Interesting Links, June 2010

Here are links I found interesting in June 2010:

  • The iPad Revolution – Interesting article about ebook readers and the iPad. On the New York Review of books.
  • Upgrade to Internet Explorer 8 – Why use a 9-year-old browser indeed. Cute. On Microsoft Australia. Thanks to @Jen4Web for sharing the link. (For the record I wouldn’t recommend any version of Internet Explorer because of its lack of support for many HTML standards.)
  • Mercedes-Benz to use iPad as a sales tool – An example of iPads in business.
  • Will we pay more for magazines on the iPad? – I’m very interested in seeing hoe this will play out. I’m hoping prices for quality magazines like Wires drop. Time will tell.
  • Does Who Creates Content Matter to Marketers? – This Advertising Age article looks at Examiner.com, which is produced primarily by amateur journalists. If this is the future of journalism, professional writers are doomed.
  • Agora: The Great Atheist Film? – A movie review of Agora. Looks like a refreshingly different plot and theme. I wonder how the religious right will take it. Thanks to @factually for sharing the link. I’ll likely have to wait until it comes out on DVD to see it.
  • Polymer-based filter successfully cleans water, recovers oil in Gulf of Mexico test – “In response to the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, a University of Pittsburgh engineering professor has developed a technique for separating oil from water via a cotton filter coated in a chemical polymer that blocks oil while allowing water to pass through.” Read more on Science Daily.
  • Boom: In the Gulf, even the things we know how to do, we do badly – Rachel Maddow points out that BP is doing the booming wrong.
  • Children Waiting for the End of the World – A discussion of the impact of 2012 hysteria on children by @Daniel_Loxton on Skepticblog.
  • Locals and Tourists – Fascinating Flickr set comparing where locals and tourists take photos. Interesting look at photography. Thanks to @waitwait for indirectly sharing this link.
  • DKos Booming School – Fishgrease says they’re doing the booming wrong. He might just have something here. On the Daily Kos. Thanks to @swoopy for sharing the link.
  • Stephen Hawking on Religion: ‘Science Will Win’ – An excellent story that includes a video interview with Stephen Hawking. Highly recommended. Thanks to @Swoopy for sharing the link. Now my related comment: You’d think he’d get a voice upgrade after all these years; he’s still talking with that circa 1984 Macintosh-sounding voice.
  • PayPal Fee Calculator – Calculates PayPal fees two ways.By Ryan Olbe. Thanks to @TrishGillis for retweeting this link.
  • Copyright: The Elephant in the Middle of the Glee Club – This blog post rightly points out that the show “Glee” promotes copyright infringement. Interesting. In Balkinization. Thanks to @oblivion for sharing the link.
  • Rewriting textbooks would send America back to the dark ages – Column in Columbia Missourian explores how the Texas School Board’s rewriting of text books could negatively impact education and the future of our country. Thanks to @dcolanduno for tweeting the link.
  • Are the Ten Commandments really the basis for our laws? – Great objective discussion of whether the Ten Commandments form the basis of U.S. laws. On the Bad Astronomy blog, Discover Magazine. Thanks to @swoopy for sharing the link.
  • 10 Things MacGyver Would Do with a Business Card – Fun stuff! On 123print.com.
  • 2012hoax: Debunking the “2012 Doomsday” – This Web site will provide all the FACTUAL information you need to realize that the 2012 hoax is just a way to separate you from your money. Spread the word. Thanks to @BrianDunning for sharing the link.
  • BP Spills Coffee – I’m glad we can laugh about this. (At least I think I am.)
  • The Rise and Benefits of Mindfulness – This is something I’ve been trying hard to learn but I’ve been failing miserably. I think it’s living alone that makes me want to talk so much without really listening. Can meditation work? I don’t think I’m capable of it. In any case, this makes a good read. Thanks to @jodene for sharing the link. On The Huffington Post.
  • Boats Head To Pick Up Stranded Teen Sailor – This NPR story outraged me. Apparently, a 16-year-old girl’s parents are relying on God to keep their kid safe as she sails around the world alone. These people need a dose of reality — perhaps they should be made to pay for her rescue?
  • What’s with kids and all these death-defying stunts? – Come on, parents! You’re supposed to be protecting your kids! On NBC Sports.
  • Mind Over Mass Media – New York Times Op Ed about the true effects of social networking and technology.
  • Publishing Company Under Fire for Putting Warning Label on Constitution – Never thought I’d be linking to an article on FOXNews, but this is too idiotic not to share. What the hell is wrong with this country these days? Thanks to @dcolanduno for sharing this link.
  • Teen Sailor’s Rescue Raises Safety, Expense Issues – “The rescue of Abby Sunderland, the teen sailor stranded in the Indian Ocean, could reignite a debate not only about the advisability of minors attempting record-breaking feats, but of the cost of difficult and dangerous search and rescue operations for individuals who knowingly embark on high-risk adventures.” This really irks me. Read more on NPR.
  • Two Weddings, a Divorce and ‘Glee’ – Thanks, Frank Rich, for a dose of common sense. In the New York Times. Thanks also to @dedangelo on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • What J.D. Salinger Taught Me about Literary Use of the F-Word – interesting article about the use of the F-word in serious writing. on Poynter.org
