For the second time this week—and I’m not sure how it happened, so please don’t point fingers, index or otherwise—I happened across this article on Yahoo! News [sic]. Boxer Floyd Mayweather is serving a 90-day jail sentence in Las Vegas for beating up and threatening his ex, with whom he has three children. Continue reading
The other day, I stumbled across this Who Knew? article from Yahoo! News [sic] on long-lasting celebrity marriages. Nothing in there surprised me—I already knew about Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman, Mark Harmon and Pam Dawber, et cetera.
No, what really gave me a laugh was the comments section.
Here are a few more interesting web links I’ve been saving up. I couldn’t manage to work them into actual blog posts, so I’ll just share them here.
64-year-old Grace Jones shows us how to give a real concert. Take note, all you performance artists — YouTube
First food trucks, and now fashion trucks? It could work — Washington Post
“The internet is ruining your brain.” How is this is news? — Mashable
The Legality of the Upskirt; or, in the U.S., women’s bodies (covered or not!) are public property — BUST
Fake Facebook templates for class projects. Will students’ fake posts be any less embarrassing than their real ones? — Web 2.0 EDU
7 Social Media Myths Exposed — Fast Company
Ben Reynolds does it again with more achingly beautiful photos; this time, a deserted Australian train station — The Unknown Project
Ever see a typeface and wonder, “Where have I seen that before?” Here’s help for your font déjà vu — Fonts In Use
Herman Miller asked design students to come up with integrated work spaces. The results are impressive — FastCo Design
Photographer Mark Tucker blogs on his cover art for Oxford American’s “Best of the South 2012″ edition — Mark Tucker: Journal
Web portfolios are great for everyone, especially new architects — Intern 101
And speaking of web portfolios, here are the tools you’ll need to build one
— Jon Anscher’s Blog
Visualizing the number of journalists killed in the line of duty: an infographic
— The Guardian
A voice from Southern Lit’s past: Flannery O’Connor’s 1959 reading of “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” — Open Culture
Okay, so I’ve got this Tagxedo problem, and it occurred to me the other day to see what the word mapping site would do with the Weather Channel’s Twitter feed. If you’ve read this blog for a while, you know that I’m a longtime Weather Fan who can’t stand TWC’s pointless weather tweets. Think about it: If your company’s name is The Weather Channel, wouldn’t you think that your tweets would talk mainly about weather?
Anyway, just for grins, I thought I’d turn TWC’s Twitter feed into a couple Tagxedo word clouds. The results would look better than my own pitiful blog word clouds. Right?
It’s an amoeba! Just what I always wanted!
Okay, so that one didn’t look so hot (no weather pun intended). Why not try out a weather-related shape for another Tagxedo attempt? I chose a cloud-with-lightning-bolt silhouette. Couldn’t get much worse than the biology lab specimen above.
This is slightly better, even though I didn’t adjust the word count or any other threshholds. From a distance, it’s obviously a cloud with lightning jumping down below it. Up close, it looks kind of silly.
Tagxedo creates word clouds (word maps) according to the number and frequency of words in a text. Twitter, of course, limits messages to 140 characters or fewer, and since it’s used mainly for self-promotion, hashtags and Twitter “handles” will appear most frequently.
Keeping this in mind, I’m glad that some of the largest words in here are weather, hurricane, and tornado. Isn’t it weird that so few other weather-related words appear in large type, though? You know—words like rain, thunderstorm, front, clouds, and so on? Sure, we’re having a drought here in the Deep South, but other parts of the country are seeing rain. Twitter is all about self-promotion, though, so it makes sense that the non-weather words are larger than weather words. (Ugh! I hated typing that.)
Next, I chose a U.S. map silhouette.
Yep, about the same, except in a larger shape. The run-on nature of hashtags and Twitter usernames turns phrases into one word. Thus, Weather Channel becomes #weatherchannel.
