Interesting Links, July 2010

Here are links I found interesting in July 2010:

  • Eurostar ad – Have a giggle, courtesy of joke7x24. Thanks to @Oblivion for sharing the link.
  • Lara Logan, You Suck – Whoa! Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi responds to accusations that their journalist violated some unspoken trust when he reported McChrysal’s diarrhea of the mouth. He’s absolutely right: the media forgets how to report reality and seems to be working for the people they’re covering. Read more on RollingStone.com.
  • Apple Confesses to Flaw in iPhone’s Signal Meter – “Apple said on Friday that for years its phones had been exaggerating signal strength by displaying too many bars — indicating stronger reception than there ever was. The problem, Apple said, is a bug in the software, which it promised to fix soon.” You mean the problem ISN’T AT&T? Read more in the New York Times.
  • A War of Apps for and Against Belief – “An explosion of smart-phone software has placed an arsenal of trivia at the fingertips of every corner-bar debater, with talking points on sports, politics and how to kill a zombie. Now it is taking on the least trivial topic of all: God.” Read more on the New York Times. Thanks to @DJGrothe for sharing this link.
  • A Cold Man’s Warm Words – The Wall Street Journal provides some interesting information about the actual writing of the Declaration of Independence. Thanks to @estherschinder (an editor, of course!) for sharing the link.
  • Life, Liberty, and 140 Characters – The winners of Slate’s contest to rewrite the Declaration of Independence in a single tweet.
  • The Declaration Of Independence, Read Aloud By NPR Staff – “Twenty-two years ago, Morning Edition launched what has become an Independence Day tradition: hosts, reporters, newscasters and commentators reading the Declaration of Independence.” Listen in to this year’s reading. It’ll remind you what freedom really means.
  • GOP: “We don’t need any more monuments” – While I think we have an awful lot of national monuments safeguarding land from development, I can’t see why this should be politicized by — of course — the Republicans. If a Republican was in office, this bill wouldn’t even be considered. On Daily Kos. Thanks to @PattyHankins for sharing the link.
  • Janet Fitch’s 10 rules for writers – Great advice for writers. In the LATimes.
  • iPad stealing sales of e-readers and portable game consoles – This explains the Kindle and nook price drops, but I think it’s too little, too late. On TUAW.
  • The Vaccine Song – Thinking about vaccines? You need to see this. Now on its own domain. Thanks to @krelnick for sharing the link.
  • Captured: New York City from Above – EXCELLENT photo gallery of aerial photos of New York City. In the Denver Post (of all places). Thanks to @mjvalente for tweeting the link.
  • Colonoscopy: It’s Time to Check Your Colons – An article about the use of colons in writing. On The Millions, tweeted by @EstherSchindler and @vestacaro.
  • Blogging Pitfalls: Flamebait – Is your blog being controversial just to attract hits? If so, read this. By Jonathan Bailey on BloggingPro.
  • What Apple Must Do to Stop the Bleeding – Good advice from Mashable about what Apple should do about the iPhone 4 antenna problems. Thanks to @cofrenchy for sharing the link.
  • The Amazing Meeting 8: Skepticism 2.1 (reboot) – Great summary of TAM 8. On ICBS Everywhere. Thanks to @derekcbart for sharing the link.
  • New Spice | Study like a scholar, scholar – Great YouTube video satire of the Old Spice commercials — this one’s for college students. Hysterical. Thanks to @MikeTRose for sharing the link. (Looks like I’ll have to start watching the Old Spice commercials everyone’s been tweeting about.)
  • What your email address says about your computer skills – Humor from The Oatmeal. (And, in case you’re wondering, I’ve had my own domain name for e-mail since 1995.) Thanks to @mikebarish and @PilotMike for sharing the link.
  • Of course Rupert Murdoch’s evil, but that doesn’t mean he’s wrong – Excellent reminder that PROFESSIONAL journalists need to be paid to continue creating QUALITY content. If paywalls won’t generate revenue, what will?
  • What’s Really Going on Behind Murdoch’s Paywall? – No real surprise here; Murdoch’s paywall isn’t generating revenue. As an Internet user, I’m glad. As a professional writer, I’m worried.
  • Bad science: Global-warming deniers are a liability to the conservative cause – A conservative tries to set his fellow conservatives straight on climate change issues. Good luck. On NationalPost.com. Thanks to @JonathanAbrams and @Daniel_Loxton for sharing the link.
  • Bad Connection: Inside the iPhone Network Meltdown – Article on Wired.com explaining the AT&T bandwidth #FAIL. Thanks to @pilotmike for sharing the link.
  • Palin invents word ‘refudiate,’ compares herself to Shakespeare – In the Washington Post. “A good time was had by all,” indeed.
  • Sarah Palin Refudiates English – “Move over George W. Bush, there’s a new language butcher and she’s on a tear. Sarah Palin loved her made-up word “refudiate” so much, she used it twice—first in an interview and again on Twitter.” Read more on Truthdig.
  • Scientology’s new enemy: Twitter – PZ Myers tweets about the Twitter-scientology scandal and our right to voice our own opinions.
