Here are a few of the most interesting things I came across in articles, books, podcasts and conversations (among other places) this week:
- Did you know that you’ve (maybe, probably, almost definitely) contributed to the digitization of books? Maybe this is common knowledge, but for the first time this week, I found out that those CAPTCHA forms that ask us to prove we’re not robots were actually used by Google to help digitise hundreds of thousands of old books and manuscripts! “reCAPTCHA has completely digitized the archives of The New York Times and books from Google Books, as of 2011. The archive can be searched from the New York Times Article Archive, where more than 13 million articles in total have been archived, dating from 1851 to the present day.” Read the full article on GoodAudience.
- Good news everyone! India’s wild tiger population has increased by more than 30% in four years. A census found that almost 3000 tigers now roam the wilds of India. “The comprehensive survey is conducted every four years and is based on information collected by wildlife officials across 146,000 sq miles (380,000 sq km) of land. It also draws on data collected from almost 350,000 images taken by 26,000 camera traps in known tiger habitats.” Read the full article on The Guardian’s website.
- Cape Town’s noon gun officer is retiring after 20 years of service. Chief Petty Officer Dudley Malgas, 59, will fire his last rounds on 31 August, before retiring from the South African Navy. He’s going out with a bang, alright! (Sorry, not sorry). Read more on IOL.
- One of the saddest things to happen this week, was the death of beloved (and Beloved) author, Toni Morrison. I just love this excerpt from a New Yorker article she penned that has been doing the rounds: