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Of Note This Week

by anna on October 9, 2010

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Each week When I feel like it, in addition to the links you can see by spying on my Google Reader, I compile a list of posts that interested me and post them here at the end of the week. You can check out the ABDPBT Personal Finance, ABDPBT Tech, and ABDPBT Commodity Fetishism versions at your leisure as well. If you have any posts that were great that I missed, please send me an email and I’ll check it out before next week.

Of Note This Week

by anna on October 2, 2010

Each week When I feel like it, in addition to the links you can see by spying on my Google Reader, I compile a list of posts that interested me and post them here at the end of the week. You can check out the ABDPBT Personal Finance, ABDPBT Tech, and ABDPBT Commodity Fetishism versions at your leisure as well. If you have any posts that were great that I missed, please send me an email and I’ll check it out before next week.

  • I totally agree with Malcom Gladwell’s take on the weaknesses of social media for social activism in this week’s New Yorker. Though social media has its strengths in mobilizing people when you are not asking much of them, social activism requires strong ties between people — the kind of thing that requires you living with someone, talking late into the night and really believing in the same stuff, and in some cases being willing to sacrifice life and limb for it. Suffice to say this matches my experience. (Thanks,Jennifer)
  • I doubt anybody is as excited about this as are Mr. Right-Click and myself, but I find the news that the Senate voted to turn down volume on TV commercials indescribably wonderful. All that we need to do now is to convince them that movie scenes dubbed with music should be played at the same volume level as dialogue, and TV watching after toddlers go to sleep will be safe again for parents everywhere.
  • Photo: Birdy juicebox design concept by Mats Ottdal of Jeksel (Via The DieLine.)

Of Note This Week

by anna on September 25, 2010

Each week When I feel like it, in addition to the links you can see by spying on my Google Reader, I compile a list of posts that interested me and post them here at the end of the week. You can check out the ABDPBT Personal Finance, ABDPBT Tech, and ABDPBT Commodity Fetishism versions at your leisure as well. If you have any posts that were great that I missed, please send me an email and I’ll check it out before next week.

  • Penelope Trunk View definition in a new window manages to get arrested in rural Wisconsin. To say that she is a rare talent does not even really scratch the surface.
  • So this isn’t something you can read in its entirety on the web, and it’s probably something you’ve heard mentioned elsewhere, but I finally read Alexa‘s book, Half Baked, this week, and I really have to throw my recommendation that you read it into the ring. This is different from the usual blogger’s book: Alexa is a real writer, and I mean that in the snobbiest, most offensive way possible. The fact that she is a blogger is probably just something that helped her bring a little more attention to her story, which is also fairly extraordinary. Mostly, I just think she has a great talent with words, and a remarkable strength of character, which really shines through in this book. Check it out if you can.