  • Councillor faces inquiry over ‘stupid’ Scientologists tweet – “A COUNCILLOR is facing a disciplinary hearing after calling the Church of Scientology “stupid” in a post on the Twitter website.” Of course, this will not go unnoticed by the Twitter community. After being blogged about by PZ Myers in Pharyngula, #stupidscientology began to trend on Twitter and is still going strong. The point PZ makes in his blog post remains: don’t we have the right to express our opinions? Read more about the case on WalesOnline.co.uk.
  • 15 (+10) Great Photography Links from Around the Web – Just what it says. On Digital Photography School.
  • It’s About Light – Great post that makes it clear how important light is to photography. in Digital photography School.
  • Do Script Writers Only Use 10% of their Brains? – Steven Novella points out to writers of fiction, “You are allowed to make up new science, but that is not an excuse to get known science wrong.” On Skeptic Blog.
  • Mel Gibson Isn’t Just an Angry Narcissist – “His tirades are the distilled violence, cruelty, and bigotry of right-wing Catholic ideology.” Read more by Christopher Hitchens in Slate Magazine.
  • Times loses almost 90% of online readership – “The Times has lost almost 90% of its online readership compared to February since making registration mandatory in June, calculations by the Guardian show.” Read more on Guardian.co.uk. This is confirming what I suspected: paywalls aren’t the answer.
  • Dirty Little Secrets the Republicans Don’t Want You to Know – “Over the course of eight short years — between 2000 and 2008 — the Republicans methodically executed their plan to transform American society. They systematically transferred wealth from the middle class to the wealthiest two percent of Americans — slashing taxes for the wealthy. They eviscerated the rules that held Wall Street, Big Oil and private insurance companies accountable to the public. They allowed and encouraged the recklessness of the big Wall Street banks that ultimately collapsed the economy and cost eight million Americans their jobs. They ignored exploding health care costs, tried to privatize Social Security, gave the drug companies open season to gouge American consumers and presided over a decline in real incomes averaging $2,000 per family. They entangled America in an enormously costly, unnecessary war in Iraq, pursued a directionless policy that left Afghanistan to fester, and sullied America’s good name throughout the world.” Read more in The Huffington Post.
  • Scientologists Charged With Extremism – “Prosecutors have opened a criminal case against a Scientology center in the town of Shchyolkovo, 13 kilometers northeast of Moscow, on charges of inciting hatred, punishable with up to five years in prison.” Read more in the Moscow Times. Thanks to @krelnik on Twitter for sharing this link.
  • Apple Sued Because iPad Does Not Work “Just Like A Book” As Claimed – Yet another frivolous lawsuit. Why don’t these lawyers go out and get REAL jobs? Read about it on The Consumerist.
  • Firing clients: Knowing when it’s time to just say no – “How do you know when it’s time to cut a client loose? Here are surefire signs that this person’s business is more trouble than it’s worth.” Read them on YourGhostWriter.com.
  • Time Inc.’s iPad Problem Is Trouble for Every Magazine Publisher | Peter Kafka | MediaMemo | AllThingsD – “Time Inc. likes to show off its iPad apps as a symbol of the company’s future. But inside the publisher, the digital editions have become a source of hair-pulling frustration. That’s because the magazine giant has been unable to get Apple to let it sell and manage subscriptions for its iPad apps — much to Time Inc.’s surprise.” read more on MediaMemo/AllThingsD.com. This is a perfect example of how Apple’s desire to control every aspect of its apps is hurting its partners and customers.
  • Redefining Empathy In Light Of Web’s Long Memory – “In an era when 75% of employers research applicants online, erasing youthful indiscretions is next to impossible. Jeffrey Rosen accepts that parts of private lives become public on the Internet, but hopes that it will lead us to be more forgiving of one another’s missteps.” Read more on NPR.org.
  • Oversight Of Immigration At Heart Of Arizona Ruling – “Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says her state will ask the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday to let all of its controversial immigration law take effect, a day after a federal judge in Phoenix blocked key parts of the measure.” Who is going to pay for this legal battle? Arizonans? American citizens? I’m a member of both groups and I’m sick of throwing away my tax dollars on political posturing. Read more about the ruling on NPR.
  • 100 million Facebook users’ details published online – ” The personal details of 100 million Facebook users have been collected and published online in a downloadable file, meaning they will now be unable to make their publicly available information private.” This is just the kind of thing that should teach people to keep their private info OFF social networking systems. As for the guy who made this available to the world, I think he should be sued from here to Pluto. On MSNBC.com.

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