Tamil Nadu Temples, Indiana Child Care, Displaced College Students, More: Tuesday Afternoon Buzz, September 20, 2016


The government of Tamil Nadu (India) will create a database of the movable and immovable assets of its temples. “Tamil Nadu government today proposed to create database of movable and immovable assets of the temples in the state as part of its series of initiatives in the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) department. The Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said such assets of temples include metal and stone idols besides land and buildings.”

The state of Indiana has launched a new tool to find child care providers. “Child Care Finder allows parents to narrow their search based on the type of provider, hours, licensing status, and whether or not the provider participates in Paths to Quality , Indiana’s voluntary quality rating and improvement system. In addition, families can find inspection reports and any enforcement actions against the provider.”

The US Department of Education has launched a new resource site for students impacted by recent higher education closures. “The U.S. Department of Education today joined Beyond 12 and National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) in announcing the launch of a new online package of supports to aid students affected by college closures…. Next Steps EDU advisors will respond to questions from students, by email, phone and text message, about academic, financial aid, and federal loan discharge options. All advisors are professionals working in the field of education and will be pre-screened and trained before being matched with students.”

Now available: an archive of screen shots showing soda machines in video games. I love the Internet. There are over 400 entries here. The first thing I thought was “Theme Hospital!” and sure enough, it’s there…..


Ooooo. Twitter is making it easier to find tweets by date in location in TweetDeck. “After tapping the filter icon of any search column in Tweetdeck, users will now find a drop-down menu marked ‘Location’ among the different filters. Hit ‘Location’ and the menu opens to show a map where users can search for specific areas in the world, pinpoint a location and choose a search radius from which to hoover up any geotagged tweets.” Hit the link for skinny on the date search.

The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) is teaming up with Twitter to provide live stock updates. “As for what you’ll get, Twitter will provide live updates of S&P BSE Sensex levels, stock prices and opening and closing figures of Sensex companies to investors interested in Indian markets, globally.”

Wow: Waze wants to help you find a parking space. “Waze recently introduced a ‘where to park’ feature, which suggests parking lots closest to a destination and allows users to navigate there directly. Additionally, if a user doesn’t select a parking lot prior to arrival, Waze will give the option to select and navigate to one when approaching a final destination. Now that feature will be supercharged thanks to INRIX’s uniquely aggregated parking data.”

Looks like Google will be announcing new hardware on October 4th. “Google late Monday sent out invitations to an October 4 event, hinting that the Internet titan will show off a new smartphone powered by its Android mobile software. Emailed invitations revealed only the time and place for the gathering in San Francisco, the message topped by blue, red, yellow, and green dots of color.”


Good stuff from the McGill Daily: Google Mapping the world: Agnostic mapping reveals and affects different perceptions of global boundaries. “While those of us whose knowledge is largely based in a North American context may think of these changes (due to their presentation as historical fact, rather than an ongoing dispute) as cut-and-dried, they often aren’t: many boundaries are still being contested. The way that these boundaries are depicted, both verbally through education and the media, and visually through maps and globes, shows the relations between the countries involved in the dispute, as well as how global communities view the disputed area. One of the most visible ways this manifests is in Google Map depiction of disputed boundaries.”

Popular Science: First Responders Give Google Glass a Second Life. “This fall, UMMS will host an active-shooter drill and outfit dozens of first responders with Google Glass to see if it improves emergency assessment. For extra ground support, UMMS will also deploy a drone equipped with heat sensors to help find patients and determine which ones need the most urgent attention.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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