12 July 2010

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An intriguing short story by Benjamin Rosenbaum. Especially of interest to those who have read _Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom_ by Cory Doctorow, or who otherwise have an interest in topics relating to currency and economics.

http://shareable.net/blog/the-guy-who-worked-for-money
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Maybe not:

http://squid314.livejournal.com/275614.html

A very funny "review" of World War II which emphasizes the repeated failures of realism from a narrative standpoint. E.g.:

Not that the good guys are much better. Their leader, Churchill, appeared in a grand total of one episode before, where he was a bumbling general who suffered an embarrassing defeat to the Ottomans of all people in the Battle of Gallipoli. Now, all of a sudden, he's not only Prime Minister, he's not only a brilliant military commander, he's not only the greatest orator of the twentieth century who can convince the British to keep going against all odds, he's also a natural wit who is able to pull out hilarious one-liners practically on demand. I know he's supposed to be the hero, but it's not realistic unless you keep the guy at least vaguely human.
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http://www.slideshare.net/padday/the-real-life-social-network-v2

A nice presentation (from Googler Paul Adams) on designing for the social web, focusing on some common practices, why they're problematic, and some options for what to do instead. (I'm personally very happy that he included the observation that 'friends' is a term that is very badly (over)used in the context of social networking sites.)

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