Like this idea. Not sure I have an application for it (yet), but I approve of the concept.
Better and faster (though not exactly). An interesting take on the resurgence of typos as publishers struggle to stay relevant and create product.
There is also “pressure to publish more books more quickly than ever,” an editor at a major publishing house explained. Many publishers now skip steps. “In the past, you really readied the book in several discrete stages,” Paul Elie, a senior editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, explained. “Manuscript, galley proofs, revised proofs, blue lines. You marked your changes at each stage, and then the compositor incorporated them and sent you the next stage. Now there are intermediate stages; authors will e-mail in ‘one last correction,’ or we’ll produce intermediate stages of proof — the text is fluid, in motion, and this leads to typos.”
And this curious (though not wholly unexpected) tidbit:
“Spelling mistakes ‘cost millions’ in lost online sales,” said a BBC headline last week. The article cited an analysis of British Web figures that suggested that a single spelling mistake on an e-commerce site can hurt credibility so much that online revenues fall by half.
I’ll admit, I was disgruntled at seeing a typo on the first page (I’m not kidding) of William Vollman’s Imperial. I wish I could remember what the typo was — I think it might have been the word “Imperial”, or something equally ridiculous.
A really helpful little tool to look at network issues. Haven’t had a chance to actually make use of it in troubleshooting, but looks like it’d be super useful.
Excerpted / adapted from The Man in the Rockefeller Suit A fascinating read.
This could end up being painfully dull, but I’m willing to give it the benefit of the doubt…
A spectacular interactive infographic put together by folks at MIT that shows the connections bridged by cellphones (and others not bridged). (via Andrew Sullivan)
I keep coming back to this. It’s fascinating. In 1969, William Safire wrote a speech to be read by President Nixon in the event that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were trapped on the moon… forever:
Via the fascinating Letters of Note. Well worth the full read.
(hat tip: Coudal Partners Blended Feed)