Want to play with a bunch of in Google Docs? there’s an add-on for that. “Available as a free add-on via Google Docs, Extensis Fonts provides a panel where you can browse, preview and apply fonts directly from within Google documents.”


From the ever-terrific Amit (also known as @labnol on Twitter), How to see your Google Contacts on a Google Map. “he all-new Map My Contacts app will help you quickly visualize the location of your Google contacts on a world map. It reads the postal addresses of people from your Google Contacts and puts them all in a Google Map using a simple Google script.”

TIME with a roundup of apps that can help you unsend e-mail. These go way beyond GMail’s unsend but bear this in mind: you can never really be sure you’ve deleted an e-mail after someone’s read it. They can always take a screen shot, no matter how you’ve encrypted or turned the text into an image.


The Washington Post has begun encrypting part of their Web site. “The Washington Post will begin encrypting parts of its Web site Tuesday, making it more difficult for hackers, government agencies and others to track the reading habits of people who visit the site. The added security will immediately apply to The Post’s homepage as well as stories on the site’s national security page and the technology policy blog The Switch. The encryption will roll out to the rest of the site over the coming months.”

Sneaky black hat SEO: Using PDF documents to keyword stuff. “Always refining its search algorithms, Google is constantly on the lookout for new methods that attackers and unscrupulous search engine optimization (SEO) practitioners use to manipulate its system to gain higher search rankings. The practice of ‘cloaking’ to fool Google’s page indexer has been known for a while. It’s a method of serving the Googlebot with content stuffed with keywords to mislead it into thinking a site is relevant to trending search terms.” Apparently with Google focusing so much on HTML-type pages, bad guys are now looking at exploiting PDFs.


Google is testing self-driving cars in Austin, Texas. “As before, Google’s self-driving vehicle will have two safety drivers aboard, ready to take the controls. The company sought permission with Texas Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Transportation, police and other authorities before starting tests. However, it didn’t alert the public or press about the cars before they began rolling last month, apparently, causing many to wonder if the testing was even legal.”

People are having way too fun with Google AI picture editor / pyschedelia generator / neural network head trip Deep Dream. Someone took a film clip from Fear and Loathing in Los Vegas and Deep Dream’d it. Honestly, this kind of freaked me out. When the guy is walking toward the camera and he’s talking and just for a second there’s an eyeball in his mouth… (shudder). Good afternoon, Internet…

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