Cassette Culture, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Twitter, More: Wednesday Buzz, October 31, 2018


New-to-me, from Electronic Beats: This Website Is Like Discogs But For Rare Synth Wave, Ambient And Industrial Cassettes. “As an electronic music fan, you probably spend a lot of time on Discogs mining the depths of obscure releases from different regions and eras. But if you want to add an extra edge to your virtual crate digging, you might want to add Tape Mag to your list of archives.”

The Getty Iris: A New Digital Tool for Looking at Bruegel. “Much like the web tool Closer to Van Eyck, Inside Bruegel stems from the Getty Foundation’s Panel Paintings Initiative, a decade-long effort to train a new generation of panel paintings conservators. Funding that supported training residencies associated with the structural research and technical study of KHM’s Bruegel paintings also provided an opportunity for further investigation and documentation. The result is a new resource that promises to delight scholars and art lovers alike. Users can zoom into Bruegel’s carefully considered details, and apply imaging filters such as infrared reflectography and X-radiography to see underdrawings, structural modifications, pigments used by the artist, and more.”


Atlanta Journal-Constitution: People do not like Twitter’s plan to remove the like button. “Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey is removing the ‘like’ button from Twitter − and the tweeps are not ‘hearting’ the idea. Dorsey was quoted by the Telegraph as saying at a conference last week that he was going to get rid of the feature, which he is not a fan of, ‘soon.'”

Ultimate Guitar: The New ‘Search Songs by Chords’ Feature Is Here. “Recently we asked you if you need a new feature to search for chords. This survey showed us that the feature would be useful. We decided to introduce it as soon as possible, so here it is – click to check out.”

Reuters: Russian search engine Yandex trumpets fastest growth in six years. “Russia’s biggest internet search engine Yandex has registered its fastest growth in six years, it said on Monday as the company raised its 2018 revenue forecast, lifting its share price by almost 8 percent.”

CNET: For Halloween, Google scares up its first multiplayer Doodle game. “Two years ago, Google captivated Doodle players with a game featuring an adorable black cat with magic powers that races the clock to save its school from a horde of invading spirits. This year’s Great Ghoul Duel takes things up a notch by letting you form two teams of four ghosts to collect as many wandering spirit flames as possible and return them to your home base within two minutes.”


Digital Inspiration: How to Automatically Create PDFs with Google Form Responses. “When a user submits your Google Form, a row is added to the destination Google Sheet with all the answers. The tutorial explains how you can save your Google Form responses in a customized PDF file in Google Drive and have it emailed automatically to one or more recipients via Gmail.”

CNN: The non-American’s guide to the midterm elections. “Millions of voters will soon go to the polls across the US, but they won’t be picking a president. The impact of the midterm elections, however, could be almost as significant.”


The Guardian: Sounds of the youth? BBC radio app targets next generation. “The problem is that ever since the BBC was founded almost a century ago it has been based around an era of broadcasting that was designed towards a comprehensive offering: a shared listening – and then viewing – experience. But just as Netflix upended TV viewing habits, the growth of podcasts and Spotify means listeners increasingly expect their audio content to be personalised to them. Put simply, they no longer need to listen to a playlist or a schedule that does not perfectly suit their needs.” Hey, I listen to BBC Radio all the time! — uh, via a podcasts app.

Ancient History Encyclopedia: Interview: UNESCO Archives Digitization Project. “Ancient History Encyclopedia has partnered with the UNESCO Archives, which we are very excited about. Our mission aligns very much with UNESCO, wanting to bring about peace and international understanding to the world through cultural heritage and education. We sat down with Mr. Adam Cowling, the Digitization Project Manager to talk about their project and where it is headed. What they do in their archives is absolutely fascinating.”

DW: The digitized future: How libraries are pioneering a cultural transformation. “Some 120 million visitors take advantage of the educational and cultural offerings of German libraries each year. That’s one reason why, in September, the German Council for Cultural Education published a study on the digitization of library services. One of the results: Digitization has a very positive effect on both the image, and range of services, of libraries.”


EurekAlert: Researchers teach ‘machines’ to detect Medicare fraud . “Using a highly sophisticated form of pattern matching, researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science are teaching ‘machines’ to detect Medicare fraud. Medicare, the primary health care coverage for Americans 65 and older, accounts for 20 percent of health care spending in the United States. About $19 billion to $65 billion is lost every year because of Medicare fraud, waste or abuse.” Good morning, Internet…

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