Kindle and the future of reading : The New Yorker Can the Kindle really improve on the book? by Nicholson Baker, 03 Aug 2009
Googled againIf you want to get even more deeply into Word and its possibilities, Microsoft engineers are providing online help
Radio France International offers its services in 19 different languages or you can wander around the French radio dial. If your interest is in jazz - you can try TSF Jazz, broadcasting on 89.9 or Frequence Jazz, a station in Lyon that you can listen to all over France, as well as all over the world. Radio Campus Paris - sort of like campus radio here.
Beginner's Guide to Google Analytics: What to Track Sarah Carling, February 15, 2012. You may want to try and track a number of things with Google Analytics. Before you can do anything else, you need to understand what you're trying to track and why.[Search Engine Watch]
The Medium: Magic and Loss, by Virginia Heffernan in the New York Times, 18 Feb 2011. But whether we admit it or not, the Internet and its artifacts are not just like their cultural precedents. They’re not even a rough translation — or a strong misreading — of those precedents. The Internet has a logic, a tempo, an idiom, a color scheme, a politics and an emotional sensibility all its own. Tentatively, avidly or kicking and screaming, nearly two billion of us have come to take up residence on the Internet, and we’ve adjusted to its idiosyncratic ways. This transformation of everyday life includes moments of magic, and an unavoidable experience of profound loss. Any discussion of the Internet that merely catalogs its wonders and does not acknowledge these two central themes is propaganda, and it no longer does it justice.
Another perspectiveHow the Internet gets inside us. by Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker, FEBRUARY 14, 2011. And, if it was ever thus, how did it ever get to be thus in the first place? The digital world is new, and the real gains and losses of the Internet era are to be found not in altered neurons or empathy tests but in the small changes in mood, life, manners, feelings it creates—in the texture of the age. There is, for instance, a simple, spooky sense in which the Internet is just a loud and unlimited library in which we now live—as if one went to sleep every night in the college stacks, surrounded by pamphlets and polemics and possibilities. There is the sociology section, the science section, old sheet music and menus, and you can go to the periodicals room anytime and read old issues of the New Statesman. (And you can whisper loudly to a friend in the next carrel to get the hockey scores.) To see that that is so is at least to drain some of the melodrama from the subject. It is odd and new to be living in the library; but there isn’t anything odd and new about the library.
Yet another interesting one'Plotto': An Algebra Book For Fiction Writing : NPR. It's been said that there are only seven basic plots in fiction. Pulp novelist William Wallace Cook would beg to differ.According to Cook, there are a whopping 1,462 plots, all of which he laid out in his 1928 book, Plotto: The Master Book of All Plots
Safe driving: Keep your mind on the road. Hands-free texting is more distracting to drivers than using a mobile phone. Jun 22nd 2013 |From the print edition [you can also read this via UNC Libraries' e-journals]
Issues to ponder
What is fair use and how can you use it? This is a fairly comprehensive discussion from the University of Texas.
Issues to ponder when pondering fair useCreative Commons provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. People to know on the topic of copyright and fair use: Lawrence Lessig; James Boyle; and yet more, from Creative Commons
Brewster Kahle and Riding along with the Internet Bookmobile