Interesting Links, October 2009

Here are links I found interesting in October 2009:

  • Brand Hack: GOP.com Not Exactly Great For The Republican Brand – The hits just keep on coming. The Republican National Committee flubbed the roll out of their new web identity in glorious, grand ole, fashion on their own yesterday. Today the dark underbelly of the internet decided to help them finish the job. What’s a conservative to do? On Mediaite. Thanks to Jen4Web for sharing the link.
  • Balloon boy story may be a lot of hot air – Richard Heene wanted his own reality TV show, and the balloon boy story seems to have given it to him. Now, we’re all actors in this pathetic drama. In the Christian Science Monitor.
  • Exclusive: I Helped Richard Heene Plan a Balloon Hoax – Boy in the balloon – For the first time, 25-year-old researcher Robert Thomas reveals to Gawker how earlier this year he and Richard Heene drew up a master plan to generate a massive media controversy using a weather balloon. To get famous, of course.
  • Balloon boy charges are imminent – Twitter reacts with joy (mostly) – Oops. Richard Heene is probably regretting his decision to put his son, Falcon, on CNN the other night. Things don’t look very good for the father of the Balloon Boy. Charges are a-comin’. On The Christian Science Monitor.
  • Letters of Note: The word God is the product of human weakness – In January of 1954, just a year before his death, Albert Einstein wrote this letter to philosopher Erik Gutkind after reading his book, ‘Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt’. On Letters of Note. Thanks to @MrTeller on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • 32 planets discovered outside solar system – Thirty-two planets have been discovered outside Earth’s solar system through the use of a high-precision instrument installed at a Chilean telescope, an international team announced Monday. On CNN.com.
  • Saturn at equinox – Checking in with NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, our current emissary to Saturn, some 1.5 billion kilometers (932 million miles) distant from Earth, we find it recently gathering images of the Saturnian system at equinox. On the Big Picture. Thanks to @BWJones for sharing the link.
  • The Media Equation – What Would It Take to Support a Newsroom? – Those of us who work in traditional media have spent a fair amount of time wondering what part of the implosion in advertising revenue is cyclical (ad buying is suffering because of the recession) and what part is secular (we’re making horse buggies). Read more on NYTimes.com. Thanks to @BWJones for sharing the link.
  • A Bitter Rift Divides Atheists – NPR story about the schism between classic atheists and “new” atheists. Interesting reading; mostly good comments. Thanks to @DJGrothe for sharing the link.
  • Cherrypicking Illustrated – No better way to illustrate the inconsistency involved when people cherry-pick passages of scripture. What a perfect visual representation of our argument. On Friendly Atheist. Thanks to @Daniel_Loxton for sharing the link.
  • Why Talk About It? – Think Atheist – Religion is like collecting stamps. On Think Atheist.com.
  • At the centre of time – Without it international travel would be in turmoil and calling friends in faraway places at the right time impossible. Exactly 125 years after the Greenwich Meridian line was drawn, how and why did Britain become the centre of time? On BBCNews.co.uk. Thanks to @CaptainCraigos on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • There Is No God – Penn Jillette’s essay for “This I Believe” on NPR. Appropriate for No God Tuesday on Twitter.
  • Attention Christians: A lesson in Twitter trending topics – What makes a topic trend? Obvious, the more people use a certain word or phrase on Twitter, the more that word or phrase becomes popular. It doesn’t have to be a hashtag, common words show up all the time as trends. This post explains how “No God” became a trending topic on Twitter. On Attempts at Rational Behavior. Thanks to @CaptainSlim on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • Quick Thoughts on the NPR “Bitter Rift” Story – D.J. Grothe shares his take on the recent NPR atheist story. On Center for Inquiry.
  • 20 Best WordPress Typography Plugins To Enhance Readability – WordPress has pretty decent typography features in the core installation. But there are plenty of areas ripe for improvement. That’s where these plugins come in. On Hongkiat.com.
  • The Weirdest Clouds that You’ll Ever See – Cloud formations such as mammatus or lenticular among others, are perfect examples of how intricate and different nature can be. On WebDesignerDepot.com.
  • WordPress Theme Building Cheat Sheet – Are you a WordPress beginner looking to create your own WordPress theme? Building basic WordPress themes only takes 2 things: CSS knowledge and some WordPress Code. On WPExporer.com
  • The Mystery Of The CSS Float Property – What the FLOAT property is and how it should be used in Web design. On Smashing Magazine.
  • How To: Hackintosh a Dell Mini 10v Into the Ultimate Snow Leopard Netbook – Here’s the pitch: a 10-inch, almost-pocketable computer running Snow Leopard, the latest, greatest version of OS X. It costs just $300. Sound good? Here’s how to make your own. On Gizmodo.
