Interesting Links, February 2010

Here are links I found interesting in February 2010:

  • Atheism Is A Religion Like… – “Atheism is a religion like clear is a color.” Read more on the Godless Blogger’s blog. Thanks to @almightygod on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • Are You Spamming Comments Inadvertently? – Some food for thought for bloggers about comments, comment moderation, and comment spam. On Weblog Tools Collection.
  • Atheist vs. agnostic – The two terms defined and contrasted. On Iron Chariots Wiki.
  • Why Vaccines Matter – Providing greater access to existing vaccines and making new vaccines available quickly could save 8 million lives by 2020. With a 10-year, $10 billion commitment, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is supporting immunization programs designed to reach children in the world’s poorest countries. Read more by Bill Gates on The Gates Notes. Thanks to @DrRachie for sharing the link.
  • YouTube – The world’s most generic news report – Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe – A hilarious parody of lazily edited news reports from Series 2, Episode 2 of Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe. Thanks to @dcolanduno for sharing the link.
  • In their words: Experts weigh in on Mac vs. PC security – Informal survey of security experts on Mac vs. PC security issues. On CNET News. Thanks to @EstherSchindler for sharing the link.
  • Leonardo da Vinci’s Resume Explains Why He’s The Renaissance Man For the Job – An interesting read on Gizmodo.
  • The General Medical Council to Andrew Wakefield: “The panel is satisfied that your conduct was irresponsible and dishonest” – A summary of the whole thing. On Science Based Medicine. Thanks to @DerekCBart for sharing the link.
  • Rare Photos of Famous People – 125 rare photos of famous people. On CrackTwo.com. Thanks to @BorrowLenses for retweeting the link.
  • Think or Thwim » How To Hide An Airplane Factory – During World War II the Army Corps of Engineers needed to hide the Lockheed Burbank Aircraft Plant to protect it from a Japanese air attack. They covered it with camouflage netting and trompe l’oeil to make it look like a rural subdivision from the air. See the photos on thinkorthwim.com. Thanks to @Daniel_Loxton for sharing the link.
  • All The Many Ways Amazon So Very Failed the Weekend – An excellent, entertaining, and truthful read by John Scalzi. Thanks to @Jodene on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • Dragons Den-Bruce’s Juice? SLEAZIEST Pitch Ever – Snake oil salesman gets what’s due to him. Many thanks to the folks who produce this show and made the video. It’s about time REASON makes an appearance on television. Thanks also to @DrRachie for sharing the link.
  • Sarah Palin Uses PAC to Buy Her Own Book – Sarah Palin has been using her political action committee to buy up thousands of copies of her book, “Going Rogue,” in order to mail copies of the memoir to her donors, newly filed campaign records show. Read more on ABC News.
  • 20 Years of Adobe Photoshop – A great summary of the history of Photoshop, which is 20 years old this month. On Webdesigner Depot. Thanks to @estherschindler for sharing the link.
  • Stopping Self Content Theft – “Feeding Google’s insatiable appetite for content is on of the main reasons why infringers scrape and plagiarize content and also one of the biggest reasons why it is important to monitor and, in many cases, defend against it.” Read more on PlagiarismToday.com.
  • AVN may be closing doors; Meryl Dorey stepping down – At least the Australians know how to put up a good fight. On Bad Astronomy.
  • Time Lapse Video of Guy Driving Across the Country – Absolutely EXCELLENT time-lapse video of a cross country drive. Thanks to @BWJones for sharing the link.
  • We’re turning comments off for a bit — Engadget – Engadget realizes (belatedly) the problems that ensue when you fail to tightly moderate comments on a blog. Thanks to @MikeTRose for sharing the link.
  • Why You Should Never Consider Buying A Used Kindle – Another great post about Amazon’s long reach into their customer’s lives. Thanks to @Jodene for sharing the link.
  • 15 Design Tips to Learn From Apple – 15 practical ways to follow Apple’s example in creating beautiful interfaces. On Design Shack.
  • Why Amazon Cannot Afford To Lose The eBook Wars To Apple – “The Apple iPad isn’t even available yet, but already it is forcing Amazon to respond in a variety of ways to protect its competing Kindle eBook business.” Read more on TechCrunch. Thanks to @alanpringle for sharing the link.
  • Are Aggregators Really The Problem? – “Are aggregators really the problem many in the mainstream media want to believe?” Read about it on PlagiarismToday.com.
  • YouTube – High Quality JPEG Recompression Artifacts – 500 saves – Interesting video shows the degradation of an image saved as JPEG over and over. Thanks to @BorrowLenses for the link.
  • WordPress for BlackBerry Version 1.0 – Information and a video about the new WordPress for BlackBerry app. On WordPress.org.
