Interesting Links, May 2010

Here are links I found interesting in May 2010:

  • James Randi’s fiery takedown of psychic fraud – TED Talks video of James Randi. What will we skeptics do when he’s gone?
  • Disaster unfolds slowly in the Gulf of Mexico – The Big Picture – Boston.com – “In the three weeks since the April 20th explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, and the start of the subsequent massive (and ongoing) oil leak, many attempts have been made to contain and control the scale of the environmental disaster.” Read more and see the photos on The Big Picture. Thanks to @AprilMains on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • This is how Apple rolls – John Gruber discusses the way Apple builds its product platforms. On Macworld.com. Thanks to @DonPerreault for sharing the link.
  • Julia Sweeney has “The Talk” – Excellent and hilarious presentation by Julia Sweeney about how not to tell your kids about sex. On TED.com.
  • Iceland, Eyjafjallajökull – May 1st and 2nd, 2010 – Time-lapse video of the Iceland volcano erupting at the beginning of May 2010. Nice footage. On Vimeo.
  • Arrogant – “This is a fear and a paradox of doing work that’s important.” Read the rest. It may wake you up a bit. Thanks to @SzymonNiemczura on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • Apple blinks: New iPad XL to offer Flash capability – “Apple effectively raised the white flag in its war against Adobe today, announcing iPad XL — a new iPad specially designed to run Adobe’s Flash software.” Read more on Scoopertino.com. Thanks to @Markk11 for sharing the link. ;-)
  • Running Faster than the Wind – A wind-powered device that moves faster than the wind. Description and video on SailMagazine.com. (This ain’t no sailboat.) Thanks to @BrianDunning for sharing this link.
  • Doing Good with Verizon Wireless – As @estherschindler pointed out when she linked to this article, “Isn’t it nice to see a company doing the RIGHT thing?” Now I know what to do with my old cell phones.
  • What’s missing from Mark Zuckerberg’s defense of Facebook – “If Facebook is truly listening to the public outcry over its practices, maybe it needs a hearing aid.” Read more on ConsumerReports.org. Thanks to @gglockner for sharing the link.
  • After keeping us waiting for a century, Mark Twain will finally reveal all – “The great American writer left instructions not to publish his autobiography until 100 years after his death, which is now.” Read more on The Independent. Thanks to @SonoranDragon for sharing the link. I’m looking forward to reading this book; Twain has always been one of my favorite authors.
  • Britain bans doctor who linked autism to vaccine – “A doctor who persuaded millions of parents worldwide that a common vaccine could cause autism was barred from practicing medicine in his native Britain on Monday after the country’s top medical group found he conducted his research unethically.” Read more of this AP article on Yahoo! News.
  • Transit of ISS and Atlantis in front of the Sun on May 22 2010 – Amazing image of the International space station and shuttle against the sun.
  • Confident dumb people – An explanation of why ignorant people are so confident that they’re right about things they really don’t know. On Boing Boing. Thanks to @jodene for sharing the link.
  • How the iPod Took the World by Storm – An infographic depicting iPad’s impact. On Mashable. Thanks to @jodene for sharing the link.
  • National Parks Closed For Annual Remajestification – “With their current condition “marginally breathtaking at best,” America’s national parks will be closed this week for their exhaustive annual cleaning and remajestification, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced Monday.” Read more in The Onion. Thanks to @PattyHankins for sharing the link.
  • 100 Stimulating Videos for Beating Writer’s Block – “While some might claim that watching 100 videos about overcoming writer’s block is just procrastinating, you know that it is actually a worthwhile endeavor. Once you know how to beat writer’s block, you can carry on with the important work of writing. So take a break from working on that latest novel, toiling over a paper for your online degree, or trying to come up with a blog post so that you can watch these videos.”
  • 5 Must-Know Copyright Facts for Freelance Writers – Excellent article for freelance writers and bloggers interested in protecting their copyrighted material. On Plagiarism Today.
  • Facebook Privacy Scanner – ReclaimPrivacy.org has a free tool to scan and fix your Facebook privacy settings.
  • 7 things to stop doing on Facebook – Advice from Consumer Reports
  • USA Today Duped by iPad Steering Wheel Hoax – Another example of USA Today publishing a story without all the facts. This time, they’re publicly humiliated. Will they learn? Probably not. Read more on blogs.SFWeekly.com.
