by Gary Farber
It's still April 1st on the Left Coast for another two hours and five minutes (when I started this post; an hour and ten minutes when I finished), no matter what date you read above this post.
Some foolish links are in order!
So, out of order!
Japan is on everyone's mind, but we need to remember than it's not all doom and gloom, and yet in the spirit of helping:
Donors want data
Nonprofits measure impact
Experts watch and smile
Hai, ku! Can you write techie Haiku? Win $50!
Some past winners I like include:
Chekov in the bay
searching hard for some space fuel
-- Jay in Murfreesboro, Tennessee
I bit a zombie.
it was ironic but the
taste was terrible.
-- Blake in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Learn from the Jedi.
Discipline, control, respect.
-- Patrick in Anaheim, California
Packets of photons
Streaming by our planet's sky
their address divine
-- Michaline in Chicago Illinois
--Zach in Tyler, Texas
Why kill Wash and Book?
Are they thinking what I am?
--Barak from East Brunswick, New Jersey
Advice for commenters arguing with bloggers:
Don't argue with a
Mobius strip because it
Will be one-sided
--Jimmy from Poughquag, New York
Let there be peace:
Take me to the black
I am a leaf on the wind
--Jennifer in Dallas, Texas
And this speaks to, for, and sometimes it seems to be me:
I am all around,
Yet some can't seem to find me.
I am Internet.
--Terry in San Francisco, California
Read the rest! Funny!
Did I say "geeks"? Not yet! Let's read Henry Jenkins talk about gender and game design with James Paul Gee!
There's nothing bloggers like better than catching out the New York Times in embarrassing goofs!
I'm sorry I missed that press conference.
And srsly, nothing could be better news for bloggers than the NY Times digital subscriptions! Why?
Can I still access NYTimes.com articles through Facebook, Twitter, search engines or my blog?
Yes. We encourage links from Facebook, Twitter, search engines, blogs and social media. When you visit NYTimes.com through a link from one of these channels, that article (or video, slide show, etc.) will count toward your monthly limit of 20 free articles, but you will still be able to view it even if you've already read your 20 free articles.
So just read a blog to get your New York Times fix! How hard is that?
Meanwhile if you haven't heard of self-published fiction writerJacqueline Howett, here is how not to become a world famous author! This set of classically badly written defensive responses from a writer of classic slush went immediately viral, and was linked by approximately one third of everyone connected to publishing or professional writing, on Twitter, with a blog, on Facebook, and every other online social medium on the planet, but maybe you haven't read her string of comments in the comment thread at Big Al's yet! Stand back!
Kids, wannabe writers, don't try this at home! Or anywhere! This is how to kill your writing career for a long time. Not that the poor woman stood a chance of having one: the signs of classic slush, including the responses from her, are familiar to anyone who has ever read slush.
(But before another food fight breaks out, let me state clearly that I think self-publishing is also absolutely crucial to unlocking the world of publishing for many fine writers who fail to navigate their thread of superb writing through the eye of the needle of mass market publishing; crowd-sourced promotion will work to out quality; there will be gate-keepers, but e-publishing is a key to unlock a door you previously had to jigger at for a long time, or be very lucky with.)
Blog commenters, and fellow human beings, and any other life who might comprehend, might consider that we're all trapped in here.
Radiation or not.
For better or worse, xkcd is no longer 3D. Pshew!
Guess which of this year's will, due to demand, turn into a real product? For some value of "real."
This is what blogs are made of!
But you can still wish for a pony, thanks to Belle Waring!
Which is your favorite dictator's mustache?
Who doesn't love infographics?
Let's close with a movie. The Top 5 Viral Pictures of 1911.
But, wait, there's more! Libyan Jews and their recipes! Really!
More April 1st roundup.
It's an open thread! No foolin'!