Reading The Internet
For my own purposes I decided to save everything I found worth clicking on and reading. I was going to do a day’s worth, but after about two hours of unrestrained websurfing, I had all this, so…
Stuff From the Writing/PublishingBookselling Industry:
Former Intern Sues Harper’s Bazaar Seeking Unpaid Wages. The lawsuit argues (and I agree although I’m probably just bitter because I’ve never been in a position to take a challenging unpaid internship):
Employers’ failure to compensate interns for their work, and the prevalence of the practice nationwide, curtails opportunities for employment, fosters class divisions between those who can afford to work for no wage and those who cannot, and indirectly contributes to rising unemployment.
Lucienne Diver posts about Why Your Work Never Gets Read As Quickly As You Want It To Waiting on an agent to read a manuscript is something I don’t yet have to be impatient about. File under future/useful.
How To Prevent Google From Tracking You. I have not yet had to lead a life of crime OR go underground in fear of our robot/alien overlords, but you have to keep up your research, no?
Cory Doctorow reports: Son of ACTA, the TPP
Things That Made Me Happy:
“This is the theory… that anything that is art… is presumably about some certain thing, but is really always about something else, and it’s no good having one without the other, because if you just have the something it is boring and if you just have the something else it’s irritating.”
And then London shocks you all over again. You learn something else new about this city, which knocks you sideways and makes you think. If the quantity of stuff happening ‘right now’ in London leaves you breathless, how would a place which contains all of London in the past make you feel?
But also, I’m an optimist. I can’t be anything else. So in the end, you’re standing in a room full of corpses and the world’s coming to an end all around you and you’re talking to the Angel of the Apocalypse… you KNOW that conversation is going to be interrupted by a call on a dead guy’s phone, and his ringtone is going to be Rick Astley, because that’s how the universe is. It has no sense of the appropriate.
Political Shit I Did Not Write Lengthy Blogposts About But Which Nevertheless Was Not Okay:
The whole Susan Komen/Planned Parenthood debacle, but since that was yesterday’s political shit, these links are antidotal:
Planned Parenthood Says Komen Decision Causes Donation Spike
Planned Parenthood Saved Me Tumblr.
Speaks For Itself/Does What It Says On the Tin:
Spare BBC links:
Google: Blogger Takedowns Will Be By Country
Gary Oldman graciously reminds us he’s awesome: “This is the first prize for acting in a specific performance that I’ve received in over 20 years and that makes it all the more special,” the actor said in a statement.
Muslim America Moves Away From The Minaret
The House A Billion Euros Built
With the exception of the BBC and a couple blogs, almost all of those links came from my Twitter feed, and clicking other things that were linked to therein.