  • How to Get Your Camera Back When You Lose It – “Most of us photographers have a few ‘worst nightmare scenarios’. One of them is losing our cameras. Andrew McDonald has a strategy just for you that will increase the chance of getting your camera back.” Read more — and see the great photos — on Digital-Photography-School.com.
  • May 25, 2001: Towel Day Honors Hitchhiker Author Adams – “Two weeks after the death of Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, fans get together and celebrate May 25 as “Towel Day” in his memory. The tradition continues each year since.” Read More on wired.com.
  • A New Type of Phishing Attack – Jeez, this one might even fool me. On azarask.in. Thanks to @jodene for sharing the link.
  • A little late, Catholics make it up to Copernicus, and bury him a hero – “Nicolas Copernicus, the 16th-century astronomer branded a heretic for his findings by the Roman Catholic Church, has been reburied as a hero by Polish priests – nearly 500 years after he was laid to rest in an unmarked grave.” Read more on Freethinker.co.uk. Thanks to @swoopy for sharing this link.
  • Facebook Mania: Privacy Changes for Nearly 500 Million – “Sometime in the next few weeks, Facebook will officially log its 500 millionth active citizen.” Read more on Time.com.
  • Tina Brown’s Must-Reads: The State Of Our Privacy – “For Morning Edition’s feature “Word of Mouth,” Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief Tina Brown joins NPR to talk about what she’s been reading — and what’s made an impression. This month, Brown has been reading about privacy — how much we have of it, and the perils of losing it.” Read more (or listen) on NPR.org.
  • Ten of the greatest maps that changed the world – The title says it all. Thanks to @estherschindler for sharing the link.
  • Amazon.com’s Kindle fails first college test – “If Amazon hoped for honest feedback when it started testing the Kindle DX on college campuses last fall, it certainly got its wish; students pulled no punches telling the Seattle Internet giant what they thought of its $489 e-reader. But if Amazon also hoped the Kindle DX would become the next iPhone or iPod on campuses, it failed its first test.” Read more on the Seattle Times. Thanks to @BLG for sharing the link.
  • On word counts and novel length – Interesting blog post about the length, in words, of various types of fiction books. On The Swivet.
  • Stephen Fry: What I Wish I’d Known When I Was 18 – Stephen Fry shares some of his philosophy about work, egotism, the Internet, and more. Thanks to @CaptainCraigos for sharing the link. On Vimeo.
  • Evolution Rap – Excellent video segment from Rachel Maddow Show featuring a rap clip about natural selection. Great stuff!
  • Rachel Maddow: The more spills change, the more they stay the same – As Ms. Maddow points out in this informative video clip, the current oil spill crisis is not the first time this has happened. And guess what? The fixed didn’t work then, either. Thanks to @TheRealNimoy for tweeting this link.
  • Gary As I Knew Him – Rest in peace, Gary Coleman. On Rushfield Babylon.
  • World Resources Map – Interesting infographic of the world’s resources. Thanks to @szymonNiemczura for sharing the link.
  • » Callous, unethical and dishonest Wakefield finally gets struck off. – A clear and thorough overview of the Andrew Wakefield scandal. Wakefield’s later retracted study was used for years by antivaxers to support their claim that childhood vaccinations are the cause of autism. Wakefield’s study was seriously flawed and unethical. He had financial conflicts of interest. He has since been removed from Britain’s medical register. Why is this man still getting airtime to support his claims? He has clearly done far more harm than good.
  • Are Prozac and Other Psychiatric Drugs Causing the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America? | Personal Health | AlterNet – “An interview with investigative reporter Robert Whitaker, about the dramatic increase in mental illness disability and its surprising cause.” Read more on alter net.org.
  • Calling all authors: How to sell your books in the iBook store – Basic information about how to get started selling your books in the iBookstore.
  • Mostly True: Free Milk – Why photographers shouldn’t be giving their work away. Thanks to @BWJones for sharing the link on Twitter.
  • Google to employees: ‘Mac or Linux, but no more Windows’ – “Google is phasing out the use of Windows internally, as employees are migrated to either Linux or Mac OS X on machine turnovers or new hires.” Read more from @MikeTRose on TUAW.com.

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