Twitter can be helpful. I’ve found dozens of great articles through others’ Tweets. I’ve discovered worthy causes and made new professional connections through Twitter. My 140-or-less attempts have even brought new readers to my blog. However, like any social media platform, Twitter can also be completely useless. Remember the most important guideline about living in Social Mediaville: Whatever you’re doing had better help everybody in this town. When I look at these word clouds from the Weather Channel’s Twitter feed, I’m not sure it’s helping TWC or its viewers.
Bubble gum, tricked-out old cars, and amazing craftsmanship — Oxford American
If you eat, immigration affects you — This Feeds Me
Dear Comcast: No, I did NOT open an account with you when I was 16 at a house I didn’t even live in! — The Consumerist
The late poet Charles Bukowski on depression (link NSFW) — Open Culture
So it’s “time to see how awful Facebook truly is?” Hell, I could have told you that six years ago — The Daily Beast
Consumers: “These treats killed our dogs!” Manufacturer: “Nuh-UHHH!” — MSNBC
Believe it or not, working on a film set is horribly tedious and NOT FUN (and I know, I’ve been there) — MovieTalk
What are past winners of American Idol doing now? (Hint: Probably not making music.) — The Daily Beast
Tara Ariano’s tribute to Smash, “the worst show [she's] ever loved” — Slate
Cheezburger alphabet zebra! Now screeeeeam! — I Can Has Cheezburger?
The 34 people who disliked this Larry Bird video must be Lakers fans — YouTube
Wedding Uggs? The End of Days truly is upon us — Huffington Post
If you’ve ever wondered why freelance writers seem to charge a lot for a relatively short online article, take a look at this. (Hat tip to Red Robot via Skande for the link, and to Expand2Web for the original infographic.)
As with many things in life, you get what you pay for.
Every day, I stumble on great (or stupid) web articles and bookmark them for future reference. Only recently did it occur to me that I could just present these once in a while as a collection for readers. Better late than never, I guess.
The phrase fashion mags use is “carefully curated.” But “curated” makes me think of mothballs and stuffy museum docents, so let’s just say these are “put together with love.” Or curiosity. Or disgust. Or OMGLOLWTFBBQBACON.
About the title: I think “linky goodness” is originally from Dooce, or maybe Cute Overload, or maybe Going Jesus—I can’t remember. But yeah, I need a different (better) title. Should there be a zany photo for each links post? Still mulling that one over.
Explain this to me: How can Battleship be anything but dumb when one of its stars is named Kitsch? — Slate
School officials force a 13-year-old student to show them her Facebook page. Mom claims invasion of privacy — Red Tape/MSNBC
Going to a conference? Make the most of it with these tips — I’d Rather Be Writing
Add a QR code to your conference badge to stay connected with people you meet (hat tip to Tom Johnson) — Fast Company
Achingly beautiful photos of everyday places in Australia — The Unknown Project
Moved by a poem on Facebook, high school bullies apologize to their target 25 years later — MSNBC
Inside the 24/7 kitchen at the Playboy Mansion — Gourmet
This is how you put a Southern literary blog to rest: With allusions to the church and Flannery O’Connor — A Good Blog Is Hard to Find
Whitney Houston’s final (sad) days — Vanity Fair
The most gorgeous wastebaskets ever. No, really. — Elle Decor
“Perfect Mashed Potatoes?” Okay, Martha… — Martha Stewart Living
Painter Bo Bartlett’s roots in Columbus, Georgia — Oxford American
At some point, the whole “social media marketing” thing just gets silly. — Business Insider
General Motors pulled their entire Facebook ad budget? That’s called ”temporary sanity.” — Business Insider
Ad people really think there’s such a thing as “authenticity” in advertising. — Another Business Insider link
“Is trademarking a baby name going too far?” If you have to ask… — MSNBC
Founder of legendary Atlanta hotspot Eddie’s Attic fired by his own club — WXIA-TV
My cats + vacuum = NOT THIS. — I Can Has Cheezburger?
Fresh Broccoli Salad? Okay. — AllRecipes
Etsy’s chronicle of the tsunami motorcycle — EtsyBlog
RIP, Donna Summer — YouTube
For all you color palette nerds out there — Adobe Kuler