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"all media — all text, all audio, all video — is so wildly abundant, “knowing first” has become effortless. The skill (and hubris) of being media cool has completely dissipated." - You Need to Hear This Extremely Rare Recording  — The Message — Medium
# media# cool# knowing# first# rarity# rare# scarcity# scarce# knowledge
"Punctuation started with periods that told the speaker when to take a breath, and as both a longtime proponent of using the run-on sentence to better communicate the ranting rage in my head over the nonsense that people choose to fight about in this country and a person who is occasionally asked to read his work out loud, I’ve come to value this original function in a visceral way. Parentheses suggest a subtle aside (Jon Stewart lowering his voice and head) and can provide commentary or extra information while keeping you in the moment.3 Sometimes you want to keep the pace breakneck so you use em dashes—the noblest of the dashes—to let the reader know the ride ain’t stopping and something big is coming at the end.4 In this case, em dashes are doing something similar to a pair of commas, which can also denote side info but they do it more casually, and parentheses. You can use a single em dash to serve a purpose similar to a colon—making it absolutely clear that the thing after the dash follows from the thing before it. It can also be used to signal an abrupt change in—you know, screw it, em dashes do a bunch of stuff, you get the picture. A colon is a way to introduce things and to join ideas, and says something definite: this part of the sentence is important, and you can say it in an authoritative voice. Its purpose gets muddled with the semicolon, which is like a weak link between ideas; you can forget all the stuff about clauses: a semicolon joins two sentences without a period or ‘and’ or ‘but’ or ‘so’ or whatever. Semicolons, colons, periods, dashes, parentheses, commas, and even Oxford commas overlap each others’ jobs far more than rules lawyers would like. The situation is confusing and fluid, which is why everybody is afraid of the semicolon: it’s the only punctuation mark that’s honest and says, “Well I kinda do a little of this and a little of that.”" - Nobody. Understands. Punctuation.
# punctuation# language# communication# writing# purpose# format
Book thing

kmcken:

Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. 
Tag [ten] friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them.

1. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami

2. Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A. Heinlein 

3. Love is a Mixtape - Rob Sheffield

4. Ava - Caroline Maso

5. On Beauty - Zadie Smith

6. Map of the Hydrogen World - Steve Halle

7. May We She These Human Bodies - Amber Sparks

8. Off the Map - Hib Chickena & Kika Kat

9. Everything was Fine Until Whatever - Chelsea Martin

10. A Feeling of Restlessness - Amy L Clark/Elizabeth Ellen/Kathy Fish/Claudia Smith

beneaththeleaf (did this finally).

Uhm, so, I don’t seem to know/talk to many people on here. But, whatevs: gg-gurst, radonwords, aandliketheseaa, denyinghipster, artgurrl, le-baiser-de-la-mort

1. Crooked by Tom and Laura McNeal

2. The 13 Clocks by James Thurber

3. In My Hands by Irene Gut Opdyke

4. What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones

5. On Killing by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman

6. That Summer by Sarah Dessen

7. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

8. Avi by Sharon Creech

9. The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison

10. The Most Evil Men and Women in History by Miranda Twiss

I have…varied taste in books. Have at it, if you wish.

# books# reading# whiskeydiamonds# bairfanx# beemill# lecieltumultueux# damnit laura i had to edit this post to fix your tag
"Solitude did increase my perception. But here’s the tricky thing—when I applied my increased perception to myself, I lost my identity. With no audience, no one to perform for, I was just there. There was no need to define myself; I became irrelevant. The moon was the minute hand, the seasons the hour hand. I didn’t even have a name. I never felt lonely. To put it romantically: I was completely free." - The Strange Tale of the North Pond Hermit
# self# audience# performance# society# social# performance of self
"If you haven’t spent a good few hours going over your syllabi with a librarian trained in your subject area, you’re shortchanging your course and your students (and yourself). Librarians keep up with the technology in your field. They know the campus holdings and can order better texts for you if they know what you’re teaching. Librarians can offer even more help if you give them a heads-up about what your assignments are going to be. They can pull relevant texts from the stacks and hold them on reserve for your course. They can come to your classroom and talk about which sources are available and how to judge their quality. They can suggest assignments and let you know about resources you may not have seen yet. And they can be a great help if you have to miss a class—they can work with your students in the library that day or in your classroom to keep them on track with whatever assignment you’ve given while you’re away at that conference. Librarians live to help. And they’ll be able to help your class do much better work if you’ve taken the time to share your syllabus, your assignments, and your ideas with them." - Why You Should Talk to the Librarians | Vitae (via infoneer-pulse)

(via infoneer-pulse)

# librarians# library# academia# education# information# knowledge# staff# support# college# higher education# librarian
"

If the earth’s core did stop moving (or it all moved uniformly in the same direction as the earth’s crust), the magnetic field would disappear instantly. There could be aurora borealis in low latitudes (which actually did happen in the movie). Pigeons would not really drop out of the sky. They use the magnetic field to help with migration, but they can still fly without it.

Like remember that one time we went to Maine, and Mom said it felt really weird that the ocean was to the east, but she didn’t start uncontrollably heaving herself into large objects? It’d be like that.

"
- My Brother The Physicist Explains The Core
# physics# the core# movie# real life# reality# movie physics

whiskeydiamonds:

50 days of warfare has killed more than 2,200 people

No no no, Washington Post. 50 days of warfare has killed over 2,000 Palestinian civilians and 67 Israelis, only 3 of which are civilians.

# context matters# israel# palestine# gaza# war# civilians
"I had been traveling alone, hiring local drivers and fixers. As an independent TV producer, I am always looking for ways to save a few bucks, but I have also always been a do-it-yourself kind of guy, and I truly love shooting my own stories. The lifestyle of being a “one-man band” reporter suits me just fine. That ethos is also part of why I am not very good at reaching out to others for help. But beyond that, I grew up in a boozy, dysfunctional household that left me with a core of self-reliance and a compulsive desire to fix other people’s problems that is not healthy." - Miles O’Brien on Life After Losing a Limb — New York Magazine
# reliance# self-reliance# self-sufficiency# stubborn# independence# alone
"Fitness practices are totally disconnected from our daily lives because they are not related to our uses and habits," Malta says. "Therefore they are unsuitable with our everyday lives … But if we design our home space differently, I think it’s going to be natural to use these products." - This Deliberately Inconvenient Furniture Forces You To Be Active And Not Just Lie On The Couch | Co.Exist | ideas impact
# fitness# exercise# design# lifestyle# habit
"One of the things that concerns me about a media diet that is overly online, is that we lose the ability to decide for ourselves what we think about who we are." - What it feels like to be the last generation to remember life before the internet - Quartz
# media# online# self-perception# self# value# digital self# digital# tech# internet
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