  • 40 wild birds play a Gibson Les Paul guitar – Funny and interesting video with commentary of wild birds (they look like finches) “playing” a guitar. Thanks to @estherschindler for sharing the link. On BBC.
  • 10 Things You Should Know Before Going On The Daily Show – The Rumpus.net – A fun blog post by Ethan watters. Thanks to @estherschindler for sharing the link. On TheRumpus.Net.
  • Macmillan gets standing ovation from American booksellers | theBookseller.com – “US publisher Macmillan received a standing ovation at an America Booksellers Association meeting, according to various tweets from the event, picked up by GalleyCat.” Read more on TheBookSeller.com. Thanks to @publishingtalk for sharing the link.
  • The Autism Vaccine Lie that Won’t Die – The media trumpeted an irresponsible study, ensuring that its nasty legacy thrives. Read about it in Salon.
  • The damage of the anti-vaccination movement – latimes.com – “Childhood diseases once mostly eradicated are making a comeback. And children are dying.” Read more in the LA Times. Thanks to @derekcbart for sharing the link.
  • ISS Tour – Welcome To The International Space Station! – A closer look at the International Space Station. Thanks to @jenniferwhitley for sharing the link.
  • Sarah Palin’s Storm at the Tea Party – Why haven’t responsible Republicans spoken out against her? On Slate.com.
  • 8 Types of People That Belong on Twitter | Inc.com – Fun article summarizing the kinds of people on Twitter. On Inc.com. Thanks to @cofrenchy on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • mea culpa – One of the best and most honest things I’ve read about Apple in a long time. By Rick LePage. Thanks to @BWJones on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • Free Speech and Freedom of Information: Advice for Bloggers – “The information bloggers choose to put out there often has a huge impact on how they’re perceived and what others online think about them. And what many bloggers don’t realize is that information they put on their blogs can have a direct legal impact.” Read more on WebDesignerDepot.com. Thanks to @yaksierra and @flyingwithfish for sharing the link on Twitter.
  • Ten rules for writing fiction | Books | guardian.co.uk – Great article about writing fiction. In Guardian.co.uk. Thanks to @publishingtalk for sharing the link.
  • Keeping watch over private planes difficult – General aviation security tighter, but preventing ‘deranged’ acts hard to do. In the Statesman. Surprisingly balanced coverage, probably because AOPA was interviewed. Thanks to @JenniferWhitley for sharing the link.
  • Ignore bad science: Vaccinate your child – It’s time for the fear-mongering about childhood vaccines to end. Read more on the Chicago Sun Times. Thank to @derekcbart for sharing this link.
  • The Not-Invented-Anywhere Syndrome – “A teenage literary sensation who lifted large parts of her debut hit novel from the Web, without giving credit, says she’s justified because ‘there’s no such thing as originality’.” Read more on theregister.co.uk. This attitude really pisses me off. Thanks to @estherschindler on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • Privacy, complexity seen as Google blind spots – “The recent privacy backlash over Google Buzz, the company’s new social-networking service, is the latest in a series of launch fumbles that some argue reveal troubling blind spots within the Internet giant.” Read more on SFGate.com. Thanks to @jodene for sharing this link.
  • Evocative book follows U.S. 89 – The Salt Lake Tribune reviews @anntorrence’s book about Highway 89.
  • MPs’ damning verdict: Homeopathy is useless and unethical – “Today the Science and Technology Select Committee delivered its verdict on homeopathy and it was devastating. The committee has called for the complete withdrawal of NHS funding and official licensing of homeopathy.” Read more on Guardian.co.uk. Thanks to @factually for sharing the link. Apparently, the Brits have seen the light. When will we?
  • The World’s 18 Strangest Airports – Great summary of some really unusual airports all over the world. In Popular Mechanics. Be sure to watch the videos — some of them are really great!
  • Banks Using Social Media Sites For Mining Personal Information – “Banks and other financial organizations are collecting and archiving information such as status updates that users post on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, according to a recent ABC News article.” Read more on SocialTimes.com. Thanks to @jodene for sharing this link.
  • A Camera That Can See Straight Through You – Fine art photography via X-Ray. On NPR.org. Thanks to @BWJones for sharing this link.
  • Regen Traynor Paranormal Challenge – Results – An interesting look at the workings of the IIG during a recent paranormal challenge. On TurboFool.
  • A Buddhist moment in America – “The world’s most famous athlete, through the prism of another faith, told a largely Christian nation how he would seek redemption. And as he talked about craving and the misery that inevitably follows, he provided everyone in our bigger-faster-higher society something to think about.” Read more by Stephen Prothero in USATODAY. Thanks to @DJGrothe for sharing the link. So refreshing to see a moral standard that doesn’t rely on the same old Christian/Jesus standards.