  • CBC News – British Columbia – B.C. man under scrutiny for cancer-cure claims – Saul Pressman sells ozone generators not approved as medical devices. On CBC News. Thanks to @Daniel_Loxton on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • The Healthcare Crisis — Who’s fault is it, anyway? – What do you think? Thanks to @JimDittmer for sharing the link.
  • Internet rules and laws: the top 10, from Godwin to Poe – The internet has matured into a world of its own, and like the real world, it obeys certain immutable laws. Here are 10 of the most important. On Telegraph.co.uk.
  • French court fines Scientologists, allows operations – A Paris court on Tuesday fined the French branch of the Church of Scientology a total of 600,000 euros ($902,200) after finding it guilty of fraud but allowed the group to continue operating in France. In the Washington Post.
  • Eight steps to Internet unpopularity – Christopher Breen writes: “After a particularly trying weekend moderating the Macworld forums, it occurred to me that there are a handful of ways to become an Internet pariah in a very short period of time. In the hope that you might not fall into some of these traps, allow me to enumerate those ways.” Read it on Macworld. Thanks to @RadMegan for sharing the link.
  • The DVR vs Internet Video – Interesting discussion of the future of content consumption and how the networks and cable TV providers just don’t get it. On Mark Cuban’s blog. Thanks to @DonPerreault for sharing the link.
  • The Apple Powerhouse – It’s no surprise that Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) crushed its fourth-quarter earnings estimate. The company delivered earnings of $1.67 billion, up 47% from last year on an earnings-per-share basis. To understand why Apple’s crushed earnings predictions were no shock, take a look at the business model that telegraphed the punches behind what Apple called its most profitable quarter ever. On The Motley Fool. Thanks to @DonPerreault on Twitter for sharing the link.
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  • How To Write Badly Well – Reading it says it all.
  • Whooping cough blamed for southeast Iowa child’s death – Another reason why you should vaccinate: to prevent unnecessary deaths like this one. Thanks to @derekcbart for sharing the link.
  • Obama’s Declaration Of Swine Flu Emergency Prompts Pro-Swine-Flu Republican Response – “Claiming that the president was preying on the public’s fear of contracting a fatal disease last week when he declared the H1N1 virus a national emergency, Republican leaders announced Wednesday that they were officially endorsing the swine flu…” Read more on Onion. Thanks to @Daniel_Loxton on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • Five Myths About Health Care in the Rest of the World – As Americans search for the cure to what ails our health-care system, we’ve overlooked an invaluable source of ideas and solutions: the rest of the world. All the other industrialized democracies have faced problems like ours, yet they’ve found ways to cover everybody — and still spend far less than we do. On the Washingtonpost.com. Thanks to @gglockner for sharing the link on Twitter.
  • Chris Ware animation of This American Life story – This is an outstanding cartoon (by Chris Ware) depicting a This American Life story about kids who started a fake TV camera craze at their elementary school. On Boing Boing. Thanks to @jodene on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • College Grads Get Failing Grade in Professionalism – A nationwide survey of human resources professionals and business leaders–those who make final hiring decisions–shows that personal professionalism matters most when deciding whether to extend a job offer. The survey also found that a lot of college grads are failing that test. Thanks to @estherschindler on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • Ways to Be Human at a Distance – Chris Brogan writes: “I talk to companies all the time about being human at a distance, and how these new social tools allow us to engage in human business, which I consider more relationship-driven than numbers-driven. There are lots of things I mean when I say this, and lots of ways to implement it online. I’ll give a few here as a starting point for your consideration.” Thanks to @MichaelAtMo on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • Canada, U.S. spark ethical debate with different approaches – “The widely divergent approaches taken by Canada and the United States on the H1N1 pandemic strategy and vaccine rollout are part of an enormous public-health experiment whose outcome is impossible to predict.” Read more. In the Globe and Mail. Thanks to @aprilmains on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • CDC H1N1 Flu | Questions & Answers Novel H1N1 Influenza Vaccine – The Center for Disease Control Q&A about the H1N1 vaccine. Thanks to @gglockner on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • 10 Most Incredible Earth Scars – The results of our never-ending search for mineral wealth. On EnvironmentalGraffit.com. Thanks to @SnorkyJr for sharing the link on Twitter.

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