Zeldman: This is a Website.
“Blogging may have been a fad, a semi-comic emblem of a time, like CB Radio and disco dancing, but independent writing and publishing is not. Sharing ideas and passions on the only free medium the world has known is not a fad or joke.”
Upworthy Insider Blog.
“Our top curators comb through hundreds of videos and graphics a week, looking for the 5-7 that they’re confident are super-shareable. That’s not a typo: We pay people full-time to curate 5-7 things a week.” I could work an hour a week and be paid full-time.
10,000 Words: NY Women In Communications Panel - ‘‘Where Is The Print Industry Going?’.
“I hate the word content because it sounds like gas, oil, coal. It’s that kind of commodity sounding word. At the end of the day, what we are is storytellers. Even if we tell it in a list, or a slideshow, or a pictorial.” Sounds awfully familiar.
RationalWiki: List of scientists who became creationists after studying the evidence.
Another pause for shovelling.
Pardon the snow cruft.
euansemple/The Obvious?: Using the iPad Air as my main machine.
Great to know. Euan travels a great deal, has similar writing requirements, so I’ve been waiting for his judgment before diving for an Air. I daresay the post is even more well-formatted than Euan’s usual posts, with lovely little subheads.
[Now The Fully Intended needs the same setup … right, Mollie? Excuse me while I hide behind my Xmas tree, real quick. No throwing Scotch eggs.]
Medium: Medium 1.0 - Beautiful Stories.
“Now, all collections are moderated by their creator (whom we call “editors”). For readers, this means when you follow a collection, only stories approved by the editor will be published to the collection. For collection editors, it gives you a chance to build a following by being a great curator or solicitor of content.” Ouch! Right below the belt (curationly speaking). I’ll have to stew over this, to figure out how to leverage the power. But really … crowdsourced curation. Medium doesn’t have to lift a finger. Brilliant solution. Just brilliant.
The Dish: The Truthiness Of Buzzfeed.
“All I can say is that I don’t think they have fully grasped how being part of an entertainment/public relations site whose core mission is making money can in any way be compatible with the profession formerly known as journalism.” This kind of behavior just makes it harder for everyone to get to the facts.
Speaking of weblogs and websites in general — I find myself, on certain stories, searching a half-dozen levels deep trying to find any corroboration at all. You’d be surprised how many stories I choose to dump, rather than post (probably around 90-95%).
And no, Buzzfeed is *not* in my RSS reader.
UX Booth: What’s in a Story?
Many of us old-schoolers have been saying it for years.
Scripting News: To rebuild or add another boolean?
Oh G-d … the consideration is so familiar. I’ve got two design projects still in long-term production … unfortunately the CSS/HTML frameworks have updated. Do I continue with the old frameworks and finish, or do I do the ‘better’ thing and update the frameworks, readjusting my modifications and dropping some of my custom work for the built-in whizzy new features that add convenience, ease of programming, shorter load times and overall value? It’s a time/budget consideration that was never planned for. Leaving an old framework in place increases the danger of “quick and dirty” coding after the foibles of that particular release are forgotten. “Fragility”, indeed. Oftentimes the quick-and-dirties can seem so fragile that if you blew at your monitor, they would just drop off the screen into a pile of text letters, burying your keyboard. I find these code-kludges sit at the back of my mind, humming like mosquitos. Can’t stand it.
I’ll experiment and see how long adapting to the new frameworks would take. I may not get compensated for the time … but how do you price peace of mind?
Livestream: The Future of Digital Longform.
On Friday, there’s going to be a symposium of sorts on digital longform journalism, that some might want to tune in and listen to. Via the Columbia Journalism School.
NPR: Say ‘Rabbit, Rabbit’ For 31 Days Of Good Luck.
Yes, well … to me, the modern online renaissance of this phrase should be attributed to Heather Champ. I seem to recall she was the one who made it popular back in the early days of weblogs. Credit where credit is due.
LitReactor: Snark is a Dead Scene: Why It’s Time For Writers to Try Something New.
“These days, just about anyone who’s “hip” and has a blog, or writes for a more reputable website devoted to dissecting one of the major disciplines of pop culture, relies a little too heavily on the crutch of snark. It’s as if we can’t have opinions anymore without being assholes.” Exactly what I’ve been saying! Fantastic.
Happy Thanksgiving, to all my readers.
I hope it finds you safe, well … stuffed with turkey, and soaked with libations of your preference.
hakunin.com: The CMS Trap.
More and more of these assessments, con-CMS, lately.
Having a hard time today finding links worth posting.
Not sure if it’s me, or just the news cycle.
LensRentals.com: The Cynic’s Photography Dictionary.
wood s lot: A Georgian Epiphany.
I love that first image, with the bells.
Slower than normal today; wrist brace impeding typing.
I did something funky to my left wrist. Not sure what, but it hurts like the devil. Pulled out an old wrist brace, and it slows down my typing speeds. I suspect it was caused by late-night burst of cleaning after dropping and breaking a glass the other night. Had to wrangle a heavy rug outside to shake all the bits of glass off. Well, it’ll heal shortly. No big deal. But if my posts are a little slower to come online, you now know why.
Philadelphia Mag: 8 Reasons I’m Happy It’s Not 1963.
“Back then (well, 1959 but close enough) it took the typical American 885.6 hours of work to afford the average list of household appliances compared to 170.4 hours today. For example, a Kennedy voter had to work 167.5 hours to afford a refrigerator and 100.5 hours to buy a washing machine. Yet today’s Obama voter only has to work 22.4 and 23.3 hours to buy the same things.” Via the irrepressible MeFi.
Dissent: Privacy and the Public Interest.
“In the absence of a bright-line principle of demarcation between private and public, our only recourse is discussion that is ultimately political—aimed at deciding what kind of a world—in terms of who can know what about whom – we want to inhabit. For most of human history, such choices have been given by default, dictated by contingencies of population density, government powers, family custom and the like. Now things are much different. With the steady stream of innovation in social roles and uses of personal information, the need for searching public conversations on these matters grows ever more acute.” Review of two books.
Slate: Conspiracy theory psychology.
“The answer is that people who suspect conspiracies aren’t really skeptics. Like the rest of us, they’re selective doubters. They favor a worldview, which they uncritically defend. But their worldview isn’t about God, values, freedom, or equality. It’s about the omnipotence of elites.” That goes into the DM! lexicon for future use: “omnipotent elites”. On the lookout for the generic omnipotent “them” in articles.
Disqus to allow embedded Youtube, Vimeo, Soundcloud, etc.
Question is, does it just impart more noise to the conversation(s)?
I’ve often thought about how handy it would be to press a button and leave a voice response (that automatically gets transcribed to text, and optionally displayed).
Top Static Site Generators Comparison.
Many here that I’m unfamiliar with.