  • Creative Mistakes Can Lead to Lively Writing – “We all confuse words from time to time, sometimes when we speak them and sometimes when we hear them. We have slips of the lips — and of the ear.” Fun article about malapropisms and mondegreens on Poynter Online.
  • Mormons Found Guilty on 13 Counts of Prop 8 Malfeasance, Fined by FPPC – “On Wednesday, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints became the first religious organization to be fined for political malfeasance, according to Californians Against Hate (CAH), the non-profit organization that filed the complaint after voters narrowly approved the anti-marriage equality initiative, proposition 8, November, 2008.” Read more on California Progress Report. Thanks to @dedangelo for sharing the link.
  • ‘Touchdown Jesus’ statue in Ohio destroyed by lightning – Another story covering this “act of God.” On USATODAY.com. Thanks to @sonorandragon for sharing the link.
  • Blurred Out: 51 Things You Aren’t Allowed to See on Google Maps – “Depending on which feature you use, Google Maps offers a satellite view or a street-level view of tons of locations around the world. You can look up landmarks like the Pyramids of Egypt or the Great Wall of China, as well as more personal places, like your ex’s house. But for all of the places that Google Maps allows you to see, there are plenty of places that are off-limits. Whether it’s due to government restrictions, personal-privacy lawsuits or mistakes, Google Maps has slapped a “Prohibited” sign on the following 51 places.” Read about them on Focus.com. Thanks to @estherschinder for sharing the link.
  • 6-story Jesus statue in Ohio struck by lightning – As @SamHarrisOrg said, “The Lord works in mysterious ways.” LOL.
  • Mac mini – The most affordable, energy-efficient Mac. – A new Mac Mini. How nice.
  • Eight More Deep Thoughts from Congressman Joe Barton – People actually VOTED for this guy? Read it and weep. It’s not America’s youth we have to worry about for the future. It’s the morons in Congress. In Time magazine. Thanks to @MikeTRose for sharing the link.
  • Dedicated E-Readers: They’re History – “Barnes & Nobles just started an e-reader price war with price-cuts on the Nook, but it’s not going to matter. Dedicated e-readers will be dead within a year.” I can’t help but agree. Read more on ITworld.com. Thanks to @EstherSchindler for sharing the link.
  • US copyright push to end the free ride – “Toughening copyright law to allow news outlets to stop stories being used free by “parasitic” internet search engines is on the cards.” Read more in The Australian. It’s about time something is done to make feed scraping illegal. Thanks to @PlagiarismToday for sharing the link.
  • The Odds Are Increasing That Microsoft’s Business Will Collapse – Speculation based on market trends by Henry Blodget on Huffington Post. It’s hard to imagine a world without Microsoft, but then again, things change so drastically in the tech world that anything is possible. In my lifetime? We’ll see. Thanks to @alanpringle for sharing the link on Twitter.
  • Whooping cough epidemic in California – “Whooping cough is now an epidemic in California, and is on pace to break a 50-year record for infections for the year.” Thanks, anti-vaxxers. On SFGate.com.
  • Texas judge tosses creationists’ plan for science degrees | Houston & Texas News | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle – “A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit by a creationism think tank and school that attempted to force the state of Texas to allow it to offer master’s degrees in science education.” Read more on Chron.com. Justice may be blind, but it’s not stupid. Thanks to @Swoopy for sharing the link.
  • Seven Days in June – “So this general with the background in intelligence who is supposed to conquer Afghanistan can’t even figure out what Rolling Stone is?” Maureen Dowd has a lot to say about this and I agree with every single word. Why the hell are we in Afgahanistan anyway? On NYTimes.com. Thanks to @dedangelo for sharing the link.
  • A Simple Blogging Formula – Chris Brogan shares some basic thoughts on how to build a successful blog. It might be simpler than you think. Thanks to @jimkettinger for sharing the link.
  • No Depreciation? Really? – Some commentary on the estimated cost of operation and used aircraft price of Robinson Helicopters. I added my two cents in the comments. Don’t be fooled by Marketing Materials, folks!
  • Hitler. iPhone 4 Antenna. You Know The Drill – “It seems like everyone is up in arms about the iPhone 4 antenna issue.” Including Hitler, it seems. VERY funny retake on the Hitler footage. On TechCrunch.com. Thanks to @MikeTRose for sharing this link.
  • Social Networking Affects Brains Like Falling in Love – “Neuroeconomist Paul Zak has discovered, for the first time, that social networking triggers the release of the generosity-trust chemical in our brains. And that should be a wake-up call for every company.” This explains my Twitter addiction. Read more on FastCompany.com. Thanks to @mdy for sharing the link.
  • The Four Hour Long Commercial – Is This Journalism? – Apparently, NBC doesn’t understand what real NEWS is. Can you say “conflict of interest”? On Rosenblum TV. Makes me think twice before tuning into NBC.
  • Pictures: People of Walmart – This is why I feel thin and fashionable when I shop at Walmart.
  • Amazon adds audio, video capabilities to Kindle app for iOS devices – This should be interesting for authors and publishers. on AppleInsider.
  • Google Earth comes to the iPad – A very good implementation of Google Earth for iPad users. this review on TUAW covers it well.

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