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Month: February 2007 (page 1 of 3)

The shocking final word — I declare a contest.

Some librarian got her knickers in a twist about the word “scrotum” appearing in the latest Newbery award-winning children’s novel:

“The Higher Power of Lucky” is the story of a 10-year-old girl in rural California and her quest for “Higher Power.”

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The ugly underbelly of the magazine industry.

Door to door magazine subscription sellers–debt slaves, strung out on meth, beaten if they don’t sell enough: For Youths, a Grim Tour on Magazine Crews

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Unlimited account editing for all new users.

The ultimate Web 2.0 service: You give them a bunch of personal details when you sign up, and in return you can edit your account info all you want. Uselessaccount.com

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How to get poetry editors to accept your work.

Ignore their advice. Lie to them, saying that you took the advice. Kiss their asses. And then, years later, brag about how you put one over on them. Choriamb: What to do when an editor asks one to revise (NB: if a writer did this to me, and I found out, they’d be blacklisted for life)

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How to strike back at Wikipedia’s silly nofollow policy.

So Wikipedia is adding nofollow tags to all its links? Fine, then. We’ll all just add nofollow tags to all of our links that point to Wikipedia. (And yes, there’s a WordPress plugin.)

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Former gadget blogger blasts gadget blogs.

Quick: what’s the difference between the average gadget blog and PR Newswire? There’s more hype on the gadget blog. Ex-Gizmodo editor Joel Johnson is tired of it.

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NYT publisher unconcerned about future of print.

“I really don’t know whether we’ll be printing the Times in five years, and you know what? I don’t care either.” NYT publisher Arthur Sulzberger on the Times’ Internet plans. (via Nicholas Carr)

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How Google is digitizing books.

Interesting article by Jeffrey Toobin in the New Yorker on Google’s massive book-scanning project: Google’s Moon Shot

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Clara came home from the library yesterday with a copy of The Brain, by Seymour Simon. Last night she and I sat on the couch as she flipped through the book, showing me what the brain looks like dissected, in MRI, in models.… Read the rest

363 tons of $100 bills.

363 tons of $100 bills were flown to Iraq under Paul Bremer’s watch. That’s $12 billion in cash. And he has no idea where it went: When Will Media Deeply Probe U.S. Corruption in Iraq? – Yahoo! News

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