FourHourWorkWeek.com: Are Saunas the Next Big Performance-Enhancing “Drug”?
“Please don’t be stupid and kill yourself. It would make us both quite unhappy. Consult a doctor before doing anything described in this post or on this blog.” Tim Ferriss finds another body hack. I would second the ‘dangerous’ admonitions; every time I’ve gotten into life-threatening situations, it’s heat that’s been the culprit. I acclimate carefully when June rolls around, so as not to turn my exercise routines into a funeral procession.
Serendipita: View from the ISS.
Cool. And I didn’t know!
Slow coach this morning.
Fixing Heartbleed vulnerabilities (changing passwords now) for myself and hosted clients. Links as I have time.
HyperVocal: American Blogger, A Documentary About American Blogging.
WTF. I guess I’m the wrong sex.
Vox: The short guide to Capital in the 21st Century.
“Capital in the 21st Century essentially takes the existing debate on income inequality and supercharges it. It does so by asserting that in the long run the economic inequality that matters won’t be the gap between people who earn high salaries and those who earn low ones, it will be the gap between people who inherit large sums of money and those who don’t. Piketty’s vision of a class-ridden, neo-Victorian society dominated by the unearned wealth of a hereditary elite cuts sharply against both liberal notions of a just society andconservative ideas about what a dynamic market economy is supposed to look like.” I may end up liking Vox. All the info without the blather.
Scripting.com: How to display title-less feed items.
I would have been jubilant over title-less blogging 11 years ago [To be exact, title-less RSS and title-less blog posts as implemented by the PHP/MySQL weblog constructs of the day.]
Titles got up my nose; one of the reasons it took me so long to switch over to MT and WP, where all the ‘cool kids’ were moving to. My style of linkblogging was title-less. Every single blasted ‘new’ or ‘fashionable’ package at the time required titles. And oh, did I try to Swiss-Army-Knife them away, without success.
I had to adjust to the market as it existed. Composing titles was another friggin’ thing to increase the time between discovery and posting. But RSS was great, and automation made dealing with RSS much, much easier. The addition of titles, however, slowed me down. Way down. Nobody got the gleeful 50 posts a day (at my height) after I moved to MT.
Took me a very long time to settle on what I’m doing now (Source: Title.); I figure speccing the source saves people time. You don’t click on a source you don’t particularly trust or admire (contrary to many, my interest isn’t in your clicks - it’s in your delight).
Constructing titles, in a world of keyword-stuffed linkbait, is EVEN MORE of a time-suck. Gives me a chuckle now. What if I returned to a title-less blog style? Just content - no copying over pretentious, linkbait or ill-composed titles? The freedom!
Fans of Upworthy and its ilk would have a seizure. Makes me rub my hands together in abject happiness. That made my day.
Disqus: Heads Up - We’re Testing a New Form of Advertising.
“If your site has ads turned off, this ad will not appear.” Noted. For how long, one wonders.
rc3.org: Relationship advice from Malcolm X.
“What occurred to me after I let the post sit on my brain for awhile was how broadly applicable Malcolm X’s quote is; not only to other social issues but in my personal life as well. For example, women in the technology industry owe men no gratitude for any progress that has been made on the gender inequalities, because the ledger is still far from balanced.”
Much later: Courtesy of Humans of New York, a very good snippet to understand the issue more completely.
CounterPunch: First Blood, Bloggers!
One o’ those days.
I’ll get to some linkage, shortly. It’s April Fool’s, however, so parsing through all the ‘humor’ takes extra time.
Singularity Hub: More News Is Being Written By Robots Than You Think.
“Software is writing news stories with increasing frequency. In a recent example, an LA Times writer-bot wrote and posted a snippet about an earthquake three minutes after the event.”
10,000 Words: Everything Upworthy Can Teach Journalists.
“Ah, the infamous Upworthy style headline. [snip] Every media outlet can do this, and if you want to garner more traffic, you should. If you feel icky about changing the headline after it’s originally published, just add a note.” Trying to keep my breakfast down after reading this ...
Hi — Capture. Write. Publish.
Competition for Findery.
MIT Tech Review: Data Mining Reveals How Conspiracy Theories Emerge on Facebook.
“Conspiracy theories seem to come about by a process in which ordinary satirical commentary or obviously false content somehow jumps the credulity barrier. And that seems happen through groups of people who deliberately expose themselves to alternative sources of news.” All the more reason we bloggers should work a bit harder to vet what we find.
The Hill: Democrats turn on Nate Silver.
“Conservatives ripped Silver back then for his ‘flawed model,’ with some claiming Silver was a biased liberal. Democrats loved him then, but now they’re attacking him.
The difference, of course, is that the Democrats’ political fortunes have taken a turn for the worse and Silver isn’t optimistic about their chances in November.”
MeFi: Welcome aboard the leaning locomotive line.
NY Post: Scott’s suicide reveals tragic side of city’s glitzy scene.
“While the chasm between Scott’s marketed life and her actual life came as a shock, she was just one of countless New Yorkers who secretly fake their fabulous lives.” And one of countless internet (social media, I’m looking at you) personalities who do the same.
Copyblogger: Why We’re Removing Comments.
Everyone talks about removing comments from time to time; what’s interesting is seeing Copyblogger do it today, and try to channel their comments to Google+ and Twitter. So they’re not really removing comments, just shifting the venue of their commenting.
Note that their Google+ entry returns what you would consider ‘normal’ blog comments. The Twitter feed is broken into multiple cryptic conversations, all difficult to follow because of the format. They’re the most interesting of the comments - yet it simply takes too much time to parse multiple Twitter conversations on a single subject.
Net-net, IMHO: Seems like Google+ is becoming serious competition to Disqus.
Blog outage; network problems at host.
Network issues. Things should be clear now.
MeFi: Formula One Racing documentaries, from the first days to the present.
Now that’s an FPP. Timely and extensive.
A stop-and-start Friday.
Links in a bit.
Medium’s mobile app.
Branders.ch: Storytelling in marketing communications. (in German)
Worthy, even through the filter of bad translation mechanisms.
Pacific Standard: Study - Stress Increases Empathy in Women, Decreases It in Men.
“Men respond to stress in a fight-or-flight manner, conserving their energy for the confrontation they fear is coming by turning inward. Women, on the other hand, take a ‘tend-and-befriend’ approach.” Explains quite a bit about comment behavior on weblogs, doesn’t it?