Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Music Samples, More: Tuesday Afternoon Buzz, January 19, 2016

Why didn’t y’all TELL ME I WAS STILL PUTTING 2015 ON MY BLOG POST TITLES??! dies of embarrassment


The government of Costa Rica has put several recipe books online. Links to the books at the bottom of the page and now I’m hungry.

The Hong Kong Museum of Art is apparently closed until 2019, but is putting together an art research portal which will launch next month. (And apparently a database of old exhibitions?)

New-to-me: a huge database tracking samples in songs: Who Sampled. “Dig deeper into music by discovering direct connections among over 361,000 songs and 124,000 artists, from Hip-Hop and R&B via Electronic / Dance through to Rock, Pop, Soul, Funk, Reggae, Jazz, Classical and beyond.”


Larry Ferlazzo has updated his list of resources for Black History Month.


Google has finished up on its spring cleaning. “Google has followed through on its 2011 promise to kill of some search APIs. Back in 2011, the text ads giant announced it was spring cleaning by turning off the Google Patent Search API, Google News Search API, Google Blog Search API, Google Video Search API and Google Image Search API.”


A Finnish researcher has stomped a Yahoo Mail security vulnerability. “What’s supposed to happen is that Yahoo! Mail should filter malicious HTML code, and this mostly works. However, [Jouko] Pynnönen found, ‘certain malformed HTML code could pass the filter’. An attacker could embed malicious JavaScript in a correctly-formatted message, and get past the filters.”

Meanwhile, it’s 2016, we still don’t have jetpacks, and people are still using horrible passwords. “The fifth annual SplashData chart of the internet’s worst passwords is out, and it looks like people just can’t learn the lesson. The firm has aggregated the passwords from around two million that were leaked in 2015, finding that basic, easy-to-guess terms are still in abundance.”


Everybody’s on social media. Yes, everybody. Even heads of state (PRESS RELEASE). “Almost 90 percent of all governments have an official Facebook presence, and 87 heads of state, 82 heads of government and 51 foreign ministers maintain personal pages on the platform, according to a new study by Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations and communications firm. Based on data collected in January 2016, the World Leaders on Facebook study – the first installment of the 2016 edition of Burson-Marsteller’s annual Twiplomacy study – found that 169 of the 193 UN member states maintain an official Facebook page.”


The American Museum of Natural History has a Tumblr. And apparently the museum’s new titanosaur and the museum’s blue whale have been texting back and forth. One of them – possibly both of them – need to join Tinder. Or hang with Skellie on Instagram! . Good afternoon, Internet…

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