  • Is This Any Way to Run an App Store? – “Apple seems more concerned with its excessive control over the iPhone and its App Store than providing its customers with the best possible apps.” Read more from Ted Landau on recent App Store removals. THIS is one reason I’m a bit leery about buying an iPad. I don’t like the idea of Apple controlling what I can and can’t run on my device. Thanks to @MikeTRose on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • Unstressed Syllables › What Should You Write About? – Interesting blog post for writers looking for direction. On Unstressed Syllables. Thanks to @alanpringle for sharing the link.
  • The Bloom Box: a power plant for the home – Another possible green power source? Article and video on Engadget. Thanks to @BWJones for sharing the link.
  • New Study Links Religion to Immoral Behavior – MSNBC News report about a study linking religion to immorality. On YouTube. Thanks to @dcolanduno for sharing the link.
  • A Win For Publishers – Inside Higher Ed – “In what publishers are calling a significant copyright victory, a German court has approved an injunction filed by six academic publishers — including four founding members of the electronic textbook consortium CourseSmart — against the file-sharing company RapidShare AG. The injunction prohibits the company from giving away digital copies of dozens of scholarly titles.” Read more on insidehighered.com. Thanks to @plagiarismtoday.com for sharing the link.
  • Absolutely Hilarious Bathroom Mirror Prank Video – Funny and harmless practical joke involving a mirror that isn’t. Thanks to @DonPerreault for sharing the link.
  • The Secular Coalition for America’s Briefing with the Obama Administration – “Friday morning, surrounded by representatives from various national atheist organizations as part of the Secular Coalition for America, we will be meeting with White House officials about issues that matter to us.” Read more on Friendly Athiest. Thanks to @factually for retweeting this link.
  • The Sandpit – A really great time-lapse video of New York City, using tilt-shift photography. Thanks to @SzymonNiemczura for sharing the link.
  • What Happens After I Die? – This pretty much explains it. Thanks to @factually for sharing the link.
  • The gathering storm – “The GOP has been captured by a far-right movement that places its abstract ideology above practical needs and concerns in the real world.” Read more in Roger Ebert’s Journal. Thanks to @BWJones on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • Haiti Disaster Relief: A Global Effort – “The earthquake in Haiti may be one of the world’s most tragic disasters, but the rapid response and financial munificence across the globe has shown us the best of humanity. Still, looking closely at the numbers reveals some unexpected trends.” Read more on Life360. Thanks to @giaghani for sharing the link.
  • Liberals and atheists smarter? Intelligent people have values novel in human evolutionary history, study finds – “More intelligent people are statistically significantly more likely to exhibit social values and religious and political preferences that are novel to the human species in evolutionary history.” Read more in Science Daily. Thanks to @samharrisorg for sharing the link on Twitter.
  • The Cost of Care – “The United States spends more on medical care per person than any country, yet life expectancy is shorter than in most other developed nations and many developing ones.” Read more on National Geographic. This is the blog post that goes with the graphic I also linked to.
  • Health Spending, Doctor’s Visits, and Life Expectancy Charted – If I’m reading this right — which I think I am — people in the U.S. spend nearly twice as much on health care as the next biggest spender, get very few doctor’s visits, and have a lower than average life expectancy. And people are saying the system doesn’t mean fixing? Thanks to @BWJones for sharing this sobering link.
  • This week in crazy: Jenny McCarthy – Yes, Jenny McCarthy is still crazy…and potentially dangerous. In Salon.com. Thanks to @factually for sharing the link.
  • Kurt Vonnegut explains drama | Derek Sivers – Derek Silvers reviews Kurt Vonnegut’s explanation of drama, with graphs. This really does make sense. Thanks to @aprilmains for sharing the link.
  • We Can’t Wish Away Climate Change – Al Gore writes an opinion piece for the New York Times. Too bad it’ll fall on deaf ears. Thanks to @PattyHankins for sharing the link.
  • Max Headroom Finally Coming To DVD! – This is good news for me. I really LIKED this show — even wrote a letter to the network when they cancelled it. I just hope it’s everything I remember about it…. Thanks to @derekcbart for sharing the link. Read more on io9.com.
  • Study: Are Liberals Smarter Than Conservatives? – “A libertarian (and, as such, nonpartisan) researcher, Satoshi Kanazawa of the London School of Economics and Political Science, has just written a paper that is set to be published in March by the journal Social Psychology Quarterly. The paper investigates not only whether conservatives are dumber than liberals but also why that might be so.” Read more on Time.com. What’s interesting is not whether they’re smarter but WHY they might be. Thanks to @DJGrothe for sharing this link.
  • Utah Bill Criminalizes Miscarriage – “For all these years the anti-choice movement has said ‘we want to outlaw abortion, not put women in jail, but what this law says is ‘no, we really want to put women in jail.’” Read more on RHRealityCheck.org. When will they stop trying to push their religious agenda on the rest of us? Thanks to @jodene for sharing this link.

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