33 Things: This Week’s Amusing and Intriguing LinksOther, Thirty Three Things — By Rachel Motte on July 29, 2010 at 11:37 pm
1. Free ebooks in tens of different formats! ManyBooks. Many many.
4. Shields up!
5. Thoughts from 1941: Who Goes Nazi?
6. Nomskulls: perfect for the little zombie who has everything!
7. Exploitation chic?
8. Do androids dream of electric…butterflies?
13. A giant asteroid is heading toward earth. It’s impact would damage an area equal to the size of London. No kidding. So should you build your dooms-day shelter? Well, maybe you shouldn’t, but perhaps your great, great, great grand children should:
“Anyone concerned by the warning has one thing to be thankful for — if it does hit it is most likely to happen in 2182.
That gives scientists 172 years to work out how to deal with it.”
14. Inception: Sneaky. Very sneaky.
15. Who or whom? A clear, simple answer from a professional grammarian.
16. Amazon’s former Chief Scientist on social media influence:
“At the World Innovation Forum recently, you spoke about social media having an “illusion” of an audience. Could you elaborate on this concept?
For me, the “illusion” of the audience means: Why do people tweet? What is the driver of them spending time doing this? I think it’s because they think they have people giving them attention, and they do everything to play with that attention. The reason Twitter works so well is that they don’t have a feedback-loop, where people can realize just how little attention they’re getting. I’m not saying the system was set up that way deliberately, but it’s a very well setup system. People can fool themselves into believing that others are listening, which is not easy in real life. When you’re talking to other people on the street and nobody is listening, after a while you sort of have to stop talking. Not so on Twitter.” (HT: John Dyer)
19. Living Without Goals:
“Even when you do things exactly right, it’s not ideal. Here’s why: you are extremely limited in your actions. When you don’t feel like doing something, you have to force yourself to do it. Your path is chosen, so you don’t have room to explore new territory. You have to follow the plan, even when you’re passionate about something else…Some goal systems are more flexible, but nothing is as flexible as having no goals.”
I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life.
“What has happened over the last three years is that we now have a culture of sharing that didn’t exist three years ago … Now we think and act very differently because of these technologies. The societal change that has happened is that we share more.”
26. Comic Con may be over, but you can still build your very own Stormtrooper costume.
27. Impulsive, much? Maybe it’s all in your brain.
30. Tokyo’s oldest man misses his own eleventy-first birthday; died 30 years ago.
32. Webserials.com is back! And there was great rejoicing…