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Jewish Recipes, Key Peninsula, US Geology, More: Sunday Buzz, August 27, 2017

NEW RESOURCES

JTA: The Jewish Food Society wants to preserve your grandma’s recipes — before they’re lost forever. “Ayala Hodak usually cooks the way her mother taught her: adding a pinch of spice here or relying on her eyes — never a measuring cup! — to judge how much liquid to add. But on a recent Tuesday, she was being much more meticulous. Her reason for the precision: Hodak’s recipe was being recorded by a new nonprofit, the Jewish Food Society, which aims to be an archive of Jewish recipes from around the world.”

Key Peninsula News: From The Editor’s Desk. “We call ourselves the voice of the Key Peninsula, but that is only true when your voice comes through in the stories we publish, the images we print, and the columns and letters you write…. We have also just launched a vastly improved website made possible by grants from The Angel Guild and other donors. Every article and image published by the KP News since 2003 will be available in our online archive; we have 1,000 posted already. We are still working to collect and post digitized versions of all the hardcopy editions we can find, all the way back to the original KP Newsletter (we’re up to November 1982 so far).” If you’re like me you might see that newspaper title and think it covers Florida, but in fact it covers an area in the Puget Sound region of Washington state.

USGS: Stitching Together the New Digital Geologic Quilt of the United States. “The new product, called the USGS State Geologic Map Compilation, is a database compilation based on the Preliminary Integrated Geologic Map Databases for the United States. It provides a standardized Geographic Information System format that allows users to more readily conduct spatial analyses of lithology, age, and stratigraphy at a national-scale. As an example, a named rock unit (Dakota sandstone) might be called something different from State to State, on their respective State geologic maps. In the new database, rock units are characterized by their type (lithology) like “sandstone or granite” not by their formal name. This consistency across the single database now makes it easier for users to access information, rather than having to collect it from multiple databases.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Elite Daily: Facebook Lets You Take 360-Degree Cover Photos Now, So Start Snapping Scenic Pics. “Capturing and sharing our surroundings has never been easier, wouldn’t you say? We have smartphones with a built-in cameras. We have social media apps to show off our favorite pics. And now, Facebook is trying to be everyone’s favorite platform with a cool new feature that lets you take 360-degree cover photos directly in the app, giving your followers a super scenic view. The tech company has an entire website dedicated to the feature, called Facebook360, where they show interested users just how to take 360-degree cover photos on Facebook.”

USEFUL STUFF

TIME: Follow Hurricane Harvey’s Path With These Essential Storm Tracking Apps. “If you’re in Hurricane Harvey’s path along the Gulf Coast in Texas, keeping tabs on this imminent atmospheric leviathan is essential….Here’s a rundown of the best hurricane tracking apps for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.”

Social Media Examiner: How to Convert Your Blog Posts Into Videos. “Looking for an easy way to create video content? Do you blog? In this article, you’ll learn how to turn a blog post into two types of videos you can share on social media.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

State Archives of North Carolina: Looking Back on State Government Social Media. “Would your North Carolina state agency like to preserve its social media posts? You can look into the distant past of social media and see how your agency’s social media presence has evolved. The State Archives captures North Carolina state government social media, but we need your help to make sure your social media output is archived for posterity. For the results of our archiving, check out the State of North Carolina Social Media Archive.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Hacker News: Beware of Windows/MacOS/Linux Virus Spreading Through Facebook Messenger. “If you came across any Facebook message with a video link sent by anyone, even your friend — just don’t click on it. Security researchers at Kaspersky Lab have spotted an ongoing cross-platform campaign on Facebook Messenger, where users receive a video link that redirects them to a fake website, luring them to install malicious software.”

Wired: Even Artificial Neural Networks Can Have Exploitable ‘Backdoors’. “EARLY IN AUGUST, NYU professor Siddharth Garg checked for traffic, and then put a yellow Post-it onto a stop sign outside the Brooklyn building in which he works. When he and two colleagues showed a photo of the scene to their road-sign detector software, it was 95 percent sure the stop sign in fact displayed a speed limit.”

TechCrunch: Users dump AccuWeather iPhone app after learning it sends location data to a third party . “AccuWeather’s iOS app may be up to something fishy. Security researcher Will Strafach published a warning about the popular weather app’s behavior on Medium and users appear to be paying attention.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Microsoft: Microsoft unveils Project Brainwave for real-time AI. “Today at Hot Chips 2017, our cross-Microsoft team unveiled a new deep learning acceleration platform, codenamed Project Brainwave. I’m delighted to share more details in this post, since Project Brainwave achieves a major leap forward in both performance and flexibility for cloud-based serving of deep learning models. We designed the system for real-time AI, which means the system processes requests as fast as it receives them, with ultra-low latency. Real-time AI is becoming increasingly important as cloud infrastructures process live data streams, whether they be search queries, videos, sensor streams, or interactions with users.”

OTHER THINGS I THINK ARE COOL

PetaPixel: The Best Photos of the Great American Eclipse. “Of the endless stream of Great American Eclipse photos being shared online, there are some notable gems that are going wildly viral on social media. Here’s a roundup of the amazing shots that are wowing viewers across the Web.” Good morning, Internet…

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