Memory Dump

In addition to (occasionally) being a kind of resource for other people, this place has always — and has primarily — been a personal memory dump for me: a place for links, ideas, writings, images, and so on that I want to reference later.

While I’ve always been a heavy user of many web services, I never entirely trust that they’re going to stay around forever: companies change their focus, are devoured by larger companies (and their product decimated), lose their direction, change their standards, have bigger fish to fry. I’m experimenting with new ways to dump data onto this site, via Picasa, Twitter, Diigo, and other services… We’ll see how that works. I’m working on getting a handle on the formatting issues with all the stuff.

What Typos Mean to Book Publishing –

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.

(via NYTimes)

ICSI Netalyzr

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.


How Christian Gerhartsreiter Became Clark Rockefeller –

Excerpted / adapted from The Man in the Rockefeller Suit A fascinating read.

Call for Contributions to an Essay Collection: Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye

This could end up being painfully dull, but I’m willing to give it the benefit of the doubt…

The Connected States of America

A spectacular interactive infographic put together by folks at MIT that shows the connections bridged by cellphones (and others not bridged). (via Andrew Sullivan)

These brave men know there is no hope for their recovery.

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:

These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice.

Via the fascinating Letters of Note. Well worth the full read.

When We Tested Nuclear Bombs

A typically excellent slide show put together by Alan Taylor (formerly of the Boston Globe’s similarly excellent Big Picture feature): When We Tested Nuclear Bombs.

(hat tip: Coudal Partners Blended Feed)

Two Dogs Dining

Drink blood, control humans v. take brain, repair ship

Had marked this bit in the Guardian a while ago as a “read it later” article: Every Doctor Who villain since 1963 (part of the generally excellent DataBlog, which covers all manner of data and visualization [often UK-focused, but still broadly interesting] — and which frequently makes the data used for infographics publicly available through Google Docs). How had I forgotten to come back to it? It’s fascinating!

Also, had forgotten about IBM’s weirdly-named Many Eyes, which lets you run visualizations of your own (and which is used for one of the above bubble graphs).