Holi Festival, Open Education Week, Project Stringer, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 10, 2020


BetaNews: Google launches secret Easter Egg for Indian Hindu Holi Festival. “Holi, the ‘festival of colors’, is a hugely popular event in India that signifies the triumph of good over evil and heralds the arrival of spring. It’s when Hindus throw colorful paint at each other. Today marks the start of the Holi Festival, and to celebrate it, Google has launched a new Easter Egg in its search. Accessing it is pretty easy too. Best of all, it is very fun.”

Cogdogblog: Amazing/True Stories of Openness Makes Comeback for Open Education Week. “Monday I saw the #OEWeek tagged tweets and had some wondering about what I might contribute for Open Education Week. So I dusted off and cleaned up an oldie- my collection of Amazing Stories of Serendipity.”

Google Blog: Project Stringer provides video coverage for U.S. elections. “Whether on TVs, phones, or social media feeds, many Americans are getting their news through videos. And with a national election dominating the U.S. news, many local publishers are struggling to meet the demand for engaging, on-the-ground political videos. Enter Project Stringer.”


The first time I tried this it timed out, but the second time it worked. You may have to try it a few times. From The Verge: This handwashing lyrics generator is here to save you from singing Happy Birthday. “By this point, everyone (hopefully) knows that you should be washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, or as long as it takes for you to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice, to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases — including the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. But now that we’re several months into the novel coronavirus outbreak, ‘Happy Birthday’ is starting to get a little old (creative hacks aside). So here’s Wash Your Lyrics, a new tool that automatically pairs the lyrics to a song of your choice with instructions on how to wash your hands properly.”

Make Tech Easier: How to Add a Watermark to an Image without Photoshop. “If you’re not familiar with it, don’t know how to use it or find it too complicated for your needs, follow along to find out how you can add a watermark to an image without Photoshop.”


Dallas Innovates: A New App From Two Former SMU Football Players Connects Search With Social. “Vuzag is a new location-based search engine that displays a live snapshot of a user’s local community. The platform helps people get information on local events currently happening. And, it was founded Robert Seals and Daniel Gresham, two former SMU football players.”


CNET: Facebook sued by Australian privacy watchdog over Cambridge Analytica scandal. “An Australian privacy watchdog is suing Facebook after the social network allegedly passed on data from 311,074 Australian users to an app at the center of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The case, which was filed in Australia’s federal court on Monday, is another sign that Facebook’s privacy woes are far from over. ”

The Age (Australia): Melbourne brothel owner sues Google over bad reviews. “A South Melbourne brothel owner is taking legal action to force Google to reveal who wrote its bad online reviews, some of which direct customers to a nearby competitor. The Boardroom of Melbourne, which bills itself as one of the city’s top brothels, wants the Federal Court to force Google to hand over the IP addresses linked with the negative reviews after the search engine giant refused to reveal the identities behind them and take them down.”


Medium, and I apologize for the swearing: How Not to Be an Asshole on the Internet. “A 2017 study seemed to prove what those of us familiar with online debates have feared for years: People we disagree with seem less human to us when we read their views than when we hear them spoken aloud. Results from a separate 2017 study might help explain why. One: Voices convey emotion, both through the content of what a person says and in how they say it. And two: Intimacy can change everything in these contexts. Seeing someone’s face all the time creates a kind of expertise that allows a person to understand another’s mental state just by looking at them. There’s evidence to suggest that it’s also possible to have this transformation on social media, where we are increasingly conducting our lives.”

Daily Camera: CU Boulder Museum of Natural History releases interactive 3D scan of triceratops skull fossil. “The University of Colorado Boulder’s Museum of Natural History recently released on the internet an interactive 3D scan of its triceratops skull, a fossil nearly the size of a small car.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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